Think WARM, we are! Our new facility is warm and welcoming to both residents and visitors. Some residents choose to sleep in while a warm breakfast of their choice awaits them. The activities in the Square also help to keep people warm and entertained.
On Sunday morning the Grace Lutheran Church service is broadcast on both the radio and the TV. Leona Ubbelohde often comes to visit on the weekends. She spends time warming the hearts of many people. Residents can attend REX classes at 1 and 6pm. Exercise warms one up and so does the coffee and cookies. The Keebler cookies elves have nothing on our cooks!
On Monday and Tuesday morning devotions warm the residents’ spirits. The exercise and conversation that follows is motivation to start the day. Monday afternoon was our Sundae Monday! Residents played trivia and were served ice cream embellished with chocolate, caramel, strawberry, whip cream and cookies. On Tuesday afternoon bingo players were ready and waiting. Sue couldn’t start calling the numbers soon enough! We were grateful for the prizes that Linda Suvada brought in donated by the Albertville Homemakers Club. Happy Hour followed bingo. It is always a good time to sit around and shoot the breeze.
On Wednesday morning Pastor Barb Koch led our church service. She is and has been the minister for 16 years for the New Hope, Sand Creek and Pine Creek Churches. Pastor Barb plays a classical guitar. She also sings along with all the hymns during the service. She is originally from Michigan. Twenty five years of her youth were spent playing and coaching tennis in upstate New York; while recovering from knee surgery her doctor suggested she take a different path. She had a calling to go into the ministry. Her first parish was at Good Shepard in Redford, Michigan. She later served at Grace Lutheran in Eau Claire. From Eau Claire she became the minister for the New Hope, Sand Creek and Pine Creek Churches. She has been there 16 years. She said “Now I am serving in God’s court”. In the afternoon the residents played beanbag toss in the Square. The beanbags are in the shape of frogs. Coffee cans in a board comprise the pond. Not many frogs escaped the pond. Warm coffee and cookies were enjoyed after the game.
Thursday morning is volleyball time! This week twelve players faced off. Much laughter and much exercise kept us all warm. After warm boiled dinner at noon Chuck Kirkwood on the trumpet, Lenore Berg on piano and Hank playing the harmonica entertained everyone with their wonderful music. Some residents danced in the hall way. One gentleman who is 91 years old danced with his wife who is 88 years old. He said, “It was a lot easier when we were younger!” Coffee and warm coffee cake kept many from leaving the Square.
On Friday morning Loretta Logslett led the Rosary for our Catholic residents. Glen and Julie led the gospel sing in the Square. Delores Huber played the piano. Friday afternoon the residents played Dime Bingo and added a little dime jingle in their pockets as they went back to their rooms. There are so many volunteers who come every week and give of their time and talents. We are so blessed by them all. Veda, Linnea, Le Ann, Claire, Leona, Taek and Merle are here every week.
On Saturday residents were kept busy and warm playing Hollywood. That is some of the news here in the land of Colfax where the men are kindhearted and the women are warmhearted.