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News for the week of November 25th to December 1st:
During our craft group on Monday morning many residents shared the wonderful time they had with their families over the Thanksgiving holiday. Later residents gathered to listen to Barb read stories of the season. In the afternoon residents met for our monthly Resident Council. We reviewed the results of our 2nd annual craft sale and all agreed, it was once again a success and enjoyed by all who came. The busy December calendar was reviewed, and all are excited about the many programs and singing groups scheduled to visit. We are also looking forward to outings to see the area Christmas Lights, and making lefse and other holiday treats. And of course gathering with our families for our Christmas Celebrations. Later that afternoon quilters gathered in the Square to work on their latest projects. Angie leads this busy group and it is always exciting to watch the progress that they are making. The quilters were excited to hear that we will be purchasing a new sewing machine with the money we raised at our craft sale. They can’t wait to use it.
Tuesday morning found residents gathering for Toss the Ball and exercise group. The afternoon found an invasion of students, balls, unicycles and fun as the Bloomer High School Jugglers entertained us. They had plenty of tricks up their sleeves as they performed in the Square to the enjoyment of many of the residents. After the students’ performance, Bingo enthusiasts gathered in the square for Prize Bingo. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen kept the game running smoothly. Before supper we were blessed to have Jordan Herrick spend time with us. Not only does he bring us an inspiring message, but also sings some of our favorite hymns.
Pastor Walck 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. The afternoon found us back in the Square for a special Bingo hour. With the upcoming Christmas holiday, the prizes for this afternoons games were items we can decorate with such as stuffed animals, snowmen. Everyone was excited to take their winnings back to their rooms.
Thursday morning our weekly volleyball teams met in the East Dining Room. The residents love to play our version of this game and can become very competitive. But usually at the end, we declare everyone a winner as we all get some exercise while having a great time. In the afternoon we donned our aprons and stirred up a batch of raisin bran muffins. They sure tasted good alongside a fresh cup of coffee.
Friday morning we gathered for Gospel Sing a Long. This activity has been a weekly tradition for many years here at Colfax Health and Rehab, and the residents enjoyed listening to the talents of Kathy on piano and Bruce on the guitar. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is a great way to end the week.
Next week we are looking forward to continuing the holiday season with highlights including visits from local carolers and the barber shoppers. On Wednesday we will hold our annual Love Light Program and the lighting of our Christmas Star. If you have not yet sent in you Love Light requests, we will be accepting them through Tuesday, December 4th. You will find a form printed in the Colfax Messenger or stop by the facility to fill one out.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director