It's the little things that make life beautiful!

The extreme heat and humidity is the big topic of conversation. All this week the temperatures are predicted to be 88+ degrees. It is especially important to keep hydrated. Yesterday I was at the golf course for a few afternoon hours. The six local Catholic Parishes sponsored a fund-raiser golf tournament for the benefit of the Little Falls Catholic Schools. I sat at Hole 6. No one got a hole-in-one. But in the shade of the big trees, with the nice breeze and my bottle of ice water, I was very comfortable. It was a good afternoon.

Welcome to the last full week of August. Where did the month go? Next week is Labor Day. Next week the new school year starts. After all my years in elementary education, I still think in terms of September to May. God bless the teachers, the administrators, and especially the students as the new school year begins. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Speaking of school, the Values Committee at the Convent sponsored a school supplies collection for those who need assistance in getting needed school supplies. We had a couple big boxes of items collected. Thank you for your generosity.

Last week’s one-day Red Cross Blood drive was another successful event. Our goal was 121 and that is what we got. Again, thank you for your generous donations.

Wednesday afternoon we will honor the Clothes Review Department. Sr. Blase and all her volunteers do a great job in providing good, clean, gently used clothes to lots of people. It is a great ministry. I worked there several years and count is a blessing.

Last Thursday evening the Sisters and employees served the Thursday evening free meal for Oasis Share-A-Meal at First Lutheran Church. Everyone liked the chicken hot dish prepared in our convent kitchen. All the left-overs were sent home with the guests so they had another meal the next day.

Last Friday evening I was in Roseville to be nearer my Saturday morning meeting in Apple Valley. Anyways, Friday evening we went to an outdoor play in Theatre Worth Park. It was a great play with strings music, good actors and lots of fun.

The Nursing Leadership Symposium folks will be meeting here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. They like our facilities and the services we give them. We are expecting 25 or 26 participants.

Next Monday is Labor Day. And the following weekend is the big Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair. There will be about 600 vendors—130 of whom are new vendors this year. Block C # 87 to 89 is a new food vendor that will feature locally grown, healthier food choices—no deep fried items. The Market Place vendors group, on the west side of the Mississippi River, is a popular spot and are found on the Chamber Road and on Broadway.

Keep cool, keep hydrated and be safe, 
Peace and blessings, 
Sister Mary Lou

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