October was quite a month at Creighton Lodge. We all love the month of October because it brings us Thanksgiving, the United Way Estevan Telethon and Halloween.
We are ever so thankful on a daily basis for our good health, our families and loved ones. We make sure to take our special day earmarked for Thanksgiving and we remember how blessed we have been throughout our lives.
Talking about our memories is our favourite pastime and Thanksgiving gives us the chance to reflect on all the blessings we have been given. It would be so easy to sit and grumble about the things that went wrong, but the joy that is felt when you choose to focus on the good times is awesome. Some of us went to our loved ones’ homes and enjoyed a meal.
We all loved watching the United Way Estevan Telethon. The Creighton Lodge Trust Committee is a member agency. The United Way assists the lodge in enriching our lives. They provide volunteer recognition funding, activity programming, capital project assistance, Day of Caring volunteers and so much more.
The telethon may be on the television for 33 hours, but it is on our hearts 365 days a year.
When it was time to get ready for Halloween, Marcia Schmidt brought out our witch, who stands by the front door to greet our guests. Marcia decorated the lodge with ghosts and goblins, while Lori Elliott and Shelley Hygard worked hard to prepare the popcorn balls for all of our little trick or treaters.
We had lots this year and we ran out of our popcorn balls, so we hope you enjoyed them. Luckily we had chocolate bars to hand out too so all our trick or treaters left satisfied. Everyone here at the lodge loves to see the costumes and how excited the kids are when they come through the door.
We hosted a mature driver’s course and it was well attended. There were 15 participants and everyone said they loved it. This course is put on by the Saskatchewan Safety Council and has nothing to do with your driver’s licence. You can take the course even if you are only a backseat driver.
The mature driver’s course assists in answering questions, introducing seniors to situations that may arise while driving, such as the dreaded zipper merge (which we should all be practising at our local Bruin games when leaving the parking lot) or a circle intersection. We hope to host another one of these courses, so please watch for posters.
We had a few entertainers come this past month; The Olsons and The Freebies were here. Bob Olson came on our KFC night. We had a new gentleman come to entertain; his name is Brian McCarthy. Brian came with his wife and did a few songs for the residents. He drove all the way from Saskatoon to entertain us and we appreciated his efforts. His wife sure did enjoy his music.
Janice Hirsch came to lead us in a singsong. Thursday afternoons saw Judy Pratt on the piano as we belted out our tunes.
Sharon Dayman and Irene Tarnes came to ensure we got in our exercise sessions. Donna McGillicky is now leading the Monday exercise program. Way to go Donna; you are doing great. We love exercising with the ladies and then we finish up with some coffee and treats.
We do our melt ball program in the mornings, twice a week. Melt balls help with our arthritis and ensure our hands stay limber.
Our ministerial association brought us our church services each Sunday at 2:45 p.m. Thank you to all the churches who come. We were blessed with our weekly Catholic communion service, while the Estevan Church of God, the Estevan Church of Christ, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s United Church were all excellent in giving of their time to ensure we have church service.
Our birthday party ladies came and ensured we celebrated our October birthdays as we listened to the great music provided by The Caragana Ramblers. Our birthdays were Freda Littlejohn, Anna Breisnes, Joyce Beggs, Kathleen Johnson and Ted Fai. We enjoyed dilly bars that we purchased from our local Dairy Queen. They were delicious. Each month we try a different treat to help us celebrate.