96 birthdays

Today is my 96th birthday! You could look at it as 96 years or 4,992 weeks or 35,040 days, or even 840,960 hours here on this earth. no matter how you look at it, let me tell you it’s been quite a wild ride. For the most part, I’ve never overextended this birthday business or…

Caregivers: Sharing Sunshine

While I’m still a pretty independent gal, it’s nice to have others check on me. That’s why I’m thankful for aids like Sunshine who regularly drop by to see how I’m doing. As everyone here at my assisted living facility knows, Sunshine lives up to her name with her bright smile and warm nature. She…

Meet Helen!

Meet Helen Miller, a spunky 95-year-old who doesn’t let age slow her down. Born on November 8, 1921, Helen has lived in Minnesota for most of her life. During World War II, Helen served in the Woman Army Corps for three years at Army Air 8th Fighter Command headquarters in England. Helen likes to keep…

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…

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…

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…