Here we are the third week of April and it feels more like February outdoors. We have made a decision to have spring inside despite the weather. Jonquils, tulips and other spring flowers adorn the dining tables. Butterflies, lady bugs and turtle wind chimes on the residents’ doors help us ignore the winter weather.
Sunday was a nice day. Residents enjoyed family visits and a Church Service broadcast from Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.
On Monday morning another snow storm dashed our hopes for spring weather. Devotions, reading and exercise at 10am were well attended. We thanked the Lord for a nice warm home, good food, the company of friends and many activities to choose from each day. In the afternoon we had a special going away party for Bonnie Knutson. Bonnie retired after 24 years in the dietary department. Later in the afternoon Sue Hill helped us get organized so we could paint bird houses. Yellow smocks mean Messy Art Projects! Residents each painted their own bird house with bright spring colors. We will finish them next Monday.
On Tuesday Cathy led the devotions. She went over current events and finished with a bit of morning exercise. Residents have the opportunity to attend exercise classes every day at 1pm and 6pm. The RNAs lead the REX classes. They also work with therapy to implement the walking and range of motion with many residents. Tuesday’s Bingo and Happy Hour were well attended.
On Wednesday morning Pastor Mike Wollman from Shepard of the Hill Lutheran Church in Elk Mound led the Church service. Communion was served. Delores Huber was our pianist. Linnea Thompson assisted with the service and later played cards with a resident. In the afternoon the Beauty Boutique opened with many residents anxious to have their nails manicured. Icy Pinks and Reds were the favorite hues that could be seen as residents returned to their rooms.
Volleyball was the activity that was enjoyed Thursday morning. Playing volleyball in a wheelchair or regular chair is not as easy as it sounds. We were well exercised. Taek came to do special manicures at 12:30. Residents on the unit always look forward to her special hand treatments. After REX and dinner we were entertained by “Magic Mary” Faeber and her magical keyboard. She invited residents to come up and sing with her. Three were coaxed to perform. Ding, Eugene and Loni sang solos. Mary is so vivacious and charming. Several residents made her promise to come back again. She will return in July if not before.
On Friday morning Loretta led Rosary for our Catholic residents. Glen and Julie led the gospel sing and Delores Huber was our pianist. Residents played Dime Bingo in the afternoon. Merle Roth was here to help.
Shannon provided activities on Saturday. Hollywood is one of the residents’ favorite card games. The weather did not stop us from having a busy active week here in the land of Colfax where the men know how to shovel it and so do the women.