Spring Fling excitement at Luther Memorial Home.

Greets from "The Home" front...

We thought Pat and Vanna might be here for Wheel of Fortune on Sunday, but the prospect of snow must have scared them away. We had a good time anyway! On Monday we listened to Spring Poetry and the residents tried their hand at writing poetry verses. There was a Resident Council meeting and food committee in the afternoon. At Resident Council the residents have a chance to meet, ask questions, and discuss any issues they may have here at LMH. It is great for them to have an opportunity to have a say in the day-to-day operations of their “home”. There was Newscurrents on Tuesday followed by Name That Tune in the afternoon. Molly was here on Wednesday for Down Memory Lane. She brought a collection of salt/pepper shakers and the residents reminisced about holiday dinners and special meals. In the afternoon the crafty ladies and guys worked on various craft projects of their own choosing. Pastor Deb was here for Bible Study on Thursday and later on, the ladies got their nails painted at Pretty Nails. We had Virtual Mass and Church on Friday morning and the popcorn cart went room to room delivering fresh popcorn in the afternoon and residents all had their choice of flavored popcorn salts. We have Bingo and Sit & Be Fit on Saturday plus our 3 p.m. movie matinee.

It is nice to have Elaine Aune back here for Easy Does It Trivia on Sunday. Men’s Club meets on Monday to play Blackjack and then later in the afternoon the residents will work on writing PenPal letters to the 3rd graders at Peter Boe Elementary. Since the Covid-19 restrictions, the 3rd graders have not been able to visit each month to see their “adopted” grandparents so they have been writing back and forth to each other. The letters are such fun to read! There is Choir and Newscurrents on Tuesday. Wednesday April 21 is Administrative Professionals Day and we would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Linda Knusdvig, Heather Satrom, Shelly Aune and Jessica Mock who keep our nursing home running smoothly. We would also like to acknowledge the evening receptionists for all the work that they do, Dawn Demarce, Sarah Gage, McKinley Kartes, and Alyssa Peterson. We couldn’t be a 5star facility without your behind the scene help. We will play my favorite game – Bunco on Wednesday morning and then during crafts in the afternoon the residents will make cute aprons. The residents will help plant seeds on Thursday – that is a sure sign of spring being just around the corner! The ladies can get their nails done at Pretty Nails afterwards. There is Virtual Mass and Church with Pastor Deb on Friday followed by Happy ½ hour.

Thank you to Tonya Strand for donating 9 Portland Pirate and Mayville Portland yearbooks to the Luther Memorial Home library. It is fun to go back in time and see so many familiar faces.

Fun, Fun, Fun, is how to describe our Spring Fling for staff. This was an educational opportunity put on by our nursing department which included trivia questions, work sheets, prizes, baskets and dinner for all shifts and staff. Thank you!

We have three resident birthdays next week – Delores (DeeDee) Paulson on April 18th and Mary Lou Aamold on April 19th and Kim Plank on April 21st. There are also two Sun Center residents that are celebrating birthdays – Bonnie Gehrke on April 22 and Albert Nelson on April 23rd. And two staff members have birthdays coming up – Ester Gamez Pleune on April 18 and Wendi Rutter on April 23. Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Our sympathy to the friends and family of Rose Wilson who passed away April 7th. Rosie was with us briefly but enjoyed visiting with staff, hearing devotions and watching TV. Her son Bob Sylskar is on the faculty at Mayville State and her daughter-in-law, Nicole, is an RN here at LMH. Rest in Peace Rosie.

Until next time … a thought for the week … You are not a product of your circumstances. You are a product of your decisions …