Monthly Archives: August 2012

Primrose Luau at Lima

Carolyn and Clifford Suptius

Carolyn and Clifford Suptius

Lil and Evan Neiswander

Lil and Evan Neiswander

Balloon going up

Balloon Ride going up!

Balloon over Lima Primrose

What a view!

Lima, OH, Senior Living

On August 2nd Primrose of Lima had a luau to Celebrate the 6th Anniversary of the building being open.

There was Hawaiian food, music and a special surprise! The surprise was that two of our lady residents were going to take a ride in a hot air balloon.

Mary Hope Bryant was so thankful to be able to do this and was looking forward to seeing what the world looked like from up there. Shirley Hetzler was equally thankful to have this chance.

The owner of the balloon was Rick Cusick whose father at one time was a resident of Lima Primrose. He brought his crew with his balloon and they assembled it on the front yard.

All the residents and family members enjoyed being able to see a Hot Air Balloon being filled. Once it was filled the ladies climbed over into the basket. Shirley took some pictures while flying in the air. Mary Hope was just awed by what she saw.

We here at Primrose were so thankful these ladies were able to experience the chance of a lifetime.

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A poem by Richard Wood

poet Richard Wood

Poet and Primrose resident Richard Wood

Mankato, MN, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 18th installment in a series of blog articles written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

Just Remembering

I called an old friend a day or so ago. We talked about the weather, the kids we used to know.

The games we played some evenings when the nights were good and dark, the fun we had at concerts down at Sibley park.

Then going back to school when the summer break was through. The cold, dark days of winter brought on skating in the slough.

It’s funny how you store up memories of the good days and the bad. The happy times together and the partings that were sad.

Those funny little memories that were hidden there for years, bring back smiles and laughter and often bring on tears.

Those once forgotten memories you’ve now stored with a reason, for the happy times throughout your life in every changing season.

So if some day you’re sitting staring into space, a smile upon your lip and a tear upon your face. Pick up the phone and give someone a ring and say “It’s not important… I’m just remembering”.

by Richard Wood
Mankato Primrose

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Mansfield, OH, Primrose hosts style show

style show

Mansfield, OH, Senior Living

The Mansfield Primrose hosted its recent style show around Gorgeous Grandmothers’ Day.

Primrose staff contacted a local Hospice thrift store to ask if they could borrow some outfits for the style show. Additionally, three residents volunteered to model the borrowed outfits.

The outfits included everything from jewelry to shoes, hats and purses. Some styles included a beachy theme, dressy skirt suit and one very classy pant suit ensemble.

The show started with low-key numbers: one staff member wore a plain white t-shirt and capris jean pants to show how the plain-jane outfit could be accessorized with a bright orange scarf, straw fedora hat, orange designer purse, waist belt and orange flip flops for a day-around-town look. Next, all the accessories were removed and replaced with a dressy black blazer ¾ length sleeve, bling necklace, red stiletto heels, bling bracelets and silver clutch purse to show a dressier, night-on-the-town look using the same plain white t-shirt and capris jeans.

plain jane t-shirt and capris jeans

This combo t-shirt and capris jeans can easily be trans-formed

plain jane combo transformed to day wear

Add a scarf and other bling for a day-around-town look

plain jane combo transformed to evening wear

The right accessories give this combo a night-on-the-town look

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Other residents volunteered to wear their own stylish clothes, according to various planned themes and accessories including hats, jewelry, purses and shoes.

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Staff volunteers also modeled their own special styles. A speaker narrated the descriptions for each style while background music trailed the models down the runway.

A $10.00 gift certificate was donated by the Hospice thrift store. It was awarded to the resident with the most great grandchildren – Maddie Harter was the winner, with 17 great grandchildren.

Another gift certificate was given to staff member, Janice, who won it in the drawing for participating volunteers.

The style show event was a huge success and plans are being made for an even bigger one next year!

To find out more about the exciting events at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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If It Has Words, I’ll Read It!

Pearl Hayer

Primrose resident Pearl Hayer

Bismarck, ND, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 17th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

I have loved to read ever since I was able. I read to my children when they were growing up, I read the paper everyday, and I currently finished reading a biography about Barbara Bush. She is such a fascinating woman.

As much as I love to read, I also love being able to share my love for reading with others. That is why I love the book club here at Primrose. I look forward to it every week. It is a quiet, happy time for me and the others in the group.

The book we are reading right now has us all on the edge of our seats. It is quite the mystery! We often stop to talk about what we think is going to happen. It takes a lot out of me to try not to read ahead of the group throughout the week, but I have done well so far! I love being able to relate to the characters and immerse myself in a book. There is no other feeling like it, and I’m glad I can still experience it. Our Life Enrichment Coordinator and other book club members read the book aloud, so even those who cannot see well enough anymore to read can still experience the book.

I have been surrounded by books my whole life. When I moved home, to Primrose, I was so pleased to see that others love books as much as I do.

by Pearl Hayer
Bismarck Primrose

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I Changed My Mind

Festus Paul

Primrose resident Festus Paul

Decatur, IL, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 16th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

Waking up in my bed for three as the fateful first day of school dawned, my mind had already determined that “I ain’t goin’ to school!” I arose at dawn and hid in the house while the whole family searched in vain for me.

Being the youngest of 12 (several were already gone from home), it was difficult to focus attention on one wayward child. They soon determined that they couldn’t search any longer, that the kid would show up when he got hungry and the rest of the “kids” better grab their lunch and go to school. (1 ½ miles away)

When I eventually thought I had pulled a good one, I emerged from my hide out—not even a spanking.

The next night my two bed partners put me in the middle and I couldn’t get away from them. After breakfast they took me by the arm and marched off to school. We had to cross a small creek; stepping on boulders. When I saw that all my brothers had made it without stepping in the water, I took off and ran back home.

The third day, they held my hand all the way over the creek into the woods and to the school playground. When they felt confident that their mission was complete, I bolted and ran off into the woods, never looking back.

After 3 days absent, the older boys were instructed to keep their hands on me and get me into that one-room schoolhouse where Mr. Krueger didn’t seem too bad after all.

Having played “hooky” the first 3 days, it was never expected that teaching would be my ultimate profession for 36 years, with not a single absence.

by Festus Paul
Decatur Primrose

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