Sunday, July 2, 2006
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UPDATE -- Coni to start new chemo this week
Today (Friday) we met with Dr. Rousey, the oncologist in Edina with whom we had met a couple of times while Coni was still being treated in Maryland. He went over several chemo options with us, and we decided on a particular treatment, which Coni will start next Thursday. After a few weeks of researching and waiting for Dr. Rousey to return from his vacation, it is good to know what the next step will be. Now we just hope it will be effective in eliminating Coni's cancer.
The following report was posted earlier this week by Coni:
While doing research the last couple weeks, I found that I can have testing done on my frozen tumors (post surgery) to see which drugs may have the greatest impact. I have decided to have the testing done at the Mayo clinic in addition to Advanced Treatment of Adrenal Cortical (ATAC) research center in Arizona. So hopefully I will have some answers soon.
In the meantime, since I have not had any chemo treatment other than the oral chemo pills I take, Weston and I have really been working on our diets. I am sure all of you are thinking right now, this is one couple that does not need a diet. However, from speaking to a naturopathic doctor, we are working on a nutritious diet. Our diet consists of lean meats, nuts, veggies, fruit and berries.
I know this probably sounds very extreme and radical, but it is absolutely amazing how many more fruits and veggies we go through. For all of you who may be concerned with weight loss, don't worry; I am pretty creative and have been able to put together some amazing dishes.
Please keep Coni in your thoughts and prayers again this week. You can send e-mails and e-cards to her here: email@example.com.
UPDATE -- let's welcome Trinidy Creede Roberson
Hi! Just wanted to let everyone know that Trinidy Creede Roberson, daughter of Angela (Stahlecker) Roberson and Scott Roberson, was born on Thursday, June 29, at 8:52 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and is 18 inches long. She has a headful of dark hair and is absolutely beautiful. (I may be just a little biased since I am her aunt!)
Angela is doing well and hopes to be able to go home either Sunday or Monday. Trinidy has jaundice and is being monitored very closely, but is stable. She also has a heart murmur, which the doctor believes is something that will repair itself with time. If not, he will refer them to a pediatric cardiologist.
The three boys (Tracer, Trevor and Trenton) are very excited and are anxious to get Mommy and Little Sister home. I have attached a few pictures!
UPDATE -- new home is taking shape
Day to Day R
About 18 years ago, I started doing nanny work for a couple in St. Louis Park. I started with their 3-month-old daughter, Marissa, and her cousin, 2-month-old Kaia. Their mothers were sisters, Megan and Kate. Megan's husband is Dave Kuettel; Kate's husband is Jon Bjorlie.
Keeping our brain in shape is as important as our bodies ... here are some sites that help to do so: Think of these sites as virtual gyms for your mind:
Brain Teasers and Math Puzzles
The Matriarch Speaks W
Who Is This?
Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
How many can you identify?
On the guessing game, my guess is Ryan Hellevang, Great-grandma Cleo Anderson and Jessica Myron.
I know that the little boy on the left is Ryan Hellevang and it's Grandma Cleo in the middle, but is it Jessica Myron on the right?
I forgot to send in the "guess who" picture. Maybe someone else has. I know it is Cleo and Ryan Hellevang; the girl I think is Jessica Myron.
Elaine Anderson Wold
Greg and Sonja Dake left Durham, North Carolina, for Shanghai, China, on January 6th and returned January 28th. It was a business trip for Greg and Sonja went along. They took extra time for sightseeing while they were there.
Traveling to Yunnan Province
Visiting Dali -- A Boat Tour on Erhai Lake
Monday, January 23, was our second and last day in Dali. Will had told us the night before we would leave the hotel around 8 a.m. for a boat tour of Erhai Lake, that it would be cold on the water and to dress warmly. We packed our luggage up to load in the van to take back to Lijiang later in the day. We had asked for a bellboy to come for our luggage at 7:45, after we had eaten breakfast, but he showed up at 7:15 instead. We weren't finished packing up and asked him to come back in ten minutes. At 7:30 he wasn't back, and we only had the two roly-bags and two backpacks, so rather than risk missing breakfast, we took our own luggage down.
Will had also told us to be sure to eat breakfast because the boat tour was four hours and didn't have food. The deserted restaurant of the night before was transformed into a busy, crowded room! A breakfast buffet was available down the middle of the room, with both Chinese and semi-Western breakfast food. There was a chef cooking eggs to order over a gas burner at the end of the room.
We found an empty table and dumped our luggage around it. Will came over and saw we had luggage and asked if the bellboy had not come. We said he was early, before we were ready, and didn't come back. He said he would find someone to take it to the van, and we should get some food. We walked around the buffet and got a few things. Boiled eggs, some noodles, and stuff. Will came back and said he couldn't find a bellboy; we told him not to worry about it. He went to the chef and ordered and brought us back some fried eggs. We ate, Will sat a few tables away and ate, then we took our luggage out to the van. The driver had also eaten in the hotel restaurant; I suppose he got some perks for the job, too.
We drove about 20 minutes to get to the boat dock. I tried to download pictures from our camera to have plenty of free space but wasn't quite finished when we got there. Will said he would go buy the tickets and come back for us. By then I had the pictures done, so we were good to go. We walked through a turnstyle and over to one of several large tour boats parked at the dock.
As we walked onto the ship, a lady handed us small heart-shaped necklaces in red strings with Chinese words embroidered on them. Will explained that these were our identifying badges for this boat; each boat has its own unique necklace. The heart was made from red felt, stuffed a bit to puff it out. It was a very nice alternative to sticky blue nametags.
We climbed three flights of very steep stairs to take seats on the top deck at the back of the boat and were soon underway. Will took a napkin out of his pocket and wiped off two seats for us, which was very nice of him, I thought. He told us that we would make two stops off the boat today, one on a tiny island with a small temple and one larger island with a hotel and some other things to see. He said that while on the boat we would take part in the Bai tea ceremony, "Three Courses of Tea." He explained this was an ancient custom that was once reserved only for the king of the people, but now was allowed to commoners.
The first course was bitter tea with no sweetener. Its symbolism was the harsh lessons early in life, before one gains maturity and wisdom. The second course was very sweet tea, with honey and herbs. Its symbolism was middle age, where you have established yourself and can begin to enjoy the fruits of your labors. The third course was tea with ginger and peppers, to clear the palate and symbolize attaining old age and clearing one's mind to prepare for the next level of existence after death. During this we would watch dancers perform the traditional Bai courtship and wedding ceremonies.
We were soon glad Will had warned us in advance to dress warmly. I had worn the nice long underwear that I got for Christmas, under jeans and a T-shirt, with my circus sweatshirt over the T-shirt. We had also brought knit hats, scarves and gloves. We ended up bundling up in all of our clothes and it was still chilly. Greg took a picture of me close up, bundled in my jacket with the hood tied close under my chin. He seemed to think that was funny! He took a few other pictures out of the boat as well, but for the first hour or so there wasn't much to see except water.
We arrived at our first stop after an hour or so, a very tiny island with barely room for a small temple. What little space there was, aside from the temple, was crammed full of vendors. Most of them had charcoal grills going and were selling grilled seafood. Some had small fish, anchovy sized, on toothpicks. Some had larger fish on larger sticks, whole fish with heads and tails and all. Many of them had grilled shrimp, and to try to convince you of the freshness, had baskets of live shrimp beside the grill. The shrimp were not in water, and would jump around in the baskets. They cooked them while pouring red pepper sauce over them, so I decided not to try them, suspecting they would be very spicy.
Once you got past the gantlet of food vendors, there were tables set up on the rocks around the temple selling local crafts and jewelry. We glanced at them as we walked past, but didn't see anything we wanted to buy. We didn't get to go inside the temple, just walk on the rocks around it and back to the food vendor side to get back to the boat.
Then it was time for the Three Courses of Tea ceremony. We were ushered inside a room on the bottom deck, with rows of benches with low tables in front of them. The benches were supposed to be for four people, and not long-legged people at that. Luckily there wasn't anyone on the bench with us, because there was barely enough room for us on it, even minus those two people. The table was very close to our legs, too, making it pretty cramped. We watched the dancers, and I took a few pictures. We were on the end on one side, though, with music stands and microphone stands near us, so I didn't get any very good pictures.
The wedding ceremony was amusing, in that the guests took turns pinching the "newlyweds'" cheeks, and shoving them playfully around. The poor groom got shoved pretty hard and nearly fell a few times. Not sure what the significance of that was, as the narration was only in Chinese. We were the only Caucasians on the boat that we saw, and definitely the only ones in the Three Courses of Tea.
The first tea was indeed kind of bitter, but not terribly so. The second tea was cloyingly sweet after the bitter first one. It not only had honey in it but bits of walnut as well. The third one was good, not sweet, not bitter, just very clean and brisk-tasting. We were also given packages of some kind of candy or candied fruit, that we didn't eat at the time. The end of the ceremony was the "bride and groom" (it wasn't a real wedding, just a re-enactment for the tourists' sakes) throwing small wrapped candies out into the audience. We didn't catch any but on the way out I saw one on a table and grabbed it. It was ginger-flavored hard candy, not terrible, but not this American's usual idea of candy.
to be continued
Photo Editor's Note: We are serializing Sonja and Greg's web log and illustrating it with the photos they are posting, but there is far more photo material available than we will be able to fit in The Bulletin, so we also provide the links to the blog, for those who are interested:
Web Log: http://sonjas-travels.blogspot.com/
Greetings from the Netherlands
by Ary Ommert, Jr.
Maassluis, The Netherlands
Photo © Ary Ommert, Jr.
Dutch soccer fans decorated their homes in orange to spur their team
Hello Friends and readers of The Bulletin.
The Donnas Visit Florida J
Photo Editor's Note: the web links for the Gamble Plantation have been hit and miss this week and may not work. You can find alternate links with some of the information at Google.com
One day we toured the Robert Gamble Plantation. (Robert Gamble is no relation to Proctor and Gamble.) It was a hot day, so the breeze coming through the half shuttered windows was welcomed by the whole tour group. In spite of being overly warm, it was worth the tour and I even managed to learn several new things and refreshed some facts I'd heard before and forgotten. I've always been interested in the stories of the south and have toured mansions in the past. This was a true antebellum mansion, the only surviving one in south Florida.
Saturday had us heading for the "Sponge Docks." Tarpon Springs is known as "the sponge capital of the world." In the 1930's the sponge industry was very prosperous, bringing in millions of dollars yearly. Then it became contaminated and destroyed in the 40's. The industry was revived in the 80's, which brought Tarpon Springs back to being the world's leader in natural sponges.
o In Service To Our Nation j
Roland "Rolly" Mellon's Service in WWII
Dad was still in high school on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. He dropped out of high school on December 8th and enlisted in the Marine Corps the same day. But he failed the physical exam. There was nothing wrong with him; to his final days he was certain a clerical error kept him out of the Marine Corps. That left him classified as 4F, so he could have avoided service completely if he had wanted to.
Note by Gert Dake Pettit: Rolly and Marcella had three children: Tom (who was born four months before his dad's discharge), Dan and Colleen. Rolly was a first cousin of the Dake kids -- his dad, Everett Mellon, was our mom's brother. Alonzo Mellon was our mom's father.
On June 27 I enjoyed a trip to my old stamping grounds. I got an early start getting to the North Dakota border at 7:30 a.m.
Home Cookin' H
If you have access to fresh berries, this is a spectacular dessert for the 4th of July. I put 1/2 the recipe amount in a tart pan. It's from Taste of Home. --Mitzi Swenson, Dickinson, ND
1 cup flour
1-8 oz. pkg. low-fat cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups frozen mixed berries, thawed
2-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
Combine flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Press into an ungreased 12" pizza pan. Bake at 350 12-14 minutes or until crust is set and edges are lightly browned. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth. Spread over crust. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until set. Cool to room temperature.
Process mixed berries and sugar in a blender or food processor. Combine cornstarch, water and berry mixture. Boil 2 minutes or until thickened (microwave works great). Cool.
Spread berry mixture over the cream cheese layer. Arrange fresh fruit on top. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before slicing.
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Special Days
This Week's Wedding
This Week's Birthdays
More July Birthdays
July Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Miss Hetty Says
Lori Chap, daughter of George Chap of Howard Lake and David and Donna Johnson of Ashby, and Shawn Ostendorf, son of Larry and Shirley Ostendorf of Maple Grove, will be married Saturday, July 8, 2006, at the Church of Saint Walburga in Rogers. Lori is a graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School and Bemidji State University; she is currently a Senior Reinsurance Analyst with Benfield Group of Bloomington, Minnesota. Shawn is a graduate of Osseo High School and the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Senior Recruiter with the card services division of HSBC in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They plan to reside in Rogers.
Best Wishes to Lori & Shawn!
Keep Us Posted!
Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?
+ LETTERS TO THE EDITORS?
Just had to send off a note on this week's Bulletin. As always, it was fun, interesting, and entertaining. Thanks to Donna Johnson for writing up our trip to Florida. We packed a lot of non-traditional sight seeing things into those too few days in Florida. Thanks to Shari for sharing her home and time with us. Donna did a great job with remembering and including details I didn't know. Excellent reporter!
Also have to comment on the Anderson sibling photos, Then and Now. Even though 60 years have passed since the family photo was taken, I was impressed with how easily you could recognize each of the family. I know Don best, so he was easy to pick out (looks a lot like his dad, don't you think?), but the girls still are still easy to recognize, then and now. Thanks for providing the comparison.
The whole issue was a pleasure to read (as always). You have such talented contributors providing stories and/or photos. Thanks for all your hard work. The Bulletin always brightens my day!
I have a Lars Wold Family Tree that Elaine (Anderson) Wold compiled in 1982. I was searching on Google to see if I could find her, and found your Bulletin instead. What a great site! I loved looking around, reading the stories, and seeing the photos.
I happen to be visiting my mom and dad, Dorothy (Flaa) and Bill Jensen, in Orlando, Florida, this weekend. I live in Minneapolis. I showed Mom The Bulletin because it is the kind of site that I knew she would love. She appreciates writing and staying connected; she has been busy writing newsletters as long as I can remember. Currently she writes two newsletters a week for her neighbors. (It helps to stay connected with so many snowbirds currently back North). She also writes a weekly update for church.
Last year she finished a book about the history of the Fireman's Park in Waterloo, Wisconsin, where I grew up. With all that writing, I thought she would appreciate your site, and she did. She commented about how The Bulletin is a great service of love and wonderful that you can keep everyone in your family connected and updated on the latest Anderson family events. She also wondered out loud how you keep so many people contributing. Do you have to send out a lot of reminders and phone calls? We were very impressed; and thank you for posting them on the web where we could discover The Bulletin.
Mom was reading this e-mail before I sent it and said that I hadn't told you enough about myself so I think I better add a paragraph here. :-) I enjoy traveling, walking around the lakes, or spending time doing creative art stuff -- lately working with glass. I am saving to get a kiln so I can fuse glass together to make plates, bowls, vases, etc.
As I mentioned, I am living in Minneapolis. I'm working as a research engineer at Zimmer Spine. I study spinal implants and how they interact with the spine -- how they interact with the movement of the spine or with the tissues in the spine --especially the bone. I usually tell people that I get paid to break stuff because I also do a lot of strength testing in the lab -- on prototypes, to make sure implants are strong enough and durable enough to, hopefully, never fail in a patient's body.
I was in Orlando for a conference for work on Friday and was lucky to be able to stay for the weekend to spend time with Mom and Dad. I've been working on putting all the bits of family history I know together in one place and then doing more research to fill in the gaps, so this is a good weekend to get their help. Toward that end, I was wondering if you have an e-mail address or another way to contact Elaine Wold. If so, would you mind connecting me with her, please? I was wondering if she would mind helping me with my family tree as I do more research.
Thank you for your help and for the stories.
You did another great job on The Bulletin. Always so much of interest. It's getting so late, so I just scanned it now and will read it thoroughly tomorrow, as I often read each one several times. Thanks!!!!!
Nice of you to get me in contact with Laura Jensen. I will get in touch with her. Earl's cousin is married to a Flaa, so it's from that family. Thanks for sending it on to me.
Elaine Anderson Wold
Congratulations to Rich on his new job!
Doug, You really need to go into the Foto-funnies for a business. The two-headed guppy was great! That picture was taken about 1980 +/-, not sure. Keep up the good work. Other than that there's not much else new here.
by Betty Droel
On Jun 24, 2006, at 9:06 a.m....
OH NOOOOOOO, a storm is rolling in. Thundering. Very dark. I MUST turn off the computer so I have it to get The Bulletin instead of stubbornly leaving it on and then wishing I hadn't.
It is 10:19 a.m.... I have Roy's breakfast in front of him, the sun came out, and now I will be printing my addiction.
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