We had a picnic to celebrate Old Farmer’s Day. Old Farmer’s Day is a national day that is celebrated as a throwback to sustainable farming and farming practices of the old days. The month of October was chosen for this holiday since, traditionally during this time, the harvest would be mostly complete and farmers could take a break from their labors to enjoy this celebration.
Volunteer, Randy, grilled up over 70 hamburgers
For our picnic, we grilled hamburgers outside, despite the cold. We served them with baked beans, macaroni salad, potato chips, cookies and ice tea and lemonade. Care Center families joined us as well. It was a fun (and yummy) way to celebrate farming the old fashioned way.
We had many visitors to our Open House, some brand new, and others who have stopped in before.
Many checked out our remodeled apartment, which has a very comfy, modern feel.
We served a delicious light meal of chicken salad and ham sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, cookies and our famous mini-pies!
Amalia Gedney-Lose from Mercy Family Medicine of Columbus Junction, our wonderful speaker for the night, gave an informative talk about disease prevention and wellness.
If you missed our Open House, don’t worry, we will have another one soon. Keep reading our blog or check our
Facebook page to find out when!
Thanks to Leo Shima and Gayle Cuppy for entertaining us this afternoon!
We heard a variety of music from country to classics.
Here is a sample of what we enjoyed:
Hills was on one of the final legs of Ragbrai this year. We set up a booth to sell personal pies, water and ice tea. We had a lot of help from staff; it was fun but exhausting. Take a look at our pictures from that day!
Cook, Jared, building stands for our signs
Then he helped place smaller signs along the route early in the morning
All our inventory
We had lots of help on hand!
Dietary Aide, Olga, preparing pies in the back
Did we mention we had pie?
Peach, Blueberry or Cherry pies, ready to customize!
Toppings of whip cream, graham crackers, coconut, & rainbow or chocolate sprinkles were offered
Our administrators husband, Ed, and Dietary Aide, Rachel, making sales
Dietary Aide, Abbie, working out front
There was a bluegrass band playing in the Community Building where our booth was
Thanks to our cook, Jared, who shared stories of his recent Canada fishing trip to our care center residents.
He also brought his fishing boat so residents could look at it and reminisce about their fishing days.
Here is a little snippet of his talk (turn up the volume, the audio is quiet).
Happy Flag Day! It is wonderful to have a day to recognize our beautiful flag that represents the sacrifice of brave men and women and the freedoms that we enjoy.
We were honored to have veteran Terry Kruse from the Lone Tree American Legion speak to us today about our flag, sharing some very interesting facts and history.
Here is a little snippet of his speech. The audio didn’t record very well, so turn up the volume to hear.
Thank you Terry!
Tractorcade paraded by Hills Monday, so we headed to the edge of town to watch it go by.
It turned out to be a pretty nice afternoon, the sun was mostly under, and it wasn’t blazing hot.
Our Activities Director/Social Worker, Jane, got a treat by riding in an antique car!
It’s our final day of Nursing Home Week, and it’s 1950’s Day!
We had a cookout for lunch of cheeseburgers, baked beans, macaroni salad and sunshine jello – yum!
Our staff brought out their pearls and poodle skirts to wear.
In the afternoon we had root-beer floats in the care center and a sing-a-long with Iowa City Hospice Choir to finish the day!
Housewives are the heart of a family, especially in years past. So for day four of Nursing Home Week, we are celebrating the housewife with Betty Crocker Day!
The residents reminisced over old kitchen tools and recipes.
We taste tested some classic baked goods such as chiffon cake.
Our staff got into the spirit by wearing their aprons!
God Bless America! It’s
Patriotic Day, so get out your Red, White and Blue!
Stars and Stripes quilt owned by our resident , Dwight
This morning, the Care Center residents listened to patriotic music played on the piano and enjoyed cinnamon rolls with blue icing and red sprinkles.
We salute our Veterans at Atrium Village Care Center: Ken – Army, Jack – Navy, Dwight – Air Force, Jim – National Guard, and our director of Nursing, Terry – Army.
We had fun taking turns being Uncle Sam!