Greetings from “The Home” front …

What a wonderful turnout we had to hear the Olde Tyme Kings perform on Thursday.  Again, a special THANK YOU to Leta Holsinger, who generously contributed to this event in honor and memory of her mother, Mary Ann Holsinger.  Purple, music and chocolate were MaryAnn’s favorite things – not necessarily in that order – and it was nice to see so many people dressed in purple.

We started out Monday with newscurrents followed by a Labor Day Discussion in the afternoon.  The residents talked about the jobs they had in the past and Molly brought hats representing various occupations.  One in particular was a Gondolier beret from Venice, Italy.  There was sit and be fit and rhythm band on Tuesday.  We had Name That Tune with Nancy on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon the crafty ladies (and men!) made abstract paintings using painter’s tape and acrylic paints.  I think we may have some Picasso’s in the group!  There was also resident council later on.  Thursday brought Men’s Bible Study in the morning and then, as mentioned, the wonderful musical concert by the Old Tyme Kings.  Special thank you also to volunteers Linda Strand and Janice Erickson who helped serve the special lunch following the event.  There is mass and church on Friday morning and pretty nails and happy 1/2 hour later.   On Saturday we have Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 in the dining room.  Our Saturday movie matinee at 3 p.m. is “National Treasure”.  Historian Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back centuries.  He finds an ice locked colonial ship in the Artic that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence.  Sounds like a thriller!

Lately we have been enjoying special piano music provided by Betty Holkesvig throughout the day.  Betty plays “by ear” and will often play in the activity room whenever the mood strikes her.  Keep it up Betty – we love it!

Elm River church will be here on Sunday September 9th for special music at 2 p.m. in the chapel.  It is also Grandparent’s Day so we are sure to have some special visitors.  There is Newscurrents and Bunco on Monday.  Sit and Be Fit and Rhythm Band on Tuesday.  Mark your calendar for Wednesday Sept 12 as it is our RUMMAGE SALE.  Stop by for lots of treasures and good buys.  The sale is from 10:30 – 3p.m.  Pam will be here on Thursday for a Sing A-long in the afternoon and Elaine will be reading in the morning.  After church on Friday, the van is making a special trip to play cards at the Mayville Senior Center.  Men’s Club will also meet later in the afternoon.

We have one resident birthday next week – Esther Bring on September 12th.  And only two staff birthdays – both on September 14th – Monica Ellingson and Susan Kellett.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all of you and enjoy your special day.

We are saddened this week by the passing of two longtime residents – John Gotteberg on September 2 and Marion Powell on September 3rd.  John enjoyed having morning coffee with his wife, Lorraine, listening to music and visiting with family and staff.  Marion was a gentle man who liked music, visiting with staff and wheelchair rides outside to see the flowers.  Rest in Peace John and Marion- you both will be missed.

Until next time … a thought for the week …. Act as if what you do makes a difference – because it does.