Bitzi's Pretty Purple Petunias
Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Bitzi's purple petunias. Aren't they pretty?

Updates -

by Larry Dake
between Brooks and Oklee, MN

We've had the fun of being with our grandson Levi some this summer. He's such a pleasant fellow!

We're going to The Cities tomorrow to see Mom, Dad, Ginny and Larry. On Monday I'll be seeing my eye surgeon at the University of Minnesota. Tuesday we'll meet Amy at the Minneapolis airport. She's to be flying into Minneapolis from North Carolina, before driving back to Nebraska, before (finally!) returning home (to her cats!). We're very glad for her being able to spend the summer gallivanting about, but we (especially the cats) do miss her!

Wednesday Sherry and I "may" go see friends in southern Minnesota, before we return home to check on Lhokha and the lambs. (It'll be "back to work" on Monday.) We sold the ewes and rams a few weeks ago, as the pastures have dried up. With the drought, there will be no second cutting of hay this year, so hay will be expensive and scarce. We hope to keep the lambs on pasture until winter arrives -- and then to sell them, too. We've been irrigating the pastures with the garden hose and lawn sprinkler.

As long as we continue here, we may buy lambs each spring, and sell them each fall. (That had been my original intent when we moved here, but instead, we "inherited" ewes and rams. So we enjoyed our little ewe flock for about seven years.)

I'm about half done building a workshop and storage shed. I started building it the last week of June, using about 99 percent used lumber we had earlier recycled from demolition of other buildings.

What cut-and-split firewood is still outside is nice and dry now, so I hope to get it moved inside this week. We're still hoping to get the house and granary shingled this summer. I've yet to get photos and notes organized for my LTD Storybrooke project. Perhaps that will begin to come together as the season of short days and long nights approaches.

I've been trying to make the best use of my time. When I took my break from writing, we were concerned that we might need to move to a more managable home, on account of my eye problem. We've been busy getting things in order, to sell our place, if it would come to that. Now, however, we're much more hopeful of staying here!

Thanks for your note. I better run now and get that wood moved inside. It might rain one of these days. We hope. --LTD

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; Levi photo by Sarah Dake Steinhauer

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
LeRoy Dake says goodbye to elm tree that shaded his home for 40 years.

UPDATE -- a whittle bit o' news from Blaine
by Ginny Dake McCorkell
Blaine, MN

Dad and Mom had to say goodbye to a dear old friend last week ... the big old elm tree that was barely more than a stick when we moved there in 1968. It fell victim to Dutch Elm Disease, which is claiming so many large trees here in Blaine.

The leaves started falling not long after they came out this spring. (How disheartening to add raking leaves to the spring routine of yard care!) The city finally came out and put their big orange X on the tree, indicating that it was infested with Dutch Elm Disease.

Fortunately, the city was responsible for removing the tree, because it was on the boulevard. It would have been a very hefty price tag, had they needed to hire someone to remove a tree of that size.

The city will also come and remove the stump and plant a new tree.

It sounded like there is someone who will be making use of the largest portion of the tree that Dad is standing by. I am guessing they will take a chainsaw and start whittling away. I wonder what is waiting to emerge from the trunk of that grand old shade tree?

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Here you go, Larry -- lots of firewood! (Some disassembly required.)

UPDATE -- Beau Birkholz trains at Fort Lewis, WA
by Beau Birkholz
Howard Lake, MN

While attending Augsburg College, I enlisted into the National Guard. I went through Basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After one semester of ROTC, I transferred to the OCS (Officers Candidate School) program. I graduated from Augsburg College this year, 2006.

I will be leaving the 28th of July for two weeks of training at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

On August 27th there will be a commissioning, held at the capitol of Minnesota, at which time I will receive the rank of 2nd. Lieutenant.

I am branching into Military Intelligence and will be going to Arizona for six weeks of infantry training and 15 weeks of military intelligence training. After the training in Arizona, I will be stationed in Minneapolis with the Minnesota National Guard.

Beau & Grandma Gert Pettit
Beau Birkholz is the son of Melanie Lehtola and Brad Birkholz.

UPDATE -- it's hot and dry in Yankton, too
by Anita Weiland
Yankton, SD

Hello to all. It's about time I sent you a report from Yankton, South Dakota. It has been so hot and dry here, too. Daisy Mae, my constant companion, doesn't like the heat any more than I do, so it's not easy to get out and walk very much. My garden is suffering. Some relief came with a recent shower. My neighbor lady and her son were so thrilled on Sunday they went outside while it was raining and just stood there, getting wet ... like we did when we were kids.

Last weekend I went with my brother Arlin and Ruth Pfingsten to Willmar, Minnesota, for our family reunion. It was so good to be there and to see all the new additions to our family, also family members that I haven't seen for a long time. I came home very tired, but getting older does that to one.

I keep busy with my baking for the health food store, as well as being a nurse at an assisted living residence. I will be on call for most of the week for those on vacation. My EMT work is just as I can handle it.

Thank you so much for The Bulletin, which keeps us up to date on our relations and friends.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; Carrie photo by Jennie Dake Horne

UPDATE -- Diana weathers a tough week
by Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

Just finished reading the latest Bulletin and saw that some were looking for an update from me, so thought I'd e-mail.

I am so proud of my nephew Dan Mellon, who wrote an update in the last Bulletin, and I wish him tremendous luck with his new job! He is a gem.

Thank you to all who have asked about my situation, sending prayers and kind thoughts. I truly appreciate it.

I had my first new chemo a week ago last Friday [July 28th] and, for the most part, all went well over the weekend, but come Wednesday evening, I started getting terribly sick ... pain and body aches ... and at first just thought it was part and parcel of the chemo, but as time went on, I realized something more was going on.

I made it through Thursday, but by Friday morning [August 4th] I was so sick, I asked Maralee to take me into ER at Mercy. I was kept there all day and had dozens of tests done, including a CAT scan, blood work, EKG and UA, but to all of our frustrations, not one thing came up to pinpoint the cause of the pain.

All tests matched the ones I had had just two weeks ago, so I was sent home with a few minor directions for eating and resting, and the usual, "if you don't feel better in a couple of days, come back" speech. Well, although the symptoms became lighter, they didn't go away, and I was still having pain and discomfort on Monday.

I seem to be doing better, so I am hopeful that whatever was going on has run its course. I missed my second chemo because of being sick, so my second treatment [was yesterday, August 10th]. It was a bit of a rough session yesterday, and I am feeling the effects today. Fatigue, mostly. I also now have to start wearing a patch for the colon upset, to see if that helps, and that, too, causes drowsiness. I'll be falling asleep in my coffee cup pretty soon! ha ha...

I hope you and Don are doing well. This cooler weather has been a true Godsend, and so enjoyable! Love......Diana

UPDATE -- Sully Michael Brown turns two
by Adriana Brown
Granbury, TX

Sully's second birthday was great! He had several family members and friends here to help him celebrate.

Unfortunately, he broke his left femur (upper leg bone) the last weekend of July, so he had to celebrate turning two in a half-body cast, but he still had lots of fun! He will be in the cast anywhere from three to eight weeks. We are really hoping for three weeks! At his age, the doctors said that the bone should heal fairly quickly, so at least that is working in our favor.

Also, Sully is going to be a BIG BROTHER! We are expecting our second child the first part of April, so we are very excited about that!

Hope this finds everyone doing well!

Adriana, Michael, and Sully Brown

Sully Brown doesn't let a body cast spoil the fun of turning two!

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Ryan & Heidi Henderson, Mark, Kim, Marlene & Whitney Johnson.

Impromptu "Reunion Picnic" At Mom & Dad's

Using the vernacular of our local Ashby reporter, we "motored" to Alex last evening, to visit Marlene and her family. They stopped in at Mom and Dad's for a visit and we'd been invited to join them. The "us" comprised Becky, Jayce, Cecilia Nelson (daycare girl) and myself.

We all enjoyed the "picnic" type fare: grilled hotdogs, potato salad, beans, fruit salad and watermelon. For dessert we had a choice of ice cream cones or Marlene's homemade chocolate chip cookies. Yum.

It was GREAT to see Heidi and Ryan, along with Marlene, Kim, Whitney and Mark. We exchanged lots of stories, memories and laughs, one of them being the haircut Mark had given himself, much to his mother's dismay! It's always so fun to get together, so I was very thankful to the various daycare parents who were willing to come earlier or make other arrangements, making it possible for me to get there shortly after Marlene and family arrived.

Photo © Donna Johnson
While the rest of us visited, Cecilia and Jayce enjoyed playing out on the playground equipment behind the building, always a hit with the kids!

Photos © Donna Johnson
Topping trees in play yard, after losing big branches from two trees.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Watching the tree topping in daycare play yard.
Back: Ganon & Anissa Heinrich, Torin Olson, Cecilia Nelson, Davie Glocke, Katie Hoffman; front: Jackie Hoffman, Austin Schroeder, Jayce Chap.

The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Company Picnic

We had company! It was so special to have them! Our granddaughter Heidi and her husband, Ryan Henderson, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, are vacationing in Minnesota and are home based in Long Lake at her parents' home. We entertained them for supper. (You can't call picnic fare "dinner," can you?)

It was short notice for a "gathering of the clan," but Heidi's Aunt Donna managed to come -- bringing Celia, a sweet little daycare girl with her. (She also brought the watermelon and fruit salad.) Becky and Jayce, Heidi's mom (our daughter, Marlene), and Kim, Whitney, and Mark Johnson -- with a new haircut -- were all here, too.

As the kids say, "It was a BLAST!" Talk, talk, talk, then we ate a little, and last of all Donna got a picture of the honored guests ... then away they went again, headed for the lake ... where they are to enjoy some water activities ... at a cabin on Clear Lake.

Have a great vacation, Heidi and Ryan -- and come again!

Labor Day Vacation Plans

Don and I are in the midst of a flurry of plans... Patty and Curt Henderson have suggested that the four of us should take a trip to Springfield, Missouri. For those of you who haven't been reading The Bulletin for the full four years, and who may not know why that would be our destination, it was home in the past to all four of us who will be going back.

Patty and Curt lived there first and stayed a few years, and during that time we moved there (at my retirement from teaching), back in 1987. It would take too long to tell you all the details, but suffice to say that though the kids left earlier, Don and I lived there almost 12 years. So now the four of us plan to go back for a visit. I am so thrilled!

We plan to stay in a suite at The Residence Inn by Marriott for two days and three nights. We have plans to see many of our mutual friends, and also some of those we knew from days after Patty and Curt moved from there. And to see all of the sights of the city and eat at all the old eating places we used to enjoy!

Don and I are to leave Alexandria on Thursday, August 31st. We will be overnight at the Hendersons' so we can get a really early start on Friday, September 1st. Our plans are to return to their home on Monday, September 4th ... and then to make the return to Alexandria on Tuesday, the 5th.

If you have come this far in the narrative, you will see that the lady who sends your paper to you is going to be missing on send out day -- we shall have to determine how that will be resolved. YOU WILL GET THE PAPER, possibly sooner, rather than later. "Trust Us" ... and in the meantime, I will enjoy the anticipation of seeing all my lovely friends again!

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.
(Send us some to run; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn. Thanks to Gert Dake Pettit and Ginny Dake McCorkell for sending last week's mystery pictures.)

How many can you identify?

Answers to last week's mystery pictures (click here to review them):

Only knew Auntie Blanche (at right) on the Guess pictures. Was my guess right last week?

Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

Editor's Note (on the mystery pictures for the week before last): The one person in question is the blonde girl in front, with her back to the camera ... is it Genelle or is it Melanie? I am not sure ... size doesn't tell it ... she fits with Ardis to be Genelle or with our girls to be Melanie. I guess I have to appeal to the two girls in question. Which of you is it?

The only one I can identify is Blanche, on the right! I have several pictures of Blanche I would like to share with you, so please give me your "snail" mail address again.

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

I don't know the lovely ladies on the left or right, but am quite certain that the handsome couple in the center are my own parents, Marcella and Rolly Mellon. Mom has been gone for ten years and Dad for seven.

I learned from my sister [Colleen Mellon Scott] that she had prepaid for several portrait sittings and had to work pretty hard to get them to go be photographed (circa 1991). Mom made her promise she wouldn't purchase any extra prints, so while I have seen the picture, I never actually had a copy. Mom wasn't always easy to understand. Thanks for running them.

Dan Mellon
Alta Loma, CA

I know two of the three pictures. The first one is of me [Diana Mellon Martin] holding my favorite doll, at about age one or so. (Now that was easy!) The second is of my beloved brother and sister-in-law, Rolly and Marcella Mellon, on their 50th wedding anniversary, I believe. The third cutie eludes me, so will look forward to the next Bulletin to see who she is.

Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

The GUESS pictures are always fascinating as we try to pick out family resemblances, etc., but this time I only recognize that special friend, Blanche!

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Travelogue t

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. This episode concludes their report. They were in China only three weeks but they have kept us informed, educated and entertained with insightful commentary since Bulletin 188, published January 22, 2006. We think they've done magnificent reporting and we hope they will take us along wherever they may go on their future adventures.

Photo © Greg & Sonja Dake
Shanghai Riverboat -- cargo coming soon, to a Wal-Mart near you.

China Farewell

Fun With International Credit Card Use
(posted by Greg)

Now I know why ALL business travelers have and use only American Express cards. Amex works everywhere, all the time, with no spending limits. Mine works here, and now, nothing else does. Well more or less, but that's the rest of the story.

Most of my regular cards have worked some of the time, but not others ... Apparently, the connection to some US banks from some China banks simply quits working periodically. No reason, just stops. I suppose the good news here is that Chinese businesses aren't surprised by this and take it in stride; it's apparently common.

Then there are the stupid fraud alert "features." All of my usable cards are now fraud blocked because they have been accessed from a foreign country. (I've managed to use them all once, and only once each, despite the dropped connections.) Please note, this doesn't protect me in any way, given the current state of credit card law in the US. This well marketed feature only protects banks that have it, not consumers.

I suppose the good news here is that you can't tell this from the connection just breaking, so I wasn't so embarrassed when they were declined ... but that also meant I didn't discover they were all slowly being blocked till tonight, when I tried to check into the hotel.

So I tried tonight to get one unblocked, as I need to pay for the trip we just took. (See problem above for how we managed to take a trip without paying for it; after five hours of trying to run my card they gave up.)

I've got cards from three institutions. (I don't use them normally, but I have them.) Of those companies, only one has a non-800 number, and that number no longer works. So I ended up calling a 1-800 number at about $1.50 per minute, plus hotel tariffs, just to get access back to one of my cards ... one that I didn't use wrong in any way. Now a $10-15 phone bill to regain access to my card isn't going to kill me, but it sure does &*(^ me off.

Now for the scary thought: If I didn't have an Amex card we would be sleeping on the street tonight without a way to get cash or even call anyone to help.

Actually, I brought with me my Smith-Barney FMA account debit card, and my Smith-Barney Platinum MasterCard, so if our cards all were declined, we could have checked in with one of those. Even though I don't work for them anymore, my accounts are still open and valid. Still not a happy thought, though.

Headed home ... Friday, January 27, 2006

Well we are about done here. Going to pack up the router, get breakfast and head to the airport. We will let you know when we get there (about 28 hours from now).

Home ... Saturday, January 28, 2006

Well I'm home and Sonja should be here shortly. She had a later flight for the last leg than I did, so she should have just landed. I would have gone to pick her up, but her mom wanted to go and there isn't room for four people and luggage in the car.

Photo Editor's Note: We have serialized Sonja and Greg's web log and illustrated it with the photos they posted, but we also provide the links to the blog, for those who are interested:

Web Log:

By Don Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Photo © Ken Hettich
Queen Anne cottage on 5 acres, mild year round climate.

About a year ago I come across this home for sale. After consideration I decided to purchase it. After checking my financial ability, I came up within an inch of making a deal. I sent my good luck discovery to a few of my friends to see if they would help with the down payment.

As time went on, I become discouraged to find that none of my friends responded to help me. Then one day a true friend sent me a letter with a considerable amount and an offer to send me more, if needed.

I have forwarded the money to my broker to start the ball rolling. To date I have not heard from him regarding the closing date.

Hope the money did not get lost in the mail.

When we are settled in, I invite all of you to come and spend some time here.

Don Anderson

Photo © Donna Johnson
"We have more money like this if you need it."

An Old Farmer's Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered ... not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don't judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
August 13---Jeffrey Todd Aydelotte, Jr. (11 years)
August 16---Jason Quick
August 16---Rod McNeill
August 16---Darryl McNeill
August 19---Christopher Michael Chap
August 19---Jordan Nicole Indermark (3 years)
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
August 15---Don and Dorothy Dake Anderson (56 years)
August 16---Eric and Leona Senenfelder Anderson (3 years)

More August Birthdays
August 5---Austin Patrick Montford (1 year)
August 6---Sully Michael Brown (2 years)
August 7---Melanie Lehtola
Ausust 7---Weston Johnson
August 8---Erik Huseby (5 years)
August 11---Mitchell Allen Miller

August 24---Becky Chap
August 24---Maggie Zeppelin (2 years)
August 25---Jeff Aydelotte
August 26---Donna Richards
August 30---Jessica Ann Myron
August 30---Ethan Wallace Horne (4 years)
August 31---Devan Alexander Seaman (4 years)

More August Anniversaries
August 5---Wesley and JoAnne Sigman (17 years)
August 5---Sheldon and Mitzi Johnson Swenson (29 years)
August 6---Ryan and Heidi Johnson Henderson (1 year)
August 9---Jeff and Twila Anderson Aydelotte (15 years)

August 20--- Shane and Jayna Lee Swenson (1 year)
August 28---Ken and Merna Morgan Hellevang (24 years)
August 30---LeRoy and Vonnie Thomas Dake (58 years)
August 30---Chris and Jennie Dake Horne (9 years)

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thank you so much for Sully's e-card...too cute!

Adriana, Michael, and Sully Brown
Granbury, TX

Sully Michael Brown, age 2, & his mom, Angela Brown.

This past Monday I celebrated my 28th birthday. As I told my manager at work, in another two years, I'll be old! I don't think he was impressed with that thought, as he left 30 in the dust several years ago.

I put in a full day of work, but after that, Lori and Shawn treated me to dinner at Boston's (a pizza place in Maple Grove). We were also joined by Eric, Leona, my niece Caity and Shawn's niece, Chassidy. We enjoyed some great food and about the time I started feeling so full I didn't think I could eat another bite, all of the waiters and waitresses lined up to sing Happy Birthday and presented me with a brownie dessert, complete with two scoops of ice cream! Well, I couldn't let that go to waste, so I found room for most of it.

Along with the meal and dessert, I received some nice cards, as well as a picture frame and a floor lamp that will help my continuing quest to make my house look more like a home.

Thank you to everyone who remembered me with a card, e-mail or phone call on my birthday!

Weston Johnson
Maple Grove, MN

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?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


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I finally had time to sit down and read The Bulletin. I send in my photos in no particular order ... when they are done, they go. So every week I anxiously scroll through The Bulletin to see what Jerrianne has done with them. I have never been disappointed; sometimes I am just plain amazed... :}

I send my photos in, thinking they are stand alone images, and then our photo editor ties them together with a caption that makes them take on another dimension. This week was no exception. Thanks for the extra boost, Jerrianne! Can't you just see Amy crashing a Red Hat Society meeting with Ducky Doodles on her shoulder ... or in the flowers on her hat!

I was glad that Rich 'splained to us what he is up to. I kind of knew something was in the wind but wasn't quite sure what it was. Quite the project! Thanks for writing!

I'm glad that you prodded Dan to get an update in ... it finally inspired me to look into who this guy might be! And in the process I found out that Diana likes to quilt! So The Bulletin is quietly doing its work ... we are getting acquainted little by little, week by week.

Lots of variety again this week.

And that picture of Donnie ...hahaha... our family does tend to have ambitious ideas! Judging from the looks of the picture, LTD and Donnie must have come up to our house to snowmobile ... though I don't specifically remember it. Larry and I spent the first 11 years of married life on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Winters meant visits from folks who liked to snowmobile! That is Shovel Point in the background ... a well known landmark on the North Shore.

Ginny Dake McCorkell
Blaine, MN

I just finished enjoying The Bulletin. Don's recipe sounds fabulous; will have to give it a try. And, what a yummy looking picture of it, too!

I enjoy reading Betty's comments; she always does such a thorough, loving job of reviewing!

Loved the Foto-Funnies!

Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

How interesting! I remember Lorraine Tabor from when I used to visit my cousin, Kathy Quiring, in St. Paul.

Thanks for the memories!

Janie Anderson
Wahpeton, ND

Another masterpiece, Dorothy!

We are just going to go out and drive SOMEWHERE -- who knows where? It has been a bit warm, not bad for us -- only 93 right now, at noon. Maybe we will find a mountain or two to drive up and down and around.


Ruth Kitto
Apache Junction, AZ

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Where does one start to ever express the reactions to all the interesting different things in this Bulletin #216? I suppose, first of all, it must be about the red hat. A very pretty picture of a smug, playful Amy posing in Auntie's red hat. Yes, we see the flowers and all the decorations that must have taken Bitzi hours to do.

Very interesting about Rich Johnson's new venture. I remember when he came to a home I was at to do some inside finishing work. It was absolutely perfect in every detail, and I decided right then that he would really go places with his skill and attitude and appearance. Rich, that was at Norman and Nancy's, so many years ago, but I understand why you have this heavy responsibility now.

I had to smile at Dan Mellon responding to Dorothy's prompting for a Family Update. He knew he had better submit something soon, and when he got started we learned a lot about his family that you closer relations will appreciate. And, yes, Dan, we are remembering Diana, a lot.

I loved the picture of Kathy and Arg's grandkids. The youngest one is about the age Twila Jo was when I first met her. So you see why it was nostalgic to see this about their grandchildren.

I actually smiled, sitting here all alone, as I looked at the -- whatever it is -- a frog? on the picture of Bitzi's duck with the red hat on. I wonder who crocheted the doily on the table under the duck. Could it have been Bitzi, herself? It looks similar to the one she made for us when Roy and I were married.

The Cancer Relay would have touched many hearts. More and more of our dear friends are included in that number, and it was very touching to see Coni's "luminary." She will never be forgotten, and we do not forget Weston, either.

The Travelogue was a little more positive this time. No big disappointments, at least that we got to read about in this trip to Yunnan Province. The cold coffee really turned me off for going on that tour, ever! I can't believe how tolerant and gracious Greg and Sonja were with some of those episodes.

Part 2 of 2 of Shawn and Lori's honeymoon story! Thanks for all you took time to record for The Bulletin, and for the pictures you shared. Now we are hoping you're living happily ever after. We need some updates on how it goes for you.

Donnie, we would rather come over and have you fix that luscious looking meal for us, rather than try to duplicate the detailed recipe, to end up like the picture.

Thank you for printing that sweet picture of an even sweeter Lorraine Tabor. How I wish you could know Lorraine. Seems hardship and handicap make for a beautiful spirit when there is resignation and acceptance of your lot.

I read every single one of the letters to the editors to see what all I had missed that was special. Seems like each person sees something the other one missed.

The CHUCKLES cooled us off, looking at Donnie on the snowmobile. With his new weight loss, he will have endless ambitions and jumping Rum River will seem tame.

I loved the Quotation for the day: Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. Oh, that is such a true statement. We have known true compassion toward our losses, and value all that has been extended to us through The Bulletin family.

It's just about time for another Update from Miss Kitty.

The week is going by slowly it seems, but all of the sudden Saturday morning will have arrived. A lot of the fun is in the anticipation of #217. I'm sure that right now you are working on perfecting it -- and we know for positive that it will be great. Thank you again...

...from Roy and Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Douglas Anderson; photo of Shawn & Jayce by Donna Johnson
Shawn teaches Jayce how to steer the pontoon boat.

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