April Fools Day arrived and with it came beautiful spring like weather. Once again we were able to get outdoors for exercise and relaxation in the sun, but first we were inspired by Bonnie Geerdes and her beautiful piano playing abilities.
Our first outing was on the 2nd. We drove south and wound up at the Famous Beaman Tap where we ate a delicious lunch. We took the scenic route home and stopped in at the Roegner acreage to see the baby lambs, lamas, donkeys, etc.
Cowboy Jim entertained us on the 4th with song and hijinks. He is good at bringing the laughter out in us!
We had another rousing game of beanbag baseball on the 6th. Our first game went into overtime, which was a first for us. Betty Henningsen and Alma Lutterman competed to break the tie. Alma was the victor!
On the 7th Patty and Christina were both bustling around the kitchen getting ready for our noon buffet. By the time we were done eating (and visiting) we were stuffed to the gills and ready to kick up our feet for an afternoon nap. Some of us spent the afternoon playing cards in the dining room.
We had an enjoyable afternoon with our good friends from the Methodist Church on the 8th. They hosted a tea for us in our dining room.
I dimmed the lights and poured the wine for our candle lit dinner on the 9th.
Pastor Nibbelink and Joanne blessed us greatly by conducting a worshipful Good Friday Communion Service in our dining room. That weekend many of us were gone for Easter celebrations while the rest of us entertained family and friends here at Arlington Place.
For our second outing we traveled to Aplington where we ate at Stinky's. After a leisurely lunch we drove around Parkersburg to see all the new construction and growth.
Vi Collins entertained us on the 16th with her beautiful voice and talented piano playing.
Our third grade friends came bounding in with books in hand to spend time with their Arlington Place partners. Dice were rolling everywhere as they were finishing their visit with bunk-o competitions and a snack.
JoAnne Nibbelink and I led a hymn sing on the 21st.
The Bethany Bell Choir gave a beautiful performance in our dining room on the 22nd.
If you had popped in for a visit on the 23rd you would have seen our dining room transformed into an elaborately decorated Chinese Bistro. For this we thank Nancy Stephens and her creativity.
"April in Paris" was the theme for Cynthia Zeesman and her high energy song and dance routine which she performed on the 24th.
We were treated to a prom walk through by the honor students on the 25th. It is a tribute to them that they take time out of their busy schedules so that we can stay in touch with the young people of our community. Thank you Beth Bockes for making this happen every year!
Jeanne Thuesen entertained us on the 27th with her extraordinary ability to play a whole set of hand bells by herself. If you get the opportunity to hear her play it is a treat that you won't want to miss!
We brought our month to a close while visiting with our friends from the 1st Pres. Coffee Clique.
Now that we have had our April showers, or should I say downpour?!? We are looking forward to the May flowers. See you then!