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March 6, 2014

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Olympics

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---- — 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.

On Feb. 18 the Saxophone Combo consisting of Arnie Jungkind, Ed Badgley, Sue Haggerty, Karen Dunlap and Milo Stewart presented a concert. Their music is lively and harmonious and we enjoyed having them here.

We are very fortunate to have a variety of musicians volunteer their time to entertain us. On Feb. 20 Anita Briggs, well known harpist, played her harp for us. The music was lovely as was the harp with its beautifully carved pillar. (I just learned that’s what the large column in the front of a harp is called).  Briggs is a talented and beautiful lady and we appreciated the time she spent with us.

The monthly Thanksgiving Circle was held on Feb. 21. This is the time when we get together with Laurie Blatt, our administrator, and talk about what we are thankful for and what we like or don’t like, (there’s not much that we don’t like), what our simple pleasures are and what the Thanksgiving Home can do to include more of these into our daily lives. It was decided that most of them are already in our daily lives or can easily be implemented.

We ended our two weeks of Olympic Games and held our closing ceremony on Feb. 21. The Chief Judge, John Santello, presided over the ceremony, with the assistance of Blatt. He extinguished the Olympic flame (which you may remember was crumpled up red, yellow and orange tissue paper). Every one on each team was awarded a small gold medal on a red, white and blue ribbon to wear around their necks and an official Olympic pencil. Then, with much fanfare, the judge awarded the large medals to the teams according to how they performed in the games over the last two weeks. There was a tie for gold, between the Black Jacks and the Green Hornets, Silver went to the Glaciers and Bronze to Blood and Guts. Actually, we had so much fun that we felt everyone was a winner.

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part,” said Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee and considered to be the father of the modern Olympic Games.