Colfax Health and Rehab – 4-2-2013

Here we are in the fifth week of March and finally we are getting warm enough weather for the spring thaw to begin. April Showers bringing May flowers will be long overdue.

On Monday we had a resident auction. Residents had many Easter decorations to bid on. The jewelry and toiletries were also well received. This month the men bid for some beautiful shirts and trousers that were donated. Sue Hill was the auctioneer and she had as much fun as the residents.

On Tuesday afternoon Merle Roth was our Bingo caller. Merle was an employee at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center for 20 years and has come back to volunteer. What a pleasant surprise for the residents. We had refreshments and treats following Bingo and then Happy Hour was open at 3:30.

On Wednesday morning our church service was led by Pastor Bob Schoenknecht from Holden, Norton, and North Running Valley Lutheran churches. Pastor Schoenknecht will also be doing a “Show or Tell” on April 4 at 2 p.m.It will be called “Paul’s Footsteps in Greece”. Everyone is welcome to come and hear about his trip to Greece and see his wonderful pictographic presentation. Delores Huber was the pianist for our Church service and Linnea came to help with the books and transporting residents. Wednesday afternoon we played volleyball. The poor volley balloon got a real work out as it soared around the room. The residents and staff were so exuberant they lost track of the score. Once again everyone won!

On Thursday morning the south dining room tables were covered in plastic. Cups filled with an assortment of bright colors, and trays of hard boiled eggs welcomed the residents as they arrived ready to decorate Easter eggs. The eggs will be served on Easter morning with their breakfasts. A couple of the men had never colored eggs and said they were happy they got involved. We did color a bit of the floor with some beautiful red dye, but housekeeping rescued us and when we left the room only the eggs looked dyed. Taek came and did manicures and hand massages. We are so lucky to have her here. We had another real treat in the afternoon. Our March “Show or Tell” was the foreign Exchange student from the Colfax High School. Turan Aghbayli is from the country of Azerbiijan. She lives in the capitol of Azerbiijan called Ganja. Turan showed us pictures of her homeland and we learned much about the culture of the country. The pictures were beautiful and the architecture was amazing. Turan wore a beautiful costume she called the National dress. She speaks four languages: Russian, Azerbiijan, Spanish and English. Her hope is to go on to college and become a doctor or an engineer. We could have visited with her all afternoon because she was so interesting and articulate.

On Friday morning we had Gospel sing with Glen and Julie. Once again Delores played the piano. In the afternoon we played Dime Bingo followed by coffee and treats. Merle and Linnea were here and helped with all the programing.

Saturday morning was the Annual Easter egg hunt in the Court Yard. Angie Harder and the 22ers 4-H club hosted to event. Despite the snow the eggs were hidden. There were sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, cats and dogs. The children were busy hunting eggs and petting animals. We want to give a special thank you to all the people who made this event so unique. It was well worth the effort! Shannon played Hollywood with the residents in the afternoon.

Sunday was Easter Sunday. Family and friends visited and some shared the noon dinner with their loved ones. Those are some of the things we enjoy here in the land of Colfax where the men are reliant and the women are remarkable.