Greetings from "The Home" front …

I hope by the time you read this column, the water has receded a bit and we can start enjoying spring.  What a worry for our farmers and also for Rainbow Gardens.  It was such a shock to see the gardens, which is one of our resident's favorite places to go in the summer, completely submerged.  Thoughts and prayers with everyone who has flooding.

What a yummy smell was coming from the activity room on Monday when the residents made Soft Pretzels during Kitchen Cappers.  They were a big hit and everyone (including the staff) stopped by for a taste.  We also had newscurrents in the morning and bingo later in the evening.  It was a super busy day on Tuesday when we honored our many volunteers with a special luncheon.  With over 70 volunteers in attendance, it shows how important they are to LMH. We had special entertainment with a Family Feud Game plus a delicious taco bar meal.  We are so glad so many volunteers could attend.  Highland Lutheran was host at the Auxiliary Birthday Party on Tuesday afternoon for our residents.  We had a good turnout and everyone enjoyed ice cream and cookies with special music. There was choir on Wednesday morning and quilting with Mary in the afternoon.  The men's club also met to sand and stain wooden projects while the Jet Set Club got together for supper.    Thursday brought reading in the morning and a trip to ShopKo for some retail therapy.  The van was full of residents looking forward to "getting out" in this spring (finally!!!!) weather.  After church on Friday the American Legion/VFW were here to play bingo.  This is always a popular activity and we had a full house!  The residents will be playing Spring 5 square on Saturday at 2 pm and our movie matinee at 3 p.m. is the" Babe Ruth Story".  It is a 1948 film starring William Bendix and traces the "life and times" of Ruth including his famous "called shot" in the 1932 World Series.  This is great movie for you baseball fans!!  There is also Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Next week we begin with newscurrents on Monday morning and cards and board games in the afternoon. Tuesday is MAY 1st ALREADY!!!  Oh My!!!  There is Sit & Be Fit in the morning and we have a special treat in the afternoon when Elaine Klath comes to play for Rhythm Band - get out your dancing shoes!!! There is Name That Tune on Wednesday and then crafts with Molly in the afternoon.  Hmmm not sure what those crafty ladies will be making - will have to let you know in next week's column.  Men's Bible Study is on Thursday morning and the residents will be going shopping at Dollar General in the afternoon.  There is church with communion on Friday along with pretty nails and Fiesta Happy 1/2 hour.

We have one resident birthday left in April - Randy Schober celebrates his special day on April 29th. Eugene Boeddeker has a birthday May 1st and Gladys Chandler on May 3rd.  There are two staff birthdays next week - Mitch Krueger on May 1st and Curtis Moen on May 3rd.  Happy Birthday to all of you - make it a great day!!!

I am sad to report that we had several deaths these past few weeks here at LMH.  Lowell Lande passed away April 13th.  Lowell enjoyed visiting with staff and listening to music.  Lovey Aamold died on April 17th.  Lovey, as her name implied, loved to visit with staff and residents, do crafts and listen to piano music.  Katy Wright passed away April 22 just shy of her birthday.  Katy liked to hear devotions, special music and receive visits from her family and staff.  Duane Nelson died April 24th.  He, too, enjoyed visiting with other residents to talk farming, visiting with family and staff, reading the paper and watching TV. Our sympathy to the friends and family of all these residents. Rest in Peace Lowell, Lovey, Katy and Duane - you will be missed.

Until next time … a thought for the week … the only difference between try and triumph is a little "umph" …