If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
News for the Week of December 2nd to December 8th:
Monday found the resident gathering around our Family Tree to string the lights and hang the ornaments. We worked as we listened to our favorite Christmas songs. This tree adorns the Square during the holiday season and adds a very festive touch. Many enjoy sitting around the tree and talking about favorite Christmas memories. The bell ringers from the Neighbors of Dunn County entertained us in the afternoon. We enjoyed listening as the choir played our favorite holiday songs. Afterwards we enjoyed coffee and treats while visiting with the choir members.
Tuesday morning found many in the East Dining Room for an hour of Kicking Karoke. This time it was holiday music that we sang and stretched to. Meanwhile it was cribbage on Ridge Crest. Led by Al and Gus, it was an hour of fun and fast flying cards. Bingo was on the schedule for the afternoon and all came away with bags full of treats to keep them supplied for the week. Michelle, Eileen and Patty make sure the hour runs smoothly. Just before supper we were blessed to have Jordan Herrick 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. The Square filled in the afternoon for our Lighting of the Christmas Star program. Everyone listened as the names were read honoring and remembering loved ones from the community and beyond. Our Christmas Star campaign was a huge success due to the wonderful and giving people of Colfax and the surrounding area.
Thursday morning we gathered for our weekly volleyball tournament. We enjoy this activity in which we all get our exercise and have some fun while doing it. John Lynch was the entertainment for the afternoon. John was treated to a large group of people as he entertained us with an hour of great music and humorous stories.
Gospel Sing a Long was held in the Square on Friday morning. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. In the afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. Everyone went away with a little more jingle in their pocket.
Saturday the local barber shoppers caroled throughout the building. The residents and staff are truly getting in the holiday spirit due in part to all of the local groups coming to sing for us!
Next week will be another busy week at the Big Yellow House with our annual Family Christmas Open House for the Nursing Home with music by Rich Schroeder and a visit from Santa and his elf. Also several caroling groups will visit and weather permitting we hope to get out to see the Christmas Lights.
Here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996. Leona’s Caramels: 1 cup butter, 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ tsp. salt, 1 cup light Karo syrup, 1 (15 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Directions: Melt butter in a heavy 3 quart sauce pan. Add sugar and salt. Stir in Karo syrup. Mix well. Gradually add milk stirring constantly. Cook on medium high heat until firm ball stage* (245 degrees) or for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and pour into well buttered 9 X 9 inch pan. Cool for 4 to 5 hours. Flip onto board and cut with sharp knife and wrap each piece in was paper.* Note: Be sure when you test in water it is really a firm ball. Submitted by Leonna Ubbelohde.
Until next week, may the memories of this special time of year keep you warm!
Barb Stobb, Activity Director