What a beautiful week considering it was mid-October. Residents watched the red, yellow, gold and brown leaves dance as they were falling in the cool fall air.
On Monday morning we had devotions, current events and exercise. Sue had residents hold swirling and fluttering scarves during the exercise segment. In the afternoon LeAnn came in to help residents. Everyone lined up at the tables in the Square. Pumpkins of all size and shape were carefully scrutinized. When residents picked their own perfect pumpkin the painting began. The art work is amazing. Check it out when you come to visit. The pumpkins will be on display right through Halloween. Our annual Halloween dance on Friday, October 31 will have music by Honey and Me and everyone is encouraged to wear a costume.
On Tuesday morning once again we had devotions, current events, and stretching. Tuesday afternoon Veda, Linnea, Eileen and Vonnie were here to help residents. The bingo and happy hour are one of the residents most celebrated programs. Kick ball in the evening comes in as a close second in popularity!
On Wednesday mornings we have a church service. This week Pastor Walck from Colfax Lutheran Church and Delores Huber led the service. Linnea and Veda helped where needed. Octoberfest was celebrated with a very special meal in the square. How unconventional to celebrate October Fest in October. Residents and their guests were served their choice of four beers at authentically appointed dining tables decorated with beer steins filled with long pretzel sticks. The menu was brats and beer, spaetzles and beer, sauerkraut and beer, fall harvest veg and beer and pumpkin desert and beer. The dining atmosphere was enhanced by exciting piano music provided by Mary Biesterveld. Beauty Boutique was the afternoon event. Residents love to have their manicures done. Beautiful hands are happy hands and many residents left the beauty shop with happy hands.
On Thursday morning those happy hands played volleyball in the Square. Those happy hands were used in the afternoon to applaud the great one man band by Dale Martell. He is such a treat to the ears.
The gloomy grey sky was lugubrious Friday morning after several beautiful sunny days. Nevertheless inside we did have blue skies; especially in the Rotunda where it is blue sky that can be enjoyed 365 days a year. The morning was also brightened by the music that emanated from the Square during Gospel sing led by Julie, Glen and Delores. Loretta led the Rosary in the resident lounge prior to Gospel Sing. In the afternoon we had Dime Bingo.
Last week the Norton Lutheran Ladies Aid and the North Running Valley Ladies Aid provided the cake, ice cream and dimes for dime Bingo. I made an error and put the wrong Church in the paper last week so I humbly apologize for the error. It is so nice to have more help at the Bingo tables. The residents love to have these monthly birthday parties and so does the staff!
As the weekend drew near residents looked forward to company from family and friends like Leona Ubbelohde who comes to make the days more pleasant. Residents have REX class everyday all weekend and Bounce Ball in the evenings along with Hollywood on Saturday. Merle was at the front desk both Saturday and Sunday greeting visitors and always up for a chat with residents who are out for a stroll.
It just doesn’t get any better than this here in the land of Colfax where the men are starting to look a little woodsy as they prepare for their hunts and the women are known to be the best cooks in Dunn County. I made that part up, but it could be true!