This morning, the residents listened to a book report that a child wrote about the entire Bible. Here are a few parts of it: “…Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars…Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable…Humor thy father and thy mother…After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, ‘Close the door! Were you born in a barn?’ It would be nice to say, ‘As a matter of fact, I was.’)” It was so funny! We all had a good laugh that’s for sure! Everyone met a new volunteer and her three year old son this morning. They did a ball toss together. All of their faces lit up and everyone was so happy! It was fun having a little one all full of energy here in the morning!
We played a few word games this afternoon, including a category and list game and a what’s next game where I read a phrase and they finished it. It was a good time! After that, we looked at and talked about Normon Rockwell paintings. He was an amazing artist! It was a great day!
Happy Monday! This morning the residents watched episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Everybody was rolling with laughter in their seats! That was a great show! They enjoy watching that! After lunch and some rest time, we played the game Pennies In. This game is a great way to get to know each other better and learn all kinds of different things about one another! It was a great time! Diane and Tolstoy visited today! We were all happy to see him show us his tricks! Tolstoy got a lot of treats from everyone…he was one happy dog! It’s funny how motivated he becomes to get treats! Diane tried a brand new game with him with different colored tennis balls. He did a pretty good job! He’s the best dog!
Happy Sunday! We started our morning with Hosanna! Worship Services. It was wonderful just to sit in the family room and watch the services that were going on in the building next to ours. It was very inspirational and in the sermon, the pastor spoke of Moses- and commented that he lived to be 120 years old. One resident exclaimed, “Wow! I’m 92, I can’t imagine living another 28 years, but then again, he was Moses after all, he had a lot of people to save, he needed that time!”. Next, we got caught up on Current Events and read the Sunday Funnies- and did our morning exercise. After lunch we had “Individual Time”, which is a wonderful time for me to do some one on one programing and visiting with residents. Molly the dog also visited today. She is a beautiful platinum blond Golden Retriever rescue dog that truly has a heart of gold and makes everyone smile and feel nothing but loved
Happy Saturday! Our morning started with a good laugh! The residents listened to humorous children’s prayers. Here’s one of them…One night Mike’s parents overheard this prayer. “Now I lay me down to rest, and hope to pass tomorrow’s test, if I should die before I wake, that’s one less test I have to take.” There were so many funny ones! Everyone loved listening to those! Next, we exercised by doing stretches and a beach ball toss. It was a good time had by all!
After lunch, a few residents had their nails painted. Then we went down for bingo! One resident was so excited that she won three times! Toshimi and Simon visited today also! They just love seeing and enjoying time with dogs. Simon is so calm and relaxed with them! It was a great Saturday!
Happy Friday! The morning began with The Daily Chronicle. We learned about all kinds of things that happened this week. Did you know…the Eskimo Pie was patented in 1922 by Christian K. Nelson? He got the idea for the chocolate-covered ice cream bar when a boy in his store couldn’t decide whether to spend his money on ice cream or a chocolate bar. We always like the humor of the day. Here’s a quote from Ernie Kovacs, “Television: A medium. So called because it’s neither rare nor well done.” After that, we stretched and played the balloon volleyball game. That was so much fun!
It was the February birthday party today. There was great music, tasty cake, and good comapany. It was a fun celebration! The residents sang along to all the songs and really enjoyed the music! It was a good time!
Our morning began with Morning Funnies and believe me- it was the residents reacting to the funnies- that was so funny! One resident showed us her version of Swan Lake (seated) and everyone within eyesight was howling with laughter. She was kicking and twirling, all in good fun, note: we were laughing WITH her ballet satire, not laughing at her. Next we enjoyed watching many of the residents favorite Marylin Monroe film, Gentlemen Perfer Blonds. It was a very interactive movie and prompted much discussion on the beautiful costumes and of course, the songs. After lunch we enjoyed some games of bingo. Enjoy the photos
Happy Wednesday! Our morning started as it usually does on Wednesday with our Ecumenical Worship Service. We did have a surprise though, Pastor George has returned after a brief medical leave. We were so very happy he is recovering and doing well and we were excited to see him and hear his sermon- as only Pastor George can give it! After church, some of us gathered in the Chapel for Rosary and Catholic Communion. While the others were in the Chapel, the rest of us gathered in the family room for some humorous jokes and some “Cherry Pie” Trivia. With all that talk about baking we all were ready for lunch! After lunch we gathered to enjoy some hot cocoa with marshmallows and cookies and reminisced about the snow and winters past. One resident shared a story from her youth when she and her family were snowed in their cottage for almost a week. She said she and her family had a wonderful time, making the best of the situation and she remembered how happy they were that they had chopped so much wood that summer
We got straight to work this morning with our Turtle Mosaic Project. The turtles are looking spectacular and the residents and truly enjoying making them! The project is perfect for many different abilities and provide everyone the opportunity to work together and at their own pace. They should be ready in about a month, then when the ground thaws, we will be permanently placing them in our Willows garden for all to be enjoyed!
The second half of our day included a visit from Jim Roth, one of our favorite musicians that plays exclusively in The Willows- just for us. He is wonderful to take all of our requests and one resident had a unique Polka request, the “She’s Too Fat For Me” Polka! As funny as the name sounds- almost everyone knew the words and we laughed while we sang! After our musical entertainment, we didn’t want the fun to end- so I started up the musical, “Hello Dolly”! We greatly enjoyed singing along with Barbara Streisand, even if she was only on the TV.
Happy day! Melissa
The day began with devotions with Chaplain Mari. She had a nice message and they sang four hymns together including, “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” We raised the roof again with our Amen at the end! After that we listened to Glenn Miller while we stretched and then we had a game of balloon volleyball. There was a big group today so it was extra fun! Everyone was smiling and laughing this morning! The YouTube baby videos also brightened our morning!
This afternoon, we baked chocolate fudge cupcakes. It was a good time baking together. While the cupcakes were baking, they listened to some funny stories that gave us all a good laugh! Everyone liked the cupcakes when they were done!