Happy Wednesday! Our morning began beautifully with our Ecumenical Worship Service. Our guest speaker today was Sam Wada, Hosanna Media Manager, that gave us a beautiful message of Gods love. The Hymns we sang were: "I Love To Tell The Story" and "O Master Let Me Walk With Thee". After our service our Catholic residents gathered in the Fountains chapel for Rosary and Communion with Deacon Jim from All Saints. After our lunch and a little break, we all gathered in the garden for a bit to enjoy some fresh popped popcorn. It was nice to know the birds and squirrels would be loving all of the kernels that missed our mouths and ended up on the ground. It was nice to come in and cool off a bit to enjoy some patriotic crafts that we started yesterday. Love all of the red, white and blue!
What a wonderful day! Minnesota summers are absolutely the best and we totally took advantage of the picture perfect day today! Our morning began with the daily report and some fun trivia all about pennies! Then we all hit the garden until lunch. Lunch today was BLT sandwiches with potato salad and pineapple- yum! After lunch we were outside again and then came in to do some patriotic crafting. Finally our day ended with a sing a long with Suzie Q. With all of the amazing fresh air we all got- we all should sleep well tonight.
Happy Monday! It was a wonderful start to the day with devotions with Chaplain Mari. Residents sang "This is My Father's World" and "Jesus Loves Me" and she gave a message about God's glory in creation from Psalm 19: 1-4. Next, we had good morning exercises with stretching and using the parachute. It was a great time! We ended with trivia about cowboys and funny lines. Several residents played bingo this afternoon. Our finish the sayings, titles, rhymes, and songs and watching scenes from musicals like "Mary Poppins" and "Sound of Music" ended the day.
What a busy and great weekend! It was a wonderful start to our day on Saturday with our new spiritual program, Sacred Stories. Our volunteer, Stacey, led everyone in singing "Jesus Loves Me." Then she told the creation story to everyone while using visual paintings. Residents loved listening to the story and singing together! We were busy Saturday afternoon with bingo, exercising with the ribbons and listening to different songs. What fun! On Sunday, we began by singing several hymns together including, "Amazing Grace," "Standing on the Promises," "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," among others. We went outside and enjoyed Father's day poems and stories and funny fatherly sayings and quotes and stories in the afternoon. We all had a good laugh to those! After we were back inside, we listened to patriotic music and sang songs together.
Happy Friday! Our morning was busy with first exercises and then singing a variety of songs including "This Land is Your Land," "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain," and "Que Sera Sera." We also learned a little fun trivia about different events that happened this week like Ella Fitzgerald making her first recordings...one tune was "Love and Kisses" and we listened to that. Before lunch, we just had to watch adorable YouTube videos of laughing babies. After some rest, we went outside for a while. What a beautiful day! We enjoyed a few poems, trivia, and quotes for flag day. After we were back inside, we sang and listened to a few patriotic songs..."God Bless America," "America the Beautiful," and "Star Spangled Banner." It was wonderful hearing so many sing their hearts out!
Happy Thursday! We spent our morning singing lots of songs like "Yankee Doodle," "Oh Susannah" and did a finish the song lyrics game. For exercise, we stretched and used the ribbons to get moving and dancing to 50s rock n' roll music! We ended the morning with YouTube videos of babies laughing that gave us all big smiles. After lunch, we all needed sunshine so we spent a good amount of time out on the patio visiting and looking at the flowers. It was so wonderful! Our famous faces activity about Doris Day was next. We learned fun trivia, looked at pictures, and listened to songs and watched videos from some of her movies like "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "Tea for Two," and "It's Magic" from Romance on the High Seas." Music Safari was also today! It was a fantastic time listening to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, among other artists while residents played instruments, got moving with scarves and the parachute!
Hello and happy Wednesday. We started our day with the weather report from Paul Douglas. Today we are getting some free air conditioning from Canada, so it was a bit on the chilly side to sit outdoors this morning. We had a wonderful time playing a fun trivia game about "doubles" first- one of the questions was," What is the gum with the word double in it?"- The answer was Doublemint and a resident started to sing the jingle from the old commercials! We all joined in when we found it on YouTube! Our Catholic residents went to rosary and communion while the rest of us stayed in the family room for our next game. The next game was trivia about horses- and we rounded off the morning watching a travel show about Kentucky. Lunch was creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yumm! After lunch the sun was out and we all enjoyed sitting out in the garden listening to Ella Fitzgerald. It was lovely. WE came in after a while for angel food cake and coffee. Great day!
Happy Tuesday! It was a wonderful and busy morning! We started out with the weather report. So glad we were able to get outside yesterday! Then we did lots of trivia about food: fruit and hot dogs. One resident told us about all the apple trees he had while he was growing up. It's so wonderful to hear stories from residents! We ended the morning with a fun arm exercise with the parachute! Today was the popcorn party! We watched scenes from classic movies and musicals while we enjoyed our treat! It was a fantastic end to the afternoon with music with Jim Roth. Everyone had a great time listening to polka and other old-time and 50s songs!
Happy Monday! Our day began with devotions with Pastor Mari. She led residents in singing, "Doxology," "Amazing Grace," and "Jesus Loves Me." It was wonderful! Then we all went outside and enjoyed the beautiful morning! We spent our time doing a few stretches, finish the sayings, and reminiscing about all the fun things to do in the summer like camping. We also just had to sing a few songs too including, "Oh What a Beautiful Morning." Bingo was this afternoon. It was a fun time playing several games together! After that, we all went outside again! It was a fantastic time resting, singing, and enjoying more fresh air!
Saturday, June 8: It was a beautiful day here in Lakeville and we took advantage of the morning! We all spent our morning in the Willows garden enjoying the light breeze and warm Minnesota air. We also planted some fresh herbs, Basil, Oregano and Thyme along with a new cucumber plant to replace the one that got water logged from the rains earlier in the season. Our tomatoes are flowering and we are seeing some with green fruit already and our beans and peas are climbing up our bamboo poles! ! We all are truly enjoying such a diverse garden this year. The afternoon was filled with Bingo fun! It was an extra special and totally packed Bingo session as we had many families with grandkids that also played with us! It is so wonderful to have families making such wonderful memories together here in The Willows! After Bingo, we enjoyed some music and trivia fun!
Sunday, June 9th began in a wonderful way, we all enjoyed Michelle giving us a piano concert in the living room. She is so talented and hearing her play is such a gift. After our concert we enjoyed some riddles- "What has 13 hearts but no other organs? A deck of cards!" It was awesome to see the residents guessing and really getting involved!. Before lunch we watched a short show on vintage cars of the 1950's! A few residents said, "Hey, I had a car like that!" or "That has to be a Buick!". After lunch we played community Scrabble and popped popcorn to enjoy- both the smell and the taste! Musical Moments was a fun time to watch some classic movie/ theatre musical clips to sing along to! Some favorites were from "Oklahoma", "West Side Story" and "Les Miserables".