Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center

Hello from our home to your home.  This is Maxine Lirley again.  Did you miss me?

Many have said to me that I didn’t look like I had surgery.  It made me wonder what I was suppose to look like now.  I am glad to report everything went even better than planned, in fact I did so well they sent me back to the home in three days instead of five, but it has not been easy.  I am thankful for all the good treatment by the surgeon and wonderful nurses at Mercy, as well as, the care I always receive at our home.  I missed  going to the Golden Age Games, but Connie and the wonderful staff really got in there and did an excellent job for our theme.

I did get my theme picture painted and Connie brought me a 1st place medal for that, and the report was many medals were won by our team.

There has been much activity going on with new ones coming in and others going home.  I am not aware of their names. Connie will have to supply that information and she will do that.

I would like to tell you that our therapy department is getting a complete make-over.  We have some great new equipment, but besides that, we are getting new re-designed, re-decorated bathroom and kitchen center.   Now, isn’t that great!

Our sad report is all our beautiful flowers got zapped by jack frost, actually frozen.

On Veternan’s Day we had a wonderful recognition of all  our veterans and veteran’s wives.

We painted many big red, white and blue stars—each person was a star.  One of our walls was covered by beautiful stars.  Each person was individually recognized. Appropriate music was presented by Donna Broglie family.    Several military poems were recited. Then everyone was served ice cream with a variety of toppings and decorated cookies.  We appreciate Galen Hall, Maxine’s brother who served twenty-two years in the U.S. Air Force and his birthday is November 12, 1929.   Happy Birthday Galen and we appreciate everything that you do for our home.

Our veterans are Danny Ousley, Chester Lamb, Virgil McCarty, Dewey Simpson, Ronald Gunning,  Bill Herrington and Erich Longshore.

Following the Veteran’s program,  Christina Penn and her family came and played the piano and sang several songs for us.  We so enjoyed this group.  Such beautiful voices.

Making peanut butter fudge was an activity this week-proably to start the Christmas spirit–do  you suppose?   It was delicious!

Wednesday afternoon we celebrated our November birthdays with music by our faithful trio, Roy and Pauline Murrill, Joann Lawrence and Sonya Howerton and many delicious cakes brought by Bethany Baptist Church ladies and naturally ice cream along side and assorted refreshing drinks. Those having birthdays in November are Dorothy Kimbler, Mildred Mackey, Irene Richard and Joe Nuehart.

Connie recieved an invitation to bring several residents to the Thornfield General Baptist Church at Thornfield, MO. for Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, so that’s where we went.  After an interesting Sunday School lesson by Ruth Evans and a sermon by Pastor David Dye and prayer service we were taken to the fellowship hall where tables were loaded with all manner of delicious foods and we could take our choice.  And my choices were super!

And on the way down to Thornfeild and back Bro. John Haskins entertained during our travel by  telling us about the families of the area and about the “Good Ole’ Days.”  Residents going on the trip were Bill Herrington, Maxine Lirley, John Haskins and Marie Dickey.  Marie got to visit with some of her family she hadn’t seen in a while.  Mike and Connie Burris were our escorts for the day.

On November 26th we will be having our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for our family members.

We will be serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, Johnnie’s hot rolls and choice of pie.   Residents are getting excited for this special treat with their families.

We welcome Mack Miller to our home.  Congratulations to Lulla Cook for getting to go home this week.  She will be missed here at our home.

God Bless You from Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.