Sometimes it is hard to write about “Whatever Comes To Mind.” Not that there isn’t something to write about, but more than likely there is so much that comes to mind one doesn’t know where to start.
Remember my thoughts may be different from yours and we may agree or disagree and they may be right or they may be wrong. Everyone has choices; make your own.
It has been a busy week, but then when isn’t it? But this week had such a variety of things, most making me happy, but there were a few that gave me some concern.
My seventh-grade granddaughter, Mallory, was on the A honor roll every quarter this year. I am proud of her because she is not only working hard academically, but she is also involved in a number of other things outside of the classroom. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball during the school year, as well as plays some of those same sports outside of school. She has learned to play the piano, cooks and is a very orderly young lady.
My mother and I went to Owatonna this past week to the Ecumen Brooks Family Backyard as a guest of our good friend, Clarice Pence. What fun for the residents and their families. Lots of outdoor yard games, the opportunity for group pictures, complete with costumes, for best friends and family members. The evening also provided the opportunity for conversation with the younger crowd as there were kids there to help the elderly. They helped serve the picnic supper, which included brats and hotdogs, salad, watermelon slices, and cookies, with all the expertise of experience that tells me it was a pleasure.
We enjoyed some nice conversation with “Mr. Puzzle Man,” a sweet gentlemen who seems to be more expert and enjoys putting together life’s mysteries in pictures cut in many pieces. Best part was he asked if it was alright to give a hug to a special friend, me; such an honor.
I was able to read the news in one of the local papers that my good neighbor shares with me. There are so many articles about the things young people are doing that gives me reason to believe they will take on the challenges and responsibilities when we can no longer do them.
A sad note was the column of some not-so-nice things that happen – thievery, misconduct, vandalism, etc., and you wonder why they do these things when they could use that energy in a positive way.
I talked with a veteran recently and he said he had made a VA hospital appointment. The appointment is five months from now. It is hard to believe that those who have served our country and need medical help will have to wait almost half a year to see a doctor. But there are more and more people in need and fewer doctors who we expect to know all the answers for a wide variety of ills. What can we do about it? What do you think?
It seems to me we need to take more action to be good to ourselves and others. Take care of YOU. We all know there are things we should or should not do, things like living healthy, exercising, eating good foods, not eating or drinking unsuitable foods and drinks, not smoking and staying out of smoky places, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep. These things will help make ourselves happy and healthier which should also help minimize the need for as many health care providers.
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Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, June 23rd: Greg Bartsch, Ann Farr, Amanda Wacek, Rhonda Reichl, Rebecca Schei, Alley Mae Hammett, Avery Ella Hammett, Carlie & Joseph Sevcik, Ralph & Alice Randall
• Friday, June 24th: Bryan Rebecca Fritz, LuAnn Hanson, Gordon Hanson, Joel Butler, Andy Sommers, Mary Harty, Sheryl Berg, Rick A. Miller, Julie & Brian Hove, Valerie (Tobiason) & Scott Quiring, Stephanie (Morris) & Brad Hendrickson and Danielle (Cook) & Travis Johnson
• Saturday, June 25th Brady Nelson, Rachel Lerum, Michael Bell, Hugh O'Byrne, Brady Nelson Heimer, Marilyn Nelson and Boyd Reese, Paul & Deb Wallace, Brad & Jannell Tufte, David & Lori Lembke, Boyd & Jeanene Reese
• Sunday, June 26th: Michelle Marie Leeman, Marissa Ann Leeman, Brock Nelson, Tony Muri, Richard Holmes, Michelle Davidson, Tiffany Olson, Ray Jepson, Pennie Ladlie, Tristan & Michael Ingvaldson, Chuck & Ann Southworth and Tom & Wilma Arbogast
• Monday, June 27th: Eugene & Phyllis Hagen, Carlyle & Judy Hagen, Jamie & Kim (Weckwerth) Farr, Stormi Hagen, Mary Groth, Karrie (Newgard) Moen, Marge Trandem, Michelle Vangen, Milton Nelson and Sandi Serdahl
• Tuesday, June 28th: Warren & Bonnie Nelson, Jenny (Broskoff) & Chris Dutton, Danielle (Wagner) & LuVerne Zacharis, Amanda (Reese) Beavens, Shane Reese, Margaret Dobberstein, Zack Kromminga, Sara Hoyt, Sara Jensen and Noah Peterson
• Wednesday, June 29th: Nate VerHey, Courtney Haugen, Jacob Peterson, Brenda (Janka) Tschann, Jane (Jensen) Bratten, Berniece Whelan, Barb & Dale Mrotz, Brent & Valerie Christensen, Brent & Michelle Meiners, Wally & Marge Wobschall
• Thursday, June 30th: Tammy & Jeff Busho, Susan (Schmidt) & Jon Anderson, Ann & Brent Wiersma, Nate & Kristine VerHey, Julie Vanden Heuvel Horiban, Robin Eder, Nathan Robertson, Steve Jensen, Barb Wright, Lorrie Kelly, Roger Shaunce and Makenzie Lynn Vreeman
• Friday, July 1st: Keralyn (Paulsen) Powers, Eugene Hagen, Mary Edwardson, Linda O'Neil, Joanna Ruth Vermedahl, Jill Hanson, Chris Ihrke, Jason Churchill, Marjorie Otterson, Deb Schimek, Rachel (Eaker) Lee, Gary Carlson, Tristan Bangert, Robert Christensen, Roger & Joyce Wayne, Heather (Krause) & Dion Quiram and Frank & Marilyn Cuden
With each passing year, grow stronger, grow wiser, and grow richer in spirit. May the year be filled with new discoveries.
There are times I make mistakes because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.