By LORI SMITHHART
This week began Monday with exercise and singing. The women in the sewing club got together to start cutting quilt blocks for lap blankets and a baby quilt for Bonnie Crandall's great-grandchild that soon will be delivered.
We had a bean bag race in the afternoon. Two lines of residents passed the bean bag down the line. The team that got the bag to the last team member won. After several rounds, we switched to bean bag toss. The team of two residents which dropped their bean bag last, won. In the end, all residents got prizes.
The Herbel families came Tuesday to sing and play games. They sang for 10 to 15 minutes, then played dominoes, jingo, and colored with the residents. In the afternoon, we played bingo.
Exercise and singing were on the agenda for Wednesday. Before lunch we had devotions and singing with Gayla Ratzlaff and Eleanor Herbel. In the afternoon, the St. John church group from Tampa came for devotions and singing and passed out cookies. We also enjoyed juice and coffee with our cookies.
Residents participated in "Spa and Shine" Thursday. They enjoy getting their nails cut, filed, and polished.
After lunch, Carol Ollenburger and women from Marvin and Marjorie Rediker's church came to celebrate the Redikers' 60th wedding anniversary. Carol had made an angel food cake with vanilla frosting and sprinkles. She also brought vanilla ice cream and we added coffee, juice, and ice water for those who wanted it.
Later Thursday afternoon, we painted porcelain masks that the residents were able to hang in their room or give to family members.
The week ended Friday with exercise and singing. The men's bingo club met that morning. During the afternoon, residents enjoyed a ride in the country. We went to Marion Reservoir and residents' homes and the area surrounding Hillsboro.
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The week began with exercise and singing. Residents sit in a circle and choose favorite songs.
Dorothy Morford plays the piano by ear and entertains the group. They have fun singing and reminiscing about learning the songs and share the experience with others.
Hillsboro librarian Cathy Fish read to residents Monday morning. In the afternoon they made paper collages out of magazines and bright-colored paper. The residents enjoy choosing pictures from the magazines.
The Penner family came Tuesday morning to sing and play games. In the afternoon some residents enjoyed a van ride in the countryside. Upon returning, they played bingo. In the evening, the Gospel Messengers entertained.
The north hall meeting was held, and the south hall met with Pam Buller. We got some good ideas for activities.
The men's bingo club met Thursday morning.
Before lunch, we enjoyed singing with Dorothy Morford at the piano.
In the afternoon, residents worked on some painting projects. They have been working on painting some wooden cut-outs of animals and will make them into magnets. While they paint, they visit and listen to music.
Exercise and singing rounded out the week on Friday. That morning, staff, residents, and children came for an Easter egg hunt.
We also celebrated Alma Remple and Raymond Oursler's birthdays, which were Saturday. We enjoyed chocolate sundaes and beverages and the Oursler family brought a cake to share with the residents.