We missed putting in a column for September so this one we will call our autumn column. However, it feels like we missed our beautiful fall weather and went straight into winter, then bounced back into summer with those temperatures in the high teens in October.
Not sure what Mother Nature has in store for us this winter, but since 2020 isn’t over yet, we are preparing for a mixture of crazy weather yet to come.
Thanksgiving was pretty quiet for most of us. Some had small family gatherings at our children’s homes, but most stayed and enjoyed a turkey dinner at the lodge. This time of year gives us a moment to reflect on our blessings and through all the craziness we still are able to see how lucky we are to be living in Canada.
Getting our flu shots was on the top of our list, but this year due to COVID, there were no flu clinics scheduled for us. So we called Pharmasave and asked if they would host a flu clinic and come to the lodge. Thank you to the two lovely ladies who came and ensured we are protected for the upcoming flu season.
We had to say goodbye to quite a few of our residents this fall. Sheila Lerat, Louis and Otilia Beulieau were only here for a short time, but long enough for us to realize how great they all are. We wish them the best in their new homes.
Benita Brennen and Erma Hammermeister were both long-time residents of the lodge. Benita will now be living at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home. Erma will be living at Sunset Haven in Carnduff. We aren’t able to visit them under the current COVID restrictions, but plan to be there as soon as it is safe to go. We will miss you both, but we know you needed to move and it brings comfort knowing you are enjoying your new homes. We will introduce you to our new residents in our next column.
We started to receive the outreach program from the Estevan Public Library again on the second Tuesday of each month. This brings us joy to receive new books, both audio and paper copies. We are fortunate for larger print when needed and for the good selection that we get to choose from.
Sun Country Hearing also returned to help us with our hearing aid needs. This is an excellent service that we receive from Melanie Tribiger, as it keeps us home, which helps to keep us safe.
We watched a few good movies: The Great Debaters, We Bought a Zoo and The Book Club. All were very different from each other, but we enjoyed each one.
The Great Debaters gave us a look into a few of the issues from years ago and how they triumphed by persevering. We Bought A Zoo was a comedy with a few tears and smiles by the end. This movie made us want a petting zoo in our yard, so that may be a future project. And The Book Club was a bit hard to follow sometimes, however a few of us are looking for the book 50 Shades of Grey since the ladies in the movie seemed to enjoy it so much.
Once we caught up with all four ladies the movie ended on a good note. We do love our movie days and with the snow about to fall, it will give us something to do in the afternoons.
Our fall birthday parties were held to celebrate quite a few special people. We ate Dairy Queen dilly bars for the first one and Tim Hortons donuts at the next. Happy birthday to Mary Kowalski, Rosalia McClement, Marianna Bonokoski, Valerie Granberg, Al Piche, Freda Littlejohn, Sheila Lerat, Anna Breisnes, Joyce Beggs and Ted Fai.