BRRRRR! February is reminding us that it is winter in Iowa!! Please remember to bundle up well if going out of the building for an appointment. Make sure you have gloves, hat or scarf to assure you are covered up to reduce the chance of frostbite. We will be evaluating outings over the month and will make decisions if we need to cancel for everyone’s safety.

Also, due to the cold, this time of year can cause all of us to come down with a little case of cabin fever. Many times, folks tend to hibernate in their rooms in the cold, and this can lead to isolation. We all need to help each other through this! Stop and check on a neighbor, invite someone out to play cards or watch some TV. Try a new activity maybe you have not done in the past. Maybe ask someone over for coffee or tea to your home for some social time. At Grand Haven we are a family and family takes care of the family in my book, so let's help each other through the cold!
Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that the groundhog does NOT see his shadow on February 2nd so spring can come soon!

Thanks for all the support in my first month!

Julie

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Spotlight on Senior: Louis Eileen Brooten Hamilton

Louis Eileen Brooten Hamilton

Louise Eileen Brooten Hamilton moved into Grand Haven in March of 2017. Louise grew up in Wisconsin, a town called Cameron. Growing up, her father worked at Ebner’s Box Factory while her mother was a homemaker raising six children. Louise attended Cameron high school and graduated in 1967. Louise met her husband, Allan at the Cameron swimming pool as a senior in high school. They dated for a short time, and they were married on August 5, 1967. Allan got drafted into the Vietnam War and was also in the Air Force. Once he returned home, they moved to New Mexico for a couple of years and eventually ended up in Davenport due to Allan getting a job at the Rock Island Arsenal. When they came to Davenport, Louise attended Stewarts School of Cosmetology and, after graduation, worked as a stylist at The Total Look Salon for many of years. Louise grew up with four sisters and one brother. One of Louise’ favorite memories growing up is at the age of 18. Her brother-in-law was a stock car racer, and on the days he would race, Louise would spend her time down at the race track watching him.

Allan worked for the Rock Island Arsenal for 37 years as a Planner Estimator while Louise was a hairstylist, homemaker, and worked at Frist Federal Savings Bank for six years in Davenport. Allan and Louise were married for 50 years and had 2 children together. One of Louise’ favorite memories were doing many family cook-outs and fun activities back in Wisconsin with the family along with going to Disney World on vacation. Louise has three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with them, cooking, baking, going out to dinner at their favorite restaurants and watching them at their sporting activities. Louise loves reading many kinds of books to her granddaughter Abby when they are around one another. Louise likes that all her needs are taken care of here at Grand Haven. She gets a break from cooking, cleaning, and laundry. She likes how she can get ice cream anytime and enjoys all the outings and activities.

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