Our residents enjoying shaved ice from Ohana Shaved Ice
Resident Lorraine Olson showing off her sticker art project during one of our craft activities.

Greetings from “The Home” front …

It’s nice to be back from vacation and into a regular routine again. Had a wonderful time visiting friends and family in my hometown of Everett, Washington. Special thanks to Activity Director Lysa Wright who wrote this column in my absence.

We started out this week on Sunday with 5 Square. Thank you to Deb Sletten for filling in for me so I could extend my vacation for a few extra days. Monday brought Down Memory Lane. The residents talked about The Great Depression and then enjoyed Root Beer Floats in the afternoon. There was also Kerplunk which is turning out to be a fun game among our residents and then Bingo in the evening.

On Tuesday there was Newscurrents and a Sightseeing Van Trip to Hatton. Everyone likes to see how the crops are doing and which fields have been cut and love looking at the beautiful flowers in this community. Father Bob was here for Catholic Mass on Wednesday morning, then Lysa played the piano for Name That Tune. The Crafty Crafters made a greeting card at crafts in the afternoon and then Lysa and ChiChi got together to create another delicious delicacy for Kitchen Capers. Staff also went personal shopping for the residents. Thursday (September 1st already!) brought Limericks in the morning and special music by Tim Mosser in the afternoon. Tim is a favorite of our residents and staff and he really puts his heart into entertaining everyone. We also have Bingo in the evening. Pastor Deb is here for Church on Friday and she will also be serving communion. There is Pretty Nails in the afternoon and then games in the activity room. On Saturday Andrea leads Sit & Be Fit followed by Bingo and Wheel of Fortune.

Molly will try her antics to get the residents to name the crossword during crosswords on Sunday. And there is Lawrence Welk in the evening. On Monday there is Labor Day Trivia in the morning followed by Would You Rather, posing questions such as would you rather have a terrible boss at a great job or a great boss at a terrible job? Lots of thinking and laughs talking about these work situations! We also went over some fun facts All About Labor Day and ended the day with Bingo. Tuesday brings Newscurrents and Kitchen Capers. The residents will also be doing a Detective Game. On Wednesday we have Choir, Crafts and shopping. Father Bob will also conduct Mass in the morning. Pastor Deb leads Bible Study on Thursday morning, followed by Pretty Nails, and Bingo in the evening. Pastor Deb is back for Church on Friday plus we have Happy ½ hour in the afternoon and games in the activity room.

Congratulations to staff member Kathy Pruneda on obtaining her LPN License.

The State inspectors have been here this week and I will have the results from their visit in next week’s column.

We have several resident birthdays next week – Elaine Johnson, Ken Eken and Dale Wamstad all have birthdays on September 4th. Mary Robinette has hers on September 6th and Norma Hogfoss has hers on September 8th. Betty Pickar and Dorothy Homstad celebrate theirs on September 9th. We also have a few staff members celebrating next week -Carole Carpenter on September 4th, Pam Eken on the 5th, Alma Pruneda on the 7th, Ryker Crawford on the 8th, and Kinsey Parker on the 10th. Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day.

We are saddened by the passing of two special people this past week. Resident Caroline Tunseth passed away August 24th. Caroline was with us briefly as she had been living in Sun Center Apts. until recently. She enjoyed coming to activities, especially the musical events, while living here at LMH. And then Chuck Walden, the husband of our Infection Control Nurse, Jeanne Walden, passed away August 25th. Many of us remember Chuck from his days as part owner of Main Drag Auto in Portland – he was always able to breathe life into my car when I took it to him for repairs. Rest in Peace Caroline and Chuck – you will be missed.

Until next time … a thought for the week from Babe Ruth … “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime” … Make it a great week!