Halcyon House News

A Mother's Day tea party

Minister Kwang S. Song, representing the United Methodist Church, provided the weekly chapel service to Halcyon House residents on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The sermon was titled, “Blessed Life in God.” Scripture from Psalm 1 was shared with those in attendance.

In baking class, residents made homemade lavender colored mints using a rosette mint mold. The mints were used for the Mother’s Day Tea Party. The residents reminisced about the many mints they prepared for special occasions over the years. When a rosette didn’t look right it automatically became a sample. The Halcyon House team members enjoyed the sample mints too!

The Halcyon House Lifestyles Department hosted a Mother’s Day Tea on Friday, May 10 in the Timmins Event Center. The tables were decorated with lavender and lace tablecloths along with a bouquet of flowers and antique tea pots that were borrowed from activity assistant, Ethel Sieren’s mother, Lois Miller. Beautiful butterfly and lilac napkins and matching plates also adorned the tables along with antique tea cups for everyone. The party started with Wesley Life Administrator Chris Marshall playing the piano while everyone visited and enjoyed the afternoon party. Served at the party were several different kinds of tea, cucumber tea sandwiches on rye, ham salad sandwiches on small bakery buns, mints, a delicious raspberry sherbet punch. The residents also had chocolate and white cake with mousse filling and each piece of cake had a lavender rose for decoration. At the end of the program ,Ethel Sieren sang the Mother’s Day song and read a poem titled “Thank God for Mother’s Love.”

This week, the trivia program title was “I’m in a Pickle.” A pickle word search started this sweet and dilly program along with sweet baby dills and some homemade pickle relish. History and some fun facts were shared about this crunchy delicious cucumber. Americans love dill pickles twice as much as their sweet counterparts. An average American eats more than 8.5 pounds of pickles a year. The U.S. government commandeered 40 percent of all pickles made in the U.S. during World War II so they could be used in rations for the soldiers.

Monday was “Orange and Black Day” with Washington Middle School. Students made raised garden beds that are located in each household courtyard and planted flowers that are located in the outside entryway to each household. The help was greatly appreciated and many hands made the job go that much faster.

Tuesday, Kaylin Brokaw shared her vocal talent with the Sagewood and Rosewood households. She played several songs using her ukulele and she also played the piano. This talented young lady has taken piano lessons for 13 years and has been playing for 17 years. She taught herself to play the ukulele, leads the worship at her church in Kalona. Kaylin is the youngest of seven children and her family owns and operates JK Creative Wood in Kalona.

The “Something from the Attic” program was hosted by volunteer, Don Kline, Tuesday, May 14. It was held in the Wedgewood lounge. The program was all about antique bottles that Don and his wife, Marjorie, had collected over the years.

He brought in several very old bottles, bottle seals and bottle caps to show. Many of the bottles originated in Iowa. The history of each item was very interesting. As always, Don is very knowledgeable as he shared these gems with our residents!

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Grace Egli, Frances Moore, Mary Hammes and Nancy Mattocks.