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February 21-27, 2021

Anticipation was high with the delivery of "The Cottage" sometime this week...and Thursday was the big day!

Meanwhile, Sunday, February 21, a small group of residents gathered together to watch the LIVE streamed Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church service. “Sunday feels more like Sunday when going to church together” as one resident put it.

Monday started with our daily devotion over the intercom. We read how God is a listening Father who responds to heartfelt prayers seven days a week. Isn’t that comforting to know He not only hears us but responds? Psalm 34:17 tells us “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”

Manicure Monday followed that morning along with BINGO in the afternoon.

Tuesday was National Tootsie Roll Day! In the morning in Cooking in the activity room, a small group stirred up a double batch of Tootsie Roll Fudge. It was so nice to be able to make candy again.

That evening the Tootsie Roll Fudge was served. It was the perfect flavor combination of melted Tootsie Rolls and peanut butter. Yum! And the cookers did such a great job as the texture was melt-in-your-mouth smooth. Mmmm-m-m-m!!

Lorraine Durst of Low Point was welcomed to room west 15 on the 24th.

Wednesday’s activities included BINGO in the morning and Active Games in the afternoon, which were all done in rooms. The evening had the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church service played over the intercom system.

During Inspirational Stories on Thursday, staff read from a book written by Brother Ed Schwartz from Bluffton, Indiana. It shares of his experiences in Haiti: the trials of sadness and the happiness that the young and old go through there. He praised the Lord in the book saying, “Thanks be to God we can be sustained by our Great God!”

The yummy scent of fresh popped popcorn filled the nursing home as it was Popcorn Pop-in on Thursday, too. This is still a favorite activity for many who delight in that unique flavor of salty, buttery fresh popcorn.

It was very exciting when the Home’s new Countryside Barns shed was delivered on the 26th. This special shed to be used for families to safely visit their loved ones who reside in the nursing home. It has two sides with a divider down the middle to keep visitors and residents separated. There is a separate HVAC system on each side so the air inside the unit does not mix. There are two separate doors for entrance into each side. “The Cottage” will be an indoor, climate-controlled building to soon be able to schedule a window visit. What a wonderful blessing this will be for all who use it.

Friday was a fun day celebrating the birthdays of Levi Strauss and Johnny Cash. Staff and residents were encouraged to wear their blue jeans. Activity staff shared facts and trivia about both of these men with the residents. Levi Strauss was born February 26, 1829. Strauss, an entrepreneur and fashion designer, launched and built one of the most enduring and popular clothing items – the blue jeans. During the 1890’s, the first Levi’s 501 jeans were introduced.

Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932. Cash was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. During his enlistment period, he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and became a crack Morse Code Operator in a Security Service Unit. It is well known that Johnny Cash wore black. The reason he did this was to remember the less fortunate.

That evening on activity channel 2 the movie “The Gospel Road—One Man’s Journey on the Road to the Truth” was shown. This movie came out in 1973. A black-clad Johnny Cash appeared in and narrated this version of the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, which was shot on location in Israel. Cash performs a number of original songs in his signature style. Individual chocolate pie desserts were served that evening, in remembrance of Johnny’s favorite dessert: chocolate pie!

The Saturday morning activity staff held What’s News where residents were updated on current events and the local news was read. In addition, the movie “The Little Polar Bear” was shown on activity channel 2 in celebration of International Polar Bear Day.

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