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Colfax Health and Rehab – 1-16-13

It is January already. We had conversations and coffee on a Sunday morning. When you are in your 70’s and 80’s there are many winters remembered. One resident who is in her 90’s said there are a few winters she would like to forget. Many of our residents grew up on a farm and some lived their whole life on the farm. Even when living in town, the winters were a lot of work just to stay warm and get your chores done. Listening to the stories was so interesting. Leona Ubbelohde visited and shared her stories with us too.

These conversations are much more interesting than TV. Except if you are a Packer fan and the Packers are playing the Vikings. Fans cheered for their favorite teams. The football games are fun and competitive.

On Monday morning Ashley led the Devotions. The reading group and the exercise groups had a lot of participation too. After dinner it was time to start taking down the Christmas decorations. Some of the residents helped stuff the Christmas tree branches back in big green boxes. Strings of lights, ornaments, wreaths and all the bows and bobbles were put in their respective containers, labeled and stored. When the containers are opened again, we will be in our new campus.

On Tuesday morning we had devotions, reading and exercise with Cathy. While activities were going on several people took all the ornaments off the large family tree. Each ornament was carefully packed away. A list was compiled with all the names on the ornaments.  The ceiling in the new building’s activity area is very high, allowing room for the family tree next year. When the work was done it was Bingo and Happy hour time. Veda helped residents with their cards. Coffee and cookies were served along with chips and beverages expertly made by our bar tender.

On Wednesday morning we had a Church Service. This week Pastor Schoenknecht led the service, accompanied by Delores Huber on the piano, Linnea came in to help residents with song books. After dinner the REX class was lively as residents did their restorative exercise with the RNA. In the afternoon we had Beauty Boutique. Beautiful manicured hands and happy faces were seen everywhere. We all love to be pampered. Taek helped pamper the hands.

Thursday morning was volleyball. The Blue team and the Red team lined up and when the dust settled the Blue team won by a slim margin. In the afternoon Chuck and Leona Berg entertained the residents with their music, we love to have them perform for us. They will be back for another performance in March.

Friday morning we had a gospel sing with Glen leading and Delores played the piano. It was Glen’s 65th birthday so we celebrated that too! The Jugglers from Bloomer High School performed at 11.The High School Gym teacher, Julie Koehler led the group. They were very entertaining. In the afternoon the ladies from Colfax Lutheran Church were here to celebrate the January Birthdays. We played Dime Bingo and had fresh baked cookies and treats.

What a busy week here in the land of Colfax, where the men are busy building the new facility and the women let the men believe that all the good ideas are theirs.