Pam S. & Elaine J at Retirement Party

Greetings from “The Home” front ….

It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country when we took the van out on Monday to see the sights.  We drove through the rural areas near the interstate – saw the old Norway Church, school house and stopped at a working cattle farm.  The ride wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Ma’s drive in for ice cream. Tuesday there was Sit and Be Fit and Rhythm Band in the afternoon. Elaine Klath volunteered to play for Rhythm Band this week so there was much toe tapping and clapping.   Thanks Elaine!  It was Wacky Wednesday when the residents and staff dressed in mismatched clothing – what a colorful day!   We played Wheel of Fortune in the morning and then the residents made “You are My Sunshine” pop up cards during crafts. With the nice weather we spent the end of the day enjoying tea on the patio.  There was choir Thursday morning followed by Bunco in the afternoon.  Later on the residents reminisced about the ice cream truck.  I can still hear that familiar annoying tune coming down the block!  We were able to have a picnic in the outdoor shelter on Friday.  The afternoon brought pretty nails and happy ½ hour.  On Saturday to celebrate Dawn Ludwig’s birthday her family invited everyone to a party in the activity room.  There is also Kaffee Hus on Saturday and our Saturday movie matinee is “Secondhand Lions”.  It is the story of a shy young boy who is sent by his mother to spend the summer with his eccentric uncles in Texas.  Starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall and Haley Joel Osment.  Molly will be here on Sunday for Down Memory Lane at 2 p.m.

Next week the Food Committee meets on Monday morning and then there is newscurrents.  While some of the residents are going shopping at Dollar General, others are going on an “armchair vacation” to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.  There is also bingo in the evening.  Tuesday is Sit & Be Fit with Rhythm Band in the afternoon.  Wednesday June 14 is Flag Day so be sure to dress in red/white/blue.  We are playing horseshoes in the morning and then celebrating the flag in the afternoon with a trivia game.  Mark and Dorothy Heskin (with help of a Thrivent Grant) will be bringing pizza for everyone to enjoy later in the afternoon. There will be Bible Study on Thursday morning and name that Tune and Pretty Nails in the afternoon.  We have a special treat planned for Friday when the Old Tyme Kings perform at 2 p.m.  You won’t want to miss them as they put on a great show.  Lots of good music, hand clapping and toe tapping.

Our sincere sympathy to the friends and family of Donald Oakland who passed away  June 3rd.  Don was a quiet man who enjoyed visiting with the staff and was so proud to show off pictures of his family.  Rest in Peace Don – you will definitely be missed. His visitation and funeral is here in the Luther Memorial Home Chapel at 2 pm Friday, June 9th.

We also said “Good Bye” to another resident last week – but in a good way – Galen Geer was able to return to his home in Finley.  Best Wishes Galen!

We have three resident birthdays next week – Happy Birthday to Dawn Ludwig on June 10th and Kaye Kvislen and LeRoy Brenna on June 13.  Staff members Amy Ramstad and Alexis Franco both have birthdays on June 14th.  Best wishes to all of you and enjoy your special day!
Until next time … a thought for the week … The past cannot be changed.  But the future is still in your power