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Colfax Health and Rehab – 12-4-2013

Christmas is a coming! The turkey’s getting fat, and we are too!  We ate him for Thanksgiving! We had another wonderful week.

 On Monday Rudy Rudesile entertained us with great music. All dressed in black he resembled Willie Nelson, with a little less hair! Rudy and Dale Martell play together in clubs all over western Wisconsin.

On  Tuesday the Beauty Boutique opened bright and early. Many had their hands pampered and polished. The beauty shop was busy several days this week. Everyone was sprucing up for the holidays. Bingo in the afternoon followed by Happy Hour topped off activities in the Square.

Wednesday was a delight! In the morning Pastor Tom Bryan from Shepherd of the Hill Church Elk Mound led the Church Service. Delores Huber played the piano. Leanna and Veda were here to help the residents. At noon we had a very special dining experience in the Square. With Thanksgiving just a day away we had a Native American Cuisine meal. The tables’ center pieces had bark tents, canoes, small animals, little trees all crafted by Sue Hill. Squash stuffed with wild rice, cranberries and wild turkey (it was really chicken) was served. An authentic corn meal dish and bread pudding and some pumpkin liqueur made the meal perfect! Laurie Craft, our Social worker, had an ancestor who was the Chief of the Wampanoag Indians. She told some of the history of that first Thanksgiving Day in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest. We also found out that Veda Kiekhoefer, one of our volunteers, has an ancestor of John Alden, one of the colonists. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.  Residents and guests told everyone what they were especially thankful for. Veda and Lee Ann helped everyone all afternoon. In the afternoon several residents helped make small turkeys for each resident’s meal on Thanksgiving Day. Families and residents enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day feasting on the traditional Turkey dinner!

Friday Loretta led Rosary and Glen and Julie led the Gospel sing. Delores Huber once again was our pianist. Merle led our Dime Bingo afternoon program. Linnea was here to help. Saturday we started to assemble the Christmas décor and change the fall orange into red and green. Residents’ Christmas party invites are being mailed this week, Put the 19th on your calendar.

That is some news from beautiful downtown Colfax where the men are hunting for deer and the women are out hunting for Christmas gifts!