Paint Night, Snowballs and Gardening O’ My

June has been a busy month so far at College Manor.  This week we had our very first Canvas & Cocktails night and it was a success.  Residents followed along as our art teacher, Laura Numsen, took them through the brush strokes of creating a beautiful picture.  Best of all, we had a handful of family members that came out to spend the evening with their loved ones.  You can see some of this impressive artwork displayed on our chapel stage.

Wednesday afternoon was a pleasant surprise for residents as they went outside to meet the Kona Ice snowball truck :).  Anyone that didn’t want to move, had their snowball treat hand-delivered.  Boom!

One of our more adventurous residents has decided to undertake a garden of his own.  Mr. B didn’t want anything traditional.  He and another family member had seen the idea for a hay garden in a book he was reading last month titled, “Straw Bale Gardens” by Joel Karstein.  So, we sectioned off a piece of the property that would get plenty of sun and could fit their 3 straw bales.  Mr. B started by planting tomato and bell pepper seeds in potting soil on top of the hay.  He then placed bamboo stalks for the vines to climb and CD’s across string to scare away  any unwanted intruders.  Within a few days, he had sprouts.  Within a couple weeks, he had stalks.  No cows on this farm yet but I do believe that he is off to a great start!

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