The aroma of homemade pickles last week brought many residents and staff to the activity room where they shared wonderful memories of making and eating homemade pickles. Lucy F. mixes a batch of refrigerated bread and butter pickles. After taste testing the pickles the residents proclaimed them yummy. We sure are good cooks!

Greetings from “The Home” front

It was joke time on Sunday afternoon when staff read from the book “Holy Humor & Sunday Smiles”.  The residents really enjoyed hearing those “bloopers” from the church bulletins.  Here is one for you: Before viewing slides from the pastor’s recent conference, the choir will sing “Oh God, We Ask for Strength”.  Monday was Labor Day and during newscurrents we also included a bit of Labor Day trivia.  For example – what state was the first to recognize and declare Labor Day a state holiday? (Answer at the bottom of this column).  Later in the afternoon we played Wheel of Fortune and there was bingo in the evening.  Tuesday brought Sit & Be Fit and Rhythm Band. In the morning the residents shucked ears of corn for part of our noon meal.  Thank you to Brent Freeland for supplying the corn, and Brandon and Shirley for picking and delivering the corn, it sure was tasty.  We tried our hand at Wii Bowling on Wednesday – some of our residents were good bowlers in their day and we reminisced about the old Memory Lanes just outside of Mayville.  The crafty ladies (and men) made a tie dye card using coffee filters during crafts in the afternoon. Nancy played for choir on Thursday, and there was Bunco in the afternoon.  Later on, Elaine continued her reading of Whence You Came by Annette Lindaas-Kanko. We have Bingo on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the activity room and Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 in the dining room.  Our Saturday movie matinee is “Animal Adventures”. An accident while riding her horse leaves a young girl unable to walk.  Drs. are hopeful that she can regain mobility but she has lost her spirit.  Her tough but caring physical therapist uses animals in her treatment.  Sounds like a good one!

Sunday September 10th is Grandparents Day and we would like to wish all of our residents who are grandparents a very Special Day.  How wonderful it would be if you

Monday there is news currents and we will certainly be remembering 9/11/2001.  We will have a showing of the music video “Branson” in the afternoon while some of our other residents go shopping at Dollar General. Of course, there is bingo in the evening.  Tuesday is Sit & Be Fit in the morning along with rhythm band and old fashioned board games in the afternoon.  Remember playing checkers, scrabble or cards in the evenings before Netflix, YouTube and Facebook.  Pam will be here on Wednesday for a sing along and we will be playing the Price is Right in the morning.  We have Name that Tune on Thursday, plus horse racing and reading.  It’s church, pretty nails and happy ½ hour on Friday.

Our Harvest Ball is coming up on September 21st and we still need volunteers to help make this a special event for our seniors.  Please call Lisa in the activities office to see what you can do to help.  Also don’t forget our Octoberfest on Sunday October 15th.   It’s a dessert bar and ice cream social with a free will donation.  There will be special music by Lane Lindseth.  All proceeds help LMH Auxiliary with special projects not in the budget. Raffle tickets are also available from any auxiliary member or at the LMH receptionist desk.

Only one resident birthday next week – Marion Powell celebrates on September 15th.  Sun Center resident Esther Bring has her birthday September 12th.  Staff members Gail Nunes and Jason Smith have September 12th birthdays and Monica Ellingson and Susan Kellett celebrate theirs on September 14th.  Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Our sympathy to Sue Edwardson (our hairdresser and CMA) on the loss of her father last week.

Until next time … a thought for the week … You only live once? False.  You only die once.  You live every day – Make it a good one!   Oh, and the answer to our Labor Day trivia question?  Oregon in 1887.