Animals, Kids, Nature, Music, & Spooks

Our October is full of Fall Favorites!

Animals:  We just completed a visit from Lee County Dept. Jordan Maag with his police dog, Kion. Kion is quite a Lee County hero—helping with missing persons, evidence retrieval and drug searches. He showed us his gentle side at MHC.  Kion is ranked as the #10 police dog in the whole state of Iowa!

To follow up Kion, we have the Smiths of Horse’n’around Farms bringing their donkey, and the first family of Montrose (Mayor & Mrs. Mullins of Montrose Dog Boarding) bringing their own pet dog to delight our residents. We love the humans & animals connecting!

Kids of all ages:  Central Lee Homecoming Parade is due in Montrose this year and a Halloween Parade is again a part of Beggars’ Night.  Our nursing home plans to welcome the kids with Halloween candy, a haunted hallway decorated by staff & residents, and an open grave for everyone’s fun on Halloween evening. We have the local scouts coming to paint pumpkins after supper while our seniors watch their artistry. Living Waters Church and the Nazarene Church both have kids helping with their music, allowing our residents making a joyful noise along with them.  We are watching a staff member’s belly for the arrival of a baby—yes, we have all guessed the birth date! And we are celebrating an adoption with another staff member with a “Worth the Wait” party. Kids galore!

Nature:  Clay Steele, naturalist with Lee Co. Conservation, plans an educational talk on autumn. Weekly neighborhood walks let us breathe in the autumn air. Lee County Floral will be leading a Senior Crafternoon. Residents, the community, and staff will be arranging flowers in small pumpkins. (If you would like to join us, please call at 319-463-5438 to inquire about the cost and date.) Friday the 13th is transformed into a Lucky Day as we taste the bounty of nature—apple butter.

Music: Police sirens and barge whistles are music in themselves.  MHC is sponsoring Coffee with a Cop, and a Chat with Barge Captain Bruce to learn about their daily work in our own locale. Music also fills the air as Noisy Neighbors Band, Jason Allen Humes, and Over the Hill Gang play. Keosippi Kickers and the Silver Steppers each do line dancing for us in their own unique musical styles. We have the Methodist Choir, Nazarene Church, Remembrance, and our own resident piano player, Bernice making music a part of our lives. Lunchroom Karaoke debuts in the middle of the month—our MHC family shares our talent!

Spooks:  We cannot wait to see everyone’s costumes this Halloween season! Come and be a part of the fun with your family!