April 24, 2003
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by Jim (Miller)
A week ago you told of Blanche getting her normal training. It was all correct as far as I remember. She stayed for a while at some Ordoffs or some such name. It may just have been one of her friends stayed there, too, and took her either out or home there. I think she stayed a while at the grandparents in Waverly as she rode the bus for a little while. Now please don't ask for days or dates, as this was quite a while ago. There has been much water over the dam and under the bridge.
I had breakfast this morning up town. It was crowded so a couple younger ladies shared a booth. The one's dad died three years ago and her mother has been really pestered by some OLD guy. She finally told him she wasn't going to be a nurse, nor purse, for her last years. I thought this was kind of cute. You know this can work both ways! Keep the mail coming.
Thanks to Don and Patty for the dining room table (Don calls it Kristin's, so I really love having it.) And, a big thank you to Aaron and Lori for picking it up for me. To Aaron and Chris for carrying the old set to the storage shed and to Wyatt and Lori for getting the new one set up. Thanks to all! We put it to good use for our Easter meal.
It got used (with a tablecloth) for coloring eggs on Saturday morning, with Lori helping to run that show. On the other end of the table, Aaron and Chris stuffed candy into plastic eggs for the egg hunt. Thanks to Jolene and Wyatt for sending some eggs already filled! Chris, Becky, Wyatt and Lori all brought candy -- so we had plenty!
I spent the morning cooking and baking in preparation for our evening meal. It was fun having everyone around. They played games as we waited for our other guests to arrive.
Beaver's niece, Twila (sister Kathy's daughter) from California, and her husband, Jeff, and two of their six children, Jessica, 10, and Hannah, 18 months, were due in the afternoon. They called and said they'd gotten a late start from her grandfather's place, so they arrived at close to 6 p.m.
Shortly after they arrived, we sat down to eat. Ham and au gratin potatoes, salads, desserts, etc. Seemed to be a hit.
Of course, as soon as we were finished, the kids wanted to get the egg hunt going. It was the first year that we had to do it indoors instead of outside. We lined up the five children, Jessica, Hannah, Rylie, Caity and Jayce, and took their picture with the ice cream pails on their heads. (our traditional thing to do :-) The little kids didn't seem to mind that it was indoors, seemed to have a great time!
Twila and I visited into the wee hours; was fun to catch up and spend time together. They left at 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Going to spend one more night and flew home Monday afternoon. They were hoping to get some time at the Mall of America, wanted to do some things there with Jessica. Twila home schools her, so wanted to make it a learning trip, as well as just for fun. They had visited the Science Museum the day they arrived (Thursday).
We had a cow that had twins and it was raining and cold. The smaller one did not stand. Beaver brought her to the tunnel and then the next day into the wood shed. Yesterday, as it was warmer and no longer raining, we put her in the old kennel outdoors. I led her with a dog leash, and being she thinks I might be her mother, she followed me pretty well. Poor baby. We'll try and find someone to buy her as soon as she's stable enough.
She proved to be a fun experience for our California visitors, though. Jeff and the little ones had never been that close to a barnyard animal. Another learning experience for Jessica. :-) Beaver gave them a tour around outside, including visiting the bulls. Jessica will be able to take some stories home to her brothers! All in all, a successful, fun week-end!
by Barbara Anderson
(Dwight and Janie's daughter)
Work is still going pretty well ... we have been really busy recently with a project for Clackamas County offices, but that will be wrapped up this week and there isn't much on the horizon for new work that I'm aware of so I don't know what we'll be working on! I had my annual review this week and that went really well. They had a lot of good things to say, which is good!! I also got a free lunch out of it! We ate at a restaurant near the top of one of the tallest buildings in Portland. I'd never been there, so that was an experience in itself...
I've been doing a lot of drafting lately (CAD). Other than that, there are some coordination items I've done with the structural engineers and also with others in the architecture department. One of the fire stations we did had an open house/dedication last Saturday so I went to that. We have a few items left to do for that (review the operation and maintenance manuals that we got from the contractor and then send them to the owner, and a couple other things).
One of our other projects, Pacific Seafood (a distribution center), is under construction and should be done around the end of May. Our meeting for that one was cancelled this week, but we usually have a weekly meeting at the site with the contractor, owner and subcontractors. Those meetings can get fairly long!
Have a good day!
It's just beautiful here today. So green after all the rain we've had. Balmy and sunny. It sure makes a person feels good when the weather is like this. I suppose it's nice down there, too.
We've been watching some of our old home videos and are they ever darling. We've got one of Danny that we've watched over and over and we sit and howl every time we watch it. He was the most darling little boy. It's fun to watch the other, too, but he had the cutest little voice. Anyway ... we watched that one again where Mindy stood and watched those fawns for so long without moving ... do you remember that?
Amazing. I do remember that -- and finding her sitting on the step while they grazed an arm's length away. They tell me she still loves deer and thinks of them as her friends!
I don't have any news really because it seems everything stays the same, but figured I could at least say hi.
The Family Cookbook
by Doug Anderson
Today's featured chef is my nephew, Zach, who's going to share with us a special recipe that he created using only what was available in his refrigerator and cupboards. Anyone who has been to college knows it's largely about starvation, or at least malnutrition. Being creative and thinking on your feet can be the only thing between you and a nasty case of rickets. Fortunately, Zach shows the kind of adaptability that will mean survival, as the following recipe will demonstrate. To get yourself in the right mind frame, you might want to not eat for 24 hours before enjoying:
Zach's Montreal Beef Ramen
1/3 lb. of lean ground beef (preferably "borrowed" from roommate, "It's cheaper that way.")
2 chicken ramen noodles ("The kind in the foam containers, with peas and stuff.")
Spicey Montreal seasoning
Cop the burger from your roommate and fry it up in a pan. Make sure he's asleep first. Heat up the ramen noodles separately, this might mean you may have to borrow another pan from your R.A. When the hamburger is browned, drain water from ramen and add to meat. Let it simmer while you finish copying your homework from the Cliff Notes. Add Montreal steak seasoning, and Voilà, the first good meal you've had in days.
Zach is currently a freshman at UMD with an undeclared major. No matter what he decides to do for a living, he will always have his unique cooking gift to fall back on, and we have another family heirloom to savor!
Next week: Something summery from Muriel.
When I was young, Grandpa would visit with me, as though I were an adult. I felt so mature and listened so carefully to him. I loved the stories he told, some being purely fictional. (Hear that thunder? That's God rolling coal into the basement!) Other stories were of his youth in Montana and things he'd done while growing up. I remember one he claimed something about someone's tonsils being cut out on the way to or from school. (Anyone remember the real story?)
I enjoyed visiting the barn and various other out buildings with Grandpa. (Ardis drew a picture of the farm from many years ago; it brought back so many memories! Thanks, Ardis!) The smells were different in each particular building, seems I can bring them to mind even yet -- the mustiness of the straw, the manure smell from the pens, the dusty smell of the lesser used areas, the shop smell, and then the various animal smells. They were good smells to me as a child, following after her beloved grandfather!
My Grandpa also stressed to me being honest. He was such a very honest man and I admired him for all he stood for. He taught me about children's need to respect their elders. When Grandpa said, "Stop," we stopped! I could also see how much he loved each of his grandchildren and wanted the best for them. I can see him sitting with my dog, Snooks, on his crossed arms, listening to WCCO radio, more than likely Honest to Goodness or Top of the Foshay Tower.
Each of my grandparents gave me so many other good memories ... maybe I'll share more another time. I'd also like to hear more about Grandpa Anderson; I don't have many memories of him.
Meeting the Bus
by Mavis Morgan
One of my more scary times as a child was when the water in the spring time would come up to the planks on the foot bridge and we would walk across the river to get to the bus. We had a long tree branch for one of the hand rails. A far cry from Dwight's metal rails!!! I am thankful I never fell in, even if I was shaking in my boots.
Sometimes in getting a little late for the bus, I would see it at Ole's farm (1/2 mile north of the home farm) and then I would really have to RUN!!!! The driver would wait for me, thank goodness.
Sometimes Mom would watch in the north living room window and tell when the bus was coming by Mulberg's place.
After a traditional Thanksgiving with Junior and Doris (sans ice cream, for me, at least) and cousins Lisa and Steve, we were on the road again, and this time I was determined to find that penny. We made our routine Stuckey's stops and I found all the usual fare, the inedible multicolored rock candy, the rubber snakes, the ashtrays with corny slogans such as "I don't wanna set the world on fire, I just want to set." But alas, no enormous penny with the painstaking detail and uncanny resemblance to the real thing.
There was a close call at a Stuckeys in New Mexico, where I found a giant dime, but the detail was not as exquisite, and I was having none of it.
After we picked up Grandma in Almosa, and began our journey back out of the valley that my cousin's dairy farm was nestled in. Then it began to snow.
By the time we reached the ridge, we were in the middle of the landlubber's equivalent of a white squall; A prairie blizzard.
Tension inside the landshark was high as going got slower and slower. A sporty jet setter passed in some obscure foreign job, breezing past a line of cars at least a mile long. We all rejoiced in quiet vindication as we passed a wrecker pulling her little race car out of the ditch miles later.
By the time we were out of the storm, I didn't care about the penny any longer. I merely wanted to be in Minnesota again, safe and dry in the comfort of the lap of home. In fact, I had forgotten about that particular infantile preoccupation entirely, until just recently.
I never did see a penny like that again.
Some ending, I thought to myself, scratching the new fuzz on my head. No penny and the memory enhancer doesn't work, either. We spent almost a full month on the road, and all I had was about five minutes worth of recountable memories and a few grainy Polaroid pictures to show for it. The only thing I had really learned was to maybe take more pictures next time. Well, okay, and that souvenirs probably aren't as important as we think they are.
Editor's Comments: Three different people sent articles to me that do not fit the regular features but should be interesting. I have edited them somewhat and hope you will enjoy them.
Dear Aunt Dorothy,
This puzzle was quite a challenge for me and thought maybe you might like to try it, or possibly add it to the bulletin during a slow week.
A Puzzle from Shari
There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them?
This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman, in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That's a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund-raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new sales record. The local paper, the Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, The books are right there in plain view, hidden from sight.â€ Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found.
Information about the Presidents
found while browsing
by Donald Anderson
I as a boy could recite the presidents of United States in correct order. I also enjoyed naming the capitols of each state. Over the years I have lost this ability, but do enjoy quotes of different presidents.
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have impressed me a lot. George Washington was said to have never told a lie. Lincoln said "I will study and get ready and someday my chance will come." He was the first president born outside the original 13 states, being born in Kentucky.
Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, once said, "A chicken in every pot" meaning to say good times will come. This during a time of the great depression. Hoover was defeated by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.
Roosevelt was our man 12 years before his untimely death in 1945. I recall that April 12th day in '45 when we got news of his passing. Early on, Roosevelt said he would not send our boys to fight in war in another country. This, of course, was changed because of a sneak attack by the Japanese in 1941 at Pearl Harbor. I can recall this day very easily.
Harry Truman, Vice President, took the oath of office at Roosevelt's death. He said, "It felt like the moon and the stars fell on me," after taking the oath. Truman was a man of his word. He often said "the buck stops here." I remember well in 1948 hearing Truman deliver a speech from the rail coach in Breckenridge, Minnesota, near the depot. I also recall his campaign visits in our area.
Dwight Eisenhower was elected on his war merits. He was not up to knowing the country's condition, and never really got the hang of it. He did serve to 1961.
Ronald Reagan served 1981 to 1989. Ron was a movie actor. I have watched his acting. During World War Two. He was a good looking young man. At age 69 he said, "Since I came to the White House I got two hearing aids, a colon operation, skin cancer, a prostate operation, and I was shot at." He then was quoted as saying, "I have never felt better in my life."
There is more I could say, but I think this is enough for now. We have had some good men in charge and also men who were, well I better not say it! Bye Bye.
Some Old, Some New
reported by Merna Hellevang
A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Our Present Staff:
EDITORS: Mom, Grandma, Dorothy, etc.
Doug -------St. Cloud Correspondent
Rich---------Mr. In-A-Jam(b) &
Donna------Researcher for Memory Lane, etc.