Spreading Holiday Cheer

The holidays are such a lovely season. I want to spread the joy with a fun, little poem I wrote about Christmas and a few holiday stories from my past. I hope you enjoy! Recipe for a Good Christmas Breakfast Take: An early morning in December crowded with things to remember – Happy voices and…

’Tis the Season to Count My Blessings

This has been whirlwind year—and life—for me. Here are the things I’m thankful for right now. ● I’m thankful for my sons and their families, for all the people who care for me. I’m grateful for the joy and happiness they share with me. ● I’m thankful for all my friends at Woodbury. ● I’m…

Pass the Bowling Ball

When I was much younger, I remember every Thanksgiving was spent eating, cleaning and then heading over to the bowling alley. My dad just loved to bowl! We had a mound of cousins, aunts, uncles—there were way too many of us to fit in the house! So we all went over and bowled. After, we’d…

Birthdays & Ballots

You won’t believe me, I surely don’t, but I’ve lived through 16 presidents. Way back when I was born on November 8, 1921, Warren G. Harding was the president. And every year that I could, I voted. My choices weren’t always the winner, but at least I voted my piece. My dedication to voting stems…

Resist the Rust: Good Busy-ness is a Brain Boost

A moving mind is a healthy mind. When you’re busy, you don’t have time to think about the aches and pains. You’re uplifted by volunteering, good books and group activities. Doctors agree. Research has shown that keeping busy with activities that inspire and challenge your mind are a real brain boost – regardless of your…

Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Voting Day to You.

I still can’t believe it, but my 95th birthday is right around the corner. No need for cards or calls. What’d I’d really like you to do on my birthday is this: Vote. Yep, my big day falls on November 8th. Don’t just focus on the national election—make sure you know where your local legislative…

A Minnesota Goodbye

Recently, one of my dear friends, Helen Van Allen, at Woodbury passed away. Her nicknames here were Helen #3 and Helen the Tornado (My name was very popular in the 1920s apparently!) She didn’t suffer, which is a blessing. I’ll miss her company a lot, but I feel lucky that we were able to give…

That Time I Met the Vikings

I have a little confession. You’re not going to like my answer to the question: “Are you a Vikings or a Packers fan?” Because I’d just respond, “I’m a golf fan.” Despite this, history would prove that I do have a bit of a Vikings fan in me. Over the years, I’ve watched many games…