Monthly Archives: July 2015

KC Primrose Residents Enjoy Hayes Burgers

enjoying hamburgers

Betty and Roscoe enjoying the hamburgers

Jack loves french fries

Jack showing his love for French fries

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Today we visited a Kansas City staple — Hayes Hamburgers. Hayes has been a part of Kansas City for the past 60 years, and they are famous for their great greasy burgers, chili and homemade pie. Hayes is unique in that you can’t sit in to eat, you have to grab and go instead. We grabbed our food and headed out to visit the local park. It was a beautiful, warm day and nothing was coming between us and the delicious taste of our hamburgers! Once seated at the shelter in the park we shared stories about the times we had been to the restaurant. Jack used to work right around the corner so he went about every day and said he never had a bad meal. Judy said every 4th of July around midnight her and her family would place a huge order as a midnight snack. Luckily they are open 24/7! We are planning another visit there before the weather turns cold. These are the kinds of outings that make Primrose living unique and special for our staff and our residents!

To find out more about the retirement 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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KC Primrose Residents Enjoy Smithville Lake

Smithville Lake afternoon

Ladies enjoying the ride and the scenery

smooth ride and good food makes Jack sleepy

Jack with a full belly and a smooth ride on the pontoon

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

We recently spent a glorious afternoon at Smithville Lake. It had been raining in Kansas City for the past two months and we got lucky. It was a little bit cloudy, but warm and a perfect day on the lake. We loaded up three coolers filled with ice- cold pop and water, and Chef Rod made us turkey and ham sandwiches, a side of coleslaw, chips and cookies to eat. Once we got out on the lake we stopped in a shaded area and had a nice picnic lunch. Then we took off full blast (55 mph) across the lake. Because of the rain the lake was high and we couldn’t go under any of the bridges. The residents shared stories of all the times they had been fishing at Smithville Lake and some could even remember when it was farm land and they decided to make it a lake. Jack was so relaxed that he even fell asleep on the way back to the dock. What a great way to spend an afternoon. Good Friends, Good Food and great stories – This is Living!

To find out more about the retirement 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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Scooting Boots Line Dancers at KC Primrose

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

We had the pleasure of being entertained by the Scooting Boots line dancers. Mia and her gang showed us some very impressive moves! Mia is the daughter of our residents Jim and Rosemary Thompson, and her group has been performing for over a year around the Kansas City area.

We did have quite a surprise, though, when Jim got up and danced with them! He had been practicing with them so he could be a part of the fun, and he danced to “Cab Driver” and a couple other songs. As you can see in the video, Jim has got the moves!

The group performed here at Primrose for over an hour, and our residents sang and clapped through many of the songs. We are looking forward to having them come and dance again! It is always extra special to see one of our own showing off their talents.

Mansfield Primrose Honors USA Flag

presenting the flag

Veteran’s Services members present Primrose veterans with certificates and flags

demonstrating folding the flag

Veteran’s Services members demonstrate how to properly fold the American Flag

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

On June 14th we celebrate Flag Day, a day in which we can pay tribute to the heroes among us that have served our country as well as those currently in active duty. We are so honored and blessed to be surrounded by these incredible citizens every single day. The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded. The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

To honor their service, we spent Flag Day recognizing all of the exceptional veterans living with us in our community. We had the veterans of the Richland County Veteran Services perform a flag folding ceremony complete with the explanation and demonstration of each fold in the flag. A certificate ceremony was then presented to each veteran’s military service in either the Marines, Navy, Army or Air force. Everyone who attended received a flag.

Symbols for the Folds of the Flag
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Zanesville Primrose Crafts Teddy Bears

Crafters make teddy bears

Primrose residents craft teddy bears and give them to Police Departments, and other institutions, who then give to children when needed

Zanesville, OH, Retirement Communities

Several years ago, Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville came up with the idea of making teddy bears to give away. We found patterns for three different sizes, and all of the fabric was donated by Carol Bryan at Bryan’s Interiors in Zanesville. We also had donations of stuffing, and we met weekly to cut out the bears, stuff them and then sew them shut. We also sewed cloth address labels to the leg of each of them so people would know they were “made with love” by our Primrose residents. That project lasted about 1 ½ years.

Over that span of time, we made approximately 350 bears. We gave them to the local pediatric unit at Bethesda Hospital, the local Transition’s Women’s Shelter, Eastside Community Ministry, Zanesville Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, and to Operation Spirit who sends items to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our bears ended up traveling all over the world!

About 6 months ago we wanted to do a project that would give back to our community, so we decided to make the bears once again. We meet twice monthly to prepare the bears, still using donated fabric and donated stuffing. We have a lot of new residents helping us now who did not get to help with the “bear project” the first time, averaging about 10 each time we make our bears. Everyone really enjoys making them and especially giving them away. We recently presented the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department with 50 bears and also presented 50 bears to the Zanesville Police Department. They were thrilled and stated, “We love to carry them in our cruisers so they can give them to children when needed.”

We plan to continue working on this project. We do not have a specific goal in mind as to how many we will make. The Residents enjoy the fellowship and working with each other.

by Tammy Grayson
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement 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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Austin Primrose Garden Club Thrives

Inch by inch, row by row, we will make our garden grow!

senior residents gardening

Primrose residents in Austin, MN enjoying their gardening excursion

On May 29th, our Garden and Flower Club in Austin, MN, went shopping for flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Our first stop was to a flower and garden store called Bergs Nursery. There we were given a lesson or two and how to plant and care for flowers and vegetables. Armed with all of that new knowledge, we purchased two big pots of geraniums to place in front of our building.

We then headed to Hy-Vee were we purchased our stacking pots to plant some marigolds in. These stacking pots were a big hit with the residents, family members, and guests.

Next stop – Walmart, where we purchased cucumbers, zucchini, chives, tomatoes, dill, parsley, cilantro, and oregano. Our residents plan to grow their own garden and, in return, the kitchen will prepare food using the herbs and vegetables that are harvested.

Finally, we planted everything. All of the residents enjoyed spending time out in the sun, and with the help of everyone, we even had time to plant a fairy garden.

We picked a great day to get out into the community to meet new people, and it was nice to get some education before we started our projects. We have a great team here at Primrose to help care for our plants!

By Cindy Mireles
Life Enrichment Coordinator

Austin Primrose Ladies Enjoy Tea Parties

Tea parties enhance the senior living experience

Residents from Primrose in Austin having an afternoon tea party

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

Every month, starting in June, the ladies at Primrose Retirement Community of Austin get together and enjoy a tea party fellowship. This month the ladies reminisced about having tea parties like these when they were younger, and talked about the ones that they held for their own daughters.

The flavor of tea for the month was mango, which the ladies thought was a great choice to start off the summer.

Marcella Meeker, a resident at Primrose said, “It makes me feel young again, what a great way to hang out with the ladies.” She also mentions, “What a wonderful way to try something new, especially if you never drink tea. I discovered that I actually like tea very much.”

All the ladies are excited for the next tea party and to see what the next flavor of tea will be.

By Cindy Mireles
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement 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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Austin Primrose Residents Enjoy Patio Parties

Senior Living

Breaking in the patio

Senior Living

Patio fellowship

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

The First Patio Thursday of the year featured delicious Pizza from Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and cold libations including pop and beer. The evening weather was perfect, and 15 residents came out for an evening of conversation, stories, jokes, and fellowship.

Future Patio Parties will feature grilled goodies done by our Activities Coordinator, Cindy Mireles. We suspect that watermelons, hot dogs, sweet corn, and other native foods will also appear on the menu. Perhaps some local deer will peek in once in a while, and the usual flights of ducks and geese will go honking overhead. Our Patio is secluded so that the normal street noises are non-existent. Umbrellas shelter us from the evening sun and a cool breeze encourages sweater wear as dusk comes on. Patio Thursday, just one of the many activities here at Primrose Retirement Community.

by Dave Fadness
Resident of Austin Primrose

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 45th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

To find out more about the retirement 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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