I can’t believe how time is flying. We are in the midst of Thanksgiving and Christmas already! Some of the highlights were celebrating Assisted Living Week. We did many fun activities that helped spark our creativity including an art demonstration by Mary Ann Gloe. She then returned and did the project with us. The tenants made 3D trees with either fall foliage or snow. They turned out wonderful! We did a fall scenic cruise to view the fall leaves. Wellington held its first health and wellness fair and it was a huge success. We had almost thirty businesses and organizations come to teach us about health and wellness. Windridge Implements brought a brand-new tractor for us to see. It sure was pretty and very pricey. We are enjoying having bingo with the Cross Roads Kids every Monday and they also come on Wednesdays to take wishes and grant wishes for our tenants. We also do crafts, visit and play cards. It’s really fun to get to know these kids and many good friendships have formed with the tenants. It’s great for both kids and tenants.

So far November has been exciting. We had Joel from Highlandville Honey Bee Farm do a presentation about his bee farm. He brought live bees in for us to see. It was cool to see them that close. He left us some honey comb and honey to try which we will do soon. Shelly did a cooking demonstration for us making Ritz Smores and Ritz cheese cracker snack. They were both really yummy! The American Legion Post 163 sponsored a Veterans Supper and did bingo for the folks. One of our tenants is going to do a talk about Freeport history. Lynn Monroe is giving a presentation on her trip to Colorado, Utah and 6 State Parks. Tori and Cassidy came to demonstrate how to make mesh wreaths. Roland Waterman joined us for a devotions group. The tenants really enjoyed him, and we will do devotions once a month now. Of course, we have had plenty of music, bingo and socials.

December also has many highlights. I would like to cordially invite you to our Family Christmas Open House on December 8th. from 2:00 to 4:00. We will have delicious hors d’ oeuvres prepared by Chef Kevin, door prizes and a live pianist. We look forward to seeing you and your families celebrate this joyous time of year! Wellington Place is also sponsoring a toy drive for our families in need in the Northwest Iowa area.  We will be accepting donations from now to December 9th. Items can be taken to the Nursing Home or Assisted Living. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy to share with someone in need. All donations will be given to Helping Services for Youth and Families and they will see to it that the items go to the appropriate age children and young adults. With one small act of kindness together we can make a difference!

These are some of the special programs we will have in December. We would love to have you join us for any or all of these events. The Luren Singing Society will be here on December 7th at 1:45. Donlon Pharmacy will be doing a toy show for us on December 4th at 2:00. The Cross Roads kids will perform their Christmas Show for us on December 11th at 1:00. Mary Hart and Family will be doing a Christmas Show for us on December 28th at 10:00.

Finally, I would like to thank our Veterans and their families for serving our country and protecting our freedoms! Veterans: Arlin Bakken, Donald Huinker, Don Olson and Daniel Neuzil. Wives of Veterans: Florence Olson, Vera Weist, Darlene Dickman, Clara Swella, Phyllis Wanless, Maxine Hall, and Ethie Neuzil.

Kelly Nordschow,Assisted Living Activity Director