Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Foto Friends - April 21, 2017

Today I'm joining Deb for Friday Foto Friends. Come join us and share your photos!


This week I don't have a theme, it's just a look back on the past week. Some of the highlights were photographed and are shown below.

Last Friday, Sophia played the harp while Olivia and I pet the dogs. We started out with Chinook who is an Alaskan Malamute. He's super friendly and gentle. He's also very big. One of the largest dogs, in fact, that we've had in the room.

Afterwards, we spent time with another senior dog, Anne, who enjoyed listening to the music. After exploring the room a bit, she laid down next to me and fell asleep. She needed a quiet place to rest.

Then Sophia moved onto the cat room. We've learned that the cats do better if they stay in their kennels rather than going into the room where we take the dogs. They seem to feel safer and more relaxed in their kennels.

The last stop of the session was with the dogs. There were quite a few in the kennels and they either watch Sophia play or they rested on their beds (like Anne did). If they are quiet, we give them some treats which they enjoy.

On Saturday, we began making sugar panoramic eggs. The counter had a variety of egg halves on it by the afternoon.

After the forms were hollowed out, it was time to decorate them with frosting and create little scenes in them.

Olivia wanted to do this part. Her scene has some mythical creatures in it.

On Sunday, the focus was on making desserts for dinner at my brother's home. Sophia learned how to color and shape fondant.

She spent a lot of time making a cake that looked like a geode.

The geode part of the cake was hollowed out a bit and then filled with rock candy. She used piping gel to put on the cake and then would place each piece of rock candy on the gel where it would harden in place.

I made a batch of sugar cookies and decorated them to look like rabbits.

Easter dinner was spent at my brother's home. We had a nice meal together, talked a lot, and saw photos from my sister's trip to Cuba with her sons and one of the son's girlfriend.

On Monday, we spent part of our afternoon at the nursing home where we worked with six seniors to create welcome baskets.

The baskets are given to new residents when they move to the nursing home.

There were 14 items in them including personal care supplies (e.g., brush, toothbrush, lip balm, socks, Kleenex), entertainment or enrichment items (e.g., book, adult coloring book or puzzle book, colored pencils), some flowers to decorate the basket, and a welcome card signed by the six seniors who helped create the baskets.

We were all pleased with how they turned out; and felt like whoever would receive them would feel happier and welcomed on their first day at the nursing home.


Pamela said...

What a lovely post! You, Olivia, and Sophia are amazing - how wonderful to bless others (animals and people) with your talents.

Nonnie said...

My goodness! You and your daughters are not only talented and creative, but you are generous to share with others and bless them. So thoughtful!

Toni said...

What a wonderful post. It must be great to be able to play the harp. I agree with others you are a blessing to share your love and talents with the elderly and pets. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a day of blessings :)

Aritha said...

I love to see your familiy traditions. Love it. What a nice cake, never seen such one. Was there a reason the old people received such a basket? Or just for fun/love? Of a good april tradition?

My Cozy Book Nook said...

I LOVE the idea of playing live music for shelter animals.... and making welcome baskets for the elderly. What blessing to share your talents and time with others!
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Debbie Huffaker said...

Harp music 🎶 is so peaceful. I haven't seen those sugar eggs in years. So neat. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend!

Annie said...

Lovely sharing your family traditions.
I had forgotten about sugar eggs!

bettyl-NZ said...

There's a special feeling you get when you do things for others, even if they are animals that are lonely. Good for you for teaching your little ones to give to others.