Greetings from “The Home: front …

What a great turnout we had Sunday for our annual Hanging of the Greens!  Luther Memorial looked so festive! There was lovely music by Cherie Korsmo, and Marshall and Stephanie Troutman plus Christmas goodies in the dining room. Our bake sale was also a big hit with everything from sunbakkels to lefse to rommegrot!  Thank you to everyone who participated and joined in this special event.

Our “Trim the Door” contest is in full swing and the staff have been busy decorating the resident’s doors.  It will be hard to judge which one is the best – ALL of them are winners.  Great job everyone!!

This week started out with Newscurrents on Monday morning and in the afternoon Sandy Braaten gave a painting demonstration.  In a little over 30 minutes Sandy created a fabulous painting of a sunset and sailboat. She made it look so simple too!   We also had bingo in the evening.  There was Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday morning followed by Jingle Bell Rhythm Band in the afternoon.  It was a good thing we had Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday because Wednesday brought our annual Cookie Sampler!  The staff brought various Christmas treats for our residents to taste and we had quite a party in the dining room.  No one could agree on which was the favorite – they all tasted delicious – we appreciate the staff’s support every year for this fun event. Before the Cookie Sampler, the activities staff provided a Christmas Photo “booth” so that residents could have their pictures taken in a holiday setting.  The photos will be made available for them to send to friends and family. We had a special Pearl Harbor Day remembrance on Thursday morning.  In the afternoon the Pollywog Music Club gave their Christmas program in the chapel.  The residents always enjoy seeing the youngsters perform.  On Friday, during church we will have a special “Blue Christmas” program to remember our LMH residents who have passed away this year.  Family members are invited to share in this special program.  On Friday afternoon in conjunction with the MayPort WinterFest – we have invited the community to come and play bingo with us at 2 p.m. in the dining room.  The American Legion and VFW will be on hand to help out.  We hope you can join us!  Saturday brings Christmas Wheel of Fortune at 2 p.m. and Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 in the dining room.  Our Saturday movie matinee is a Holiday Spectacular featuring the combined choirs and band of Carmel California high school.

We start out with a Christmas Concert on Sunday by the No Name Band at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.  Monday there is food committee meeting and Newscurrents in the morning.  The van in going to Shopko in the afternoon for some retail therapy.  While the shoppers are busy at ShopKo, our other residents will be enjoying a movie called “Fireside Christmas”.  Also on Monday evening, The Traill County Veterans will be hosting a Blue Christmas honoring and remembering our veterans who have passed away.  Veterans Service Officer Emily Cost will be in charge of this event and it is open to the public.  On Tuesday there is Sit & Be Fit and Jingle Belly Rhythm Band.    We are having a Snowball Toss on Wednesday morning  - hopefully it is with artificial snow and not the real thing!  Mary and her gang of quilters will be here in the afternoon – the residents were sure busy last week working on their fidget quilts for babies – it will be fun to see how they turn out this week. The AWANA group will be caroling in our hallways later in the afternoon before the residents go to supper.  There is Name that Christmas Tune on Thursday morning and the Peter Boe 3rd graders will be here in the afternoon to visit their “adopted” grandparents.  We also have Happy ½ hour.  There is church on Friday followed by pretty nails and men’s club.

We have one resident birthday next week – Mary Ann Holsinger has a birthday on December 14.  Sun
Center resident Opal Pietron celebrates her birthday December 9th.  And three staff members also celebrate next week – Caitlin Denton on December 9th and Dean Nelson and Ashley Held on December 13.   Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day.

Our sympathy to the family and friends of Carol Jean Nelson who passed away November 29th.  Carol enjoyed listening to devotions, music and visiting with staff.  Rest in Peace Carol Jean.

Until next time … a thought for the week …what comes easy won’t last long and what last long won’t come easy …