Melting Away the Winter Blues

As I write this, we are at the end of a stretch of brutal, below zero wind-chills. In fact, the current northland thaw, with the warmth of the sun, the ice turning to slush, and the pavement clearing of snow is enough to convince the hearty Duluthians to don shorts and spring jackets. If there is one certain thing in life it’s that, like the weather, it is ever changing.

At St. Ann’s we have packed our February activities calendar with all sorts of events and entertainment. Of course, the big holiday in February is Valentine’s Day. This day, devoted to love, is not just for couples. There are never enough chances to tell those in your life how much they mean to you. Parents, children, friends and caregivers all appreciate knowing what a difference they make in peoples’ lives. I hope everyone will take advantage of this time to call, write, visit or reach out to those who are in your thoughts.

After you talk to those people you love, make a resolution to take care of yourself so you can be there for them. February is also Heart Health Month. We will have an Open House for our Wellness Room. Staff will be available to show you how to use the various machines. Don’t be hesitant. Our Nu-Step machine can accommodate limited abilities, and various levels of experience. Now is the perfect time to take that first step to better health.

The end of the month will culminate in our Beat the Winter Blues, Fat Tuesday Happy Hour, with music by Florian Chzmielewski, donuts, non-alcoholic hurricane drinks and more. I hope everyone will join us to shake off the cold and gloom and celebrate the hope of the coming spring!



Jan Lappy –Director of Resident Life Services  




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