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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Sep 06, 2013

Joyce Huff celebrated her birthday on Friday in the Town Center with family, friends and neighbors. Joyce’s daughters, Jackie Beard and Katy Greiner, provided treats to share with the morning coffee group. Joyce’s son-in-law, Richard Beard and grandson Tate Beard, also came to visit Joyce on the day before her birthday.

Becca Wickenkamp, RN, has been the gracious organizer of a Saturday morning coffee club. This week the kitchen staff prepared a delicious coffee cake for the residents to enjoy while they chatted over coffee. What a treat!

Betty Beenblossom had an early 75th birthday surprise on Sunday when Marty, Theresa, Brynn and Luke Beenblossom took Betty and Reid Orris out to eat. Then they arrived at their destination of the Iowa River and Power Restaurant where they were greeted by the remainder of Betty’s family. After enjoying a wonderful meal and visiting, they departed. Marty took Luke and Colten Glosser to a ballgame in Chicago. The Beenblossoms from Chicago left for home. Matt, Karlyn, Tia, and Taryn Beenblossom; Justin, Michelle, Kaitlyn and Chloe Glosser; Teresa and Brynn Beenblossom; Megan Beenblossom and friends JJ and Z’Niyah went to Betty’s house for cake and ice cream and more visiting. Betty reports that it was a great day. Megan stopped by to spend the day with her grandmother, Betty, on Wednesday to make it another great day and a birthday that Betty will always remember.

The cookies in the Town Center this week provided a delicious treat and a cute story. New cook and baker, Barb Zook, baked a delicious batch of Neiman Marcus cookies for the Tuesday afternoon treats. The legendary story surrounding these cookies is that a woman and her daughter, after dining at a Neiman Marcus Café where they had a cookie for dessert, asked the waitress for the recipe. The woman was later billed $250 for the recipe. In an act of revenge, the woman then posted the expensive recipe to everyone she knew on the Internet and asked that they pass the recipe along to all of their friends. Whether you believe the story or not, it provides a good laugh and a great cookie.

The United Presbyterian Women’s Circle Three had members and residents gather in the Health Center for a hymn sing on Tuesday afternoon. Ted Stewart led the group in song while Julia Gamon accompanied him on the piano and Marilyn Johnston gave the readings. Everyone joined in.

Residents always enjoy hearing of local school projects and on Wednesday morning Lincoln School Principal Dave Hoffman shared information with them concerning the student garden at Lincoln School. School officials saw a garden as an opportunity to encompass a variety of curriculum in a hands-on approach to education. The students were first asked to taste various vegetables in order to gain a broader knowledge of nutrition and expand their pallets before planting the garden last spring. The ambitious garden of tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, beets, herbs, onions, carrots, radishes and sprawling vines of melons, squash, and pumpkins offer a multitude of learning opportunities. Growing the vegetables allows students to see where their food source comes from along with valuable information on raising their own vegetables which could lead to a lifelong hobby.

Resident flower gardeners have been busy watering, weeding and pruning the remaining flowers and plants in an effort to save them from the scorching heat and lack of moisture. Thanks to all of the residents who have been the caretaker of each corner flower bed. They add much beauty to the United Presbyterian Home Campus.

Classics Et Cetera for Sept. 5 included “Carnival Overture” by Antonin Dvořák; “Smilin’ Through” sung by Nelson Eddy; Partie (Suite) in G Major by Johann Pachelbel; “Do You Love Me” from “Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock and performed by Zero Mostel; 2nd & 3rd Movements of Piano Concerto in A Minor by Robert Schumann; “Farewell to a Slavic Woman” a march by Vasilij Ivanovitj Agapkin.

Nearly lost in the annals of musical history until his now famous Canon in D came out in recordings in the 1970s. The German composer, organist and teacher, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was a generation older than his compatriot J. S. Bach. Pachelbel became a friend of Bach’s father and his family in Eisenach and was godfather of some of J. S. Bach’s siblings. His connections with the Bach family are interesting, but Pachelbel was an outstanding musician in his own right, composing a huge quantity of fine Baroque music, both sacred and secular.

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