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News for the week of January 13th – 19th
We started Monday Morning with story time and devotions. Later we watched a video on restoring old tractors. Just before lunch we readied the Square for Green Leaf Café. With table cloths and menus in place the room looked just like a small town pub. As the residents gathered, waitresses Brenda and Barb took orders and Audrey served up drinks. Everyone enjoyed visiting while kitchen staff Andy and Allie prepared the food, fresh off the grill and hot out of the deep fryer. Besides our usual offerings, this month’s special was a two piece fish dinner. The cafe has become so popular we have decided to have it open every other week. Later we got together to learn a new dice game called Rob Your Neighbor. It is a fun game and will be added to the activity schedule. In the end, the women ganged up on the men and “robbed” them of most of their money!
Tuesday morning residents gathered for an hour of ball toss and exercises. Tuesday afternoon began with the Catholics gathering for our weekly rosary led by Loretta and prayers led by Patty. Later the residents met for our weekly prize bingo hour. All went away with bags full of treats. Michelle and Patty always make sure everything runs smoothly. Before we began we sang happy birthday to Dorothy and Marge. 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.
Wednesday morning we all gathered in the Square for our weekly church and communion with Pastor Sparby. We enjoyed his uplifting message and as always singing our favorite hymns. We appreciate him traveling from Sand Creek to share with us. JC Colby entertained us in the afternoon. We enjoy listening to his wonderful voice and his beautiful guitar playing.
Thursday morning activities included a turtle named Tommy and some bean bags. Add residents and it makes for an hour of bean bag tossing fun. The Granny Bakers gathered in the afternoon and under the direction of kitchen staff Audrey they made a batch of giant pretzels. After mixing up the dough and shaping it, we couldn’t wait for it to bake and enjoy its’ salty goodness. Some of us enjoyed dipping the warm pieces in mustard.
Friday morning we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. This activity has been a weekly tradition for many years 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 always a great way to end the week.
Next week will be a busy one here at the Big Yellow House. Along with our Tuesday and Friday bingo, we will have an afternoon of Black Out Bingo. Wednesday John Lynch will entertain us. To end the week we will be holding our Wine and Craft Beer Gala on Saturday from 5:00 to 7:30. Presale tickets are still available at the front desk. If you have never attended, you might think about coming. We always have a great time.
In keeping with the theme of next week’s fundraiser, here is a recipe from our 1996 cookbook that was submitted by Chris Lorenzen, medical records staff. Grape Wine: 2 (12 oz.) cans frozen grape juice, 4 ½ cups sugar, ¼ tsp. yeast, ½ cup raisins (if desired). Directions: Place ingredients in a gallon jug. Slowly fill with warm water, shaking to dissolve sugar. Fill with water until it reaches 1 inch from the top. Put large balloon on neck of jug. Put in warm area for 3 weeks. Place in bottles and store.
Until next week, stay warm! Barb Stobb, Activity Director