Cookie Sampler – one of staff helping resident Roger Anderson pick some treats
Residents enjoying the cookies and treats at the Cookie Sampler.

Greetings from "The Home" front

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! The weather outside might be frightful but everyone here at LMH is cozy and warm thanks to the efforts of all our staff. Many staff members worked extra shifts, came in early or stayed late to make sure every resident was taken care of. A Big THANK YOU goes out to all our caring staff members.

After coffee time on Monday, we played a Detective Search game and had Men’s Club in the afternoon. The men enjoyed a snack of chips and dip plus a chance to visit. There was a Resident Council meeting later in the day and Bingo in the evening. Newscurrents was on the morning agenda Tuesday followed by Kitchen Capers. We made candy cane almond bark for everyone to enjoy. We also played our homemade version of Kerplunk which involves dowels, balls, and a basket – you need to pull the dowels out without making the balls fall to the ground. We sure had a lot of laughs from that! We reminisced together on Wednesday morning and later on the crafty crafters made Christmas cards. They also made 16 Christmas Cards to send to residents in a nursing home in Bethel, Alaska. This is part of The Angel Card Project. We thought it would be fun to send a card from our frozen tundra to theirs! Pastor Deb was here for Bible Study on Thursday and the ladies got their nails done at Pretty Nails. We also played a dice game called Roll a Christmas Tree and had Bingo in the evening. After Church on Friday, we had our special Blue Christmas Program at which time we remember residents who had passed away this year. It is a very poignant and moving program. Andrea will be here for Sit & Be Fit on Saturday plus Bingo and Wheel of Fortune.

Molly is back for 5 Square on Sunday afternoon. Monday brings a chance to Remember Classic Toys during Reminisce in the morning. Who remembers Mr. Potato Head or owned a Slinky??? There was also a rousing game of Jeopardy and Bingo in the evening. We will catch up with the news during Newscurrents on Tuesday morning and then the residents will help with decorating Christmas Cookies – plus getting a chance to taste test them. We have an old-fashioned Christmas Singalong on Wednesday morning, then crafts and shopping for the residents. The staff will also be hosting an ugly sweater contest with prizes for the best one. Plus, there will also be a hot chocolate/cocoa bar in the break room. One of my favorite thinking games is on Thursday morning – Finish the Song Lyrics. It’s a great way to remember some of those classic songs! In the afternoon it is time for our Christmas Party!!! It should be a fun time and Santa may even make an appearance! We have Church on Friday morning and Pretty Nails (just in time for Christmas) in the afternoon.

Congratulations to Lindsey Fenske on the birth of daughter Lennox Parker. Lennox was born December 8th and weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. The residents love babies and look forward to meeting baby Lennox.

Our sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Norma Hogfoss who passed away December 11th. Norma was the sweetest lady who enjoyed church, hearing devotions, and visiting with staff. She will definitely be missed. Rest in Peace Norma.

In the rush of Christmas time, I thought this quote for the week was especially appropriate – Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life … including yourself. Make it a great week everyone!