News for the week of December 25th to the 30th:
On Sunday morning many gathered in the Square for a special Christmas Eve church service. Pastor Hendrickson took time from his busy schedule to lead us. We enjoyed his inspiring message, and also singing along to our favorite Christmas hymns.
[emember_protected] All agreed it was a wonderful addition to the holiday weekend. On Christmas day the dining rooms were filled with family and friends who came to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. Sounds of laughter and sharing could be heard throughout the building.
Tuesday morning found many in the East Dining Room for an hour of Kicking Karaoke. Tony leads the group that combines our favorite songs with a little exercise. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen always make sure this hour runs smoothly. We had planned one last trip to see the Christmas Lights later in the day, but the bitter temperatures kept us inside and out of the freezing cold.
Residents gathered in the Square early Wednesday morning for our monthly Breakfast Club. Before we ate, we discussed menu choices for the month and talked about the upcoming Wine and Beer Tasting Event, along with other future activities. After the meeting Chef Andy treated us to delicious blueberry crepes with our choice of whipped cream or maple syrup topping, sausage patties and beverages. There was not a crumb left on any plates! After breakfast we were blessed to have Pastor Taylor from Otter Creek Christian Fellowship Church lead our weekly church service. Our Resident Council met in the afternoon. We went over next month’s activity schedule and discussed other activities residents would like.
Thursday morning, residents gathered in the Square for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. Our Granny Bakers gathered in afternoon to make ham and cheese roll ups and mix up some crispy treats for our upcoming New Year’s Eve Celebration. Later we enjoyed our favorite adult beverage at our afternoon cocktail hour.
On Friday morning our residents gather for rosary led by Loretta. Then, it was time for our weekly Gospel sing along. The afternoon found us back in the Square for an hour of dime bingo.
Here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996.
Corn Patch Spoon Bread, submitted by Mavis Jennings, Nurse’s Aide. 1 cup boiling water, ¾ cup white or yellow cornmeal, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 can cream-style corn, 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. soda, 2 Tablespoons butter. Stir boiling water into cornmeal, mix thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients. Stir quickly until just mixed. Place in very hot, generously buttered skillet or casserole dish. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until nicely done. Serves 5 to 6.
I leave you with a blessing for 2018: May you always have: Enough happiness to keep you sweet; Enough trials to keep you strong; Enough success to keep you eager; Enough faith to give you courage; and enough determination to make each day a good day!
Until next week, have a safe and Happy New Year!
Barb Stobb, Activity Director [/emember_protected]