Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wausau Primrose Monthly Ho-Chunk Casino Trip

Winners from casino trip

Some of our big winners: Top left we have Bob Stebelton and Colleen Mudge. Bottom left Mary Alexejun and Fern Novak!

Winners heading back to Primrose

On our way back to Primrose!

Wausau, WI, Retirement Communities

Every month we take a trip to Ho-Chuck Casino in Wittenberg, Wisconsin.

We always go on Senior Day, which is on Tuesdays, so the tenants can get their free play — it’s a favorite day of the month! The tenants have their favorite machines and they are definitely not going to let anyone get in their way of that!

In the Café at the Casino, every Tuesday, they have a 4-Piece Fried Chicken Dinner which includes Mashed Potatoes and Coleslaw for only $5.00. Tenants enjoy taking advantage of this special and taking leftovers home with them.

The days of the month can’t fly by fast enough: one gentleman asks almost every day, “When are we going to the Casino again?” Stories are told, legends are created, winnings and losses are counted, and everyone in earshot finds it entertaining!

Win or Lose — everyone has an exciting time!

To find out more about the 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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Family Man Leo Reding Enjoys Primrose

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Primrose resident Leo Reding

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

Leo Reding was born in 1924 in Rose Creek, MN, where he grew up. His family farmed for a living, which gave Leo an appreciation for gardening and environmental issues which carries forward to this day. Leo attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he starred on both the football and track teams. He has many fond memories from his time at UST where made some lifelong friendships!

In 1949 he married Marian Thommes. He and Marian were married for just under 63 years and it is safe to say she was truly the love of his life. He and Marian have five children — Colleen, Maureen, Terry, Laurie and Tom — along with five grandchildren.

Family has always been the most important thing in Leo’s life and he passed that value onto to his children.

Leo taught and coached at Pacelli high school for two years before taking a job with the Hormel company. He was very active politically from the time he was in college and in 1968 was elected to the Austin City council. From there he became Mayor and then in 1974 was elected to the State Legislature and served for 18 years as the State Representative for this area.

Leo very much enjoyed serving the people of Austin in public service, and he and Marian both appreciated the opportunities it gave them to meet many people from all walks of life.

In retirement he and Marian would spend winters in Florida and in the summers, Leo gardened on the farm he owns south of town in addition to the many environmental projects he did on the farm such as planting prairie grass, putting in a pond and planting many trees. At the height of his gardening days, his children often wondered if he had planted a garden to feed the entire city of Austin!

Leo enjoys living at Primrose and very much appreciates the attentive and caring staff

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!

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Coffee Bar New Addition to Council Bluffs Primrose

Coffee bar

Coffee bar added to Council Bluffs Primrose

Coffee klatsch

Early coffee klatsch forms

Council Bluffs, IA, Retirement Community

At Primrose in Council Bluffs, Iowa, we’ve added an awesome coffee bar to our community. It is available all hours and offers wonderful flavor syrups you can add to your cup as well.

There are more tenants and their family members gathering together in the activity lounge sharing in conversations and it has drawn more of our independent living residents to the assisted side as well.

Also, we are having the grand opening of our Country Store on May 2nd. Our tenants having been asking for a “gift shop” type of place where they can grab a quick greeting card, comb, note pads, snacks, etc. We sent a survey out to all of our tenants and the response was tremendous. It will be open on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10am – 11am, with our tenants serving as the cashiers.

To find out more about the coffee klatsches 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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Wii Bowling Popular at Sweetwater

bowling at Sweetwater

Bowling jacket shows acheivement

Beverly Schillinger

Beverly Schillinger

Billings, MT, Retirement Community

“It’s a turkey!” a voice rings out from the movie theater on the second floor of Sweetwater.

Another says, “I need a six pack!”

Enthusiastic cheers of a group of people gathered in the theater spread out into the hall. If you aren’t initiated into the rites of Wii bowling, you might be puzzled by the lingo, but such cries are common when members of the bowling teams and observers gather in the theater on afternoons when games are played.

Some members of the community may never have entered a bowling alley in their home town to hurl a ball down the lane, while others may have belonged to bowling leagues, but they all enjoy the version of the game projected on the large screen in the theater.

One of the most successful bowlers is Beverly Schillinger, who moved to Sweetwater three years ago. When she lived on a farm between Circle and Wolf Point in northeast Montana, she couldn’t get to town regularly enough to be a member of a bowling team, but she was a substitute and was given her own bowling ball one Christmas.

Beverly took up the game again when she came to Sweetwater and now holds the community record for bowling two perfect 300 games. Congratulations Beverly! We hope you and all the other keep the good times rolling.

by Betty Jean Long
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about active senior living at Sweetwater, please contact us 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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Gardening Friend

elevated planters at Primrose

Elevated planters at Primrose

Anderson, IN, Senior Living

Let the season begin as we watch our planters grow. The gardens here at Primrose can offer a unique fusion of entertainment and conversation. They draw us in as we admire the miracle of God’s work.

We have four 12 x 12 elevated boxes to plant in and three various flower boxes. The soil is readied, then seeds and flowers are planted.

God sends sunshine and rain and we water too! We have veggies and flowers all season to admire and enjoy!

God gave us a command: “Grow where you are planted.” In early spring as winter slowly disappears, God again shows us new life — His resurrection from the grave — and to the season we are his sowers.

Written by Rosemary
Primrose Resident Gardener

To find out more about cultivating your spiritual side 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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Pets Welcome in More Ways than One

Wanda J and friend Lucky

Wanda J. with her special friend, “Lucky”

Lucky rides in style

Lucky rides in style

Grand Island, NE, Senior Living

Four-legged friends become such a part of one’s family. It’s amazing how they love you for who you are and no matter what kind of day you’ve had they have a way of making you feel better.

That’s why it’s so nice to know that your four-legged friend can move into Primrose, too, making the transition from your own home to Primrose even easier.

Several residents have cats or small dogs who make Primrose their home. As you can see from the picture at right, one of our little four-legged “residents” enjoys riding in style here at Primrose in Grand Island, Nebraska.

by Carrie Barber
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about bringing dear friends along with you to 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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Some Time with The Guys

Bismarck Primrose residents

Isolated male residents capitalizing on free time

Bismarck, ND, Senior Living

Guys living at the Primrose in Bismarck are outnumbered three to one by their female counterparts [complaints they have none — editor]. Time alone with the guys doesn’t come easily, so some male residents have made it clear that exclusive guy time is needed.

As a result of that wish, the guys have escaped together to play games, drink a little beer or coffee, eat snacks, and have fun! Our monthly “Men’s Hour” has allowed the men to get out and about for a little relaxation. The Activity Room becomes a “Guys ONLY Zone”. The ladies at Primrose are not allowed into the room until Coffee Hour. The women have become quite curious about what happens during Men’s Hour. Some women wait patiently outside the door, while others try to peek in the door to see what’s going on. However, the guys are not keeping secrets. Even though they want time to themselves, they know they need to keep the women happy.

The guys usually play a dice game called 6-5-4. They joke and laugh with each other as they recall how they use to play when they were younger. The room gets chipper during the hour. The men banter back and forth with competitive spirits and the dice click and clack on the table with every roll. At the end of the hour, they tally up their chips. Each month someone walks away the big winner of a prize provided by Primrose!

All the men in attendance in past months agreed that this gathering of the guys was much needed. The months to come will bring more exciting time with the guys. Put on your game faces, boys!

By Emily Bivens
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the girl-to-boy ratio 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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Lois Green Enjoyed Adventure in Gold Mining

Lois Green

Primrose resident Lois Green

Duluth, MN, Senior Living

Lois moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1965 from Cloverland, Wisconsin. She was married to Roger and had four children: Lorraine, Renee, Tim and Douglas.

Lois is no stranger to hard work. She began to work after her youngest child turned 9 years old as she cleaned houses for over 16 years.

Her husband, Roger, had always been self-employed. He began as a dairy cattle farmer, then moved to logging, owned a trucking company, and then took up mining.

Lois and Roger began mining for gold later in life as Lois was 53 and Roger was 57 years old. It all started because their son, Douglas, studied and earned his Master’s degree in Geology. Douglas suggested the family should buy their own equipment to mine, like the caterpillars, loaders, and a sluice box.

So off to Alaska Lois and family went, for the next 16 years setting up camp in a variety of communities to include a small native Indian Village of Ruby on the Yukon River where they spent a significant amount of time. They would leave every October and return in May.

Lois was responsible for setting up camp every year and cooking for her husband, boys, and the hired help. Lois began every year in Fairbanks where she would buy over $4000 worth of groceries to last the next 6 months! They would then fly into the remote camp site as that was the only way to get to camp.

They lived in very simple, old shacks and even had to build small cabins in some places that were so remote. They had no running water or indoor plumbing. They all worked from 8 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. They would begin by drilling down to at least 90 feet to find gold. Once an area was located, most of the summer was spent washing off the deep overburden until they hit the “pay dirt.” Then they had to wash the gold out of the pay dirt. The gold then was brought to the refinery in Fairbanks.

It was a risky business, however, with no certain payout and always was quite an adventure living in the wild.

Lois mined in Alaska from 1979 to 1994. Her family continues to mine in Alaska today. How her son’s journey learning about Geology had changed her life — what an adventure! We sure have enjoyed Lois as a Primrose resident for the past six years!

by Kim Grogan and Cindy Hnatek
Marketing Director and Life Enrichment Coordinator
Duluth Primrose

To find out more about the adventuresome folks 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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Gina Sheehy Enjoys Volunteering at Primrose

Gina Sheehy

Primrose resident and volunteer Gina Sheehy

Duluth, MN, Senior Living

Gina Sheehy has lived at Primrose for two years this April. She moved to be closer to her daughter, Jane, who lives in Duluth and has been an LPN at Primrose, Duluth, since our doors opened almost 10 years ago.

Gina met her husband, Greg, in college. They got married shortly after they met and were married for 63 years. Greg was a CPA and the family moved quite frequently around the Midwest due to his career. They lived in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and ended up in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gina had seven children — four daughters and three sons. Gina raised her family with such a deep faith and love of family.

Gina enjoyed sewing cute little dresses for her girls. She would even make one for herself…so they all could look alike!

She volunteered on a regular basis at the kids’ school, being a tutor in a variety of different subjects throughout the years. Gina also volunteered in her church and for Meals on Wheels.

Her husband, Greg, regularly volunteered Gina for different projects that involved painting — he knew she liked to paint and she did plenty of it. Gina painted country clubs, windows, sheds, and garages.

Gina has also volunteered for Primrose for the past year and half, running the General Store. Gina has always had a positive attitude and always welcomed all her kids’ friends into their family home. Not much has changed as Gina continues to welcome friends, family, and people who are curious about what it’s like to live at Primrose, by showing her apartment at Primrose and welcoming them into her home.

Greg worked hard and was able to retire at a young age. Gina and Greg were able to winter for 22 years in San Diego. They loved the mild weather, walks on the beach, Sea World, and the many golf courses that San Diego had to offer.

Gina had the opportunity to travel and made it to Scotland with her girls and vacationed in Hawaii.

Thank You, Gina, for all the volunteering that you do at Primrose! We are so lucky to have you!

by Kim Grogan and Cindy Hnatek
Marketing Director and Life Enrichment Coordinator
Duluth Primrose

To find out more about the kind-hearted folks 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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Bellybutton

Humorist Dean Mesnard

Primrose resident and humorist Dean Mesnard

Decatur, IL, Senior Living

Characters:
Dad: Dean Mesnard
Daughter: Karen Mesnard

Dad: I’m going to tell you this…it really scared me…I thought, I don’t want to tell anyone because then I would have to go to the doctor or the hospital, and probably have to have surgery and I don’t want to go to the hospital.

Daughter: What are you talking about, Dad?

Dad: Well the other day, I was sitting in my chair, and I looked down and noticed that something was coming out of my belly button…I thought…that’s not good. I was afraid my insides were coming out. So I thought well I’m not going to tell anyone because they would take me to the hospital…so I thought I will just push it back in and maybe it will get better…so I pushed it back in!

Daughter: So what happened then?

Dad: It popped right back out…and it really scared me. I just knew I was in trouble.

Daughter: So did you tell anyone?

Dad: No I just kept pushing it back in and POP it would come back out. Do you know what it was?

Daughter: No Dad, what was it?

Dad: A mini marshmallow…I guess when I was eating them I dropped one and it got stuck in my belly button. (GRINNING)

Daughter: (Laughing hysterically)

Dad: It’s not funny, I thought I was in BIG trouble!

Daughter: But, Dad…it IS funny…

-As told by Karen, Dean’s daughter
and subsequently reported by Karen Yocks
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about humorous characters 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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