News for the week of June 10th to the 16th:
Monday found residents gathering for our morning craft group. We had so much fun making pipe cleaner flowers for spring. We decided to make a Fourth of July version. Everyone enjoyed working and watching as the red, white and blue flowers came together.
It wasn’t long and we had made several of the colorful daisies. After craft group we readied for our monthly Green Leaf Café. With red checkered table cloths and menus in place, the Square took on the look of a small town pub. As the residents gathered, waitresses Tina and Barb took food orders and served up drinks. Everyone enjoyed visiting while Chef Andy prepared the food, fresh off the grill and hot from the deep fryer. With a dairy month theme, choices were Wisconsin Cheese Steak sandwich or Beef and Cheddar Sandwich. Add fries or battered cheese curds on the side and get ready to enjoy! For dessert residents had their choice of a strawberry, orange or root beer floats. St. Croix Hospice was kind enough to furnish these delicious drinks.
Tuesday morning in the East Dining Room it was 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 fun hour runs smoothly. Just before supper we were blessed to have Jordan Herrick come and spend some time with us. Not only does he bring us an inspiring message, but also sings some of our favorite hymns.
Pastor Conklin led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. We enjoyed his inspiring message, and also singing along to our favorite hymns. Leona was here to help those who needed help finding the songs in their books. With the beautiful summer like weather, we headed out to the courtyard for our afternoon activities. First came work, as we noticed the flower beds could use weeding and watering. Everyone pitched in and before long, they looked well groomed and happy. After that it was Mad Lib and trivia time before enjoying lemonade and cheese and crackers.
Thursday started out with Noodles meet Ball as residents gathered for an hour of fun using beach balls and Styrofoam noodles. As we hit the ball with the noodles, it was a challenge to see which team could keep the ball on the opponent’s side. In the end, everyone came away a winner and we had fun and even got in a little exercise in the process. In the afternoon residents gathered in the Square for our monthly black out bingo. We played four rounds, which meant four residents went away the big winners and split a pot of over forty dollars. Those that left empty handed said they can’t wait to play again next month as maybe it will be their turn to win.
The Catholics gathered on East for our Friday morning rosary group. Later in the Square we held Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week.
Next week’s highlights include music by Chuck Kirkwood and on Thursday an outing to the Colfax Fair.
If you are interested in seeing what goes on at the Big Yellow House you can go to our web site, Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center or like us on Facebook where pictures happenings, the activity schedule and menu for the week are posted.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director