When Linda Knudsvig and Heather Satrom were asked we love our residents because.. they said; they are like family. Thank you ladies, if you would like to join the Luther Memorial Home family contact Adam Edwards, Human Resource Director. Luther Memorial Home is a great place to work and a great place to live.

Greetings from “The Home” front …

What beautiful piano music we enjoyed on Sunday when Karen Gapp from Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church came to play for us. Thanks, Karen, the residents really enjoyed listening to you play.

There was newscurrents on Monday morning followed by cards and then a craft project where the crafty ladies (and a few men) made “ghost suckers” – those yummy treats made with tootsie pops and were used for the grand parent visit. The Men’s Club sanded some wood shapes for our future craft projects and then it was time for bingo in the evening. We have Sit & Be Fit Tuesday morning and then Rhythm Band in the afternoon. We get a big turnout for Rhythm Band and everyone gets to play an instrument from bells, tambourines or maracas. Nancy plays lots of familiar tunes for everyone to sing along. After Resident Council on Wednesday it was time to bid farewell to Jessica Nelson our social worker. What a nice party and send off for her as she starts a new job with Traill County. We welcome Kayla Coronato who has started as our new social worker along with Sam Trosen. There will be lots of reminiscing at Down Memory Lane on Thursday morning and then we have another big event in the afternoon – our first visit by the Peter Boe 3rd graders when they came to meet their adopted grandparents. This is such a popular activity and is a win win situation for both of the children and our residents. The children come once a month to visit and either play bingo or do a craft with their “grandparent”. We also did a Roll the Pumpkin game later on – no, not with real pumpkins although that could be interesting! We also had bingo in the evening. After Mass and Church on Friday it was time for pretty nails and bowling. Saturday (October 12) is Columbus Day and we will be celebrating with Columbus Day trivia plus more trivia in the afternoon. Did you know Columbus Day became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906 and a federal holiday in the USA in 1937. There is Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 in the dining room on both Saturday and Sunday and don’t forget our 3 p.m. movie matinee in the activity room.

Pam will be here on Sunday for a sing a long in the Chapel at 2 p.m. The Food Committee meets Monday morning followed by newscurrents and then cards in the afternoon. It looks like some of our residents will be taking the van shopping at Dollar General for “retail therapy”. Later in the afternoon it will be Halloween Wheel of Fortune and then bingo. Looks like a busy and fun day! We’re back on schedule with Sit & Be Fit and Rhythm Band on Tuesday. Wednesday October 16th is Boss’s Day and our Feed the Fund supper to help raise money for a new therapy dog. The supper will be from 5-7 p.m. in Sun Center East – the community is invited to enjoy barbeques, chips, beans and dessert. There is choir on Wednesday morning and a fun Kitchen Cappers activity in the afternoon. With the help of resident Margaret Gunderson’s daughters the residents will be making Pumpkin Pie in a Bag – I saw the recipe and it looks delicious. Pastor Diane will be here for bible study Thursday morning and then there is special music by Leonard and Betty Wahl. They are a favorite couple and always put on a great musical show. There is mass and church on Friday morning and then pretty nails and happy ½ hour in the afternoon.

There are no resident birthdays next week but Sun Center resident Bea Neset has hers on October 12th. Four staff members are also celebrating – Courtney Priddie (Oct 12), LeeAnn Strand (Oct 15), Stacey Nosbusch (Oct 16) and Ashley Odden (Oct 17). Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day.

Our sympathy to the friends and family of Arda Jacobsen and Marsall Weibe. Marsall passed away October 1st. He enjoyed watching tv and listening to music. Arda died October 2. She liked to hear devotions read to her, listen to music and come to various activities. Rest in Peace Arda and Marsall.

I will be gone next week dipping my toes in the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coast but my column will return when I get back. In the meantime, a thought for the week … most people need love and acceptance more than they need advice. Make it a great week!