February 2015 Cottonwood Villa Assisted Living for a Great Life! 450 S Main St ~ Ainsworth, NE 69210 402-387-1000 ~ 402-387-1015 ~ www.cottonwoodvilla.com Celebrating February Canned Food Month Time Management Month African American History Month Groundhog Day February 2 Thank a Mailman Day February 4 Valentine’s Day February 14 Pancake Week February 15–22 Mardi Gras February 17 Chinese New Year February 19 Single-Tasking Day February 24 International Sword Swallowers Day February 28 Carnival Around the World The Lenten season arrives on Ash Wednesday, February 18. It is traditional to participate in a symbolic and ritual fast during the 40 days of Lent, akin to the 40-day fast Jesus made in the desert when he endured temptations by the Devil. The days leading up to this fast, however, have turned into a party known around the world as Carnival. Perhaps the most well-known day of this festival is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” which falls on February 17. New Orleans hosts one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations, complete with parades, masquerade balls, beads, music, and plenty of overindulgence. After all, if sins are washed away during the season of Lent, what’s the harm in committing a few more on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday? Carnival is Brazil’s most popular holiday, and Rio de Janiero hosts the largest Carnival in the world. Two million spectators crammed into stadium-style seats watch a lavish parade with massive floats and wildly costumed dancers swaying to the samba beats. Not to be outdone, the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad begins its Carnival at 4 a.m. on the Monday morning before Ash Wednesday. Called J’Ouvert, French for “day open,” the day begins with revelers taking to the streets under cover of darkness, covered in chocolate, mud, oil, and paint, and acting the role of mischievous devils, demons, and monsters. Binche, Belgium, is similarly famous for the clown-like Gilles performers, who wear costumes, wax masks, and wooden clogs as they beat away evil spirits with sticks. However, Italy is the birthplace of all Carnival celebrations. The day is firmly rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. February 2015 Good to the Last Drop Judges in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, treat water like wine on February 21. Local connoisseurs will examine waters from around the world and declare the world’s best water based on taste, aroma, appearance, mouth feel, and aftertaste. Not all water is made equal, so water is divided into categories: municipal (tap), bottled, purified, and carbonated. A separate category for package design is voted on as a People’s Choice award. Berkeley Springs has always attracted those interested in water. George Washington owned land in Berkeley Springs and visited often, perhaps lured there by the warm mineral springs believed to have medicinal qualities. Visitors can still marvel at his bathtub, a stone-lined basin dug into the earth that draws water directly from the mineral springs. Saturday night brings high anxiety at the Country Inn of Berkeley Springs, where judges sip and sample before a crowd of spectators and water purveyors. Last year drew stiff competition in all water categories. More than 100 different waters sourced from 14 countries representing all six inhabited continents entered the competition. The best tap water in the world was awarded to Clearbrook, British Columbia, already a two-time gold medal winner in the category. Castle Rock Water of Dunsmuir, California, narrowly edged out bottlers from Colorado and Greece as the world’s best bottled water. The title for sparkling water went to Canadian Gold Sparkling Mineral Water of Marchand, Manitoba, with runners-up coming from New Zealand and Bosnia. It was only fitting that the best purified water hailed from Berkeley Springs, purified by Mountain Drop out of Linthicum, Maryland. Was it hometown favoritism? Unlikely. The famed waters of Berkeley Springs have attracted international attention for more than 250 years. Resident Council Minutes The Cottonwood Villa Resident Council met on Tuesday, January 20th, at 10:30 AM. Heidi O’Dea facilitated the meeting. Nine residents were present. Feedback was received on the following departments. Housekeeping- Good, no issues. Maintenance- Good, no issues. Administrations- Good, no issues. Medication Aides- Good, no issues. Bath Aides- Good, the new bath aide, Jessica, is doing a good job. Activities- Good, no issues. It was a long two weeks without Nancy and everyone is glad she is back. Kitchen- Good, overall. It has been a change for everyone involved with the new menu options. Everyone likes that they are now able to have a choice for their meal. The new changes around Cottonwood were discussed and everyone thought the new paint was looking nice and the new furniture arrangement is well liked. Cottonwood Villa will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary on February 8th with an open house from 2-4 PM. There were no further comments. Meeting adjourned. Too Many Valentines While February 14 is widely celebrated as Valentine’s Day, there is some confusion as to which Saint Valentine this day refers to. According to the Roman Catholic Church, 14 different saints are named Valentine. Some believe Valentine honors the Bishop of Terni, in central Italy, who was condemned by the Roman Emperor Claudius. Others believe Valentine was a Roman priest who secretly married Christian couples until he was discovered by the Roman authorities and sentenced to death. Perhaps the real identity of St. Valentine is unnecessary since what is truly important is his enduring legacy of love. February 2015 Notes from Nancy Cookie Power We have had such fun this first month of 2015! If you happened into our Activity Room you saw 15 pictures of some real cute little ones! We had a challenge to see if we could identify the baby pictures of residents and staff. It was toughand we had to wait the entire month for the “Big Reveal”. Looking at our pictues brought back so many memories of our childhood- lots of laughter and stories to share! It’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for all year: February 27–28 is Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! The “Super Six” flavors are all coming back: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, and the 100th anniversary cookie, Savanna Smiles. Two additional flavors are being offered in 2015: Rah-Rah Raisin, which is an oatmeal raisin cookie with yogurt chunks, and a gluten-free option called Toffee-tastic, a buttery cookie packed with toffee bits. We also celebrated Activity Professionals Month with the theme of hats- we each wear many!! There were many hats on display in the lobby. Each contestant had a great time tossing 5 baseball caps into the hula hoop 14 feet away. After three rounds Clayton Bejot won first with a score of 320. Lorene Kernan, Bernice Kuchera and Ruth Smith all tied for second with a score of 250 and Nancy Gable was third with a score of 230. We enjoyed some coffee while discussing “Hatisms”- sayings & phrases such as “Eat your hat.” We learned a bit of history surrounding each saying. A new game “Dice & Strikes” was played. It was scored like bowling but dice were rolled to score. Roll “snake eyes” and it was a “gutter ball” or roll two sixes and it’s a strike. Winning the highest score and first place went to Carol Chase with 182, second to Eunice Wulf who rolled 155 and Nancy Gable in third with a score of 140. As you can see- we have been busy!! This year, the price of Girl Scout Cookies will increase by one dollar to five dollars a box. Amazingly, the cost of cookies has not increased for 11 years. And every extra dollar will benefit a program that is dedicated to building our next generation of young female leaders. Furthermore, the Girl Scout Cookie program teaches Girl Scouts five invaluable life skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Not to mention, scouts build courage, confidence, and character. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you can help achieve all this through eating delicious cookies. Winter Wonderland by Rail Perhaps one of the greatest sightseeing adventures in the world is a four-hour train ride on the Bernina Express from Switzerland to Italy through the Alps. There may be no better time to travel the route than in February, when the land is glistening white with snow. What makes the journey so special? The railway, which opened in 1904, crosses 196 bridges, passes through 55 tunnels, and climbs more than 7,000 feet. This marvel of engineering is designed to open isolated mountain villages to the rest of the world. For these regions, the rail line has been granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. February 2015 Beware the Calendar As if triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, were not enough, this February will also strike fear into the hearts of those suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th. Why is the number 13 considered unlucky? Some Western Christian traditions believe that the number stems from Judas, who betrayed Jesus and was the thirteenth person to sit down to the Last Supper. Fear of 13 may also have originated with the Vikings, for whom Loki was the thirteenth god in their pantheon. Loki often caused mischief for all the other gods and was even believed to have instigated the murder of Baldur, the god of light and purity. When Loki arrived at Valhalla as an uninvited thirteenth guest to a banquet, he goaded another god into murdering Baldur. Coincidentally, hosting 13 guests for dinner is also considered unlucky by Hindus and Italians. When did people begin to consider Friday as unlucky? Again, Christian tradition tells that Friday was the day that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. Furthermore, Jesus was crucified on a Friday, a day since called, ironically, Good Friday. Not to be outdone, the Norse again offer their own origin story of unlucky Friday. The word Friday comes from the name of the Norse goddess Freya, who powerfully ruled over beauty, love, fertility, gold, war, and death. Out of fear of Freya, Friday was considered extremely unlucky, especially for weddings. It was not until the 19th century that the notion of an unlucky Friday the 13th became widespread. Of course, not all cultures fear Friday or the number 13. In Spain, for example, Tuesday the 13th is unlucky. Fear of the number 4 is widespread in East Asia. If you miss Friday the 13th this month, not to worry—there is another one in March. February Birthdays If you were born between February 1–18, you are Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Witty, clever, and honest, Water Bearers desire independence above all and are not afraid to deviate from the crowd to pursue their own interests. Those born between February 19–28 are Pisces, the Fish. Selfless, spiritual, and intuitive, Pisces swim on an inner journey. They are emotional, compassionate people who are always willing to help others. Residents June Kelly- 2/10 Bev Scheer- 2/12 Irene Schelm- 2/17 Clayton Bejot- 2/22 Staff Ann Fiala- 2/6 I Cannot Tell a Lie On February 23, 1940, Walt Disney released Pinocchio. In honor of the little wooden boy who could not tell a lie without his nose growing, enjoy the quiz below. Can you determine whether the statements are true or false? 1. 2. 3. 4. Sugar makes children hyperactive. Diamonds form in coal. Bulls hate the color red. You can see the Great Wall of China from outer space. 5. Napoleon was very short. ANSWERS: 1. False: Medical tests show no difference between children given sugar-full and sugar-free diets. 2. False: Diamonds do form deep underground under extreme pressure and intense heat. 3. False: Bulls can see red, but they charge because they feel threatened by the matador. 4. False: Many astronauts have debunked this myth, though other man-made structures can be seen from space. 5. False: Napoleon was actually five feet, seven inches tall, which was considered tall for his time.
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