Residents are very excited and anxious to move to our new building. Many residents and family members have had a chance to tour the building and see the new rooms. Family members are preparing to have their loved ones room ready when they arrive. A big sign in our entry way is counting down the days to August 1st. When the Messenger gets to you it will be 7 or 8 days until residents can finally enjoy their new rooms.
This week’s activities kept us busy and entertained. Devotions, readying and exercise on Monday and Tuesday morning and regular scheduled REX Classes at 1pm and 6pm were well attended. Monday afternoon we played Wheel of Fortune. The questions were all centered on camping. Bingo and happy hour on Tuesday and conversation centered on camping.
All of this talk about camping was because Wednesday we had our 1st annual “Elderberry Summer Camp Day”. Sue Hill planned and organized the event. The Theme this year was “Love, Peace and Joy”. We were unable to have the day’s events in the court yard because of the extreme heat, but having it indoors worked beautifully. The south dining room was our camp ground, complete with campfire and grills. We started out with a camp Church service with communion. Pastor Craig Conklin in his camp shorts led the service. Pastor Conklin from Colfax and Tainter United Methodist Church has often been a Camp Chaplin. Our Camp Lunch was Hot Dogs, Beans, Potato Salad, Watermelon and Lemonade. Residents had REX exercise at the campground and at 1:00 the craft tables were ready. Residents designed their own visors at one station, made wooden and colorful bead necklaces with their name and own designs at another station, and several people made rain sticks with feathers attached at the third station. We also had a nature table with rocks, shells, and many nature items to examine. At 2:00 residents gathered around the camp fire and sang camp songs. Music was provided by Paula Triboliini playing her guitar. What a treat for us. Speaking of treats we made Smores after the sing-a long. We closed by singing Taps at 4pm. Veda was here to help, Sue’s niece and Cathy’s granddaughter, and Melanie’s daughter helped with the day’s events. Thank you to all of you. In the evening River Boat Randy gave a musical performance on the unit and in the North dining hall.
We played volleyball Thursday morning and in the afternoon JC Colby entertained us with his amazing music.
On Friday morning Glen and Julie led Gospel sing. Delores Huber was our pianist. Loretta led Rosary for our Catholic residents. Linnea helped where needed on both Wednesday and Friday. Veda was here all week helping and bringing smiles to our residents. Friday afternoon was Dime Bingo. Merle was our caller. Saturday residents gathered for Hollywood Games with Shannon. The weather cooled a bit so many went out doors and enjoyed the day. Sunday Leona Ubbelohde visited and made the day even more special. Once again that is some of the news here in the land of Colfax, where the men are strong and the women are good looking.