Monthly Archives: March 2013

Two Harbors Tour for Duluth Primrose Ladies

Louise's 7th Heaven Coffee House

Louise’s 7th Heaven Coffee House

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Luella and her niece

Duluth, MN, Senior Living

The Primrose ladies and I went on a road trip to Two Harbors. We took the scenic route and got to look at our beautiful Lake Superior along the way.

We ate lunch at Louise’s Cafe, where she has her own handmade quilts on display for people to see and purchase.

It’s a place where you can go to eat, relax and enjoy good conversation.

Luella’s niece met us there. We had a good time with lessons learned for our next visit, specifically: go to counter to order food, get silverware, then find table.

To find out more about the active 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!

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Easter Egg Hunt at Lima Primrose

Easter Bunny fun

Hank with his gift card and Peter Rabbit

Lima, OH, Retirement Community

Saturday March 23rd Lima Primrose had their annual Easter Egg Hunt for the residents’ families and staff families.

With Old Man Winter not wanting to leave Ohio, we had to hide the eggs inside this year. To start the day the residents hid the eggs upstairs in the wellness center, the pub, game room, ice cream parlor, theater, and the library.

The children waited in the café for the Easter Bunny to come down the stairs. They then got their pictures taken with him in the Fireside Lounge. While waiting, they got to pet the Easter-Bunny-in-training, and got their faces painted.

They were so excited to hunt for the eggs, so off they went up the stairs for the older kids and up the elevator for the younger ones. The residents enjoyed watching the children run around hunting for the eggs they had hid.

When all the eggs were found, the children went back to the café to decorate a cookie and wait to see if they won a extra prize. Names were pulled everyone won something — either a bunny or one of the four $50 gift cards that were donated by Hawks Carpet Cleaners. The residents enjoyed the cookies and punch that followed with the children.

To find out more about the senior 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!

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Easter Decorations at Pueblo Primrose

Making Easter Bunnies

Cindy, Mae and Dot make Easter bunnies

Pueblo, CO, Senior Living

The residents at Primrose of Pueblo magically transformed a washcloth into an adorable Easter Decoration with the assistance of family member and volunteer, Cindy Trask. Who could have known that ordinary items such as a washcloth, a rubber band, two quarters, a cotton ball and a piece of ribbon could make such an adorable Easter Rabbit!

The residents gathered in the Garden Café to “create” their bunnies! Afterward they all enjoyed “stuffing” plastic Easter Eggs with candy in preparation for the 2nd Annual Primrose Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on March 23!

by Gina Drown
Executive Director Pueblo Primrose

To find out more about the holiday preparations 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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A Community Touched by Love

Caring Ducks

Ducks make home at Primrose

Anderson, IN, Senior Living

It was one of those sights that touch your heart: A duck limping from a wound could be seen by our staff and residents at our Anderson Primrose one spring morning in 2012.

We considered whether she needed help but then soon discovered another duck — her companion and mate — watching over and protecting her. How could we separate them? They seemed content together.

The weeks passed and to our happy surprise one day, there she was limping and leading her little ducklings. She and her companion had made Primrose their home!

Now with spring 2013 here, guess who we saw this week? Yes, the happy duck couple is back! Primrose has surely become their home.

In life we each have our different limitations. To those who care, we watch out for each other. Love of spouses, children, family and friends, draw us to each other. We’re drawn to friendly places where we feel comfortable and protected. Our hearts seek for a home-like place to live. To all of us at Primrose, this is home, this is really living!

by Lori Bottomley
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the loving companions 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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Lucy is Happy as a Lark

Lucy Freshour

Lucy Freshour

Marion, OH, Retirement Community

Lucy Freshour said she had done some research for retirement living in Marion and found Primrose among the top candidates. In a conversation with a Realtor, she said they met for a tour and she fell in love with the place from the moment she walked in the door.

“I felt peace and calm,” she said of the environment. “It was about lunch time and I saw how people interacted with one another. I liked that and I still do. All the residents are very pleasant. I never felt like a stranger here and you can pretty much do what you want to do.”

The ninth of 10 children (six brothers and three sisters, with one remaining sibling), she said she went to school in Morral which no longer exists. “Back then it was fabulous,” she said. She also recalls visiting the Grand Prairie Cemetery as a young girl and placing flowers and flags on veterans’ grave markers.

Having someone to chat with is important to Lucy, she said. “I enjoy visiting with all the residents — man or woman,” she said. “I just feel so comfortable here and relax. I dearly love Pastor Lippert. He tells the Bible like it is and so you can understand it. He knows so much about the Bible.”

Lucy is a regular for entertainment and other activities. She also enjoys going out for lunch and to events at the Palace Theatre. “I absolutely love all the entertainment here,” she said, adding “especially when they sing songs I know.”

Another plus, Lucy noted, is housekeeping. “I’m happy with the girls who clean. I don’t have to do that anymore,” She said and laughed.

by Brenda Donegan
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Patti's Passion is Cooking

Cook-Off Winner Patti Sadjak

Patti Sadjak

Billings, MT, Retirement Community

Patti Sajdak says cooking is her passion so she was happy to represent Sweetwater in a “comfort soup” cook-off competition in Billings, Montana, in February.

A fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association, the event featured chefs from a dozen venues in Billings, including restaurants, hotels and residential communities. Patti’s delicious version of Pasta Fafioli won high praise and a decorative breadboard signifying second place.

After operating a restaurant and catering service in Michigan for eighteen years, Patti sold her business and came to Billings three years ago to help provide “from scratch” meals for residents at Sweetwater. We’re happy she’s here and always knew she’s a winner.

by Betty Jean Long
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more the senior living experience at Sweetwater, please contact Sweetwater 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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Zanesville Primrose Achieves Deficiency Free Survey

Zanesville Primrose Achievement

Congratulations to the staff of Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville on their Ohio Department of Health Deficiency Free Survey!

To find out more about the numerous achievements of 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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Spring Season Off to Good Start at Shawnee Primrose

Kicking off spring season

Residents celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Primrose Pub

Shawnee, OK, Senior Living

With spring upon us, we have many things planned for Primrose of Shawnee Oklahoma. We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a way that will make next year tough to beat!

Talk of the Town Orchestra entertained us while we danced and visited with old and new friends. We enjoyed green beer, some good ol’ Irish Coffee, and snacks provided by the Primrose Café.

We are just getting started with all the fun and excitement here in the welcoming community of Shawnee, and our Grand Opening will be on April 18th from 3-6 pm.

by Christopher Grajeda
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about senior living experience 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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Wausau Primrose Leprechaun Luncheon

Celebrating Leprechaun Luncheon

Thelma Vanderwall, Zoey Solin and Olivia Monte

Deb Meisel and Joan Schmidt

Deb Meisel and Joan Schmidt

Wausau, WI, Senior Living

On Sunday, March 17th, Primrose Retirement Communities of Wausau had a Leprechaun Luncheon for our Tenants and Staff along with some guests. We served a traditional Irish Feast with all the fixings, including Corned Beef/Cabbage, along with carrots, and mint brownies for dessert.

Irish music played throughout the day. Everyone enjoyed themselves, including staff! No one went away hungry, that is for sure. Needless to say a GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

by Deb Meisel
Executive Assistant

To find out more about the holiday celebrations 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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How I Almost Lost the War…Not Once, but Twice!

Festus Paul

Frequent contributor and Primrose resident, Festus Paul

Decatur, IL, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 28th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

With a six month wait in Northern Ireland leading up to D-day, we participated in a lot of drills and planning. I was a Chaplain’s assistant, responsible for the Chaplain’s transportation and assisting in his frequent services by playing the field organ.

My limited talents did not extend to the maintenance of the Jeep. When the order reached this 19-year-old to “Waterize your Jeep for the invasion of France,” I said, “How?” Well, they talked like I was a mechanic and expected me to get it done.

When we sailed out of Ireland toward France, D-Day was upon us. As for the Jeep, I hoped for the best but expected the worst. Sure enough, when it came time for the massive landing I saw men driving their Jeeps right off of their ships and into the four-foot-deep bay. Everybody was getting to the shore…maybe I could too. With a big splash and a sputter, I was sitting in the ocean but somehow kept moving. It was one of the miracles of D-Day that my Jeep made it to dry land.

Some weeks later when we were moving into Central Germany — at night with no lights — we were part of a large convoy, stopped and waiting. The rain began, and we pulled up the canvas top to keep dry. Meanwhile we dozed off, with half the convoy waiting for us to move and the other half inching around our parked truck. Suddenly, we realized our plight and I got out of the Jeep to follow the tracks that the first half of the convoy had made. That worked fine until we came to an intersection with tracks going each direction. It took an educated guess as to which direction we should go. Fortunately, we made the right decision.

by Festus Paul
Decatur, IL, Primrose

To hear more war stories from the heroes living 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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