June was an amazing month at the lodge.
We finally felt like spring was here and summer was going to be allowed to officially begin on June 21, without Mother Nature trying to stop it. None of us enjoy the thunderstorms that have tagged along with the hot weather, but we are blessed to be in a strong, brick building during these storms.
Our month began with one of our favorite bands, The Freebies coming to entertain. They volunteer their time each month to ensure that we all get to listen to some great music. The Olsons, Gary Kincaid and the Szakac family also came to entertain.
Gary Kincaid was a new one for us and he came as a surprise to Virginia Schopf, who celebrated her birthday on June 2. If you would like to join us when we have our music playing, please feel free to come to the lodge and enjoy the afternoon with us.
We didn’t let our bodies rest for long in June. Monica Mackenzie came for a few Mondays to help get us limber. Sharon Dayman came on Wednesdays and Irene Tarnes finished up on a few Fridays.
Some our ladies will need some time off for vacation in July and August and that is OK because we know they need to take care of themselves in order to be here for us the rest of the year. We love hearing about their adventures when they return. Some go camping, others a bit further and the stories give us a chance to reminisce about our family holidays that we all took.
The melt ball ladies came out and completed their program as scheduled. The melt balls really help with keeping our fingers limber. We recommend every one of all ages keep themselves active, it will help you in your senior years.
Cocktail hour was on the 10th and the 24th of May. Norma Blackburn was able to pull it off on her own as both Melodye Pierson and Sharon Dayman were busy those dates. Everyone has busy lives, but we feel very fortunate when they are able to make time for us. On the 27th we had the Szakac family performing while we enjoyed our cocktails. We try not to do them both on the same day, but we also work around our groups to accommodate their busy schedules.
We had the Faith Lutheran, Estevan Alliance, St. Paul’s United and the Living Hope Community churches provide us with our Sunday services in June. The St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church also provided a mass on the second Friday, which they do each month if anyone would like to attend.
Communion services were also provided by the Trinity Lutheran, the United and the Catholic Church. If anyone would like to join us for our Sunday services, please feel free to come to the lodge at 2:45 p.m.
Wednesdays brought us our weekly bingo game with Joan Wock and the therapy dogs arrived so we can all have a little comfort from Christina Wock and her beautiful dogs. Thank you ladies for taking the time to perk up our Wednesdays.
We had a few outings in June. The Orpheum Theatre provided us with an entertaining afternoon on June 12. The movie The Poms was being featured on the big screen. We laughed at all the antics these senior ladies were up to. The ladies on screen fulfilled their dreams of becoming cheer leaders and had us discussing if there was room at Creighton Lodge for such a venture.
You never know what we will decide to try next. We ate popcorn as we sat in the comfy seats, savored a few chocolate bars and washed it all down with a root beer. A huge thank you to Jocelyn Dougherty at the Orpheum Theater and her lovely mom for ensuring we had a great afternoon at the movies.
We took our annual trip to the Bear Claw Casino on June 18. What a great day we all had. The scenery as we drove to the lake was just as we remembered it. The food was excellent and the staff accommodated us in every way possible, and trust me, we had a lot of questions about all the different games. They were patient with us and made sure we all had a great time. We had the bells ringing for the majority of our time there and some of us were already planning our trip in the spring of 2020.
We also honoured the men in our lodge on Father’s Day. We only have four men in the lodge (compared to the 43 women who reside here) so we like to spoil them. We brought out the beer and appetizers to host a fabulous party in their honour. We had four draws for the lovely succulent plants that we purchased from the hard working high school entrepreneurs.
Fun was had by all who attended and I think our dads at the lodge know how special we think they are.
We are looking forward to the summer months, we know they will fly by for most of you. Here at the lodge, we take the days one by one. We appreciate all the visitors who come to see us in the warm months as they travel on their holidays. We also love new musical volunteers, so if you are interested in hanging out with us, stop on by.