LMH residents enjoyed visiting and painting pumpkins with Mayville State University DECCA Students.

Greetings from “The Home” front ….

We finished out the month in grand style – a fun Halloween Party with music by the Hayshakers! Special thanks to all the staff who took the time to dress in costume for the amusement of our residents.

We had lots of other activities going on before our party on Wednesday. Sunday was Halloween Wheel of Fortune where residents had to figure out such sayings as “Witching You a Happy Howl-o-ween”, “Remember the Gh’oul Days” and “A Haunting we will go”. Alas Pat and Vanna could not make It to play with us but we had a good time anyway! Monday brought newscurrents in the morning and Halloween Trivia in the afternoon. Did you know that ¼ of all the candy sold in the US is purchased specially for Halloween with chocolate being the most popular? On Wednesday, our resident cooks helped frost sugar cookies for our party that afternoon. Some of them got very creative with the frosting and sprinkles! Pastor Dianne led Bible Study on Thursday morning and in the afternoon Leonard and Betty Wahl were here for a special music event. After Mass and Church on Friday we had pretty nails and happy ½ hour. There is bingo on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the activity room and Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 in the dining room. There was fresh pie and yummy cookies last weekend and I know we will have more this Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and enjoy a delicious treat!

October was Clergy Appreciation Month and I would like to give a big shout out THANK YOU to our chaplain Diane Krumm and to all the other clergy who tend to the religious needs of our residents. Chaplain Dianne leads worship on Friday mornings and also leads Bible Study and does visitations with any resident or staff member who so desires. Our Caring Ministry Volunteers also play an important part in the religious aspects of LMH. Also thank you to Father Phiilip Chacko who leads our catholic mass each Friday morning and visits with the Catholic residents. Again – thank you to all of you who give so much of your time to our residents.

Next week Highland Church is providing special music at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Nov 4) at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Everyone is welcome! On Monday there is newscurrents in the morning and then a special Liver & Onions meal. This was a request made by several residents during our Food Committee meeting. We will also be playing bunco in the afternoon. Tuesday morning there is Sit & Be Fit and then a special Rhythm Band with SOS students from the college. After Name that Tune on Wednesday morning we will be doing crafts. The residents will be making a Thanksgiving greeting card. We are also doing a new activity - Hula Hoop Dice – not sure what it is but will let you know next week! The Peter Boe 3rd graders will be here on Thursday to visit with their “adopted” grandparents and later on the Valley Music Makers will be performing a concert. There is mass and church on Friday and some of our veterans will be going to the high school for a special program.

I missed a VERY IMPORTANT BIRTHDAY last week – Scooby our therapy dog celebrated her 11th birthday on October 25th. Scooby is the most important resident here at LMH and is much loved by all the residents. She received several treats and toys for her birthday.

Resident Ivy Harstad has a birthday on November 7th. Sun Center Resident David Anderson has his birthday November 4th and there are two other Sun Center residents celebrating theirs on November 7th – Marion Knudson and Donna Wilke. There are two staff birthdays next week – Sophie Kloster on November 6th and Sheila Rustvang on November 8th. Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Until next time … a thought for the week … you will be exactly as happy as you decide to be …