LMH Deck the Door Contest winner is Gerald & Ardis Storebo.

Greetings from “the Home” front …

Brrr – this recent cold weather has made it seem even more like Christmas time.  Our hallways are all decorated and Christmas music is playing – we are ready!!  Congratulations to Residents Gerald and Artis Storebo who were the winners of our door decorating contest – their  daughter decorated their door with a farmyard theme complete with reindeer!

Special thanks to Jason Middlestead and the No Name Band who came on Sunday afternoon for a concert.  The residents enjoyed every moment of the performance.  So glad you came to entertain.  Please come back soon!

The cold did not stop our shoppers from going to ShopKo on Monday afternoon for some Christmas shopping.  They found lots of good buys and presents for family members.  Special thank you to volunteers  Wilma Nelson, Linda Kaldor, and Linda Strand  who pushed wheelchairs and helped residents find that special item.  There was Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday morning and Jingle Bell rhythm band in the afternoon.  There is something about the sound of bells that really gets you in the holiday mood.  Wednesday we had a snowball toss in the morning and Mary and her gang were here in the afternoon.  The quilting ladies helped our crafters finish projects they had started earlier in the month.  There was lots of laughter, chatter and fun.   Later in the afternoon the Awanna Group came caroling up and down the hallways.  Our residents always enjoy hearing Christmas carols.  The Peter Boe 3rd graders were here on Thursday for their final visit of the year with their “adopted “ grandparents.  They worked on a craft project with the residents  and each child received a special treat. We had church, pretty nails and men’s club on Friday.  Saturday brings bingo at 2 p.m. in the activity room and Kaffee Hus in the dining room.  The Saturday movie matinee at 3 p.m. is “Holiday for Love”.  A big time corporate executive is torn between his job and his heart when he falls for a small town factory worker he may have to lay off just days before Christmas. 

Rachel Winger’s piano students will be here for a piano recital on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel.  And then later in the afternoon Perry Church will have carolers strolling the hallways singing Christmas favorites.  This time of year brings lots of wonderful musical events.  Monday there is newscurrents in the morning and our crafty residents will be tying Fleece Scarves if the afternoon.   The scarfs will be donated to children in need.  Just the thing for this cold cold weather.  Tuesday is Sit & Be Fit in the morning and a baby shower for CNA Rahni Smith and her new son Canaan in the afternoon.  Our residents always love it when babies come to visit. On Wednesday we are serving Hot Cocoa and Christmas bread in the afternoon.  There will be a Krumkakka demonstration too.  Later on we will have Santa Races – hmm hope he finds my house.  Winter officially begins on Thursday – gee, it feels like it is already here! We have Bible Study in the morning and a special musical treat in the afternoon.  Reagan McGillis will be performing harp music in the chapel at 3:30.  Everyone is welcome. Also Thursday afternoon Santa will be delivering the angel tree gifts.  We would like to thank Aasen Drug for sponsoring LMH Angel Tree.   Friday is an even busier day with church in the morning and our Resident Christmas Party in the afternoon.  Ebenezer Church will be caroling in the dining room during supper and also in the hallways.

We have two resident birthdays next week.  Fern Fugleberg Rotto on December 17 and Mick Hams on December 18.  Sun Center Resident Stuart Neset has a birthday on December 20th.  Staff member Abbey Linster has a birthday December 19th and Lindsay Bring on December 21st.  Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Our sincere sympathy to staff member Clarence “Junior” Nelson on the passing of his father, Clarence Senior.    He will be missed by many people in the community.

Until next time … a thought for the week … the gifts of time and love are surely the ingredients of a truly merry Christmas …