A hug for my kitty!
Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Levi Steinhauer is thankful for his Purrfectly Prrrecious Kitty.

Updates -

Photos © Twila Aydelotte
A home with a palm tree in front and a waterfall in back.

UPDATE -- settling in again
by Twila Anderson Aydelotte
Antioch, CA

We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! We are getting settled into our house here in California. Our realtor found us a great house to rent. It has a palm tree in the front yard, a waterfall in the back yard, and lots of extra-high windows to enjoy the sun.

The kids have settled into school and have all made new friends and renewed past friendships in Antioch. Hannah was excited to be accepted into kindergarten, even though she had missed the Alaska cut off date for starting school. Her teachers couldn't believe how she just fit right in and had no problems adjusting to the classroom routine, since we had never sent her to pre-school or kindergarten. Jeff likes being back to work with his good friends and seems to be tolerating the long commute.

We enjoyed our 18 months in Alaska and will never regret taking that opportunity, even though it didn't last long. The drive through Canada was a journey beyond anything we could have imagined, and very long. We drove just over 3,300 miles. (Sorry, Weston, I gave up keeping the stats somewhere after the first case of water, and the second six-pack of Dr Pepper. :)

Photo © Donna Johnson
Caity & Max, Becky (& Tucker, who is just visiting) & Jayce, at home.

UPDATE -- Thank you, everybody
by Becky, Caity and Jayce Chap
Ashby, MN

We are all moved into our new home. It is so nice, and the place where it sits is so shady and pretty. There is a nice path that goes through the woods to the house where Grandpa Beaver and Grandma Donna live.

First of the ones we want to thank are Grandpa Beaver and Grandma Donna. They are the ones who did the most to help us get our new home. They helped make arrangements for buying it and he helped us get it moved. Grandpa Beaver put on the skirting, graded the yard, and fixed the driveway. Grandma Donna has been helping with decorating and everything else.

We want to thank Grandpa Don Anderson for building us such a nice deck. We had him make a nice ramp so Grandma Dorothy can come and see us, too. He fixed us some shelves in the laundry room. Thanks, Grandpa Don.

I, Becky, want to especially thank my mom for all of the help she gave. She helped clean and organize the house and is still helping us finish up the decorating. I also want to thank everyone else who has helped in any way. Bridget Larson helped paint, my siblings helped put on skirting, and many people helped me move things in, hang pictures, sort, etc.

So, to everyone, "Thank you, and come and see us sometime!"

Illustration © Virginia McCorkell
There's no place like home!

UPDATE -- look who's going to be a big brother!
by Adriana Stahlecker Brown
Granbury, TX

Hi! Just wanted to give a little update. I had my sonogram done, and it showed a healthy little baby boy! So, we are very happy and excited about that. It will be nice for Sully to have a brother to grow up with.

We are looking forward to going to Grandma Dake's on Thursday for a Thanksgiving family meal. That's always a fun time! I have also included some pictures of Sully that we took tonight. Hope this finds everyone doing well.

Photos © Angela Stahlecker Brown
Sully Brown, ride 'em, cowboy! Little brother will ride along soon.

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With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Jayce digs into pancakes with peanut butter on Thursday.
(The family Thanksgiving feast with turkey & trimmings will be on Saturday.)

A Single Sheet of Paper

What can you do with a single sheet of paper? Click here to find out!

Click here for the artist's welcome page. There's lots more to see.

Musipedia: The Open Music Encyclopedia

Have you ever waked up in the middle of the night with a song running through your mind and, lo and behold, you can't remember the lyrics? Musipedia will help you sleep again by giving you access to the published lyrics as well as the melodies of just about every song ever written. There is searchable database that allows you to access to the lyrics not only by category but also by melody, even if you know just a few notes of the piece. If your music is not housed on Musipedia, a web search is available giving you an even broader access than Musipedia provides. There's also a virtual keyboard for entering notes and, best of all, if you have the proper software, you can even search by actually humming the melody. You songbirds should be thrilled with this feature -- don't fret, you're in the privacy of your home and instructions are available; unfortunately, voice lessons are not!

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by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

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 Ginny Dake McCorkell for sending last week's mystery picture.

How many can you identify?

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

I believe that is Aunt Blanche Dake Miller on the far left and Auntie Elizabeth McCalla on the far right. I know I've seen pictures of the couple in the middle, but I don't know who they are.

Harold and Carol Printz
Sidney, NE

The Guess picture has only one I can recognize, and that is our friend Blanche.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

That is Blanche on the left and Aunty Elizabeth on the right. Can not tell who the other two are! Must be some of the elders in the "Dake" family.

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

On the Guess picture, left to right, would be, Blanche, Aunt Jane, Uncle John and Anty Liz!

Uncle John is the man who did a lot of carving of pipestone and wooden articles like wooden chains and many other objects! Take notice of his cane; it was made from a diamond willow branch. Uncle John even helped me get started on making a wooden chain!

Uncle LeRoy Dake
Blaine, MN

The one on the left [Blanche Dake Miller] was mine for 56 years; we became so close that many times we never had to say a word and just knew what the other one wanted. I would give anything if I could have her back for even a little while. Of course, we all know life goes on. Aunty [Elizabeth Dake McCalla] is at the other end but don't remember having seen the old couple in the center. I guess they are some relatives. But WHO?

JIM Miller
Bradenton, FL

I am guessing, left to right: Aunt Blanche, Grandma Greer, don't have a clue, and Aunt Elizabeth.

Stan Dake
McGregor, TX

Editor's Note: The one you guess as Grandma Greer is actually her sister-in-law... I have written a little about the couple to introduce them to all of you.

I will do another picture identification this week. I will leave the two on the outside for someone else to tell you about. I am going to tell you about the little couple standing between the ladies.

Aunt Jane and Uncle John Come for a Visit
by Dorothy Dake Anderson

I was in 6th grade when my Aunt Jane and Uncle John Haines came for a visit and stayed with us for a few days. They came because my dad was the son of Aunt Jane's brother, Warren Dake. The picture was made right before they left for home in Rush City, where they lived with one of their children.

I think Aunt Jane is the one who gave me a nudge that helped change me from an undependable child to someone who my parents depended on to do my share.

During the visit it was decided that the two oldest children of our family could go with Anty to take the old folks home. I was considered a little too young to go along. So as my older sister was busy getting ready to go on this special trip, I knew it was important that I help Mother with all the work without being reminded.

Right before they left on their trip, I started to wash the breakfast dishes and Aunt Jane took a dish towel and dried for me. When I was all done, I saw that the cream separator disks were ready to wash. I got a fresh pan of soapy water, opened the container and slid the disks onto the big pin that looks a lot like a giant safety pin. I then had the rather nasty job of cleaning between the disks.

As I worked, Aunt Jane stood and watched. When I finished scrubbing every one of the many disks, I got the teakettle from the big, black cookstove and I very carefully poured boiling water over the disks. After they were well rinsed, I lifted them and gave them a good shaking and then hung the pin over a nail Dad had put in the wall in the pantry. In the hot rinse water, I carefully washed out the dishrag and wrung it as dry as I could get it. I placed the two dishpans upside down on the shelf and draped the wrung-out dishrag over them. When I was all done, I took off my apron and hung it up on the hook where it belonged.

This is when Aunt Jane, mother of nine grown children, gave me a sort of compliment -- it went like this: "Dorothy, I don't think Lizzie is right (that is what the other relatives called Anty); I think you work hard and you do things right!"

I caught on that Anty had noticed I was a tad lazy. I do believe that from that stage of my life I went on to do my full share of household duties. I did really like my Aunt Jane and Uncle John and was so glad I "measured up." I really did want to be dependable!

LTD Storybrooke

Editors' Note & Caveat: This week's very explicit sheep ranching incident may require more fortitude than some of our subscribers can muster, just before sitting down to a family Thanksgiving feast, so we have posted it on a separate page with a link.

Fresh Frozen Fetuses and Pale Orange Cotyledons
by Larry Dake
Click here to read this week's episode.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell;
ewe photo by Suzanne McCorkell, frog photo by Sarah Steinhauer, LTD's ewe.
Aye Only Have Eyes For Ewe!

Click here to see a clever topsy turvy drawing of a frog and a horse.

(sent to us in e-mail by Betty Droel)

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Greetings from the Netherlands
by Ary Ommert, Jr.
Maassluis, The Netherlands

Thanksgiving In The Netherlands

Around this time of year you have Thanksgiving in the USA. In the Netherlands we don't have that. For this Bulletin was a request to write something about this subject. What I would do is look back what happened the past year and be thankful for all the good things but also learn from the things that you could have done better.

As I look back for myself I'm happy that I'm healthy, that I enjoy going to work and meet all sorts of people there. I'm also happy to work with all my colleagues. The most happy I'm with my family members, friends and relatives. Without them it would be much more difficult to live your life. I always enjoy having people around me and make them happy. Sometimes just being with them gives me a warm feeling. That's also why I enjoy this period of the year. Inviting relatives and friends to your house and make them feel welcome and at home. Being invited to visit relatives and friends gives me the feeling they enjoy my presence.

I realize that I happen to be living in a part of the world where there should be no reason to complain. No hunger, good medical care and we must be thankful for that.

Thanksgiving -- what a beautiful word; people should use it all year round.

Greetings from the Netherlands and happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Ary Ommert, Jr.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Sunset, Cathedral Rocks, near Sedona, Arizona.

Arizona, Here I Come
by Weston Johnson
Maple Grove, MN

I left Phil's place before 8 o'clock on Monday morning, stopping to fill my gas tank before I got on the freeway. The sun was still struggling to rise above the Sandia Mountains to the east of the city and had not yet begun to warm the morning air. My breath billowed out in puffs of steam, just as it had at the gas station in Nebraska on Saturday. I had driven more than 20 hours and still hadn't escaped the cold weather. And I only had six or seven hours to go! I was beginning to worry that Phoenix would not turn out to be the oasis of sun I had been envisioning.

I pressed on nonetheless, merging onto Interstate 40, which would take me west as far as Flagstaff. The terrain in western New Mexico could best be described as "rugged," comprising dry grasslands between rocky mesas, reminiscent of the scenes of shootouts and horse chases in old Western movies.

The other notable aspect of this stretch of road was the prevalence of monstrous motor homes heading west for Arizona. Apparently the migration of the snowbirds was in full force, as seemingly half of the vehicles on the Interstate consisted of RV's the size of trailer houses (only taller). Most of them towed a car or small SUV's behind them like baby birds following mama to their winter homes.

After a couple of hours of driving, I reached the Arizona state line. Not only did this mean I had reached the state of my destination, it also awarded me with an extra hour, due to Arizona's steadfast refusal to adopt Daylight Savings Time. I wondered why Arizona has stubbornly adhered to Standard Time, and have since done some research on the topic. As far as I can tell, their reasoning amounts to "we get plenty of sunlight as it is, thankyouverymuch." Regardless of the reason, the time change was beneficial to me, as it would allow me to reach Phoenix early in the afternoon.

I continued down I-40 across northeastern Arizona, which coincidently bore a strong resemblance to northwestern New Mexico. Finally, I reached Flagstaff, where I caught I-17 south, toward Phoenix. Now, the terrain began to change dramatically, from arid, rocky desert to mountains and pine forests. I passed by an exit to Sedona, and based on the scenery from the Interstate, I understood why that has become a popular tourist destination.

After about an hour of mostly downhill driving from Flagstaff, the road suddenly reached the top of a hill and curved sharply to the left. In an instant, an indescribable landscape of mountains and a sweeping valley came into view. The scenery was breathtaking, and I had to concentrate on keeping my car on the road, which had begun a long, steep descent to the valley floor. As soon as the road reached the valley, it began to wind its way up the mountains to the south, offering more amazing views.

While that stretch was the most dramatic segment of the drive, the rest of the road to Phoenix also consisted of mountain views and often steep, winding roads. Then the mountains seemed to come to a sudden stop, and soon I began entering a suburban landscape of strip malls and movie theaters -- the northern edge of the Phoenix metro area.

I continued on to downtown Phoenix, arriving at the Super 8 motel where I would be staying for the remainder of the week. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon with a temperature in the 80's. I had finally reached my destination and the warm weather I had been waiting for.

After checking in, I unpacked the car and filled the refrigerator with the contents of my cooler. But I didn't have much time to rest. Monday Night Football beckoned!

To be continued...

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Larry McCorkell
Fistandantilus (a.k.a. Dante, for short) is Greg & Sonja Dake's cat.

Something I'm Thankful For This Year

This is going to be tough if you don't want a whole page! :)

I'm thankful for the privilege of freedoms:
Freedom to worship where and how we feel is right.
Freedom to live where and how we want to.
Freedom to work where we want to, doing what we want to do.
Freedom to purchase what we want to, when we want to.
Freedom to pursue as much happiness as we want to.
Freedom to choose our medical care.
Freedom to get an education in whatever we choose.
I could go on, but you get the idea!

Janie Anderson
Wahpeton, ND

Do you mean besides The Bulletin?

Verlaine and Rich Weiland
Coon Rapids, MN

I have so many things to be grateful for in my life. Among the top on my list are: my health, my husband, family, and friends, our soon-to-arrive baby girl, feeling loved and being able to show love for others, my relationship with God, sunshine, singing birds, children's laughter, good memories, having people to lean on in times of despair, and having enough. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Jeni Larson
San Diego, CA

I am thankful for my faith and a caring, loving, patient, handsome, husband. I am thankful every day and year for them. Being "together" is an indescribable feeling I am thankful for.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

I am thankful for family and friends.

Bridget Larson
Ashby, MN

I am thankful for much this year. I am thankful for my new wonderful husband and all the joy he brings to my life. He makes me a better person. I am also thankful for the best family (including new Ostendorf family) and friends that a girl could ever want.

Lori Ostendorf
Rogers, MN

I am thankful for my and my family's health. Being a nurse and taking care of very sick children has made me really appreciate being healthy and having a healthy family. It is truly a blessing to not have to worry about the things that these families have to struggle with each day.

Adriana Brown
Granbury, TX

I know of a family where two of their children have Spina Bifida and another aquaintance whose daughter has Down Syndrome. I cannot imagine having to deal with that kind of hardship. I am so thankful that Mason has been very healthy. We are extremely lucky and my heart truly goes out to parents that have children with any type of disease or ill health.

Heather Henderson
Hastings, MN

I'm thankful to God for my new wife, Lori, and her extended family. They have been so welcoming to a new person to join their clan. In addition, I'm extremely thankful to my family, for making me the person I am today. Finally, I'm thankful for Minnesota Gopher sports; it makes my life complete! :)

Shawn Ostendorf
Rogers, MN

I am thankful for my family and the love and support they give me in everything I do. I am also thankful that I was raised in a professing home and have the privilege of serving God in our free country. I am also thankful that I am almost done with college and will graduate in May!

Jessica Myron
Thompson, ND

I am very thankful for having a wonderful family and many good friends. I am also thankful for what we have, be it good health or good news, appreciating each thing individually, as those things can change so suddenly, as we've learned on so many occasions in our lives. I am thankful I had the chance to get to know Coni and have her in our lives, even if it was for such a short time. We miss her and it's taught us to never take any of our loved ones for granted. I thank Coni for teaching us about "Keep smiling." It's a good thing to do. I'm also thankful to the Editors of The Bulletin, as it's a really great addition for one and all! Thanks, Jerrianne and Mom! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Donna M. Johnson
Ashby, MN

What am I thankful for this year? It seems as I get older, I have a multitude of things to be thankful for that I didn't even think about when I was younger. Just to get up in the morning, dress myself, see the sunshine, hear the birds, smell the fresh rain and touch the rose petals are all so important. But what I notice most these past weeks is the fact that my fingers are healing after my fall ... and it could have been a broken hip ... so I am thankful! Things could have been worse!

Elaine Wold
Wahpeton, ND

I am thankful for my faith in God, my husband and four healthy kiddos, my family and friends, this free and great country that we live in, and my dad's fried turkey. (Save me some, Dad!)

Angela Stahlecker Roberson
Hico, TX

In response to what was best for 2006. I am very thankful for several things. These are not in order of importance. Good health, my very dear family, so many true friends, and for this past season NO storms, many more too long to list...

Jim Miller
Bradenton, FL

We, the Moorhead Johnsons, are thankful for a lot of things, mostly our happy, healthy family! We're also thankful that we'll be seeing more of our extended family through the holidays, our favorite time of the year!

Wyatt, Jolene, Rylie, and Brooklynn Johnson
Moorhead, MN

One thing that has impressed me this season of THANKSGIVING is that NOT ONCE have I read, seen or heard it called "Turkey Day." That really ruffles my feathers, when people put more emphasis on the turkey than on all the wonderful God's Blessings we are THANKFUL for. May the Simple Gospel of Jesus make our cups run over!

Louise and Jesse Cloyd
Hot Springs, SD

I feel so thankful for health and family. It seems it is so easy to take both for granted! Most of all, I feel so thankful that we have a loving Father who knows ALL about us and STILL loves us!

Patty Anderson Henderson
Minnetrista, MN

How ever could we ever list the things we are truly thankful for -- innumerable ... just look outside -- God's creation -- look inside -- your heart, your life, family -- a lifetime to list the things that are beyond words to express thankfulness.

Ruth Weiland Kitto
Apache Junction, AZ

How can you answer a "thankful" question in a sentence or even a paragraph? Well this year I'm most thankful for my first grandsons (yes, two boys) who arrived healthy this spring. Next a crop that survived the hot and dry summer and pretty good prices right now -- a miracle. And after that ... all the other friends and family that enrich my life, all the daily blessings God sends, living in this age of computer and e-mails -- The Bulletin -- and every one of you who shares your life and journeys. (THANK YOU!) As the saying goes, "my cup overflows."

Barb Dewey
Ashby, MN

I am thankful for Black Chilean sea bass ... yum.

Doug Anderson
St. Cloud, MN

I'm thankful this year (and every year) for each day I have been given to spend with my best friend, confidant, soulmate and the love of my life -- Donald LeRoy Anderson (Jr.).

Patty Anderson
Isanti, MN

I have many things to be thankful for. I believe this year I have been especially thankful for old friends who add depth to my experiences, and new friends who add breadth to my experiences.

Carol Dake Printz
Sidney, NE

I'm thankful that Miss Kathlyn took me in when I was lost and hungry and scared and insisted that Miss Jerrianne take me home to live with her. Now I have plenty of kitty crunchies to eat, a cozy bed to sleep in and a warm lap to sit on. Life is good. I am happily adopted and purrfectly content.

Miss Kitty
Anchorage, AK

I am thankful for the wonderful people in my life:

  • The world's best dad -- he is always there for me with unconditional love (and a helping hand);
  • Incredible children -- it gives me such joy to see the closeness of relationships they have with each other;
  • Spectacular sons- and daughters-in-law -- they love my children; how can you not adore someone who loves your child?
  • Grandbabies -- cute, precocious, funny, fun, delightful, full of energy -- the center of my universe;
  • Friends and family -- to each of you reading this -- I am thankful for you for being there for me all year round, either in person, or as part of this extended, virtual, friendship.

Shari Miller Larson
Bradenton, FL

Thanksgiving is a reminder of all our blessings -- family, friends, homes, and jobs.

And all the little things in life...

  • Junior -- stuffing
  • Lisa -- long weekend
  • Steven -- good health
  • Doris -- family get together

The Andersons
La Mirada, CA

What are we most thankful for? We have been thinking about this question for a few days and trying to come up with some answers. With much consideration and weighing things out the scales kept coming up with the answer being "OUR FAMILY." We are so thankful for each one. We are thankful for the trip we had to Washington and Oregon to visit relatives, including Tom's 89-year-old brother and his wife and family. We are thankful for Tom's health that has improved the past year so we could come back to Florida another winter. We are thankful also for our granddaughter Lindsay's return to good health.

Tom and Mavis Morgan
Estero, FL

The kids and I are extremely thankful Brian's tour of duty is done and he made it home safely.

Melanie Lehtola
Howard Lake, MN

I am the most grateful for such a loving and supportive family and good medical care.

Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

I am thankful for one good eye.

Larry "LTD" Dake
Brooks-Oklee, MN

I'm thankful for all the privileges and blessings that we enjoy in this country. I'm also thankful for both the natural and spiritual family that I am a part of.

Curt Henderson
Minnetrista, MN

I am thankful to have a wonderful family, near and far. I am thankful for a wife who loves me and a wonderful child!

Ben Henderson
Hastings, MN

Well we have so much to be thankful for, it's hard to fit it into a sentence! But I'm thankful for a wonderful, loving family ... for the freedom I so often take for granted ... to have found my best friend AND soulmate ... for parents who taught me what's really important in life ... and much more!

Gina Henderson
Fargo, ND

I'm thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

Dan Henderson
Fargo, ND

I'm thankful for life and love, happiness and hope and family and faith...

Rachel Henderson
Fargo, ND

This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for my loving wife, our three fun cats and our home together. I'm also thankful to have employment that provides for all of our needs when so many out there don't have that luxury. I'm thankful for my friends, who we share so many good times with, and I'm thankful for my wonderful family, who've always been there for me, even when times were toughest. I think what I'm most thankful for, though, is that I'm still waking up every morning, good or bad, to face each and every new day, and when it's all said and done, isn't that about the most we can ask for?

Eric Anderson
Brooklyn Park, MN

Today is a day of thanksgiving
A celebration of living
For fam'ly and friends,
For love that won't end,
And the joy of turkey and stuffing.

Happy Thanksgiving from Keith & Lori!
Irvine, CA

I am thankful for all of my friends! And The Bulletin has expanded that circle of friends! So I am very thankful for The Bulletin and all of the work you and others are putting into it every week. It has brought back many, many memories of those who we were close to in the years past and now it is "new" again! I am also very thankful for our Heavenly Father through whom all our blessings flow and we become "richer" every day because of that relationship and can value each one who has and still means soooooo much to us. We can easily reach across the whole United States -- from Georgia to California, Minnesota to Florida, and enjoy being in this Great Family.

Tom and Lou Miller
Madera, CA

A few of the things I'm thankful for:

  • Having a full tummy again today and a warm, peaceful place to lay my head tonight,
  • A job waiting for me again on Monday and the health to be there,
  • Growing up with great parents and having lots of family and good friends, and
  • Living in freedom -- the USA!

Muriel Wold Rodriguez
Wahpeton, ND

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for my new tires!

Heidi Henderson
Albuquerque, NM

I am thankful to get The Bulletin. It gives us a chance to look upon the joys and sorrows of our friends and relatives and to share with them their experiences.

Uncle LeRoy Dake
Blaine, MN

I am thankful for a thankful heart!

Kimberly Johnson

This has been an unusually cold, clear month and almost every day I have found myself saying how thankful I am for sunshine. Family, friends, and The Bulletin, which helps to keep us connected, are among the many blessings for which I am thankful.

Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
Anchorage, AK

I am thankful for my family, and for all the good friends I know.

Argyle Anderson
Anchorage, AK

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
These little piggies counted their blessings and gave thanks.

By Don Anderson
Alexandria, MN

I have always been interested in farm machinery, being in the equipment business for 20+ years.

Today, I look at new machines in dealers' lots and wonder, "How can a farmer afford to own them -- only using them a few days out of a year?" Combines, the ones I saw, run well over $150,000.

In my younger days, I remember my dad making over horse machinery to use with a tractor. He converted a disc, field cultivator and a grain drill. I remember using this machinery behind our "WIC" Allis Chalmers.

Another item to consider was a grain elevator. There was no money to run to town and purchase one. He cut off the body from a Model "T" car, mounted an elevator used on a grain separator, and it was powered by the Ford model "T" engine. We used this to elevate grain from trucks into our granary for quite a few years.

Another piece of equipment my Dad developed was a hay stacker. Dad found an old hay stacker in the trees of a friend and was told to take it. The wood was rotted and the thing just about fell apart as we hauled it home.

The iron parts were taken off and there was enough left to get a decent pattern, so we made a "new" stacker out of it. We painted it red and it looked like a brand new stacker. We used it quite a few years and it was still in good working condition when baling came into the picture.

Back then a person had to "make do" with what you had. When World War II came along, machinery was rationed like cars and trucks. During the war years things we desperately needed to run the farm were "not available." You older folks will remember that.

In 1943, we heard Loll's in Wahpeton were unloading a train car of single-row, Wood Bros. corn pickers. Dad drove to Loll's and was able to buy one. It had steel wheels and they gave a lot of problems when the frost was just coming out of the ground. Mud would cling on the steel wheels and make a lopsided effect on the picker.

In 1947, I had my name in for a pickup truck. I had my eligibility paper from being a veteran. (Veterans got first priority to purchase over non-veterans.)

Dakota Motors got in a 1947 Dodge half-ton pickup. I talked Dad into giving me part of the purchase price to buy it. Total price: $1,400.

After some time and thinking, I decided to use the money for getting started in farming. I found a fellow who would buy it from me. If my memory serves me right, I made a few hundred bucks on it. (They called it black market.)

Instead, I bought a new 1947 "G" John Deere, a better investment for my farming venture.

Yes, things were different then; you've heard the little saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

I am glad I lived in that day; I still think back to then and it has helped me appreciate lessons I learned.

My mom has been wondering when I was going to send a poem, so here is my favorite one. I wrote it in college one afternoon when I was feeling homesick and missing the farm. I'm sending a picture of the tractor that was my "inspiration," along with a little history on it from Uncle Stanley.

Angela Stahlecker Roberson
Hico, Texas

Photo © Earl Stahlecker
Old John Deere Tractor

This old John Deere is a 1936 "A" Model, unstyled. It belonged to Aunt Janice's grandfather (Stanley's wife's family). As far as I have heard, he bought it new with iron wheels and later mounted on rubber tires. We have the iron wheels for the rear. On the farm, there is also a 1974 Long, Model 350, that Uncle Stanley bought new, and a 1966 John Deere, Model 4020.

Tractor Truth
by Angela Stahlecker Roberson
October 1996

One farmer said to another farmer:
"Turn the key, the engine lets out a grumble.
Try it once more, and it starts with a rumble.
It's been on this farm since about 1954.
Compared to the new ones, this machine's worth more.
It's reliable, dependable – never been stuck.
(Can't say as much for that old Chevy truck)
Shift it into gear. It jumps to a start.
Rattles and shakes but doesn't fall apart.
Take it to the field and go row after row.
Tedious and tiring, this machine is so slow,
But it gets it all done – including plowing and planting.
If it breaks down, kick it, and try raving and ranting.
No tools are needed for repairs, just old baling wire,
Or for a flat, put a patch on that raggedy old tire.
So, it's not shiny, and the color is faded green.
It's still the best hunk of metal that I've ever seen.
If anything happened to it, I'd shed a tear.
It's not just a tractor, it's my old John Deere."

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; Miss Kitty photo by Jerrianne Lowther
He complimented my writing? Oh, my goodness!

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
November 26---DeLoris Anderson
November 27---Shalana Kay Weiland (10 years)
November 30---Aaron Stahlecker
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
November 26---Ben and Heather Henderson (2 years)
November 29---Kurtis and Jeni Larson (2 years)


December Birthdays
December 3---Twila Aydelotte
December 4---Carol Dake Printz
December 4---Elaine Anderson Wold
December 4---Sonja Dake
December 7---Aunika Swenson
December 10---Ryan Henderson
December 11---Wyatt Wm. Meyer (7 years)
December 12---Sarah Lynn Dake Steinhauer
December 13---Larry Dake
December 13---Derek Swenson
December 14---Kathleen Dake Stahlecker
December 17---Char Morgan Myron
December 17---Austin Printz
December 19---Barb Anderson
December 19---Lisa Boltz
December 20---Jay Pierre Miller
December 21---Melanie Anderson Shockey
December 21---Jonathan Glen Hill (2 years)
December 24---Ken Hellevang
December 24---Arbor Johnson
December 24---Beaver Johnson
December 25---Angela Stahlecker Roberson
December 26---Koen de Been
December 29---Mitzi Johnson Swenson
December 30---Travis Quick

December Anniversaries
December 20---Eric and Melanie Anderson Shockey (4 years)
December 23---Harold and Carol Dake Printz (39 years)
December 27---Earl and Kathleen Dake Stahlecker (32 years)

December Special Days
December 7---Pearl Harbor Day
December 21---First Day of Winter
December 25---Christmas

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

I hope your Thanksgiving celebration goes well. We had a small crowd of about 12 or 14, here, with way too many cooks in the kitchen, but that allowed me to sit and visit just like a queen! haha......

Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

I'm sure you're curious to know what we all did for Thanksgiving. Well, to tell you the truth, we didn't do very much. We did exactly what we wanted to do, though, and it didn't include cooking or dishes.

We decided to go to the Old Country Buffet, which usually has excellent food and reasonable pricing, especially for seniors. We went mid afternoon so we could miss the rush. We took our place at the back of the line, about a half a block outside the door. The line went fast and the weather was beautiful. Soon we were seated at a nice, roomy, booth.

The turkey was so moist and delicious. I overdid on the mashed potatoes and gravy -- but don't tell Donna Mae. Right to the pumpkin pie, it was all very good.

We left, walking out past an incoming line as long as it was when we arrived.

So, we came home to no leftovers -- but also no dishes. Seemed strange to spend the rest of the day washing clothes and doing mundane chores, as it seemed like Sunday.

Now, that long awaited holiday is past and we can get back to whatever "normal" is. That is, until Monday, when we celebrate Shalana Weiland's 10th birthday.

Roy and Betty Droel
Mounds View, MN

Miss Hetty Says:

There is a new index page for Weston in the Stories Collection. It doesn't include the Coni articles yet and it hasn't been gussied up, but it's there and it works ... and the indexing spider has been sent on its rounds so all Bulletin issues to date should be fully searchable.

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 hope you all had a lovely and filling Thanksgiving! I am writing this from Mike, (my son), Vicki and Ariel's in beautiful Orlando. I had a somewhat unusual turkey day. It began at 4 a.m., not to put a turkey in the oven, but to get to the bus station at 5 a.m., where I caught the Greyhound bus (something I hadn't done for over 35 years) for the trip here to Orlando. Marian is coming up here after work tonight (Friday), one of the downsides of nursing being scheduled holidays.

What a neat idea about "thankfulness." Here's my thought on the subject:

I am thankful for the "Big" things: good health, a wonderful wife, a great family, and especially the sweet Gospel story. But the one thing I have been thankful for in the last while is the joy I get from seeing others' joy, particularly children, and quite particularly, our grandchildren!

Let me explain. For many years I could not figure out what kick my mother (Blanche Dake Miller) got out of coming with us when we took our kids to amusement parks. She never would come with us on any rides (except maybe the merry-go-round once in a while). What fun could she possibly have walking around all day just to sit on another park bench? I have discovered it!

Steve Miller
Coral Springs, FL

P.S. I am still kid enough that I still go on most of the rides with the kidlings!

Hope you are all doing fine, and for what it's worth, I am very thankful for The Bulletin that you and yours produce. Makes me feel a little closer to home and all the family. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Stan Dake
McGregor, TX

We are hoping to go to Seattle on Wed next, and back the following Monday, so will miss reading the next BULLETIN!

I am going to get some pictures of the oranges in a day or so -- they are getting ripe! They are beautiful and taste great now. The grapefruit aren't quite ready yet -- in a few days will try some.

LOVE THE BULLETIN!!! Sometimes I get carried away with these - !!!!!!

Ruth Weiland Kitto
Apache Junction, AZ

Editors' Note: Remember, you can always read The Bulletin on the web, as long as you have a connection to the Internet. Just type in www.thebulletin.ws and then click on "This week's edition of The Bulletin." You sure wouldn't want to miss this one!

In response to your comments on deep fried chicken, as compared to deep fried turkey ... well, Dad started frying our turkeys a few years ago, and they are so good cooked that way! You would expect them to be greasy, but they're not. It makes the turkey really juicy and moist with a great flavor. That, Janice's stuffing, and Grandma Dake's Peanut Butter Pie are the most requested foods on Thanksgiving. Yummy! I'm sure y'all have some really good food traditions, too!

Angela Stahlecker Roberson
Hico, TX

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

Well, I stared and stared at that cute squirrel. Was it real or not? What an excellent bit of photography! It is so close up and so clear. Perfect coloring. We had a red tailed squirrel here for a while, but it left or got killed or something. Now I know that it must have gotten to Alaska somehow.

What a nice trip to Florida for the busy, growing family of the Indermarks! I was glad to see the picture with Jim Miller on it, and George Larson. I do know Jim, George and Shari. Let's hope the stitches don't leave an ugly scar on that little face. She resembles Shari.

Was interesting to read about the Arizona LINES. Very cleverly written, and after so many years in the Phoenix area, there is lots of experience in just how to manage the lines. My sister loves to meet new people, so doesn't mind the lines, I'm sure.

Thank you for updates on the babies that keep growing and changing, like Jaxon Hill.

We did have a very memorable time visiting Diana and Maralee. We want to be there for her when the going gets rough, which it could if those test results require going on to Plan B.

Well, finally, finally, we get to meet Sharon Paul Nault. We've heard of her and seen the pictures taken of her at different times, but never an actual introduction. I know she's our photo editor's very good friend, so of course we are interested in meeting her. I guess if it weren't for Miss Kitty there are a lot of things we'd miss out on. Thanks for taking time to tell us all about the lady who made those necessary Alaskan warm clothes for Flat Stanley.

What a history of how Miss Jerrianne got to work for The Milepost! I often wondered how that job ever came about. Would have been a red-letter day to have both had lunch with the editor of The Milepost. Excellent pictures of the zoo animals. Once again, thanks to Miss Kitty for her special story of the visit to the zoo.

I couldn't believe the new home for Becky is so long. You will need a communication system from front to back! It looks so inviting, especially with the solid, big deck. Summer with the trees leafed out will make it a dream home, especially in that vicinity.

Everyone has a story to tell about that November 11 storm in 1940. My dad's best friend, Clyde Hemming, was frozen to death while out hunting. The only time I remember seeing my dad cry was at Clyde's funeral. The storm was raging and we thought it sounded like moans as the wind whistled through the edge of the door. Later, it was as if we were hearing Clyde's cry when we learned he was lost in the woods just at that time. I was 10, but it was unforgettable.

Thank you, LTD, for the next chapter of the sheep ranch experience. Surely, that isn't the end!

Thanks, too, to Weston for this next chapter of the trip to Arizona. So many friendly stops and meals along the way. That would have shortened the trip and taken the edge off the loneliness. Thank goodness it is to be continued. We have some great writers for The Bulletin, and every week it's full of surprises that are interesting, right up to the last word.

That was so amazing that everyone ended up at the Olive Garden, and thanks, Rich Weiland, for the good pictures of the family, including Mason, who is growing up way too fast. It's too bad Rich is so busy doing other work when he should be retouching photos and replacing eyes!

For yet another great Bulletin we want to thank you, Editor and Photo Editor.

Betty Droel


Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Turkey & trimmings this week ... skinny desserts next week...

A Skinny Recipe From Bitzi's Kitchen

Purchase 24 lbs. of Jumbo Bing Cherries from Wenatchee, Washington.

Wash cherries in slightly sudsy water. Rinse thoroughly.

Remove cherries. Set aside the slender, delicate stems.

Bag cherries and freeze immediately.

Arrange choice stems on dinner plate.

Garnish with 3 beautiful cherries. Serves 1.

(I just had to take a picture after I finished bagging cherries for Mom and Dad. They LOVE cherries and I knew they weren't likely to get any this year if I didn't do it for them.)

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