One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

On our second to last day of Dr.Seuss week, we decided to pay tribute to all of his books, by having a “dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character” day. We also read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. After the reading, we surprised the residents with a real fish tank! We included three mixed fruit tetras and had the residents pick their names! The blue one is Oscar, the green one is Myrtle and the pink one is Happy. This experience (setting up the fish tank together) made the residents excited and happy! Which also makes us happy! Check out our costumes and fish area below!

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Cat in the Hat

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” – Dr. Seuss

Today was themed Cat in the Hat day. Many employees dressed up, as well as residents who enjoyed wearing their red and white striped hats! We read aloud the book and played a fun, hands on game. Then in the afternoon, the residents enjoyed decorating their own Cat in the Hat themed cupcake. They had a choice between red or blue and then topped it with icing, sprinkles and cotton candy! Some made faces with m&m’s and used cotton candy as the hair. It was quite cute.

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Just look at those smiling faces! Dr. Seuss can make anyone happy, don’t you agree?

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Week

Throughout this week, we are celebrating a great author. In honor of his birthday this week (March 2nd) and for all the wonderful ideas, inspirations and quotes he has taught us over the years. To start off the week, our residents watched the movie The Lorax in the morning and then made a darling clay pot Lorax in which they planted marigolds to look like truffula trees from the movie.

This is a lovely book/ movie about a boy who will do anything to find a truffula tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. It turns out truffula trees are very hard to find and maybe even extinct due to greed and selfishness caused by one man mainly, but then as a whole later on. The Lorax, a grumpy but adorable creature speaks for the trees and knows how important it is to care for the environment. As it is in real life!

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not!” –  Dr. Seuss

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Making their clay pot Lorax!

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Isn’t he cute?

So remember, be mindful of the environment in all ways and never be afraid to do the right thing!

Words from the Wise

Today, we are featuring an original poem by one of our residents. She has a true talent for poetry and we are certainly enjoying her wise words. We hope you do too!

Prologue to “The Making of a Pearl”

“This poem came to me as I contemplated the trials people often go through and the impact those trials often have on their lives. Many of the most compassionate people I have been privileged to know are also people who have experienced great hardship and trial of one sort or another. I thought about the scripture in Jeremiah 48:11 concerning Moab: “Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees,(like wine left on its dregs)*, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel neither has he gone into captivity; therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed…”

* used in the NIV version and makes this verse a lot more understandable to us in the 21st century.

“Nature teaches us about the process of a pearl being formed in an oyster- the irritation actually becoming the process of a beautiful jewel. This is what the Lord began to speak to me to produce this “parable” in poetic form.

THE MAKING OF A PEARL

As I looked at the pearl that lay in my hand

A lesson from nature transpired:

This beautiful treasure had started from sand

And from trials, its beauty acquired

The oyster through much irritation had come

And defensively added protection

That brought such a transfiguration with time

It produced this great gem of perfection

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Could it be that the trials that come upon us

Are creating an Eternal Treasure

And as the Refiner brings heat in the fire

Mortal flesh takes on heavenly measure?

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In that wonderful day when He makes up His Jewels

And He gathers us in as His Bride

We will see that all things were planned for our good

And by trials we were made purified.

Phyllis M Sizelove

October 27, 2001

National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month. A month to recognize a very important organ in your body. Not only is it used to fall in love…with people, but with anything and everything beautiful in this world. In order to do so, you need to keep your heart healthy! You can do this by EATING WELL and STAYING ACTIVE. So as soon as you’re done reading this excerpt, get moving! Do something, anything to get your blood flowing and your oxygen pumping.

According to the American Heart Association:

1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke.

Men are at risk too!

Try relieving stress by: Chatting with an old friend, going for a walk or  listening to music.

Exercise: While listening to that music, get up and get moving, any movement helps!

Eat better: Try adding more fiber to your diet, cut out those saturated and trans fats and take a sip of red wine once in awhile…a little bit is good for the heart!

Quit smoking: Smoking is the #1 risk factor associated with coronary heart disease. It also decreases your HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers your tolerance for physical activity.

~ Smiles and hugs are good for the heart as well ~

Words from the Wise

Every so often, when someone is feeling down or just having a bad day, it is always nice to try and cheer them up somehow. Our residents are always doing this for us. Whether we are down or not, they always have something sweet and smart to say. We like to think of them as Words from the Wise. The great Advice from the Ages. And sometimes just plain on point and what you needed to hear. However, we aren’t always down or having a bad day, but we sometimes just want to hear what they have to tell us. They know best. So…we ask them questions about life.

“How do you know when someone loves you?”

“You just know.” – Elizabeth J.

“What makes a happy marriage?”

“A little give and take. Having arguments, but never ending on an argument!” – -Elizabeth J.

“Happy people.” – Hayden M.

And this is the great advice that we get!