The Holiday Spirit is alive and well. Especially in the Square! Sunday afternoon the beautifully decorated Square was the place where one of our residents’ family and friends gathered for their Christmas party.
Cookies and goodies galore, along with all the wonderful homemade food prepared by some of the 45 people made this a very special time for those who had gathered to celebrate their traditional family Christmas. The Square is one of our entertaining areas that can be reserved for parties.
During the week we have devotions, reading, current events programs, church services and much entertainment. Monday and Tuesday mornings residents gather for devotions, current event and exercise and cookies. Wednesday morning we have a Church service.
This week Pastor Schroetter from Barum & Big Elk Creek, Church in Elk Mound led the service and Delores Huber was our pianist. Delores has also filled in when one of our ministers is unable to come. She is an inspiration to us all. Thursday morning residents had a blast playing volley ball. We use large sturdy balloons. They managed to burst two large volleyballs while playing. Needless to say we had a quota of laughter that morning.
Friday morning once again the Square was filled with residents ready for gospel sing. Glen, Julie and Delores fill the room with beautiful music. Loretta Logslett has a Rosary before Gospel sing. Loretta has worked here for many years and contributes so much to the happiness of our residence. She helps feed their stomach and their souls! The Square is also very busy in the afternoons.
On Monday afternoon Wally Hurd entertained everyone with his collection of Christmas toys. His delightful antique toys brought back Christmas memories for the residents and staff.
On Tuesday afternoon the Square became a bingo hall followed by happy hour. That is a bit of an oxymoron, every hour should be happy when you’re doing something you enjoy.
On Wednesday afternoon residents enjoyed the Beauty Boutique. We usually do manicures in the Beauty Salon but this week we held it in the Square, which was good since everyone was much closer to the cookies and coffee.
On Thursday afternoon toes were tapping and hands were slapping when Dale Martel played Christmas songs and other familiar tunes. He plays so many instruments. He told us he received his first PLASTIC guitar when he was 10. Dale said “It took me 6 months until I finally got it tuned.” He has been in tune ever since! Great job Dale.
The Square was teeming with residents Friday afternoon for dime bingo. A little extra jingle can’t hurt this time a year. We had more very special people come to entertain us this week.
On Monday late afternoon the student from the Anytime Fitness dance class gave a Jingle Bell Rock Concert. They were ages from preschool to 2nd grade. Jordon Buckhold taught these 17 girls to dance. They were charming as they went around the building performing. Christmas carolers from New Hope Church were here on Thursday evening and carolers from the Elk Mound Daisy Troop were here on Saturday.
We are blessed with so many volunteers that come every week to help with all the events and play cards and read to residents. Please stop in and see us if you have some time to volunteer. We will be happy to have you be part of our volunteer family!
Just a heads up our Family/Resident Christmas Party is 3:30 to 7:30 Thursday, December 18th. Santa will be there to see who’s been naughty or nice! That is all for now from beautiful downtown Colfax where the snow is trying to destroy our white Christmas as it rapidly melts but since we have no place to go, let it go, let it go, let it go!