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News for the week of January 20th – 26th
The cold Saturday afternoon quickly warmed up when a group of children from the community led by Jolene Albright, librarian came and read stories to us. Their reading selection was from the Little House on the Prairie series and was enjoyed by all. We hope they had as much fun reading as we had listening.
Sunday was a well-deserved day of rest for many of the staff that helped with our 2019 Wine Tasting Event. Everyone had a great time and once again we were amazed at the turn out. All agreed that this year’s event was the best ever and we are already starting to make plans for next year’s gala.
Monday morning found residents gathered for an hour of short stories and devotions. Barb leads this group and always has an interesting story to tell. Today she shared humorous stories on “the joys of growing older.” After lunch the Catholics gathered on East for our weekly rosary group led by Loretta. Later 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.
Cribbage was the name of the game on Tuesday morning as Al, Toby, Vern, Tom and Gus enjoyed an hour of homemade cookies, hot coffee and fast flying cards! Following lunch the Catholics gathered for prayers and devotions. Patty leads this group and the residents appreciate her taking the time to lead us. Then it was time for Prize Bingo in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Patty always make sure this fun hour runs smoothly. Before supper we were blessed to have Jordan Herrick come and spend time with us. Not only does he bring us an inspiring message, but also sings some of our favorite hymns.
Pastor Walek 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 once again to help those who needed help finding the songs in their books. 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.
Thursday morning, residents for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. The Pillsbury dough boy came to visit on Thursday afternoon as Audrey and her assistants baked up some hot from the oven cinnamon rolls. Add a fresh cup of coffee and you have a delicious treat. Later Jordan returned to lead us in an hour of prayer and devotion.
Friday morning we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. Residents enjoyed singing along 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.
In closing, here is a recipe from our 1996 cookbook submitted by Cheryl Stene, former Dietary Supervisor.
Oven Stew: 2 lb. cup up beef stew meat, 1 medium onion, 6 carrots (cut into chunks), 4 to 6 medium potatoes (cut into chunks), 1 tsp. salt, 2 TBS. Minute Tapioca, 1 TBS. sugar, 1 cup tomato juice, pepper to taste. Directions: Place meat and vegetables in a roaster. Sprinkle with salt, sugar, pepper and tapioca. Pour tomato juice over. Cover and bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 4 hours. Stir occasionally.
Until next week, stay warm! Barb Stobb, Activity Director