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Quote of the day . . .

"The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways."

--Gene Hackman

Did You Know?

Table doilies are named after a 17th-century draper named Mr. Doiley from London.

We're Always Staying Busy . . .

Whether it is breakfast in the park or a ride down the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle or music in the arboretum, we're always staying busy. Our energetic and caring activities staff make sure something is always happening to keep our residents engaged and entertained.

Stay for a couple of days on us to experience firsthand the quality of life at Mount Pleasant Home. Call our administrator, Keith Kettler, at (563) 542-1590 to arrange for a tour and stay.

The Games People Play

The Old Bridge of Mostar in Bosnia has been the scene of cliff diving since 1664. At 70 feet over the river, it is no simple feat to gather the courage to jump. Since 1968, the city has held an annual Bridge Diving competition. For decades, it was tradition for 16-year-old boys to make the jump as a rite of passage to adulthood. For 50 euros, a local dive shop will assist you in making the jump, complete with lessons in safety. If the heights don't scare you, then the water might. The river below is one of Europe's coldest, averaging just 44 degrees Fahrenheit in summer.

Today is . . .

Today is Yodel for Your Neighbors Day, although they might not appreciate it. A yodel is a type of voal technique where you rapidly transition from your chest voice to your falsetto head voice. Practice by starting with the sound "ah."

You Are What You Eat

Along the northwestern coast of the Italian island of Sardinia lies the village of Alghero. It is a beautiful medieval city with strong Catalan roots, but perhaps it is most famous for its lobster. Maybe it is the extra saltiness of the Mediterranean that makes the lobsters so special. The dish is so exquisite that Queen Elizabeth II wanted them on the menu for her wedding reception. At almost $80 per pound, Alghero lobsters do not come cheap, which is perhaps why they are found only on menus at the world's finest restaurants. In Alghero, however, you can find them for around $50.

A look back in time . . .

On this date in history: January 30, 2023 . . .

  • 1815 - The Library of Congress, which had been burned by British Troops during the War of 1812, was reestablished with the purchase of 6,500 books from Thomas Jefferson's private library.

  • 1958 - The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet. Today, such moving sidewalks are common in many airports.

  • 1969 - The Beatles performed together for the last time at their Apple Studio in London.

  • 2002 - Japan's last coal mine was closed. The closure was due to high production costs. The country now imports all of the coal it burns.

Word of the Day

absolve

\ub-'zalv\ verb 1: to set (someone) free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt 2: to pardon or forgive a sin usually as a sacrament

"if descendants cannot be found, the church is hopeful that courts will legally absolve them from having to do so."

--Kenneth C. Crowe II, The Albany (New York) Times Union, October 26, 2020.

Did you know? The act of absolving can be seen as releasing someone from blame or sin, or "loosening" the hold that responsibility has on a person, which provides a hint about the word's origins. Absolve was adopted into Middle English from the Latin verb absolvere, formed by combining the prefix ab- ("from, away, off) with solvere, meaning "to loosen." Absolve also once had additional senses of "to finish or accomplish" and "to resolve or explain," but these are now obsolete. Solvere is also the ancestor of the English words solve, dissolve, resolve, solvent, and solution.

Please scroll down to view pictures of our residents engaging in various activities . . .

Our residents enjoy a myriad of activities such as . . .

. . . enjoying music from the guitar-strumming harmonica-playing Lou . . .

. . . or decorating our front patio with beautiful flowers . . .

. . . or visiting a local apple orchard  . .

... or enjoying a Christmas party at Burkey's Bar and Grill . . .

. . . or taking in the sunrise while enjoying breakfast in the park . . .

. . . or dyeing and decorating Easter eggs . . .

. . . hey! even the Easter Bunny stopped by . . .

. . . there's even time to pet a stingray while at a visit to the Mississippi River Museum . . .

Whether it is a van ride through the park, mall walking, or Bingo!, there's always something to while away the hours at Mount Pleasant Home!

Please scroll down for the current activities calendar.

February 2023

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

1

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

5

  • Leisure activity of your choice

6

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

7

  • 9AM - Mall walking

8

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

2

  • 10AM - Crafts

  • 2PM - Snack cart BINGO! and treats

3

  • 1pm - Dubuque Rescue Mission and St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores

4

  • 10AM - Winter farmers' market

  • Leisure activity of your choice

9

  • 10AM - Dubuque Museum of Art

  • 2PM - Money BINGO! with the Board of Directors

  • 6PM - Movie at the public library: She Said

10

  • 1PM - Goodwill and Stuff, Etc.

11

  • Leisure activity of your choice

12

  • Leisure activity of your choice

19

  • Leisure activity of your choice

13

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

20

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

14

Happy Valentine's Day​

  • 9AM - Mall walking

  • 2PM - Valentine's Day Social

  • 6PM - Ukulele lessons at the public library

21

  • 9AM - Mall walking

26

  • Leisure activity of your choice

27

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

  • 6PM - Mason jar candle making at the public library

28

  • 9AM - Mall walking

  • 6PM - Ukulele lessons at the public library

15

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments , and shopping

22

  • 1PM - Van rides to library, doctors' appointments, and shopping

  • 6:30PM - Ash Wednesday services at Church of the Nativity

16

  • 10AM - Crafts

  • 2PM - Prize BINGO! with snacks

23

  • 10AM - Crafts

  • 2PM - Money BINGO! with the Board of Directors

17

  • 1PM - Men's Club

24

  • 1PM - Ladies tea party

18

  • 10AM - Winter farmers' market

  • Leisure activity of your choice

25

  • Leisure activity of your choice

Activities Department Announcement

Julie is out of the office until further notice. Activities will be coordinated and handled by Josh. If you have any questions, please see Josh.

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