News for the week of May 29th to June 4th
The holiday weekend brought a gathering of many family and friends as Irene Anderson celebrated her 100th birthday!! The Square was filled with the sounds of everyone visiting, with Irene smiling from ear to ear as everyone gathered around her to wish her the best.
The weather finally dried out so Memorial Day many of the residents could go out with family to local parades, or family gatherings. The halls were also busy here at the Big Yellow House and residents also enjoyed visits from many family and friends.
We are spending the rest of the week laying low as a small “bug” has hit us here in the Big Yellow House. Nothing serious, but we have had to cancel regular activities until all are well again. So Tuesday, Cathy was busy with Beauty Boutique, spending time with the ladies making sure their nails were nicely trimmed and colored. They sure have fun picking out that unique color for their nails.
Wednesday was another day of visiting, Beauty Boutique, going for walks outside, reading groups, and just hanging out, waiting for all to get back to normal.
Thank you to Father Joe from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Mound came on Thursday to share Mass with our Catholics. Thursday was also a mixture of business and pleasure as we gathered in the afternoon for our monthly Resident Council Meeting. We went over the activities for the month of June. Residents are very excited as we have several outings planned for the month. Some of them to include trips to the Colfax Fair (most are looking forward to the Holden stand for their famous homemade pies); also fishing outings are planned, as well as a trip to Irvine Park. Our trip to the park takes place the day after the Grand Opening of their new animal display. Many of the residents have not been there since they added to new animal pens and are looking forward to seeing the bears and lions “up close and personal! “Thursday late afternoon brought a visit by another one of our favorite entertainers, Riverboat Randy. He always gets us going with his great music and wonderful sense of humor.
We ended the week with everyone healthy again, so we enjoyed the special talents of our Friday morning group from Menomonie that lead us in Gospel Sing. Then the afternoon brought a greatly anticipated hour of Dime Bingo.
Next week we will begin the month of June with a celebration of National Cheese Day on Monday, along with a fishing outing, ice cream floats, special music and of course our favorite, Bingo.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director
News for the week of June 5th to June 11th
The Big Yellow House is back to normal, and the residents are glad that everyone is healthy and the flu bug has “left the building!”
Monday was a very busy day, starting out with several residents and staff gathering to sing to Irene Anderson as it was her 100th Birthday. It was also National Cheese Day and the afternoon brought many cheese lovers to celebrate. While Dale Martell entertained us with his wonderful music, we sampled several kinds of cheeses, many made in our own state of Wisconsin. The winner for the best taste was the squeaky cheese curds! At coffee time, we joined Irene Anderson and her family in celebrating her birthday with a beautiful cake made by our own staff member, Gloria Lake. Gloria always does such a great job when it comes to her cooking and baking talents.
Tuesday morning the residents gathered in the dining room with rolling pins in hand and rolled out dough for our famous Granny Bakers Dog Treats. This time we made peanut butter and pumpkin flavored. These will be for sale at our facility and also at the local veterinary clinic. We love making these treats for our four legged friends to enjoy. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to local animal shelters. Tuesday afternoon, Bingo was back! Thank you to Michelle VanVulpen and Eileen Stokke for taking the time to come and help us call the numbers and pass out prizes.
Wednesday began with church services with Pastor Walck. After church, we gathered up some of the residents for a picnic lunch at Felland Park. They enjoyed the lunch under the pavilion, and also enjoyed watching the river flow by as they reminisced about past fishing experiences. As some spent the afternoon out, the ladies were once again pampered during Beauty Boutique. One of our favorite games, bounce ball ended the evening.
Thursday morning our craft group enjoyed sorting and grouping all occasion cards so that we will be able to group them and give as gifts. Thursday afternoon we “Floated thru summer” as we served Ice Cream Floats to all. Many stated it was a long time since they enjoyed this treat! Some gathered in the Square, some outside to enjoy the warm afternoon, and other chose to stay in their rooms, where ever they were, we made sure all enjoyed the floats.
We ended the week with one of our favorite past times, Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. As the afternoon temperature warmed up outside, so did the action in the Square as residents came out for Dime Bingo. Many left with a little more jingle in their pockets! Just before supper brought the “Portable Happy Hour”. As the cart passed through the halls, and into the residents rooms, they enjoyed a pre-supper beverage from the carts’ vast selection.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director