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What causes leaves to change colors?

It’s all about Chemistry:

Not all leaves turn vivid colors.  Only a few species of deciduous trees produce the beautiful colors this time of year.  In Minnesota, most notably, we have aspen, maple and oak.  Soil moisture, precipitation, temperature and light all contribute to fall color.  Light, the lack of it, is the main agent.

As autumn days grow shorter, thus less light, chemical changes in deciduous plants cause a “corky” wall to form in between the twig and leaf stalk.  This “corky” wall or abscission layer eventually causes the leaf to drop.

The chemical change seals off the vessels that supply a leaf with nutrients and water.  It also blocks exit vessels, thus trapping simple sugars in the leaves.   Reduced light, lack of nutrients and not water add up to the chlorophyll (which makes the green color) to die.

Once the green is gone, other pigments take over.  Carotene (yellow) and anthocyanin (red) exist in the leaf all summer but are overpowered by chlorophyll.  The brown in autumn leaves is a result of tannin.

Sugar trapped in the abscission layer is largely responsible for the vivid colors.  Sunlight acting on the trapped sugar also helps to manufacture anthocyanin (red).  This is why colors on bright fall days are crisper and duller or more pastel during times of rain.

A wet growing season and a dry autumn filled with sunny days combined with cold frost free nights helps produce the most vibrant colors of fall.

 

Source: Farmer’s Almanac 2020

 

This is a helpful graphic to sort out all the information above:

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Creative Activities Competition

This year, Copperfield Hill is hosting a “Mini-sorta” State Fair. In typical, State Fair fashion we hosted a Creative Activities Competition. We asked residents to submit their handy work in the categories of needlework, handcrafts, collections, baking and canning.

The exhibits have been on display both Thursday and Friday. Staff were asked to vote for the winners and the RESULTS ARE IN!

Collections: 

Best in Show: Jim with his collection of putters.

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Second place: Jane and her cat collection.

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Needlework:

Best in Show: Donna

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Second place (Tied): Margaret

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Second place (Tied): Diane

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Paintings:

Best in Show: Jane

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Second place: Gudmund

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Handcrafts:

Best in Show: Gudmund

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Second place: Diane

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Staying active in Memory Care

There are many ways that Copperfield Hill residents are staying busy during the Quarantine. No doubt, it has been a very challenging time. However, it is essential to keep busy and occupied with stimulating and safe activities that keep us all connected.*

*All activities follow social distancing guidelines.

Here are a few examples:

Manicures and Pedicures. Any day is a good day to relax and get pampered.

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Arts and Crafts. Nothing passes the time like a good craft!

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Enjoying the Secure Outdoor Patio. At Copperfield Hill we have a secure patio space for residents to get outside safely. Many like to sit outside and get fresh air, but this space also allows us to GARDEN.

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Celebrating Birthdays. You can never skip someone’s birthday. No matter what is happening in the world. We should always stop and celebrate the special people in our lives.

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Sing-A-longs.  We are very lucky to have musically talented residents. Music is a powerful tool with memory care residents.

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Coffee Hours. Even though we keep our residents busy during the day, it is important to take a seat and indulge in a cup of Joe.

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BINGO. We are consistently thinking of ways to reinvent the game. Our residents have enjoyed variations including: Traditional BINGO, Music BINGO and Candy Bar BINGO.

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Celebrating Holidays. We haven’t skipped any opportunity to CELEBRATE. Pictured below are moments from Earth Day, Memorial Day and Mother’s Day observations.

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Happy Fourth of July!!

To our Friends and Family -

We wish each of you a very Happy Fourth of July! Since 1776 America has celebrated Independence Day.  We celebrate and commemorate the adoption the the Declaration of Independence.

At Copperfield Hill, one way we show our spirit is by lining our property with American Flags.  We hope you enjoy the weekend celebration of the 4th with  friends and family.  Social Distancing of course!

 

You can learn more about the Fourth of July by visiting the Library of Congress website: www.loc.gov

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The Dog Days of Summer*

It is hot and muggy out there! Do you know what that means?

The ancient Romans called the hottest and most humid days of the summer “dies caniculares”. Roughly translated as “dog days”. The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major or Large Dog.

According to the “Old Farmer’s Almanac:”, the Dog Days of summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning with July the 3rd and ending with August 11th. This also coincides with the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. This is soon after the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year and reminds us that the hottest days are ahead.

They are called the Dog Days because of the Dog Star, and Sirius, the brightest star is blazing away. Dog Days are not normally meant to be bad. However, during the hottest time of the year, intense heat and drought can cause havoc with many areas of society.

So enjoy these summer days ahead.

*farmersalmanac.com

 

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Remembering D Day

The Allied invasion on June 6th, 1944 was not only the defining moment in WWII, but was the biggest an most significant military campaigns in history.

Commanding Allies general Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the largest invasion of hundreds of thousands of American, British, Canadian and other troops. They were to cross the English Channel and come ashore on the beaches of Normandy, the northern coast of France. Western Europe was occupied by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler – the goal of the invasion was to put an end to the power of the German army and to bring down the Nazis.

The invasion was code named Operation OVERLORD and had originally been planned for June 5th. However, weather postponed the landing until June 6th. In all, approximately 7,000 vessels, 23,000 airborne troops and 132,000 men landed on the beaches. They were supported by 12,000 Allied aircraft. Although many lives were lost, the overall objectives were achieved.

Leading up to D-Day Germany had taken occupation of most of continental Europe and Norway. The British had retreated to back across the English Channel and the German Luftwaffe had not been able to overtake British forces. Germany continued the long drawn out war in Europe and invasion of the Soviet Union.

The United States had been preparing for war and when Japan, the Axis partner to Germany invaded Pearl Harbor, America was finally forced into the global conflict. British and American leaders agreed that Nazi Germany’s defeat was of first priority. Invading France via a British launching pad was planned. However, before this could happen British and American troops overcame German and Italian forces in northwestern Africa.

Allied forces continued to weaken the Italian forces and vital airfields in southern Italy were now available to the Allies. Air superiority in Western Europe was a vital piece to gaining a stronghold. They could now have more control of the skies over Europe.

Warships and forces landed on the five beaches of Normandy, tactical surprise was key. However, German forces were not far. Allied air power slowed German reinforcements by blowing up roads, bridges and anything that moved. They slowed down the German movement so an increased number of Allied troops and material could make it across the English Channel.

Once their advantage was achieved, by the coordination of air, sea and land forces, and the full use of the Allies technical and industrial power – the battle at Normandy, then France and ultimately Western Europe’s liberation was achieved. Nazi German would be defeated.

 

*Learn more at: Historyextra.com, Wikipedia.org, History.com

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Memorial Day

We recognize and thank all of those who have given their service to our country, past and present.

Below is a bit of information about the origins of Memorial Day.  flag-clip-art-american-flag-clip-art---clipart-best-23ykfyif

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” after the American Civil War in 1868. However, by the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions which were celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American Flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

We wish you and your families a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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History of Copperfield Hill

“How did Copperfield Hill get its name?” A little research turned up the following explanation, as told by Naomi Farr, Owner, Copperfield Hill.

 

“I have been asked countless times, “Why did you name it Copperfield Hill?” I like to tell people about it and thought our residents may find it interesting too!

I have admired the qualities of copper since I was a child and loved to collect pennies. Copper is an honest and basic metal with the ring of integrity about it. Copper is very beautiful, but is also “hardworking” and has real value.

The “Hill” part of the name was easy…we envisioned the multi-level apartment building as a hill overlooking downtown Robbinsdale.

“Copper Hill” just didn’t sound right. Then I remembered standing on the site and looking out over Crystal Lake. It glowed like a field of copper…and we had the name!

Copperfield Hill means a beautiful home with honest and real value. Because we work hard to meet everyone’s individual needs, it is a very special place. Above all, we have integrity. You can trust our promises.

Now, next time you hear someone say, “Yes it’s a pretty name, but does it mean anything?” -  you can tell them all about it!”

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Challenging Times

For anyone working in senior housing or with the senior population in general, you know it has been quite a difficult time.  As the weeks pass, our main concern continues to be the safety of our residents and staff.   We are so grateful for the many efforts and sacrifices that so many individuals have made to make that happen.  We know that we are not out of the woods yet, but believe with strong leadership and teamwork, we will come out on the other side of this stronger,  having learned many lessons.  Below are a few reflections on some of those lessons:  fear, hope, faith and love.  These are just a few things to reflect on during these trying times.

Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear, knowing what must be done does away with fear. ”  Rosa Parks

 

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”   Clara Barton

 

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”  Dale Carnegie

 

Hope

“Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.”  Victor Hugo

 

“God’s mercy and grace give me hope – for myself, and for our world.”  Billy Graham

 

“Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.”  Martha Beck

 

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”  Jonas Salk

 

Faith

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  Mother Teresa

 

“Write in on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”  Helen Keller

 

Love

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” Oprah Winfrey

 

“With our love, we could save the world.”  George Harrison

 

“Where there is love there is life.”  Mahatma Gandhi

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