Creations and Imaginations

We are past the middle of the month and school will be starting in a couple weeks. Having been a teacher for so many years, I measure time based around the school year. Once a teacher, always a teacher.

Last week was a busy one. On the 8th we had Jubilee celebrations. On the Holy Day, the 15th, we celebrated Sister Bernarda’s 99th birthday. Lots of her relatives were here to celebrate with her.

Our friend Larry Anderson, from Morris, brought us a pick-up load of cabbage…780 pounds! That’s a lot of cabbage…and a lot of sauerkraut! Pictured are two of the 15-to- 17-pound heads…and one of the 11 banana boxes in the cooler. THANK YOU, LARRY.

Our Convent gardens are producing lots of fresh tomatoes, green and yellow beans, lettuce, summer squash and raspberries. We’ve also had fresh sweet corn, though Sr. Ruth does not plant corn. We will continue having much more produce. Thank you, gardeners, for all your work. And, moreso, thank you, God, for good rains to water the gardens. Rain water always seems to work better than water from a hose.

One afternoon I went out to the Morrison County Fair. Mostly I wanted to see the decorated hay bales. There are some very creative people out there. Here are a few pictures. The Schubert Family won the travelling trophy with their bale-puppy. Though it was 90 degrees, I am so glad I took the time to go out to the fairgrounds. They will have the contest again next year. With a year to think about their creations, I can’t imagine what they will come up with.

Another afternoon, Fr. Bill Gamber from Fergus Falls and two of our friends came to visit Sr. Adela and me. Both Sr. Adela and I taught at Fergus Falls MANY years ago.

The Nurses Leadership Symposium meets here three days this week. Thirteen of the 31 participants will be staying overnights here at St. Francis Center. Welcome and have good meetings these days.

Last week Sisters Tonie and Mary Z. put up a display of some of Sister Mary Christine Wiener’s oil and water color paintings.  Sr. Christine was a marvelous painter!  Here are a few of her works.  Enjoy.

There will be no blog next week as I will be in Aurora, Colorado, for the wedding of our nephew, Jon Samuelson, on the 26th. Please pray for safe travel for all of us. Thanks.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou

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