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May 4 – 10
Jim Ehlers was here Saturday afternoon to entertain the residents with his music.
Catholic Communion was on Sunday morning.
The baking club was busy on Monday making rhubarb muffins as well as some zucchini bread. We tasted the muffins as soon as they came out of the oven, and they were delicious!
Pastor Brad and Ginny were here from Trinity Lutheran for church on Tuesday, and the helping hands at Trinity made some awesome flower bouquets for the ladies for Mother’s Day.
Beauty shop with Jen was on Wednesday morning. The Auxiliary met that morning also, and discussed plans for upcoming events and the raffle. Bingo was hosted by Holy Cross in the afternoon with the help of Peg Hoitomt, Betsy Glenn, Becky Hahn & Carol Larson.
On Thursday the Little Acorns came up and played basketball with the residents. Laurie also had them singing songs and doing crafts. The residents also did crafts in the afternoon, and made some really cute nightlights out of canning jars and burlap.
Friday was a very busy day. Father John was here to celebrate mass in the morning, and at noon we had our annual Mother’s Day celebration. Our theme this year was an old fashioned Mother’s Day. Everyone was asked to wear an apron, and we had a speaker, Mary Ellen Brue from Baldwin, who showed some of her aprons and she talked with family members about their aprons and where they had come from. She did a great job! We had around 100 residents, tenants, and their families who enjoyed fried chicken, potato salad, beans and strawberry cake dessert. We drew names for door prizes at the end of the program. Thanks to Judy Utphall for her donation of baskets, and Lois Kilde for the apron. We hope everyone had a good time, and wish all the mothers out there a belated “Happy Mother’s Day.” Thanks to the kitchen and maintenance for their extra work, the auxiliary ladies-Linda, Karen, Ione, Terri, Linda and Char, and Ashley & Sherry for helping out. The Mother’s Day luncheon is our kick-off for Nursing Home Week, which is from May 12-18.
Visitors this week were: Doris Herdahl was visited by Doug & Linda Herdahl and Margie Wiseman; Teresa Miller was visited by Tom & Mary Miller and Runt Miller; Paula Standaert was visited by Christine & Mel; Willard Tronrud was visited by Shelby Bauer; Bev Thompson was visited by Shelby Bauer; Delaney Mattison was visited by Brian & Trudy Mattison, Nancy Filipa and Judy Kahl; Lorraine Schouten was visited by Linda & Peter Schwartz; Dick Wood was visited by Dawn Buckholz; Orville Wittmer was visited by Gwen & Rob; Anna Sande was visited by John Quarly and Bill Arndt was visited by Judi Beestman.
Upcoming Highlights: May 12-18 is National Nursing Home Week. The theme this year is “Live Soulfully.” We have tried to incorporate some activities that make the residents feel relaxed and will hopefully touch their souls.
Sunday the Menonite singers will perform in the evening.
Monday is “Spa Day”-residents will be treated to manicures by volunteers from the “Hair Comapany”, and also to hand massages by Rita. Staff are also invited to sign up for mini-massages. It is also “Pink Day”, so everyone is asked to wear pink.
Tuesday is “Camo Day”, which we thought was appropriate since the residents will try their hand at painting that day. We will also have church with Holy Cross in the morning. C,T and the Heuts will be here to entertain in the evening.
Wednesday the ladies will be at the beauty shop, and in the afternoon, we will have a 2:00 performance in Grand Oaks by “Patchouli”. For those of you who remember the name, they were here last year, and were very good. They play some unique instruments. They will also be playing in the evening at Holy Cross. The color for the day is tie-dyed.
Thursday is “Farmer Day”, and we invite anyone who would like to bring in animals to visit to give us a call. Several staff have offered to bring in their pets also. And of course the dress for the day is “farmer”.
Friday will be “Casual Friday” dress, and we are honoring our volunteers that day with a Volunteer Luncheon at 1:00. Invitations have been sent out, so please RSVP so we know how many to expect. The luncheon will be held in Grand Oaks. A picnic for staff is also planned for that day.
We will end the week on Saturday with Music with Rudy Rudesill.
Other upcoming events: 20-Threads of God’s Love; 21-Forest Immanual Lutheran; 22-Bingo with the American Legion Auxiliary; 25-Music with John Lynch; 26-Grace Baptist; 28-Boyceville United Methodist in the A.M. and Jane and Friends in the afternoon; 29-St. John’s Bingo.