Adios and best wishes Pastor Nathan, We will all miss you!

Greetings from “The Home” front …

Warmer weather is on the way – could Spring actually be here soon!   Our residents are getting anxious to go outside and start working in our planter boxes and just enjoy the nice fresh air.  It has been a long winter!

Monday we had newscurrents in the morning and then at Kitchen Cappers the residents made fruit pizza.  The fresh strawberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi and apples were a delicious treat – this is one of our favorite recipes.  Immanuel Lutheran hosted the Auxiliary Birthday Party on Tuesday.  They served angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream, yummy and provided musical entertainment.   Wednesday brought reminisce where we talked about “Barn Ball” – you know, those fun basketball games played in the barn loft.  Several residents recalled playing on various high school basketball teams and were pleased to learn that the Hillsboro boys won the State Championship this year.  Way to go Burros!  Our Jet Set club made Chili for dinner and later on we made cute spring/Easter themed greeting cards during crafts and then played Bunco.  It was a busy and fun day!  Pam was here on Thursday for a sing-along and then the residents went bowling via Wii.  Elaine continued with our reading of “The Story” later in the afternoon.  Well, it’s the last Friday of the month and you know what that means – the American Legion/VFW were here to play “real” bingo on Friday.  It is always a great way to end the month!

We start off April on Saturday with an April Fool’s word game (and that’s no joke) plus Kaffee Hus in the afternoon.   Speaking of Kaffee Hus – we would like to welcome our new Kaffee Hus attendant – Emma Tollefsrud.  She is a student at Mayville State University.  When you see her on Saturday or Sunday – introduce yourself and say “Hi”.  We’re glad she’s with us!  The Saturday movie matinee is “Sheeba”.  It is the story of a young boy who moves from NYC to live in a rural area.  He initially struggles to fit in and make friends but finds comfort with his new dog Sheeba.  Movie Spoiler:  It has a happy ending.

Next week we are celebrating the opening of the baseball season.  Residents and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite team hat or colors on Monday.  We are serving baseball themed cookies and playing a baseball trivia game.  There is Sit & Be Fit and Rhythm Band on Tuesday.  We will have Bible Study with Pastor Dianne Wednesday morning and Mary and her gang of quilters will be here in the afternoon.  Last time the residents picked out small squares to form a larger “block” and we are all looking forward to see how those blocks turned out.  Our quilt is coming together.   Afterward we will have an Easter Sing-Along with Nancy.  There is a special concert on Thursday when the 2nd Wind Band comes to play.  Everyone is looking forward to their performance.  Friday brings church, pretty nails and happy ½ hour.

This past week there were two resident birthdays – Cathy Holweger celebrated on March 27th and Lucille Weil on the 28th.  We also had two staff birthdays – Happy Birthday to Elaine Aune on the 27th and Erica Baldock on the 29th.  Sun Center residents Junice Berg and Sandra Martz celebrated birthdays on March 25 and 26th respectively.  I hope you all had a great day!

Next week Resident Robert Lorch has an April 7th birthday.  There are several staff birthdays – Maria Klabo on April 1st, Pamela Turner on April 3 and Sarah Villa and Leticia Clagg on April 6th.   Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

We were saddened by the passing of resident Lloyd Erickson on March 26th.  Lloyd was a resident in Sun Center prior to moving to LMH and is the father of our receptionist Linda Knudsvig.  Lloyd had such a gentle way and sweet smile – he enjoyed the musical activities and visits from his family.  Our sympathy also to the friends and family of Sun Center resident Delores Hjelmstad who died March 24th.  Delores had just celebrated her 90th birthday this month.  Delores always had a smile and a kind word. She enjoyed visiting and taking part in our activities. Rest in Peace Lloyd and  Delores, you both  will be missed.

Until next time … a thought for the week …Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle …