Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pueblo Primrose Honors Veterans

View of Garden Café during Vets' ceremony

View of Garden Café during Vets’ ceremony

Herb Winters, United States Navy WWII Veteran

Herb Winters, United States Navy WWII Veteran

Marketing Director Kevin McCarthy and Bus Driver Mike Stapleton unveil the Veterans' Wall

Marketing Director Kevin McCarthy and Bus Driver Mike Stapleton unveil the Veterans’ Wall

Pueblo, CO, Senior Living

“America the Beautiful” played in the background while guests arrived last Friday November 9th. Finally at 11:00 a.m. the Garden Café was completely filled with residents and family members, encircled by the entire caring staff.

Life Enrichment led the group in The Pledge of Allegiance. Our five newest veterans sat up front and were recognized with a certificate specific to their branch of military service. This group of amazing men were all World War II Veterans, Army, Army Air Corp, and Navy.

Ten other Primrose Veterans were also recognized with a Veteran’s Day Certificate, as were all the spouses and family members of Veterans, and finally a bell was tolled for each of the three Primrose Veterans we have lost.

To conclude the ceremony Amanda sang “Some Gave All” and the newest Veterans led the group to the Fireside Lounge where their photos — showing them during both their wartime service and in present day — were unveiled and celebrated by a standing ovation. Veteran’s Day is such an important holiday, but here at Primrose it was especially meaningful to see the pride in each face and the appreciation shown by the entire Primrose Family to our Heroes.

Every branch of our Nation’s Military is represented at Primrose of Pueblo and we are always ready to welcome more! Among our residents we currently have 1 Coast Guard, 1 Marine Corp, 1 Air Force, 1 Merchant Marine, 4 Army, and 7 Navy. I will always be proud to be an Army Veteran, but being part of the Primrose Family as a Life Enrichment Director enriches my life immensely. Saluting all our Primrose Veterans, I would like to say “Thank you for your example of ‘This Is Living!’”

Barbara Della Rossa
Life Enrichment Director

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

THIS IS LIVING

New Bus Arrives at Duluth Primrose

New Primrose Bus

New bus arrives at Duluth Primrose

Tenants wait for surprise

Duluth tenants wait for surprise

lunch at Bridgemans

Lunch at Bridgeman’s

friends enjoying bus ride

Friends enjoying bus ride

Executive Director Nancy Saari demos chair lift

Executive Director Nancy Saari demos chair lift

Duluth, MN, Senior Living

On November 13th, Executive Director Nancy Saari announced that she had a surprise for the tenants the next day. So, on November 14th — a somewhat overcast Wednesday — at the specified time, about 40 residents met downstairs to witness the surprise.

Nancy wasn’t there, but she did announce her soon-to-be presence with a phone call indicating she was still two minutes away. Residents began getting anxious, asking what this was all about. Some speculated about reindeer.

Behold, Nancy suddenly rounded the corner into the Primrose parking lot with a … brand new Primrose bus! Applause greeted her arrival.

Exactly one dozen residents boarded the new bus and left for a great lunch at Bridgeman’s!

To find out more about the nice ride 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!

THIS IS LIVING

This is Living

Peggy Beeson

Blog author and Primrose resident Peggy Beeson

Decatur, IL, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 21st installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

There are so many things that I enjoy about living at Primrose Retirement Community. I would like to share a few of them.

Each Wednesday at 3 PM, Pastor McKirahan comes to the chapel to lead us in Bible Study. We sing the old church songs that the modern churches of today hardly sing anymore, I think it is a shame the churches don’t still sing these old hymns. Pastor McKirahan gives us a sheet about someone in the Bible to refresh our memories and to learn more about them. The study is so good that we have to bring in extra chairs, this shows we enjoy having him!

I enjoy making so many new friends. So many activities to enjoy here like bridge, bingo, crafts, exercise and the weekly ice cream treats. My daughter and son-in-law enjoy being able to join me at lunch on Sunday after we go to church.

I enjoy the wonderful trips we have taken together here at Primrose. On my first day living here, I took a trip to the chocolate factory followed with lunch. I didn’t know anyone but all the other people made me feel welcome. We then made flower boots in craft class and went to Warrensburg to buy a flower to put in the boot that we made. I so enjoyed the trip to Peoria & Sullivan to see the Christmas lights, they were so beautiful and we even ate dinner out too. So many trips that I have enjoyed, like going to Champaign to the pumpkin patch and the boat ride on Lake Decatur, and even to Maroa for lunch. These trips are all planned by Karen, she does such a great job keeping us busy with activities to enjoy.

Primrose advertises, “This is Living” and it really is!

by Peggy Beeson
Decatur Primrose

To find out more about the enjoyable lifestyle 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!

THIS IS LIVING

November is Month of Gratitude

Ruby Heckathorn

Ruby Heckathorn

Joe And Shirley Hetzler and family

Joe And Shirley Hetzler and family

Bea Mc.

Bea Mc

When thinking of November some of us think of Thanksgiving and being thankful. Here are some of the things that some are thankful for.

Bea Mc. is thankful for many things, mostly for being alive. Over two years ago hospice only gave her just so many days to live. God had different plans. He has given her many talents such as making dolls working with plastic canvas. Many of the dolls have given children happiness. And she is still making those dolls. She thanks God everyday for His kindness.

Shirley and Joe are thankful that all their children and grandchildren have great health. They are thankful that their children are employed. Shirley is thankful that her husband is still with her, because many of her friends have lost their spouses. Both of them are thankful and happy to live at Primrose.

Ruby H. is thankful for the many things she has experienced in life. Especially thankful for her religious upbringing, family, health, and a place to live. She was so thankful for the foreign boys that stayed with her for a year when she was at home. Thankful for the ability to travel to Hawaii, Europe and Florida. And growing up on a farm she learned that life was not always easy there was hard work.

To find out more about senior living/apartment homes 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!

THIS IS LIVING

My Wheels

Festus Paul

Frequent contributor and Primrose resident Festus Paul

Decatur, IL, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 20th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

When I arrived in Sparta, IL for my first year of teaching in 1947, my transportation was a bicycle. The high school was a mile from our humble abode which was just right for my legs after hiking all over Europe in World War II. If my bicycle could stand it, then I could.

The year with its school calendar of rain, wind, snow and determined bicycle rider welcomed the last day of school and the final bike ride! To my surprise, and shock, the bike was nowhere to be found when it was time to go home! Suddenly, I looked up and at the tree where I had parked it there was the bike swaying in the tree. There was no way to retrieve the bike, but the students took pity on me. They climbed the tree and using the rope enjoyed the laugh of all.

The next year, I showed up with a Chevrolet station wagon which was only nine years old, but impossible to hide at the top of a tree!

by Festus Paul
Decatur Primrose

To find out how to park your vehicle 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!

THIS IS LIVING