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Let’s Beat Those Winter Blues!
Even if you love winter, those long hours inside can become tedious. Let’s brighten up
Make a Kitchen Garden
Even if things are dead outside, you can get things growing inside! Here are some easy
instructions for starting an indoor herb garden.
1. Growing a successful indoor herb garden requires lots of light so choose a spot
where your plants will receive plenty of it.
2. Choose containers that allow drainage. The key to growing your own indoor herb
garden is to have containers that drain well.
3. The next step is to place a small amount of gravel at the bottom of each container.
4. Fill the container with about two parts potting soil and one part course sand. Add
a tiny bit of lime, use about one teaspoon for a 5 or 6 inch pot.
5. Use seeds from a reliable source and make sure you check the expiration date.
6. Put the seeds down about 3 times the size of the seed. Tiny seeds just need to
be pushed into the soil. If you are unsure, look at the directions on the individual seed
7. Water the seeds of your herb garden.
8. Cover each pot with plastic wrap. This will keep the soil moist and warm until
your indoor herb garden begins to sprout.
9. Once the seeds sprout you can remove the plastic wrap.
10. Water your indoor herb garden every day. Keep in mind that some herbs, like
basil do not like their leaves wet, so water from the bottom. Check the soil, when it feels
dry then water your garden.
11. After 10 days or so, feed your indoor herb garden. Continue to add food every
12. After about 4 weeks you should be able to start trimming your indoor herb
garden. Make sure to read up on the requirements of the individual herbs when
trimming but generally speaking after about a month you should be able to start
enjoying fresh herbs from your indoor herb garden!
No flowers blossoming outside? Make some of your own!
Easy Paper Flowers
1 package of multicolored tissue or crepe paper
1 package of green pipe cleaners
Directions: Take four to five sheets of the tissue paper and layer them (if you want
multicolored flowers, use different colors). Cut into 8-inch squares. Keeping the sheets
layered, take one set of squares and fold it like an accordion so it looks like a thin
rectangle. At the center of the rectangle, cut a small v-shaped notch on both sides. Take
the end of a pipe cleaner and twist it around the notch. With the stem pointing straight
down, gently pull up one layer of tissue into the center. Pull up the remaining layers, one
by one. Repeat for the other side of the flower. Once all the layers are pulled up, fluff
them in place to look natural. Continue making more flowers with the remaining stacks
Tips and variations: For sturdier stems, wrap two pipe cleaners together. Cut smaller or
larger squares to change the size of your flowers. Add more layers for thicker flowers or
fewer layers for thinner ones. For a shiny effect, dip the top edges in white glue and then
dip in loose glitter. Glue a pin on the back of a flower for a fluffy lapel decoration. Make
smaller flowers and string them together as garland.
A sure way to get residents feeling healthy! Here is a simple chair exercise routine.
Exercise Your Hands, Arms and Shoulders
1. Begin your seniors' chair exercise routine by extending both arms in front of you,
even with your shoulders, and wiggling your fingers. Do this for 20 seconds and return
arms to your sides.
2. Close fists as if in a boxing position and "box" the air, swinging arms in front of
you. Do this for 20 seconds and return arms to your sides.
3. Lift your left hand over your head slowly and hold it there for 10 seconds. Return it
to your side. Repeat the same movement with your right hand.
4. Do arm circles by extending arms straight out to your sides. Slowly rotate your
arms forward 5 times, then rotate them backwards 5 times. Return arms to your sides.
5. Relax your shoulders, raise your arms and place your fingers on top of your
shoulders. Gently rotate your arms forward 5 times and then backward 5 times. Return
arms to your sides.
Exercise Your Legs and Feet
6. Extend your legs straight out in front and wiggle your toes. Do this for 10 seconds
and return to your normal position.
7. Sit up straight with legs in front and feet flat on the floor. Lift the heels of both feet
and gently bounce them up and down 15 times.
8. Sit up straight and lift and extend your legs in front. Slowly cross one leg over the
other while holding them in the air, and hold this position for 5 seconds. Reverse
position and cross the other leg over. Hold for 5 seconds and return feet to the floor.
Repeat the entire exercise 5 times.
9. Sit up straight and place feet flat on the floor at a slight angle. Slowly lift your toes
up without lifting your heels from the floor. Repeat 10 times.
10. Sit up straight with legs in front and feet flat on the floor. Slowly raise and bend
one leg and clasp knee in your hands. Hold for 5 seconds and return foot to the floor.
Repeat with the other leg. Do this 5 times with each leg.
Exercise Your Lower Body
11. Sit up straight in the chair and extend both legs and both arms directly in front of
you. Hold that position for 5 seconds and return to your normal position. Repeat 2 to 3
12. Stand straight and hold on to the back of your chair for balance. Slowly squat
down, hold that position for 5 seconds, and return to your standing position. Repeat 3 to
13. Sit up straight in your chair with feet resting on the floor at a slight angle. Place
both hands on your thighs and slowly move forward and then backward while keeping
your back as straight as possible. Repeat this 5 times.