Celebrating birthdays and acknowledging community life


Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

Hello, again!

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Weeks seem to fly by. I look out the window as I write and I'm wondering whether I missed summer and winter is here again!

I imagine when this week’s snowstorm will be over, everything will turn green, and Spring wildflowers will pop up everywhere.

S. Brown said, and I quote, "The first blooms of Spring always make my heart sing." I look forward to seeing the first wild flowers.

I spent Saturday, taking my niece along, in the countryside looking for Spring flowers, in particular the crocus, or anemone, which is the Provincial Flower of Manitoba. They are one of Nature's loveliest wildflowers here in our province. WE drove slowly, then we walked, but we did not find any, or we just happened to look at the wrong places!

Our April birthdays at Evergreen are Margaret Rollo and June Gardiner. I wish both of you a very Happy Birthday. You've had two pandemic birthdays and I hope your next ones will be in different circumstances.

Two Evergreen residents went to Melita on Wednesday, April 7, to see Dale Hill in the hospital. They were able to bring him a "Thinking of You" card with every Evergreen resident's signature in it. We all send you best wishes for a quick recovery and we hope you can come back to your suite here soon. We miss you.

As of this last weekend, we have two more residents at Evergreen. We welcome Harold and Lynda Spring to the Evergreen family.

Debbie Kish was away for a while at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, where she underwent open heart surgery. She is back here and Debbie, we trust you will have your strength back soon. It takes much patience, doesn't it?

I should mention our sympathy and prayers are with the Royal Family at the passing of Prince Phillip Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth’s 99-year-old husband of 73 years.

I have been driving down Government Road many a time of late, hoping Lions Campground, my favorite place in Virden, will be open. Not yet, so I'll be waiting a bit longer, but I'll keep trying!

Quote for the Day: "Rain soaks the earth, prompting growth and preparing flowers of the season. And we find ourselves shedding our winter coats on the first warm Spring Day. This is April." - Sharon Leah

Miniota News By Linda Clark

Deepest sympathy from our Miniota community to Terry and Jana Joseph and family on the death of Jana’s sister, Leanne Peel of Winnipeg on April 9th. Our thoughts are also with Leanne’s husband, Craig and their children Lyndsi and Colin and their families of Winnipeg, with Leanne’s mother, Fay Brown of Brandon, and Craig’s family, Bob and Catherine Peel and their family of Deloraine and Virden, as well as their many friends.

Get well wishes to Ted Morton who is a patient in the Virden Hospital. Also sending Ted birthday wishes for his 85th this week.

A quote from Facebook for this week: “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”  Today we are all thankful for the much needed moisture we are receiving, even if it is not in the preferred form for this time of year. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham

The residents enjoyed the surprise Easter gift bags which included several good items that were delivered to each suite (provided by SAIL) and thanks to the Goulter School students who crafted a home-made card for each resident and thanks to Audrey Watters for preparing these for us.These little endeavors helped to bring a smile and brighten our lives, especially now when we find it difficult to be with all our families. And of course, the best way to brighten our day is to try and help someone else.

We welcome two new residents; Len Collier and Jack Montgomery, who have made their home here at the Lodge and we hope they enjoy it here with us.

The April birthdays are: Shirley Lansing, Ray Rainey, Anne Lansing and Bernice Graham.

We are definitely thankful for the moisture we received this week. We can begin to plan for a little gardening and seeing some growth, and seeing some growth on the land, as the Song of Solomon says in chpt 2, vs 11 & 12: “For lo, the winter is past, the snow (rain) is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land!”


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