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March 6, 2014

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Olympics

As I write this the Olympics are still going strong both at Sochi and the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home. Our latest games were Winter Olympic charades and name that tune. 

I doubt that there is anything like that in the Sochi games, but we had fun. We also had Olympic bowling and bobsled races. The bobsleds were made out of tongue depressors with metal washers hot glued to the bottom. They were painted in the team colors by Deanna Gable’s five year old son, Jameson. They were then raced two at a time down a wooden slope festooned with miniature flags, made by Frank Miller and Mike Walrath. Very exciting. 

We had a special dinner of beef stroganoff on Feb. 13 in celebration of the Olympics.

The party for those celebrating a birthday this month was held on Feb. 13. The honorees were Deanna Gable, David Petri, Hilde Parr, Janet Gorman, Sue Walker and Jeanette Hansen. The Olympic theme was even evident here with the red velvet cake decorated with Olympic symbols, thanks to Darcey Schilling.

St. Valentine’s Day was Feb. 14. Some interesting facts: 62 percent of Americans celebrate the holiday. Each year one billion Valentines are sent, 85 percent are purchased by women, 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate candy are sold, 220 million roses are produced, 20 billion dollars are spent by Americans on valentine gifts, four billion of that for jewelry, six million couples get engaged on that day. I wonder who compiles these statistics? And why? 

The staff and residents at CWTH showed their esteem for each other by exchanging handmade valentines. We had a sing along in the afternoon, accompanied by Kathy Lindberg on her guitar. That was fun.

A Trivia contest was held on Presidents Day, Feb. 17, to see how much we know about our presidents. It turned out to be very little. Did you know that George Washington made $25,000 a year as president? And that there were ten presidents who had assassination attempts on their lives? And that there were actually four successful assassinations? Well, we didn’t either.

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