BTMC Happenings

BTMC Happenings

Week of May 20, 2018

The Memorial Garden is coming along, but we’re still waiting on some veggie starts from our former lab tech Collen Stott, and we’ll have to ‘beef’ up those veggies with some additional purchases. I’m am very much a novice at the gardening scene (and our former Public Relations staffer, Genny Barhaugh, had a lot more experience than I and she did more for our garden than I could appreciate) so we’re working slowly to get the garden to its former glory. Thank goodness Annie Olson and Susan Rice picked out some nice flowers from a very generous Sharon Haug at Heartland Flowers to start us off, and thank goodness Harry Luinstra is outside, getting his hands dirty right beside me as we put some of our own starts into our garden beds.

Paula Dedebant spent practically an entire afternoon in the garden, reading magazines, and telling me some jokes she read in the Reader’s Digest, like the following that I just felt I had to pass on.

Joe is a new man on a construction crew. The first day on the job, he opens his lunch box and mumbles, “Oh no, peanut butter!” The next day, “Peanut butter again!” This goes on for days, until another worker says, “Why don’t you ask your wife to make you a different lunch?” Joe replies, “I’m not married. I make my own lunch.”

Opting to skip lunch one breezy afternoon, Steve Jenson enjoyed basking in the sunshine in our developing garden. Interested in a little entertainment, he had Deb Lennox bring out his CD player and rocked out to some tunes. Seemed like it was a pretty good idea since Becky Birnel took it upon herself to join him without a nudge to get out for some fresh air.

Meanwhile, indoors, a number of ladies were in the solarium making some music as well. (We thought it better to stay inside since we figured the breeze might blow away our music sheets.) Thanks to Jean Dale and Char Heron, of the Catholic Ladies, who helped Lucille Bertsch, Elsie Pelzman, Eleanor Peters, Muriel Redolphy, Lori Cockrell, Bertha Davidson, Lucy Sheehan and a few others (we really had a packed house) make beautiful music. Florence Anderson preferred to listen to the music, and another resident just down the hall thought the music sounded pretty good.

One of our consummate artists, Lynn Jennings, and I, worked together to make some Mason jar rim sun catchers. They looked pretty good, but we’ve got another sun catcher project on June’s calendar, since there’s a lot of sun these days to be caught.

Our cooking club got to make some buttery soft chocolate chip cookies which we enjoyed at a social before most of the staff headed out for the Memorial weekend. We hope you take a moment out to think about those you lost, as we have here. Make time to see those still with us.


We’ll see you here.



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