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Claude Robertson and James Degase visited with Tom and Jewell Johnson last week. Tom and Jewell’s son, Lowell Johnson, is still staying with them. Their other son, Larry Johnson, and grandson, Kent Johnson, are there often as they have for years. Larry’s wife, Shirley sends food. All this good help enables Tom and Jewell to stay in their home.
Carl and Joan Fletcher of Bois D’arc visited with his brother, Billy Fletcher, Saturday afternoon. Their Aunt Jean Daugherty was there at the time so they all had a good visit.
Norma Stillings visited three times at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center last week. When she went Wednesday afternoon, the lobby and dining room were decorated with a Western theme for the day. The staff and many residents had dressed in western garb for the day. They were celebrating Nursing Home Week with a different theme each day with special menus, activities, and entertainment. They also had their regular birthday party for the residents with May birthdays on Wednesday. They do this each month and it is one of the favorite events of the month. They not only have cake and ice cream to eat, but they also hear music by local musicians. Thursday morning, Norma went back to the Heart of the Ozarks for the Volunteer Tea. This time the lobby and dining room was decorated on a Hawaiian Theme. The volunteers and residents were served freshly baked cookies, fruit, cheese, crackers, and a choice of drink. They got to hear two of the nursing staff sing, which was a delight. Norma went back Saturday to play the piano and visited with a few of the residents.
Norma also attended the retired teachers meeting Tuesday, Nubbin Ridge Homemakers Club Meeting Thursday afternoon, and the University Extension Council Meeting, Thursday evening. Coming home from that meeting, Norma was caught in a short but fierce wind storm. It seemed for a moment that the car would surely be turned over. Rain was coming like buckets of water from the west. She had to just stop the car and wait until she could see. A siren was going off and street lights shutting off with lightening flashing. It was a good thing it did not last too long, but it was long enough.
Norma visited and played the piano at Rocky Ridge in Mansfield Friday afternoon. She did not get into the garden where the maple sprouts outnumber the tomato plants. It seems as though nothing thrives in cold and wet like a maple sprout.