News for the week of December 10th to the 16th:


News for the week of December 10th to the 16th: Monday morning found the Green Leaf Crafters making cookie holders in the shape of Christmas Trees. We will use these to cover the cookies we will pass out to the visiting groups of children. Wally Hurt entertained us in the afternoon with his collection of animated Christmas items. It was fun to watch as he started the many different items that he brought. Tuesday morning found the East Dining Room filled with residents ready to get a little exercise. Tony led the group as their arms were swinging and legs were flying. The afternoon found us in the Square for an hour of bingo. As usual, many came away with bags full of goodies. After bingo we loaded up both vans and headed to Irvine Park to see the beautiful Christmas display. On the way home we passed through Bloomer to take in some of the beautiful decorations there. Pastor Mary Eide of Shepard of the Hill Lutheran church in Elk Mound led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate her taking the time to come and share with us. Then it was time to turn the Square into a concert hall for our Family Holiday Event. As residents and families arrived, JC Colby was tuning up his guitar to treat us to an hour of wonderful Christmas music. We even sang along to some of our favorites. After the concert Santa and his elf made an appearance before everyone returned to their dining rooms to enjoy a beautiful dessert buffet that our dietary staff had prepared. On Thursday morning the Colfax Kindergarten class came to sing for us. In the afternoon the High School Choir filled the Square with their rendition of many of our holiday favorites. We can always count on Mrs. Christianson and her students to put us in the holiday spirit. Rosary and Gospel Sing a Long started our Friday. We have a very special group of volunteers who make this time possible. Loretta, Kathy and Bruce are always glad to share their time, songs and special words with us. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. Later in the afternoon the 22ers 4 H group could be heard throughout the building as they caroled up and down the halls. The caroling continued on Saturday afternoon with a group of young adults from the Colfax and Elk Mound area led by Lexi Schindler came to entertain the residents with songs of the season. The holiday spirit continues next week with another family Christmas party along with music by Tim and Warren, and Chef Andy will show us how to make Russian Tea Cakes during his monthly baking class. Here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996. Leona’s Caramels: 1 cup butter, 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ tsp. salt, 1 cup light Karo syrup, 1 (15 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Directions: Melt butter in a heavy 3 quart sauce pan. Add sugar and salt. Stir in Karo syrup. Mix well. Gradually add milk stirring constantly. Cook on medium high heat until firm ball stage* (245 degrees) or for about 15 minutes. Remove from head. Add vanilla and pour into well buttered 9 X 9 inch pan. Cool for 4 to 5 hours. Flip onto board and cut with sharp knife and wrap each piece in was paper.* Note: Be sure when you test in water it is really a firm ball. Submitted by Leonna Ubbelohde. Until next week, may the memories of this special time of year keep you warm! Barb Stobb, Activity Director

News for the Week of December 3rd to December 9th:

News for the Week of December 3rd to December 9th: Monday found the Green Leaf Crafters starting another Holiday project. We began making Candy Cane Wreaths to adorn our rooms. They are easy to make and look quite elegant when they are done. The afternoon found residents in the East Lounge to enjoy one of our favorite Christmas movies, White Christmas. Later resident gathered to help the National Honor Society students decorate the Christmas tree in the East Dining Room. The residents enjoyed visiting with the students while they decorated. Tuesday morning found many in the East Dining Room for an hour of Kicking Karaoke. Tony leads the group that combines our favorite songs with a little exercise. This time it was holiday music that we sang and stretched to. Bingo was on the schedule for the afternoon and all came away with bags full of treats to keep them supplied for the week. Pastor Janelle from the Sand Creek Lutheran Church led us in our Wednesday morning church service. Everyone enjoyed her special message, and we always enjoy singing our favorite hymns. Right after lunch it was back in the Square where the Bloomer High School Juggling group showed off their talents. They showed us how to “multi task” in a very unique way. After the students were done, it was time for entertainment by Chuck Kirkwood and Friends. It was certainly a busy afternoon and fun was had by all! Thursday morning we once again gathered for our weekly volleyball tournament. The residents really enjoy this activity in which we all get our exercise and have some fun while doing it. Meanwhile in the Square we finished up our candy cane wreaths. They were very festive looking when they were done. The Square filled in the afternoon for our Lighting of the Christmas Star program. All listened as the names were read honoring and remembering loved ones from the community and beyond. Our Christmas Star campaign was a huge success due to the wonderful and giving people of Colfax and the surrounding area. Friday was busy here at Colfax Health and Rehab. We started out with our weekly rosary group led by Loretta. . Later in the Square we held Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. In the afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. Everyone went away with a little more jingle in their pocket. Saturday the Elk Mound Girl Scouts caroled throughout the building. The residents and staff are truly getting in the holiday spirit due in part to all of the local groups coming to sing for us! Next week will be another busy week at the Big Yellow House with our annual Family Christmas Open House for the Nursing Home with music by Rich Schroedder and then a visit from Santa and his elf. Also several caroling groups and weather permitting we hope to get out to view the Christmas Lights. Until Next week, stay warm!! Barb Stobb, Activity Director

News for the week of November 26th to December 2nd

News for the week of November 26th to December 2nd : After the busy holiday weekend, it was business as usual here at the Big Yellow House. Our first annual Craft and Vendor Fair was a huge success and I want to thank all that attended along with everyone that sold their goods. Plans for a bigger and better event for next year are already in the works. Monday morning found many residents in the Square for our Monthly Breakfast Club. This month’s special meal was side pork, hash browns, scrambled eggs and toast. Later that morning residents helped sort our holiday decorations as they shared stories of the wonderful time they had with their families over the Thanksgiving holiday. The afternoon was spent decoration the tree in the front entrance. We especially enjoyed “hiding the pickle”, the last ornament put on the tree. Tuesday morning found some residents gathering for Toss the Ball and exercise group in the East Dining Room. Meanwhile others help to place the hundreds of ornaments on the tree that adorns our Family Tree in the Square. Tuesday afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen kept the game running smoothly. Wednesday morning found many gathered in the Square for our weekly church service with Pastor Walck. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. The afternoon was filled with magic, music and fun as one of our favorite entertainers Magic Mary traveled from Chippewa Falls to spend time with us. We laughed, sang our favorite tunes and enjoyed social hour after her show. Thursday morning, residents gathered in the Square for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. The afternoon found residents gathering for our monthly Resident Council. The busy December calendar was reviewed, and all are excited about the many programs and singing groups scheduled to visit. We are also looking forward to our annual outings to see the area Christmas Lights. Friday morning found the Catholics gathering for our weekly rosary led by Loretta. After rosary, it was time for Gospel Sing a Long in the Square. Bruce and Kathy led the residents in an hour of sharing and special words. Dime Bingo was the activity for the afternoon. Once again many went away with a little more jingle in their pocket. Next week we are looking forward to continuing the holiday season with highlights including visits from several caroling groups, the middle school choir, and an afternoon with Chuck Kirkwood and Friends. Bouncing into town on Wednesday will be the Jugglers from the Bloomer High School. We always look forward to their visits. On Thursday we will hold our annual Love Light Program and the lighting of our Christmas Star. Until next week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director

News for the week of November 12th to the 18th

News for the week of November 12th to the 18th: Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center invites you to honor or remember your loved ones by purchasing a Light on our Christmas Star which will shine brightly on our building throughout the holiday season. The names of the loved ones you wish to recognize will be read at our Love Light Program at 1:30 on December 7th and will also be published in the Colfax Messenger during the holiday season. You may pick up the form anytime at the front desk of our facility, or you may use the form that is in the Colfax Messenger. Form and money can be dropped off or mailed to us at 110 Park Drive any time before December 1st. As always, we appreciate the Colfax communities continuing support. Monday morning craft group met in the Square as we continued work on our Christmas Crafts. Everyone enjoys this time together as we enjoy visiting while we work. Meanwhile in the East Dining Room, Tony led an exercise group. After limbering up, we enjoyed listening to stories of holidays past. The afternoon found our Granny Bakers in the Square packaging our Famous Dog Treats so they will be ready for our Sale on November 25th. We tried something new this year, we made “Pooch”sicles that are dog treats on a stick. Some of our four legged visitors sampled them, and by the way that they gobbled them up, I think they will be a great hit! Tuesday morning found residents enjoying bounce ball in the dining room. Others gathered in the East Lounge for a farm video. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Pastor Wik led us in our Wednesday morning church service. Everyone enjoyed his wonderful message, and we enjoyed Pastor leading us as we sang our favorite hymns. Residents gathered in the Square in the afternoon for a Sing a Long with Bev Ward. We always look forward her visits as she leads us in an hour of singing our favorite tunes. Even if we can’t sing good, her beautiful voice drowns out all the bad notes the rest of us hit! On Thursday morning our Green Leaf Crafters gathered in the Square to finish up some of our fleece projects that we have been working on. Meanwhile in the East Dining Room, residents gathered for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. On Friday morning our residents gather for rosary led by Loretta. Then, it was time for our weekly Gospel sing along. Kathy and Bruce take time from their busy schedules to help us out as they accompany us on the piano and guitar. The afternoon found us back in the Square for an hour of dime bingo. This weeks game was extra special as the ladies from Cook’s Valley Church joined us a brought a delicious treat for coffee time. In October the residents prepare leaves that have a space on them for residents, visitors and families to write on and tell what they are truly thankful for. Well I am happy to report that our “Give Thanks” Tree has been a huge success as it is filled with dozens of leaves. If you stop by for a visit, make sure and grab a leaf, fill it out and add it to the many leaves that already adorn the tree. Everyone is looking forward to next week and it will be a busy one! Not only are we looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, Peggy and Bob will be here to entertain us and we will be finishing up projects to sell at our craft sale on Saturday. Until next week, I leave you with this quote: “Thanksgiving is not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them.” From all of us at Colfax Health and Rehab, have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. As Always, Barb Stobb, Activity Director

News for the week of November 5th to the 11th

News for the week of November 5th to the 11th: “There's a light that shines on everyone, burning brighter every day For the souls who search for peace on earth it's the Christmas Star that lights the way.” Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center invites you to honor or remember your loved ones by naming a Light on our Christmas Star which will shine brightly on our building throughout the holiday season. The names of the loved ones you wish to recognize will be read at our Love Light Program at 1:30 on December 7th and will also be published in the Colfax Messenger during the holiday season. You may pick up the form anytime at the front desk of our facility or look for a copy in an upcoming Colfax Messenger. Monday morning craft group was back to work on our snow flake wreaths. We will be selling at the craft sale on November 25th. Meanwhile other residents spent time exercising to their favorite tunes in the East Dining Room. The afternoon was filled with magic, music and fun as one of our favorite entertainers Magic Mary traveled from Chippewa Falls to spend time with us. We laughed, sang our favorite tunes and enjoyed social hour after the show. Tuesday morning found the ladies enjoying a game of bounce ball in the Square, while the men gathered in the East Lounge for a video called Tractor Tales. Tuesday afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen kept the game running smoothly. Wednesday morning we all gathered in the Square for our weekly church service with Pastor Eide. We appreciate her taking the time to come and share with us. After lunch, the rolling pins came out again as we made another batch of our famous dog treats. Along with the regular bone shaped biscuits, we also made Biscuits on a Stick that will be sold at our Craft Sale in November. Thursday morning our weekly volleyball teams met in the East Dining Room. The competition was once again fierce, and we declared the game a tie. Meanwhile, Father Joe Nakwah and his assistant, Duanne Brunner led our Catholics in mass. The afternoon was dedicated to all of the veterans that reside at Colfax Health and Rehab. We began by reciting the pledge of allegiance. Tony then presented a slide show and we continued with reading of the veterans’ names, poems read by the residents and then everyone sang America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner before enjoying a delicious cake that Chef Andy had prepared for us. Rosary and Gospel Sing a Long started our Friday. We have a very special group of volunteers who make this time possible. Loretta, Bruce, Kathy and Jean are always glad to share their time, songs and special words with us. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week. Next weeks’ activities include music by Riverboat Randy and a sing along with Bev Ward, along with bingo with the Cooks Valley Church. In between the fun we will continue our work on getting ready for our craft sale on November 25th. Until Next week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director

News for the week of October 29 to November 4th

News for the week of October 29 to November 4th: Monday was the start of another busy week at the Big Yellow House. We began the morning with an hour of Baking with Chef Andy. This time Andy showed us how to make Dracula Teeth cookie treats. They were allot of fun to put together and will be saved for our little trick or treaters on Tuesday night. Bingo was on the schedule for the afternoon and all came away with bags full of treats to keep them supplied for another week. Tuesday was pretty spooky here at the Big Yellow House. Ghosts and goblins were everywhere! Many of the staff and residents got in the spirit and dressed for the holiday. There were witches, a princess, jelly fish, deer, zombies and even a pregnant little pumpkin to name a few. The kindergarten class entertained us in the morning with several spooky songs. We enjoyed seeing their costumes and listening to their delightful songs. Then in the afternoon it was party time! We started the party with a parade of costumes and the residents voted on their favorites. After the parade, we enjoyed the music of Chuck Kirkwood and friends. Later that night we held a Spooktacular gathering for the residents and all the little ghosts and goblins that visited. It was a fun time for all, and it was a chance for the children to come in and warm up, visit with the residents, play some games and watch a "spooky" family friendly movie. Pastor Matt Saarem led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. We enjoyed his inspiring message, and also singing along to our favorite hymns. Leona was here once again as she came for the service and assist those who needed it. Thursday morning we once again gathered for our weekly volleyball tournament. The residents really enjoy this activity in which we all get our exercise and have some fun while doing it. Meanwhile in the Square our Green Leaf Crafters continued work on our Christmas Wreaths. Friday was busy here at Colfax Health and Rehab. We started out with our weekly rosary group led by Loretta. After rosary, we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. We enjoy singing our favorite hymns led by Bruce on the guitar, and Kathy on the piano. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week. Here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996. This stew is a favorite of the residents and staff and guaranteed to keep you warm on cold winter nights. Brunswick Stew: 2 lb. diced chicken, 2 lb. diced pork, 4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced, 1 cup diced celery, ¾ cup onion, chopped, 4 cups potatoes, peeled and sliced, 1 bag frozen peas, 2 quarts chicken broth, 1 stick butter, 1 cup flour, 2 quarts chicken broth. Directions: In large kettle, cook vegetables until partly done. Drain, set aside. In kettle, melt butter stir in flour to make paste. Gradually add chicken broth, stirring constantly as you add. Cook until thickened. Stir in vegetables. Blend in chicken and pork, being careful not to over stir. Heat on low until hot. Submitted by Area Nursing Home. Until next week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director.  

News for the week of October 22nd to the 28th

News for the week of October 22nd to the 28th: We began the week with rolling pins in hand as we made a batch of rolled sugar cookies. We cut them into pumpkin shapes and frosted with an orange frosting. They will taste great with a fresh cup of coffee. Meanwhile exercises were the order of business in the East Dining Room. Tony leads this group and always makes exercising a fun time. After lunch, the rolling pins came out again as we made a batch of our famous dog treats. This time, we made the peanut butter flavored. Along with the regular bone shaped biscuits, we also made Biscuits on a Stick that will be sold at our Craft Sale in November. Tuesday morning found our Green Leaf Crafters back in the Square where we continued to work on our holiday door decorations. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen always make sure this fun hour runs smoothly. Pastor Hendrickson led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. Leona was also here and led the group in singing our favorite hymns. The afternoon found many in the Square for sing a Long with Kathy Irwin. It is always allot of fun singing along to some of our favorite songs. Thursday morning found many in the East Dining Room for an hour of Kicking Karaoke. Tony leads the group that combines our favorite songs with a little exercise. Meanwhile in the Square we enlisted the help of some residents to count, bag and label our dog treats that we had made on Monday. The afternoon found many in the East Dining Room for a fun word challenge. It was fun to see if our answers were right and the puzzle came together correctly The Catholics gathered on East for our Friday morning rosary group led by Loretta. Later in the Square we held Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. After bingo we were entertained by the Dunn County Bell Ringers. After their performance they joined us for coffee and a cookie before heading back to Menomonie. Next weeks’ activities will prove to be Spooktacular with a visit from the kindergarten ghosts and goblins on Halloween morning, a Halloween Dance featuring Chuck Kirkwood and Friends in the afternoon and later on Halloween day we will show a scary movie and have monstrous games and tricks before greeting the evening’s ghosts and goblins. The week will also feature music by Billy Krause and Riverboat Randy. We will also be working diligently on our projects that need to be completed before our Craft sale on November 25th. Besides what our residents will have for sale we already have 14 other crafters and vendors signed up with the promise of more being added to the list. I hope you have a Faboolous Halloween! Until next week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director

News for the week of October 15th to the 21st

News for the week of October 15th to the 21st: There were a lot of long faces on Monday morning, as the talk was about the Packers loss to the Vikings and the injury to Aaron Rogers. We were just thankful Aaron was not hurt worse than he was and hopeful the team will do ok without him. The Green Leaf Crafters gathered in the Square on Monday morning where we worked on a couple fall projects. We cut out more leaves for our Be Thankful Tree and continued working on our Candy Corn silverware holders. In the afternoon, Dale Martell traveled all the way from Stillwater, Minnesota to entertain us. We always enjoy listening as he sings some of our favorite country western songs while stringing along with his guitar, banjo, fiddle or ukulele. Tuesday mornings activity group with Tony went a little crazy! Gather up some residents, add some instruments and a karaoke machine, and watch out! More joined in when they heard the music and laughter. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen always make sure this fun hour runs smoothly. Wednesday morning, Pastor Koch led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We enjoyed her inspiring message, and also singing along to our favorite hymns as she accompanies us on the guitar. It was also great to see Leona back with us as she assisted those that needed during the service. After church, we loaded up the van for another journey out to the country side to see the colors of fall. This time we headed north towards Sand Creek as we were told the bluffs up that way were absolutely beautiful and they were right! We truly live in a beautiful part of the country. For the residents that stayed home, we put some of them to work cutting out leaves for our next project, poinsettias and snowflake wreaths. Thursday morning, residents gathered in the East Dining Room for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. The high school choir visited on Thursday afternoon and shared some of their songs from their fall concert. Our residents always enjoy it when students take the time to come and share their talents with us. The Catholics gathered on East for our Friday morning rosary group led by Loretta. Later in the Square we held Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week. Highlights for next week activities include Cooking with Chef Andy, a sing a Long with Kathy Irwin, also Riverboat Randy will be here to entertain us. And if we have time, we have dozens of pumpkin cookies to frost for our trick or treaters. Until Next Week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director.

News for the week of October 8th to the 14th

News for the week of October 8th to the 14th: Monday found the Green Leaf Crafters finishing up our Fall Banner project. You can see from the picture above, they turned out great. Exercises were the order of business in the East Dining Room. Tony leads this group and makes exercising a fun time. In our afternoon Awaken the Senses group we worked on our hearing senses as Tony led the group with a “What’s that Sound” quiz. Later that afternoon many gathered for our Monday Cocktail hour. This is a great time to visit with old friends and make new ones while enjoying our favorite beverage. Noodle meet Ball started out our Tuesday morning as residents gathered for an hour of fun using beach balls and Styrofoam noodles. Residents hit the ball with the noodles, and are challenged to see which team could keep the ball on the opponents’ side. In the end, everyone was a winner and we all had fun and even got in a little exercise in the process. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Pastor Conklin led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. After church we loaded up the van for a ride to view the beauty that only the fall season can create. The kitchen packed us a picnic lunch and we enjoyed stopping along the route to enjoy it. Then it was off to see more beautiful roads. Thursday morning craft group met in the Square and started work on our next project. A thankful Tree will adorn the Square during the holiday season and we cut out leaves for the tree. We kept with the holiday theme in the afternoon as we put together Candy Corn silverware holders. Loretta led our Catholics in the rosary, and afterwards we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. This activity has been a Friday morning tradition for many years here at Colfax Health and Rehab, and the residents enjoyed listening to the talents of Kathy on piano and Bruce on the guitar. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week. In closing, here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book which was published in 1996. Marie Schindler would make this for the residents each year when they would visit their lake cabin in Bloomer. She would always have to hide the dessert from our bus driver, Dick, or he would have eaten the whole dessert! Apple Bars submitted by Marie Schindler, retired Nursing Assistant CRUST: 1 cup shortening, 1 tsp. salt, 2 ½ cups flour, 1 egg (separated), ¼ cup milk, 1 tsp. vanilla. In a bowl mix together shortening, salt and flour. In a second bowl, mix egg yolk with milk and vinegar. Add just enough of this mixture to crust mixture to moisten crust. Remove half of the dough. Roll out onto floured board. Roll large enough to fit a 10 X 15 inch cookie sheet. Place crust in pan. FILLING: 12 apples, peeled, cored and sliced. 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Place apples in bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon. Mix. Place apple mixture on crust. Roll out rest of dough and place on top of apples. Prick top of crust with fork. Seal edges. In a small bowl beat egg white until foamy. Brush over top crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, turn down oven to 350 and bake for another 40 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with a soft powdered sugar glaze. Next week we look forward to music by Dale Martell, another leaf outing and watching our movie of the month, The Sound of Music. Until next week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director Many of the weeks activities were all about apples. Not only did the residents have a great time at the orchard last week, many brought back a few of their favorite kind of apples. We put some of them to good use on Saturday when Sherri and the CBRF residents made a pan of apple crisp. Warm out of the oven, with a scoop of ice cream, it was delicious. The apple activities continued on Monday when our Granny Bakers gathered to peel and dice apples for a batch of apple bread. Meanwhile the Green Leaf Crafters met in the Square to continue work on our fall banners. Later in the day, we enjoyed a slice of the fresh baked apple bread with our afternoon coffee. Tuesday morning started out with exercises in the East Dining Room. Tony leads this group and he always makes exercising a fun time. Afterwards we enjoyed apple slices dipped in warm caramel sauce for a snack. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteer Michelle calls the numbers and always makes sure this fun hour runs smoothly. Wednesday was another busy day at the Big Yellow House. After breakfast the Granny Bakers gathered to make another delicious apple dessert. This time the rolling pins were flying, and the resident were busy peeling and slicing as we made another fall favorite, apple pie. The pies would be served for dessert with our supper meal. Later that morning Pastor Mary Eide of Shepard of the Hill Lutheran church in Elk Mound led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate her taking the time to come and share with us. Rich Schroetter and Jim entertained us in the afternoon. They always draw a crowd as their beautiful voices and talented guitar playing echoes through the halls. Noodles meet Ball started out our Thursday morning as we gathered for an hour of fun using beach balls and Styrofoam noodles. As the residents hit the ball with the noodles, it is always a challenge to see which team can keep the ball on the opponents side. In the end, everyone came away a winner and we all had fun in the process. The afternoon found the residents doing a little gambling we played the Disc Drop Game. Residents are given cards with numbers on, and they try to guess which numbered box the disc will drop into after going thru a maze of pegs on a board. The winners go away with some tasty prizes. The next morning Loretta led our Catholics in the rosary, and afterwards we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. This activity has been a Friday morning tradition for many years at Colfax Health and Rehab, and the residents enjoyed listening to the talents of Kathy on piano and Bruce on the guitar as well as singing along to their favorite hymns. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week. Plans are taking shape for our first annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair on November 25th. The residents have been busy all year making items to sell. We already have many local crafters and vendors signed up to participate but do have space for a few more. If you would like to reserve a table space for the sale, give me a call. Until next week enjoy the beauty of the season! Barb Stobb, Activity Director.

September 24th, 2017

News for the week of September 24th to October 1st: Monday morning craft group met in the Square to start work on our next project. We are making fall banners to hang on our doors. Today we counted out the groups of petals that we needed for each sunflower that will adorn the top of our banners. We also cut out the centers for the flowers. Meanwhile the East Dining Room filled with residents ready to begin the week getting a little exercise. Tony led the group as their arms were swinging and legs were flying. Later the group reminisced about how everyone used to get their exercise. The afternoon found many in the Square for our cooking class with Chef Andy. We didn’t know what he had planned for us to make, but we knew whatever it was it was going to be delicious. Well, we weren’t disappointed as Andy showed us how to make chocolate truffles. And of course when they were done we had to sample them, and they were delicious! Later that afternoon many gathered for our Monday Cocktail hour. This is a great time to visit with old friends and make new ones while enjoying our favorite beverage. Tuesday morning found many in the East Dining Room for an hour of Kicking Karaoke. Tony leads the group that combines our favorite songs with a little exercise. The afternoon found our Bingo enthusiasts in the Square. All went away with bags full of treats. Volunteers Michelle and Eileen always make sure this fun hour runs smoothly. Pastor Wik led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. The afternoon found Peggy and Bob (and Teresa) in the Square where they entertained us with several beautiful Folk tunes. It was their first time here and all the residents agreed they would love to have them come back soon! Thursday morning found the Green Leaf Crafters back in the Square to continue working on our fall banners. This time we cut out the letters that will adorn them. Right after craft group we gathered up residents for a ride to Leffel Roots Apple Orchard in Eau Claire. It was a beautiful day for a ride and many of us returned with some of our favorite apples. The Catholics gathered on East for our Friday morning rosary group led by Loretta. Later in the Square we held Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns to sing. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. Because it was another beautiful day, we decided to gather up more residents for another trip to the apple orchard. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed driving thru the beautiful countryside. We returned in time to get ready for an afternoon of dime bingo which was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week. Next week’s highlights include music by Rich Schroetter and Riverboat Randy. We may even take another ride out to the country to see some more fall color. Until next week, Barb Stobb, Activity Director.