Sunday, February 10, 2008
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Update -- California visit by way of Albuquerque
We're in sunny California now, but on our way here it was a little more snowy than sunny! We ran into some storms in Iowa and then again after we left Albuquerque. We saw 16 cars in the ditch in Iowa and then nine semis in the ditch amongst all the other cars between Albuquerque and Flagstaff. We arrived in Acton all in one piece the 29th of January after staying at Heidi and Ryan's in Albuquerque.
Last Saturday we spent the day whale watching with Grandma Karen. We drove to Camarillo from Palmdale on Friday night and stayed the night with Grandma. We left the Channel Islands harbor at about 1:30 p.m., headed out for Anacapa Island. After about an hour we got to Anacapa with its lone lighthouse standing on its cliff. We did see two whales on the back side of Anacapa, which would have been exciting enough, if that was all that we had seen, but the most incredible part of the trip was running across a huge pod of dolphins on our way back in. They bow jumped and swam alongside of us for a few minutes before we sped up to let them keep swimming into deeper water. The day ended with a beautiful sunset and a game of Yahtzee.
Photo © Whitney Johnson
A large pod of dolphins swims with a whale watching tour boat.
We're planning on staying out here for a while longer, a month or so more, but Kimberly will fly back to Fargo next Tuesday. Dad is still working on the construction job here in Palmdale but he will be done here shortly. He is also overseeing jobs in Redding, California, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, so we may end up staying part of our time out here at those places. We just wanted to give you a little information of where we are and what we're doing!
Update -- North Dakotans seek Florida sun
January visitors to Florida, and to the Tom Morgan home, included the Kelly Grotte family and the Robert Myrons. Both families are from Thompson, North Dakota. We were happy to have both families come a number of times while they were here, so it made for many wonderful memories.
Update -- a weekend with the Shockeys
We spent a fun weekend with Melanie, Eric, and Greta Shockey last weekend. Greta is growing up! We found out that she likes to shop, at the tender age of not quite 4 months. I think it's an inherited trait and we're glad she inherited it!
On the way home we stopped for a wee visit with Don and Dorothy. Their apartment really isn't hard to find -- once we turned right instead of left! It's very cozy and convenient. Thanks for the tour!
Update -- Madilyn's first birthday
Madi had such a fun time at her first birthday party. She loves Elmo, and so of course we had an Elmo theme. She received three different Elmo dolls, a pair of Elmo pajamas, an Elmo toy, and an Elmo lounge chair as gifts. The real fun, though, was in demolishing the Elmo chocolate birthday cake!
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?
Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type.
That photo would be Mavis (Anderson) Morgan and her sister Elaine (Anderson) Wold.
Barbara Wheeler Floyd
Those are my two dear aunties -- Mavis Anderson Morgan and Elaine Anderson Wold.
Donna Anderson Johnson
Can that possibly be sister Mavis and me [Elaine] on that picture? It's the old car on the old farmsite, I know, but it's hard to believe I was that shapely! Time changes things!
That picture was taken where Brenda lives now. (The Andersons' old home farm!) The old car in the driveway would be located a little south of where the end of their cement driveway is now. Note the river bank behind ... with some snow on it yet. Big drifts formed on the banks.
Elaine Anderson Wold
Editor's comment: What can you possibly mean? We are all as shapely as ever. (Isn't round a shape?)
I recognize my Aunt Mavis (Morgan) and my Aunt Elaine (Wold) in this week's mystery picture! Was that picture taken on your farm, located a few miles northwest of where we currently live?
Brenda Anderson Hill
"It was out on the farm where the folks lived -- where you live now!" --Don Anderson
I must say I tried, but there is not one thing about either lady in the GUESS picture that I can recognize. Will be interesting to find out who they are. I know Ruth Fertch had a forehead like the one on the left, so wonder if it is one of her relations? First thing I noticed was how slim and erect they were. Is that a Kaiser or Frazer in the background?
Betty Weiland Droel
The guess picture in this week's issue shows my sisters Mavis and Elaine in front of Dad's 1947 Frazer automoble.
The company also built a small car called the Henry J, named for Henry Kaiser. A slightly re-designed version of the Henry J was sold by Sears during 1952 and 1953 under the brand name Allstate. This car was referred to (by me) as "Henry Junk." This car was tagged as a product of Sears-Roebuck. While listed, for informational purposes, in the Sears "wish books," the Allstate could not be purchased by mail order. It did not go over too well, if I remember. It reminds me a lot of the fate of the PT Cruiser of today.
In 1948, I recall reading, after many disputes with Henry Kaiser, Joseph Frazer resigned as president of Kaiser-Frazer; Henry Kaiser's oldest son, Edgar was made president. During 1953 and 1954, Kaiser Motors operations at Willow Run, Michigan, were closed down or moved to the Willys facility. Kaiser car production in the USA ended during 1955.
Our dad had a Kaiser automobile at that time. A later model Kaiser was purchased from Betty Weioland Droel's mother [Mrs. Harold Weiland] in 1956. A story on that, Caribbean Coral, was published earlier in Bulletin 189 and another, The Hunt For Carribean Coral, was in Bulletin 191.
Both cars were well ahead of the competition and were more advanced, but the buyers were not ready for changes. Of some of the strange cars made after the war, it was said you could double the value of the car by filling the gas tank.
Both Frazer and Kaiser models had much better riding qualities, plus the heating systems were far superior to the competition. There was no need for "frost shields" on the Kaiser-Frazers. (Who recalls frost shields?)
Our dad liked cars. It was common to see five or six in his yard at one time, plus three trucks. They were older and used in the operation of the farm. I will say this: The total value of all of them would not be as much as one brand new, medium-priced car of today.
Cars, used or new, were very reasonably priced and insurance was not heard of in the days of old. Gas was 24 cents a gallon during wartime rationing days. A new 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster 4-door cost $1,675. Full price.
I wonder how many of you readers would have liked to live back in those days?
A Day Trip In The High Atlas
Marrakech sits at the feet of the Atlas Mountains, and though winter snows make the high trails unsuitable for trekking now, it would have been a shame not to visit the mountains I've dreamed about since memorizing their location in geography class. Something about snow-capped peaks in Africa and a name from Greek mythology seem so very exotic.
My destination for a day was Imlil, a village at the feet of the highest peak in the Atlas. The landscapes were lovely, with a heavy dusting of snow at higher elevations.
On the ride up, I met an elderly merchant from the Sahara who also has a home in Imlil. He speaks excellent English, and I was thrilled to share conversation and mint tea in his home for an hour before setting off to hike.
I walked too far and returned to Marrakech so sore and tired that I needed a taxi to shuttle me back to my hotel.
To be continued ...
Greetings from the Netherlands
Carnival Parade In Oosterhout
Hallo, Dorothy and other friends in the world.
Yes, what a week! We had our carnival this year. Last Sunday, we had the parade in our town, Oosterhout. The weather was good, cold wind but dry and sunny.
I have made some pictures for you to show and give you an example of this parade. As always, I made a few hundred pictures (290) and I think this is a little bit too much! Here is a small compilation of the parade.
Okay, have a nice day to you all.
Frans de Been
This and That
It's Time For Spring
My sweater's tight and itchy.
My woolen socks have lost their toes.
But ... my fishing rod still fits.
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Special Days
February Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Thank you for e-mailing me a First Birthday card. My mommy played it on the computer for me. I was so excited ... I laughed and clapped and danced to see the animation. My mommy played it a bunch of times for me. You're such a thoughtful Great-Auntie.
Thank you for the e-card! It sure made us all laugh. You always pick perfect cards to help make our birthdays special. Thanks!
I enjoyed the birthday greetings very much and Diego liked them too -- so much that he tried to get inside the computer!
We have been celebrating with sunshine days for a week, and I'm loving the bright, happy light reflecting off the snow. I feel like it is my very own special birthday present. : ) I'm as happy as a cat basking in a sunbeam!
Thank you for such good wishes,
Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
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?
Am I really losing it? Ken's nephew and wife are here from Montana and we're doing a lot of talking -- and I had to hurry and get to the 'puter to get The Bulletin! I opened up my Yahoo -- and scanned twice -- and WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE BULLETIN? IT ISN'T HERE! PANIC -- AND SUDDENLY -- IT DAWNED ON ME...It is only Friday!
Oh, me! The aged don't know what day it is!
Bulletin Lover --
Ruth Weiland Kitto
Enjoyed seeing photos of others I know ... Brent Slotten and his wife, etc.
Thanks again for the latest Bulletin. Always enjoy getting it.
Barbara Wheeler Floyd
I really enjoyed the article and pictures sent in by Sheldon. It appears like he has become quite proficient in the taxidermy skills. I had an interest in taxidermy years ago, but I didn't get to first base with it!
Thanks, Sheldon, for all the effort you have put forth over the years to provide habitat for these beautiful birds. We also appreciate the wonderful hunting!
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
To scroll down to watch the first picture appearing on the screen is always exciting. I know it will be a special picture, but I can never guess just what it might be about. I should have known it would be a beautiful winter scene. You will have to use up all those winter pictures, as soon it will be spring! Well, at least eventually.
I was so glad for the Update of LeRoy Dake. We hadn't heard all those details, so it was thoughtful of you to send that in, Ginny, and now today you say they (Mother and Dad both) are doing as well as can be expected. Roy has a special place in his heart for LeRoy, so we are glad for any and all news.
It was so special to see a picture of Will and Karol Thompson in Florida. I had not seen them since the inevitable white hair had appeared, but they still look very young, as they always have. I did a doubletake again when I saw Lorraine Slotten's name. I immediately pictured my friend Lorraine Slotten, who is Lorraine Jacobsen in Montana now. Then I remembered having seen that couple in The Bulletin before. I don't remember ever meeting the Warrens. Tom and Mavis won't get lonesome, anyway.
The link to watch Shane and Jayna go skiing was really fun and interesting. The YouTube videos of them with sound was quite an accomplishment. I tried to enter a comment on their web site, but it never did go through.
FINALLY, we got to see the Fusion! Cute story along with it, Weston, and I am sure you were desperate to get a picture for us before it got dusty! You took a perfect picture, that's for sure. NICE CAR. Too bad you had to take it out on the slushy roads, but who wants to leave such a nice car parked?
I guess I never heard why Mitzi goes to market. She must be a buyer. Quite an experience to be responsible to shop at the New York markets for days! You would have been very concerned to see blood on your son's shirt, Mitzi, and we are glad it wasn't more serious. Hockey looks risky with the sharp skates. Good thing Sheldon was there with his medical expertise.
The first thing I thought when I saw you have plane tickets to Peru was a Travelogue we will get to see about it. Never a dull moment in your family!
I almost laughed out loud over the expression on Oreo's face on that picture. He does look shocked and amazed. I just can't take it in that Miss Kitty is such a storyteller and excellent typist. Her description of the new washer and dryer is hilarious, and exactly what a cat would be thinking. By the way, Miss Jerrianne, you are fortunate to have gotten new machines, and I am sure they match. What brand? How do you like them? Am sure there is not a minute you miss the old ones. We want to see that story of laundry in the good old days when Miss Jerrianne gets a chance at the keyboard.
I guess I have a favorite this week. It's the Ring-Necked Pheasant story. What a work of art to create those birds, so lifelike with the right body size and action, mounted on the stands! I really admired that work, Sheldon. I imagine the pile of skin and feathers that you start with. Unbelievable to have those magnificent birds looking so life-like, mounted. Excellent photos Mitzi took. Thanks for sharing this story with us.
I looked on the Internet for Taxidermy and found a website of a young lady, Amy's Animal Art Taxidermy, which proved it can become a passion. I was hoping to see how she did it, but it was only finished animals posted.
I was so impressed as I silently studied those two pictures, which happened to print on the same page for me. They look alike! One in Morocco, and the other in Luverne, Minnesota. So impressive, thinking of nature being the same in every age and in every part of the world. That was good thinking to place these two pictures together, Photo Editor! Also, both black and white.
And then to the continuation of the Travelogue by Kjirsten. More amazing photography. The one smaller picture of the camel's head looks like a posed picture for National Geographic. Also the weird, lopsided nest of the stork.
I'm sure the storekeeper is still smiling with thoughts of that American girl trying on his wares, but you can't make a Moroccan out of pale-skinned Kjirsten.
A Long Time Ago was what Donald wrote about his mother doing the laundry, but that story isn't in place of the one you are going to tell us about your mother, is it, Jerrianne? We still need that story. Donald B. Johnson was truly a great storyteller, as are his children now. You could just visualize this wash day and the clotheslines and the neighbors checking each other's wash out, even to the time of day it was hung. We never tire of hearing about the good old days, do we?
Between Kjirsten and the traditional outfit, and her dad and his pheasants, and Jayna and Shane's web site link, it was a most unique Swenson Bulletin this time. One not likely to be repeated! Sounds like Kjirsten and Sheldon have some adventures planned, which we know will reach The Bulletin pages eventually. We can hardly wait!
The CHUCKLES was totally different this time, but just as full of chuckle possibilities, being we get to submit the pheasant's comment. I hope some of the clever subscribers will send in their guesses. Mine would be: (scroll down to read it).
I didn't know a camel couldn't back up. Isn't that interesting? Nice Quote!
Once again, even though the above looks like a lot of words, I really am at a loss for a way to express how much we enjoyed Bulletin #294. If you ever get the feeling that it's a common issue, just ask us who see it after it's all finalized, rather than while you are going through all the work to complete it.
"So, how do you feel today? I feel a bit stuffed, myself."
Barb (Wheeler) Floyd
Answer #1: "Stop me if you've heard this one ... two English Setters and a hunter walk into a bar...."
Answer #2: "Boy, am I bored! I'm board stiff!"
Answer #3: "You been dead long?"
"We look so real they think we can talk."
1) Is it stuffy in here or is it just me?
2) Keep your mouth shut -- this sure beats the dumpster!
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