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It’s starting to get spooky around here this week as we close in on Halloween. A lot of ghosts and black cats can be seen in the hallways. (Could it be my medication?) I hope so.
Since it is Halloween month we’re going to explore some traditions in countries starting with Austria. Austria has a pumpkin festival in Netzerland (where?) called Kurbesfest. On November 11, Austria celebrates Martini (did someone say Martini?) which includes costumes and a lantern procession. Some people believe that if they leave bread, water and a lighted lamp out, dead souls will be welcomed back to earth for the night. The other country we’re going to check out is England, where the “trick-or-treat” custom originated. Instead of carving pumpkins like we do, they carve large beets called “punkins.” They also call Halloween night “Mirclif Nite.” I like the name “punkies.”
Now we’ll head back to the United States to Glenwood City, WI and see what’s going on in the Havenwood section of the Glenhaven campus.
On Sunday we honed in on the various football games. Most of us were happy with the Packer’s results. A good start for the week.
We had our famous trivia time on Wednesday afternoon. I would call this week’s topic “Hodge Podge.”
We learned that there are seven colors in the rainbow. They are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. I thought there were three colors. The three primary colors are red, blue and yellow.
Camels can survive up to 10 months without water because they get sufficient water from green vegetation and they store water in their red blood cells. Skin is the largest organ. The average adult has over 8 pounds of skin. (I bet Elgien knew that). The youngest country in the world is South Sudan, Africa, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011.
Sweden has more islands than any other country in the world. They have 221,800 islands. Way to go Sweden!
Canada boasts 396.9 million acres of forests or 9% of all forests in the world. How’s that for a little enlightenment for the week.
We’re extending birthday wishes to Don Lichter and Christella Beyrer this month. Don is the pumpkin baby, he was born October 31st.
Buckle your seat belt for what appears to be a long drive (COVID) but we’ll eventually get there! Stay well.