“Autumn Begins”

fallThis week Mother Nature got a jump start on Autumn. The calendar states “Autumn Begins” September 22. Our exceedingly creative God got ahead of the date and was doing a magnificent paint job already a week before.

Sister Rebecca and I attended the North Dakota Long Term Care Conference in Fargo for three days this week and were able to drive back and forth from Grand Forks each day instead of traveling to Bismarck and staying overnight for the duration.

This meant six separate 81 mile trips, three to Fargo and three back home to Grand Forks. We were privileged to delight in the numerous fall colors: gold, yellow, red, rust, green, yellow green, brown, tan. Oh, so beautiful! The trees were still fluffy because the wind had not yet divested them of their leaves thus creating an even more gorgeous grove of individual colors.

The fall colored grasses in the ditches took on a special hew that delighted one’s view as we drove by. Such a multitude of mixed beauty!

And, to really top off the experience, Sister Rebecca pointed out a flock of geese flying over the Fargo Holiday Inn. What a marvelous additional sight adding to the already amazing experience, a sure sign of fall.

Thank You God for giving Mother Nature these gifts of color and her ability to present them to us in such varied ways for our amazement and joy. May You, O Creator, be thanked, honored and adored.

Count Me In! Share your time & talent at St. Anne’s

Image may contain: textDid you know that there are lots of opportunities to give back to the community by serving as a volunteer at St. Anne’s?

Whether you’re interested in doing one-on-one visits with a resident who doesn’t have much family, if you’d like to help with our special events, if you’d like to lend a hand with regular activities, or you have another idea of how you’d like to help, the St. Anne’s Volunteer Program is worth checking into!

In fact, we’re getting ready for our annual volunteer business meeting, which will be held on Thursday, October 5th.  It’s a “working lunch” from 11:30 to 12.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP with Shelly Mack (701-746-9401) no later than Monday, October 2nd.


We hope to see you there!

Spuds at St. Anne’s

As we approach “Potato Bowl Week” and some of our residents and staff anticipate the big parade and UND football game on Saturday, we thought “Potatoes at St. Anne’s” would be an appropriate topic.

We actually serve potatoes, in various forms, several times a month in our dining room.  Menu selections include:

  • Tater tots
  • French fries
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Whipped potatoes
  • Cream of potato soup
  • Oven-browned potatoes
  • Potato salad
  • Potato chips
  • Baked potatoes
  • Spudsters

Image result for garden our franciscan fiatWith such a selection of items made from potatoes, we are reminded that we are in “spud country.”  A couple of times, we even grew potatoes in our residents’ garden!

During this coming week, our “joke of the day” will be selected from a list of several potato-related “knee slappers.”

For example: Where were the first French Fries made?  In Greece.

Have a happy Potato Bowl Week!!