Helen Wenaas showing the bird seed ornament she made in crafts

Greetings from “The Home” front …

A “HUGE” thank you to the Summerfest Committee for routing the parade past the nursing home. Our residents really enjoyed it and we had over 48 residents and tenants viewing the floats and activities.  Thank you to LMH staff and volunteers for helping transport the residents to this fun event.

What a great turnout we had last week for our mid week craft project – making bird seed ornaments for our feathered friends.  Over 25 helped to make these hanging treats – after the ornaments dry for a few weeks we will put them in the trees in the courtyard for the birds to enjoy and our residents to watch.    Thank you to everyone who participated.

Monday the van went sightseeing around Portland/Mayville.  The residents were especially interested in all the new homes being built in Riverwood.  We also held a special Farewell Party for Monsignor Pilon of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church on Monday afternoon.  Monsignor Pilon has retired and is moving to Grand Forks.  We wish you the best of luck Monsignor – enjoy your retirement.  Tuesday brought Sit & Be Fit in the morning which we all needed because there was the Auxiliary Birthday Party in the afternoon.  Elm River was the hostess and they served  angel food cake with toppings  along with special entertainment by Katie Germain from Fargo who led a sing a long.  After choir on Wednesday our resident cooks got busy during Kitchen Cappers and made Under the Sea Graham Crackers. We also played my favorite game – Bunco!!!  Leonard & Betty Wahl were here on Thursday to entertain us with their special music.   The residents always enjoy the musical events.  There is  Catholic communion led by Dee Von Ruden  and also church on Friday morning plus a picnic in our shelter for dinner. There are brats – baked beans – pasta salad and watermelon on the menu – sound like a great picnic to me!  We also have pretty nails and happy ½ hour!  The residents will be playing bingo on Saturday and our movie matinee is Railroad Journeys #3.  This is a continuation of our Armchair Vacations showing the sights along various railroad routes.  The scenery is spectacular and the narration is informative. 

On Sunday July 1st  (can you believe it already!!!) the Page Community Band will perform in the chapel at 2 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  Monday brings newscurrents in the morning and bunco in the afternoon.  There is Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday and a Patriotic Sing-a-long  with Pam Sedler  in the afternoon.  On Wednesday, the 4th of July, the residents will have a wheelchair decorating contest and then a w/c parade in the afternoon.  We will reminisce about July 4th memories later on.   We have Men’s Bible Study on Thursday morning and the residents will be bowling in the afternoon. Hopefully the weather will be nice so we can have lemonade on the patio after that.  There is mass, church, pretty nails and happy ½ hour on Friday.

We have one resident finishing out the month of June with a birthday –Dorothy Halvorson on June 30.   Staff member Cale Hooper also has a June 30th birthday.  Resident Mary Lynne has a 4th of July birthday.  I wonder if her folks told her all the fireworks were to celebrate her special day!  Staff member Carol Romaniuk’s birthday is July 1st and Sue Piatz is July 3rd.   Happy Birthday to all of you!

We would also like to introduce our new Social Worker Olivia Toft.  Welcome aboard Olivia!

Until next time … a thought for the week … Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can …