By Laura Kadlec Activities Director & Music Therapist
If you follow us regularly, you’ll know we just finished up a whirlwind week of cel ebration for National Skilled Nursing Week, along with National Nurses Week honoring our fabulous nurses. Even so, we are a bit tired out from all the hoopla, and were glad to get back to some of our regular routine beginning with our Monday morning singalong.
Music and the old familiar songs keep us grounded as we find comfort in those memo ry-stirring melodies. Lunch was soon served and mail delivered. Monday always seems to bring more mail with the day ou for our postal workers on Sunday. We love getting mail including cards and greetings from all of you! It is second only to an in-person visit.
The popcorn social was a festive time with folks gathered to “snack-n-chat.” We followed up with a grand game of bowling and no one tied this week. Winners were: Fourth place, Lorraine Anderson; third place, Irene Converse; second place, Frances White; first place champ: Ivan Mason with two strikes.
The evening ended with bingo. Ann Heath and Teresa Fedie were our bubbly helpers.
Father Jojo and Terry Pelzel arrived Tuesday morning for a nice time of mass and communion. We always appreciate the message from Father. A special treat included the neighborhood Ave Maria students who came by and gathered outside our windows on the front patio. They sang many springtime songs they had learned over the course of the school year. It is always fun seeing their smiling faces. The afternoon brought out crafters to the dining room to begin making sun- flower wreaths to hang on their doors. The clothespins were dyed black and yellow and then we arranged them on wire wreaths and painted some extra ornamental white dots on them. We will finish up next week adding some flowers. Pastor Paul from the Sabylund Lutheran Church arrived and we enjoyed a nice time of worship with him.
Wednesday morning was puzzling, as a number of our ladies chose to work on a couple of our tougher jigsaw puzzles! We were able to complete one puzzle before lunch arrived. The afternoon included our midweek bingo game. Assisting with set up, clean up, and candy rewards were Wanda Ebensperger and Linda Delong. Carol Bauer and Zeona Bechel were the blackout winners. Purple cows were the afternoon highlight at our midweek social. Everyone wondered, “What is a purple cow?” until they were served. A purple cow is grape soda and ice cream; kind of like a root beer float. Regardless, it was a delightful dessert and everyone enjoyed it.
Thursday began with a visit from Marlene Zimmer who read us all he news from the surrounding communities in the Courier Wedge and Pierce County Journal. We add a few stories of our own and the time passes quickly by. We bid farewell to Marlene and lunch was served. The afternoon filled up quickly with ladies getting manicures and everyone cuddling Brad’s puppies. Brad is always so good to take puppies to visits those who are unable to get out to the dining room to snuggle one of these fur babies. It was a full day of fun!
Friday and drumming just go together. It’s a great time to enjoy upbeat music, a little exercise, and lots of belly laughs along the way.
The afternoon included great music on the accordion and guitar of Jim Sexton, a favorite of ours. Jim plays all the great hits from the 40’s and 50’s, all of which we love. Wonderful cookies from Best Maid, complements of Ann Heath, accompanied our favorite bev- erages and topped ou the afternoon. Movie night ended our week with a fun baseball flick, "Rookie of the Year." It was a nice end ing to another busy week. We hope you won’t be too busy to find time to stop in and see us. It brings us much joy to a sometimes lonely day. See you soon! We'll put the couee on!