News for the week of October 14th to the 20th:
Monday found the Green Leaf Crafters working on scarecrow door decorations. After lunch it was time for Halloween Mad Libs. We always have fun taking turns adding the words and then listening to the finished story. Later that afternoon our quilters gathered in the Square to work on the many projects that they have started. Angie leads this busy group and it is always exciting to watch the progress they are making.
Noodle meet Ball started out Tuesday as we gathered for an hour of fun exercising with beach balls and Styrofoam noodles. In Ridge Crest dining room, Cribbage was the name of the game with Al and Gus leading the group. Following lunch the Catholics gathered for prayers and devotions. Patty leads this group and the residents appreciate her taking the time to lead us. Later that afternoon found Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. Michelle, Eileen and Patty make sure the hour runs smoothly. Everyone went away with a bag full of goodies.
Pastor Mary Eide led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate her taking the time to come and share with us. John Lynch was the entertainment for the afternoon. John was treated to a large group of people as he sang some of our favorite songs and entertained us with his humorous stories.
Thursday morning craft group met in the Square and started work on our next project. A thankful Tree that will adorn the Square during the holiday season. We cut out the leaves for the tree. Meanwhile in the East Dining Room we held our weekly volleyball tournament. After lunch we loaded up the van for a ride to view the beauty that only the fall season in Wisconsin can create. Though it was cool, the rain stayed away and the trees were still colorful. After winding through the local countryside, it was back to Colfax to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and talk about what part of the ride we enjoyed the most. Later in the evening residents spent time in an hour of prayer and devotions led by Jordan Herrick. It is great that he takes time from his busy schedule to share with us.
Friday morning we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. This activity has been a Friday morning tradition for many years here at Colfax Health and Rehab, and the residents enjoyed singing along to Kathy on piano and Bruce on guitar. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. At the end, everyone went away with a little more jingle in their pocket.
Saturday afternoon found the residents doing a little gambling as we played Prize Plinko. Residents are given cards with numbers on, and they try to guess which numbered box the disc will drop into after going thru a maze of pegs on a board. Everyone is a winner and all go away with some tasty prizes.
In closing, here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996. This cookie recipe has always been a favorite of many residents and they are still enjoyed today.
Pumpkin Cookies: 2 cups sugar, 1 cup shortening, 1 egg, 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin, 2 tsp. vanilla, 4 cups flour, 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1 scant tsp. salt, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup raisins, and 1 cup walnuts. In a bowl cream together sugar and shortening. Stir in egg, pumpkin and vanilla. In a second bowl sift together remaining dry ingredients. Blend with cream mixture. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Drop by teaspoons full onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degree for 8 to 10 minutes. Submitted by the Area Nursing Home Dietary Department.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director