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November 25, 2010

Home Notes: November was a busy month

— Autumn has brought us beautiful, crisp, sunny days and we have enjoyed the changing colors of the leaves.

The leaves on our maple and pear trees were particularly bright this year and we have enjoyed rides to see the countryside and the surrounding villages. Several residents traveled with staff to the Fly Creek Cider Mill to savor the sweet cider and many tasty treats.

Our surprise activities have included team competitions of Jeopardy, bowling, crossword puzzles, indoor mini-golf, and a triathlon with magnetic darts, trivia questions and word puzzle competitions.

The activities hone our physical skills and test our mental abilities, but most of all they are fun for all ages from two to 96. Our youngest competitor is Jameson Gable and he is a very fair competitor, often assisting those of us who need a bit of help by pushing the target a little closer. All this is done with an endearing two-year-old smile, so who can resist.

Our Halloween party was a big success. Pat DeBaun and Susan Kenyon decorated Halloween cookies in preparation for the party. Bins of costumes, masks, wigs, and hats were placed in the Activity Room so residents could create their Halloween attire. On Oct. 29, residents and staff dressed up and enjoyed a day full of Halloween fun.

We met in the Living Room in the afternoon for the costume party. We played Bingo, but the numbers on the cards had been replaced by Halloween pictures and we used M&M’s for placers.

Everyone was lucky and prize candy was distributed to all the winners. Staff and residents also enjoyed a lively game of charades followed by refreshments. Pat DeBaun’s daughter, Eleanor treated us to some of her wonderful ginger snaps. Personal Care Supervisor Laura Black won the jar of candy corn for guessing the quantity correctly. Residents, families, friends, and staff enjoyed the laughter and camaraderie.

On Veteran’s Day we honored our Veterans, Sue Stevens, Alberta Bowes, Wally Pickhardt, Bill Bowes, Joe Langan, Leon Rathbun, Ralph Veenema and Arthur Laidlaw at dinner. We shared a moment of silence to honor the Veterans who have served our country in the past and the many young men and women currently serving the United States here and abroad.

Our November birthday party was held on Nov. 11.

Cook, Darcey Schilling, made a beautiful birthday cake displaying a group of pilgrims in honor of Thanksgiving.

We sang Happy Birthday to residents Frank Rollins and Pat DeBaun and staff Gary Wadsworth, Vivian Allison and Laurie and Fred Blatt.

As Thanksgiving Day approaches we reflect on the things we are most thankful for, including family, friends, the companionship between staff and residents, our pets and the warm, gracious Home in which we live and work. Happy Thanksgiving from our Home to yours.

Members of the Thanksgiving Home staff put together this report.

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