Happy Friday everyone! The residents watched the presidential inauguration this morning. They all especially liked listening to the wonderful choirs. Everybody sang along to “America the Beautiful” with The Mormon Tabernacle choir. This afternoon, they watched the inaugural parade. It was exciting watching history today! We also had our favorite piano player, James, come in. He played many beautiful classical songs and upbeat songs for us! The residents danced and sang of course! They think he is just so wonderful!
The morning began with 1920s humor. They enjoyed listening to all the funny lines from many celebrities of the day like Mae West, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, and even Albert Einstein. One of Mae West’s quotes was, “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” A quote they liked from W.C. Fields was, “Start off every day with a simple smile and get it over with.” After all those humorous lines, we exercised and danced along to 50’s music. Then we played a balloon volleyball game. Lastly, we played the category ball game. It was a busy, fun morning!
The residents worked on a snowflake watercolor painting. They turned out wonderful! Music Safari was also this afternoon. Jennifer talked about and played songs of Aretha Franklin. We learned that Aretha Franklin was close to MLK Jr. so she played a couple songs related to civil rights. It was interesting! She ended by playing a relaxing song while blowing bubbles!
Hello and happy Wednesday! Our morning began with a special ecumenical Worship Service with Pastor Dan and the Hosanna! Preschool Children. What a treat to hear the preschools sing songs of praise with us, they truly lifted our spirits. After our service, some residents attended Catholic Mass and received holy communion. Our morning was full- especially since the foot Doctor was here also- many residents were off to and fro and by the time lunch was ready, all the residents were ready to eat. After lunch we enjoyed some reminisce time, discussing the various holidays in January: Martin Luther King Day, Chinese New Year, etc. We also enjoyed a warm cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows before we played our favorite game of BINGO.
Happy Tuesday! Our day began with morning funnies. The residents listened to several humorous poems. It was different and they enjoyed it! It’s always good to start the day with a laugh! We exercised next by stretching and tossing/catching the ball to each other. Then everyone decided they wanted to watch Kids Say the Darndest Things with Art Linkletter. It was so funny how the kids described Bible stories, among many other funny statements they made.
This afternoon, the residents watercolor painted. They all created beautiful paintings that we will hang up on the walls. Everyone did such a nice job! After painting for awhile, we played a couple word games. That didn’t take us long to do because they’re so good at it! It was a very nice Tuesday
Happy Monday! This morning, there was devotions with Chaplain Mari. They sang a couple of beautiful hymns and listened to a lovely message from Mari. At the end, one resident said that we should raise the roof with our loud and enthusiastic “Amen!” After devotions, I read them a story, “(S)nowhere in Sight.” It was about a weatherman predicting a snowstorm of the century but then he worried that Mother Nature had made a fool of him. It had some funny parts in it that the residents liked! Then it was exercise time. Today, we used the ribbons and moved along to 50s music! It was great to see the residents having a good time and doing their own thing with the ribbons! Everyone was moving!
We had Martin Luther King Jr. activities this afternoon. We read from “I Have a Dream” speech and learned different trivia and read quotes. There were also a couple MLK word games we played, MLK Jr. Secret Quote and spelling Martin L. King. It was also wonderful to see Diane and Tolstoy today! He gave us a concert playing the piano and he even showed off a tuxedo shirt! Diane took out a new game for him and he did all his amazing tricks! It was a great time!
A few residents got their nails painted this morning. They were very happy getting a new pretty color on their nails! It was bingo after lunch. Everyone was excited to play and win! A few residents won again, it was great!
Toshimi and Simon came in to visit everyone after we were back from bingo. It was so good to see Simon, he’s just the cutest dog!
Happy Friday! The morning began with The Daily Chronicle. We learned about different events that happened this week and who would’ve had a birthday, like Jack London and Sophie Tucker. We got a laugh out of the daily trivia, “When a specimen of the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of the duck onto a rat.” It was fascinating learning all kinds of things. We did the balloon toss game and stretches for exercise this morning. They were all rolling with laughter during the game! After that, we watched several YouTube videos of babies. One resident joyfully said, “They’re so adorable!”
There was a guitar performance, Soul Acoustics Live, after lunch. The guitarist was amazing and everyone enjoyed the music! It was neat, we learned the musician was from Hungry so he played some songs from his country. The residents also enjoyed his humor in between songs! When we were back from the concert, they worked on an ice skate detective activity where they had to find items in the picture. It was a great day filled with lots of fun!
Greetings to you all! It was a beautiful Thursday- filled with lots of sunshine! Even though its cold, we all were so very happy to see the sun shining through our windows. One resident commented that if you sit with your face in the sunshine and close your eyes, you can go to Hawaii in your mind! We all liked that idea and sure enough it works! Try it! Our morning started with a group called “Funny After All These Years”. We went back to the 1920’s to share the witticisms of some of the most popular humorists of the decade. We asked the question: Is what was funny then still funny now? Our answer was YES! The quotes from May West and WC Fields had us rolling in our chairs. Next, we got in our morning exercise just before lunch. After lunch (Pulled pork on a wheat bun- yumm!) we all enjoyed a few games of Bingo before our big Music Safari! It was a busy day. I apologize for the lack of photos- our tablet is on the blink. However, we could post a few on our Facebook page, so you can head over to that after you are reading this.
Stay Warm~ Meliss
What a wonderful wintery day- snow and more snow! We braved the snow and headed to the Minnesota Zoos’ IMAX theatre to see “Africa’s Wild Animals”. It was beautiful movie, the residents enjoyed the beautiful scenery, breath taking animal cinematography and the warmth of the theatre! One resident even spoke about a memory of she and her husband going on an African safari many years ago. It was a wonderful outing! After lunch we enjoyed a special musical performance by Jim Roth. His voice, enthusiasm and keyboard had all of us singing along and taping our toes. We even had a few dancers this time!
Stay warm~ Meliss
The Hosanna! Preschoolers were here visiting this morning! A few residents came down to help them with a melting snowman paper craft. One of the little boys that sat by two of the residents kept saying that he only wanted one eye on his snowman and no nose or arms! They thought that was pretty cute! It was a fun time with all of them! Before they left, they sang to us their goodbye song. It was so sweet! When we were back, everyone listened to Chaplain Mari’s devotion and they all sang four hymns together! At the end, we said Amen all together. I think that was the loudest Amen we have had! It was a wonderful time! Next, we exercised by doing our stretches and beach ball toss.
This afternoon, we baked chocolate cookies! The residents worked really well together! While the cookies were baking, everyone watched Lawrence Welk polka videos. Everyone loved watching that! There was a lot of singing and clapping! The cookies tasted really good by the way!