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Colfax Health and Rehab News – 11-18-2015

Inside the Big Yellow House we were basking in the golden rays of sunshine that spread over us like warm butter on fresh bread. Outside winter was knocking at the door and the winds were reaching out their wet hands. In spite of that we were safe and warm, well fed and very entertained. We spent our time going to activity programs. Sometimes we daydreamed just looking out the windows. We watched the cornstalks wave in the wind. Their thin tassels and long bleached blades fluttering like ragged clothing.

Ok ok, back to what occurred this week. We had four birthdays. Whenever there is a birthday the Kiwanis Club provides a big Mylar birthday balloon. Many of us sang “Happy Birthday” and presented a small cake to each of them to help make their day special.

Speaking of waving in the wind Monday morning the fluttering of a large colorful nylon circular shaped fabric were lifted high in the Square. Many people holding on to the edges lofting balloons up and down. Creative exercise and laughter are just two of the thing we enjoy. We also love music and when Magic Mary came to entertain us in the afternoon her keyboard and renditions of old favorite songs lit up the crowd. Many residents joined her at the keyboard and sang solos. Mary is genuinely magical.

The devotions, current events discussion and stretching exercises on Tuesday morning were more conventional than Mondays but the effect was the same. The afternoon was very enjoyable when everyone who plays bingo located their tables. Eileen and Michelle passed treats, and helped with Happy Hour after bingo.

Wednesday morning many gave thanks for all our blessings. Pastor Hal Schroetter from Barum & Big Elk Creek Church in Elk Mound led the worship service and Delores Huber was our pianist. One of our blessings was the Veterans program Tim Klevgard produced in the afternoon. His power point program featured photographs of all our veterans in their original uniforms, their rank and years of service. Dan Schneider played taps for those veterans who are no longer with us. Our guest speaker was Tim’s nephew Skyler Klevgard a U.S. Marine. We had 13 in house Veterans and 20 veterans from Bloomer VFW Post 6175 and Bloomer American Legion Post 295. Jim Irwin and Charlie Rubenzer saluted, thanked, and presented each of our veterans with a long stem red rose. Three staff members who are veterans and our guest speaker were also honored with the rose presentation. Colfax Troop 42 Cub Scouts made thank you cards for each and every veteran. Good printing and drawing guys! An individual thank you goes out to all who made this an unforgettable day.

When Thursday morning blew in people were engaged in recreation playing volleyball. The beauty shop opened at 1 p.m. for Beauty Boutique. Yet another celebration started at 2 p.m. Connie Haugle is retiring and had a birthday, so we all gathered in the Square to give her Best Wishes. Connie has worked at Colfax Health and Rehab for over 25 years and she will be missed.

Gospel sing with Glen, Bruce, Julie and Delores were on the agenda Friday morning. Singing is one of the things we do best. Loretta led Rosary. In the afternoon the ladies from St. Johns Church Cooks Valley hosted the dime bingo game. They come every November to celebrate any birthdays we have. Thank you so much Ladies!

We played Hollywood cards and cribbage on Saturday afternoon. Just a reminder if you are going to join your family member for Thanksgiving Dinner please reserve seating before the 20th.

There you have it with just a modicum of the news here in the kingdom of Colfax where the sun never sets before we have had our fun for the day before we go to sleep by the light of the moon.