Sunday, May 25, 2008
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Update -- waterfall in falling rain
Larry was up to the North Shore of Lake Superior with a friend, Dave Gelle. They had hopes of hiking in the woods but as it turned out it rained buckets the whole time. When it was time to come home the sun came out!
In spite of the rain Larry got this picture overlooking the High Falls on the Baptism River just north of Silver Bay, Minnesota.
The river is majestic in its powerful plunge to Lake Superior ... even in the rain.
Update -- new grandson arrives
We are grandparents again. Yippee! Sandy and Jay have a baby boy, Nathan Alexander, born May 15 and weighing a healthy 8 lbs. and 12 ozs. We are going up there (Blacksburg, Virginia) next week. Marian will spend the week with the baby. (I'll probably hold him for five minutes or so!) I'll spend the week playing with 4-year-old Zachary!
Update -- new home for the Indermarks
Where does the time go? It has been a long time since I have sent an update on our family, so I will try to recap the last three months.
Alexander (Alex) was born in February. He was a little guy at 6 pounds. Alex is now 3 months old and a solid 16 pounds!
Jordan is starting kindergarten this year. She will be starting without her front two teeth. She fell and fractured the roots in her front two teeth so they had to be surgically removed.
Tyler is doing great; no major accidents for him. He turned 3 on May 14th and, like every other 3 year old boy, had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party.
Jim and I bought a house in Arizona and moved in this last weekend. It is my dream house. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. And as I have already assured Grandpa Miller, we will NOT be filling the 5th bedroom with another Indermark, Jr.; that room is strictly for visitors.
Our normal daycare provider decided to close her daycare so we ended up hiring a nanny. Her name is Kendace. She is wonderful with the kids and she even helps with the housework.
Life is finally starting to slow down a little so we can enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather.
Jim & Kristi
Update -- three's company
I've fallen woefully behind on my updates, so get a snack and grab a seat, because it's time to catch up!
Since Camryn was born in August, there are suddenly not enough hours in the day. I used to think I was busy before I had kids. Then I thought I was busy when we just had Rylie. After Brooklynn arrived, I thought, "What's one more? I can't possibly be any busier!" Little did I know that keeping three little girls entertained and happy is similar in scope to a space shuttle launch. If I miss the window of opportunity, I go back to my planning bunker and wait for the weather to clear.
Camryn's a pretty happy baby, except when I'm keeping her out of the things she's not supposed to be in. She figures, since she can crawl, anything she can get to is fair game. I have a hard time arguing with her, so I just keep moving things higher. Her latest trick is climbing stairs. Typically, the rest of us only climb stairs when we have to. When she climbs them, the look on her face tells me she could just as well have an American flag to post at the summit.
Of course, it wasn't just the addition of a smiley little girl that made things busier. Rylie started Kindergarten last September, at Robert Asp Elementary in north Moorhead. She goes to school every day for afternoons. I think the biggest thing she's learned is never to trust Dad. When she asked for help with "The cat is red," and I told her it said "The cat smells like peanut butter," I got the look (see above: failed space shuttle launch).
The extracurricular activities seem to be the big time consumers. Rylie wanted to try dance class this year, too, so we started her in "Just For Kix" last fall. Class is once a week, Tuesdays after school, and she's had a handful of recitals. The recitals are fun to watch, with dancers of all ages participating. As I watch the classes of 15 girls dance, I can't help but wonder what kind of mind control devices the teachers use to make all these little girls cooperate and dance together.
Since we're hoping to spend some time at the lake this summer, swimming lessons seemed like a good idea, too. MSU-Moorhead has a program, so we entered both Rylie and Brooklynn. Rylie has advanced from Level 1 to Level 2 Beginner to Level 2 Advanced, and is a complete natural in the water.
Brooklynn has advanced from the Preschool level to Level 1, but was a far bumpier road. She's always been afraid of pools, usually just sitting on the steps, and completely freaking out if I try to take her in any further. So at the first lesson, she spent the entire time screaming and crying. As much as I wanted to go help, I kept my distance to let the teacher do her magic. At the second lesson, she spent the first 20 minutes screaming and crying, before settling down for the last 10 minutes. At the third lesson, she didn't scream, but looked like a rigid little 3 foot long 2 by 4 in the water. By the last three lessons of that first session, she was splashing the teacher and generally having fun. Now she swims around the pool with a floatation noodle tied around her middle, chasing after toys that the teacher tosses. Since Brooklynn will be starting preschool this fall at the YMCA, where they spend time in the pool, we're pretty happy that she's progressed to that point.
Rylie had a male teacher for her last session, but when she prepared to leave home for the second lesson by putting on eye shadow and lipstick, I didn't put 2 and 2 together until she did the same thing for the third lesson. The shade of red her face turned when I asked if she was putting on makeup for her boyfriend confirmed my suspicions. Please pray for my sanity in the next 15 years.
We have a neighbor who works for the Moorhead school district, and last November, she volunteered Jolene to participate in a task force to look into Moorhead offering full day kindergarten classes. Since it didn't fit very well with her work schedule, and since I was really interested in doing it, I took her place. We met once a week through February, working with a couple of other parents, the principals of the elementary schools, some Kindergarten teachers, a school board member, and the superintendant. Eventually, we made a recommendation to the school board that, while it would be nice to have such an option available, it's nearly impossible to do so without state funding, if we want to make it available to families of all income levels.
Since I like being involved and can't say no, I agreed to become a member of our church council when nominated by a fellow chancel choir member. I've been doing that now for a few months. We only meet once a month, so it's not a huge time committment. The weeks that I have that, though, it still adds to the general busy feeling. I'm on the finance committee, and it's been pretty interesting to see just what it takes to run a church.
After taking three months off from work after Camryn arrived, Jolene's back at Meritcare. She's currently working a .8 schedule, which means she averages 32 hours a week. Since she works 12 hour night shifts, that means she works a three-week rotating shift of 3 nights (Sun, Mon, Tues), 3 nights, 2 nights (Sun, Mon). We've talked about her staying home with the kids instead of working, but she wants to keep her skills up as a Respiratory Therapist, so that just won't work. She's going to cut back to a .6 schedule starting sometime this summer, which means she'll just work two 12-hour shifts every week (Sun, Mon). We're very much looking forward to that, as it'll give us an extra evening every week for family time. Plus, a 2 on 3 defense works much better than my 1 on 3 defense I have to use those nights that she works.
Work for me has been much of the same. We're working on software for making John Deere engines become "Interim Tier 4 compliant," which (simplisticly) means drastic reductions in the stuff coming out the exhaust pipe. We're using a faster, more complex microprocessor than we've used in the past, so it's been a fun learning experience. I briefly entertained a move to project management this winter, but decided that I still enjoy the technical aspect of my job too much to make a switch right now.
At home, we're still debating whether or not our house still works for our family. We love our location, since it's close to work (especially considering today's gas prices) and it's a quiet neighborhood. But we'd really like a better layout, and not the split-level type house. We're currently in the middle of a couple of projects, including laying ceramic tile in the laundry room, and changing our deck to put part of it down at ground level. Even if we end up selling, we figure these will be nice selling points, and they're pretty inexpensive updates. We'll see what the future holds!
This summer should provide more opportunities for updates. Jolene and I are taking a trip to New York with Weston and Shawn, where we'll attend a Twins game at Yankee Stadium. It's a combination 10 year anniversary trip and excuse to see Yankee Stadium before it's demolished.
That's about all I've got for now. I'll try to keep more up to date, to avoid the marathon updates! The picture I've included is a few months old, but they all pretty much look the same. :-)
Update -- spring comes to Anchorage (finally!)
Spring finally made it to Anchorage this week. The violet green swallows are building a nest in the swallow house right under our perch by the dining room window. Mai Tai and I have been watching their every move. Too bad we can't open the window!
We know it's spring because yesterday the trees weren't really green but today they are! And we saw a dandelion, but Miss Jerrianne took care of that! We're sure there will be more dandelions soon. You can count on it!
After the sixth mailbox story ran in The Bulletin last week, Miss Jerrianne decided cookies just weren't enough. She needed to provide some tangible token of appreciation for all the stories she would never have heard about if it wasn't for Martha's gift of a restored mailbox last spring. So on Tuesday, she walked the couple of blocks to Martha's house with a bouquet of white Stargazer lilies, just like the one she bought for us, and e-mailed her links to the stories.
She found out that Martha is a beekeeper! She saw her wearing her white "bee suit" and tending her bees that were visited by a bear last week. The bear knocked over one of the hives but the bees had the last word -- the bear went right back out through a gate in a chain link fence without bothering to open it first! I hope she gets pictures of Martha and her daughter in their bee suits. She said they were pretty cute. I bet there's a story there, too!
Miss Jerrianne is getting ready for another gardening season on the Pioneer Avenue median and Chugach Foothills Park. She went on a clean up walk this week and came back with pictures of pasqueflowers blooming in the rock garden at the end of our street.
Day to Day R
Beaver and I went to Sauk Rapids to attend Penny Miller and John Peska's wedding reception. (Ardis Quick took more pictures and will send in a write-up about the wedding next week. --Ed.)
I had help with some yard work that needed doing -- three of my former daycare kids, Kerstyn Schroeder, Darren and Alena Shores. Caity, Jayce and Becky also helped. Beaver ran the loader, to let them scoop leaves and junk into, and he hauled it away. We got a fair amount cleaned up.
Afterwards, they played in the gravel pit for a while. I told their parents that I must not have worked them hard enough, being they had enough energy to play for a long time and then complain when I told them it was long enough and time to take them back home again!
"Good Evening From Toccoa, Georgia, USA" is Cal's greeting to all who drop by for a visit. Cal developed this non-commercial site for visitors to "have a clean place of peace and relaxation to visit, where one can spend a few minutes or a few hours enjoying some very beautiful pictures ... and easy listening music, each chosen for the specific show." The galleries featuring a variety of subjects do enable one to see "the natural beauty surrounding us from all directions." An ex-Marine, Cal's slide shows as well as the poetry and music found on his site certainly give an excellent view of "the other side of a Marine!" Since first developing the site, Cal has gone to his heavenly reward, but his step-daughter Melinda is keeping the site going.
The Matriarch Speaks W
A letter from Paraguay:
I was reading The Bulletin 248 of March 18 of 2007, and there I found a history written by Judy (Miller Rude) Riesenberg. I wonder how I can contact this person, because in 1993 her daughter Jeana Rude stayed in my house through the AFS student program, but with the pass of years we lost all contacts.
My name is Kathy Centurion; I am writing you from Paraguay. Sorry for bothering you with this but I really would like to contact them again.
Thank you very much.
Judy Riesenberg answers:
Dorothy -- How exciting! Jeana had lost contact with them and I am delighted to see and read that from Kathy. I'll write her and also forward it to Jeana. Thanks so much! Wow -- one never knows who might see something on the Internet. I wonder how she found and was reading The Bulletin -- any ideas?
Thanks -- Judy
Editor's comment: I wonder if she did a search for your daughter -- and found her in the family introduction you did. And now she is asking me for help. We do not post addresses on the web page, so her only way to contact you was through me. My address is available in the statement at the end of each paper. I do not provide any information about you to anyone; rather, I send their mail to you and let you decide what to do with it.
So far, in our publishing history, we have had six such searches ... and five of the six were accepted by the one being searched.
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 ... generally in the order we receive them, so the first guess received is on top.
Once again ... not a guess, but that would be Carol Dake Printz celebrating her first birthday over 61 years ago. I was my parents' first child and first grandchild for both sets of grandparents, so I never suffered from lack of attention!
Carol Dake Printz
Was that really Darlene Veldkamp's photo or was it a photo of ME? (Ha!)
Mavis Anderson Morgan
Editor's comment: Neither, try again!
Hey, Aunt Dorothy, I would know my sister Carol anywhere, although I don't know how. Judging from her one candle on the cake, I wasn't even born yet!
I think this could be my sister-in-law Carol [Dake] Printz preparing to get a piece of her first birthday cake.
For some odd reason, Jane Miller comes to mind as I see that Mystery/Guess picture. If not, I do not have a clue.
Betty Weiland Droel
The United States Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, lent us two livestock guardian dogs on an experimental basis. I had one of the adolescent Great Pyrenees dogs with my flock; Esteban had the other with his flock. Each of us was to choose a name for our dog. I chose to name mine White Dog. Unbeknownst to me, Esteban chose to name his Perro Blanco. (Perro means "dog" and Blanco means "white.")
We should have received prizes for originality -- but we didn't!
These dogs were to be socialized to sheep rather than to people. However, White Dog followed me around like a shadow. I carried a simple day pack for my lunch. A holdover from my childhood, it was a toy: an army-green knapsack with two plain web shoulder straps and a shoestring closure. If I knew I'd be coming back by a certain place, I'd leave the knapsack laying on the ground. White Dog would plop down beside it and remain there "on guard" until I returned. She would keep Checker away, as well as any curious ewe that might come too close.
She has a really strong guarding instinct, I thought. Then, one day while I was away, she ate my lunch!
Le Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees originated from dogs that guarded sheep in the mountains between Spain and France -- where the Basque shepherds come from.
However, the dogs didn't come to America with the shepherds; they were virtually unknown here until the late 1970s, when the Livestock Guarding Dog Project at Hampshire College, in Massachusetts, began to introduce them. (More lethal means of predator control were becoming increasingly unpopular.)
The U. S. Sheep Experiment Station had picked up the torch: they were studying the effectiveness of the dogs as a way to control predation on western rangelands. White Dog and Perro Blanco were a part of this study.
In spite of the frequency with which we saw and heard coyotes, I was unaware of any loss of lambs from my flock. It seemed White Dog's barking all night, from beneath the sheep camp where we were sleeping, provided the desired effect.
$ A Long Time Ago !
Appalachian Trail Trek: Week Nine, May 1973
May 14 was a day like no other along the Appalachian Trail. We literally walked past 10 miles of flowers. Sometimes I crawled on my hands and knees, photographing the beauty around us. The show didn't stop all day. It began with large-flowered trilliums, delicate blossoms of three white petals that faded into every shade of pink. They lined the trail as far as we could see.
"Lily of the valley joined in, then azaleas, yellow, pink, and orange. We all but crawled through a constant barrage of color that made those bleak, snowy days seem part of some other trip, so long before.
"They were too lovely merely to be glanced at, Jerri said between pictures. We should admire each one for itself.
"Kyra knelt down and lightly touched each blossom, saying, 'You are beautiful ... you are beautiful ... you are beautiful....'
"'And look,' Jerri said, pointing to one delicate bud bursting into bloom, 'this one is just being born. Today is its birthday.'
"Kyra smiled and began to sing, 'Happy birthday to you....'" --from Walking North, by Mic Lowther.
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Special Days
This Week's Birthdays
This Week's Anniversaries
More May Birthdays
More May Anniversaries
May Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Jazmine Hill will "officially" turn 5 on May 28th. She can't wait to start Kindergarten this fall.
Brenda Anderson Hill
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?
I had to stop and write a note. Another wonderful edition of The Bulletin. I really enjoyed going on Ginny's walk and seeing all the flowers and greens she saw. I could almost smell the plum blossoms, apple blossoms, pine trees and all the plant life she observed. She has a special eye for catching them in beautiful photos.
And speaking of smelling, I want to put my nose in and inhale all those wonderful roses. Donna, Jessy and Betty are fortunate women to be remembered with roses!
Kyra as a Jack-in-the-Pulpit was a great addition to the flower theme. And the shivering pansies were the perfect Chuckles! Definitely the "flower issue" of The Bulletin.
As usual, I enjoyed all the stories. Who would have known mailboxes would become such a universal theme? I've loved every one of the stories provided in all the issues.
Thanks again for your wonderful work.
I am trying to get caught up here! We were to Orlando last week to help Mike and Vicki replace some windows and re-side their house and didn't get home until late Saturday night.
Has anyone given you any more info on the Miller baseball story? Dave Kelly wrote a series of three articles that were published in the Independent Review in 2006 about the Miller family's baseball history and especially when they challenged the Litchfield team to a game in 1921. I think your readers, even though they aren't related to us Millers, would enjoy the articles. I have a copy of the articles and will make a copy for you if someone hasn't beat me to it!
And speaking about baseball -- The Twins are about where I guessed they would be this season ... playing about .500 baseball. But I just don't get it; how can they beat Boston three out of four and then get blown away by Toronto? It's got to drive a manager crazy!
Editor's comment: I would certainly like a copy. I understand that your cousin Judy has a copy but hasn't found it. Gert sent me a copy to read, but I needed to return it to her. Perhaps it could be used, but most certainly I would like a copy for my own files -- to read, and to keep. --DMA
I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate The Bulletin. I'm out of the Navy now, but while I was serving overseas The Bulletin was like a weekly letter from home ... from everybody ... with pictures. Anyone who has spent extended periods away from their loved ones can relate, I'm sure, to how much of a treat that was for me. Although I am home to stay now, I still look forward to reading The Bulletin every week. Thank you so much for your hard work.
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I have to believe Bitzi took that beautiful flowering plum picture. It is such a perfect angle to show the blue, blue sky. It looks like a picture one would buy, but I do believe our Virginia found that branch. Could it be, the sky was ever that beautifully blue? Could it be that in Minneapolis-St. Paul we have flowering plums already? It was a shock to see the contrast of the white and the blue. A most deserving first picture of this edition of the flowers. No more snow pictures allowed! It is finally spring here in Minnesota.
What a sight to be able to see that much open sky in order to get the double rainbow over Christina Lake! Very awesome, and good you captured that on film, Donna Mae.
Our Bulletin brings us the latest news! And we are glad when each one is willing to share their news with us, who faithfully read it word for word. Dan and Gina looking for a little baby girl is very exciting news. Can't you just imagine how thrilled Jim and Kathy are over the prospect of becoming grandparents? It will open up a whole new world to them all. We will follow this news carefully, and we have to wait until September, it sounds like.
We appreciate our young folks who are honored and will let us share in it all as Donna Mae has about Caity. It seems she has been acknowledged for several accomplishments. She must be a special granddaughter. The A-Z book of Minnesota looked like something we Bulletin readers would like to see more details of. So thoughtful to dedicate it to Coni.
Today we were in a piano recital for Shalana and Krista Weiland. We love observing, year after year, their improvement. They are now playing more difficult pieces. Shalana went home with a trophy and Krista went home with a musician's bust statue.
Ginny doesn't live that far from us, but I don't think I could see all the beauty that she found from her walk if I walked around our neighborhood. I hope folks took time to click on the link of her gallery of photos. They are beautiful.
Donna Mae seems to be able to make an interesting story about almost anything. The Mother's Day remembrance from Becky and her new kitchen stools from a garage sale. Dads happen to be there at just the right time sometimes -- especially when it comes to footing a bill for something, right? I can see your chairs blend in well with the new stools, and they look sturdy enough for hard family use. Isn't Midnight your blind cat?
Dorothy and Gert bringing up the past together was new and different, but anyone who had known the Miller team would be extremely interested in all the details of Lefty Miller. I remember meeting Billy Miller. He was especially kind to my brother, Harold, who married his granddaughter, Anita.
Kira Steinhauer made it to The Bulletin again. Seems a long time since we saw how she is growing. Mom's too busy to send in pictures, no doubt. We need to see what's going on with Levi, too. They probably still have snow.
I had to smile to see yet another mailbox story. They are all so interesting and different, and this story was so funny and well written. It was easy to picture the "Crazy Pomeranian Lady" and all the rest of the "clowns." Sounds like the outcome of the whole project was a positive success. It took a couple readings of it to get all the details of that good neighbor experience.
Finally, we get the next chapter of the LTD Storybrooke story. We find out what the girls were hearing. What an exciting story writer we have in you, Larry! I could hardly wait for the next paragraph to find out the end or the outcome of the bleating of the sheep in the distance. I have heard of the shepherd that carries the lambs on his shoulders, and now we have a picture of one. The scenery looks like a lonesome, desolate, dreary, dry place.
Jerrianne doesn't usually favor us with a story revealing any of her history, but this one about the London Bridge and her great grandmother was especially interesting, being it included the links. It would have been quite a moving experience to finally visit the "English" roots landmark. Thanks for pictures we will never see on our own, like of the bullet holes on the support. From 1989 until this year, it was a desire finally coming true.
I was thrilled to see the photos that accompanied this chapter of the Appalachian Trail trek. In reading the book, Walking North, I could only imagine what the breakfast scene was like with Kyra in her sleeping bag at the table looking like Jack-in-the-pulpit. Look out the entranceway to see the nothingness, except for hills and more hills. There was no turning back by this time. Someone had to carry all that stuff on the table from shelter to shelter. I know Kyra carried her share from the previous pictures. What an experience for a 10-year-old! A vivid, lifetime memory.
Congratulations, Chris and Jessy. Nice that you could find flowers so similar to the ones from your wedding for this anniversary.
I have really enjoyed reading the other LTTE's, and I'm sure it all makes for inspiration for our editors to see our appreciation and notice of all the details that are so carefully considered as each issue is finalized.
There are some we haven't had an update from for so long. I have been wondering how the candle business is going in Texas.
The CHUCKLES was so typical of our feelings about this chilly spring here in Minnesota. The glowering pansies tell it like it is. Thanks, Bitzi.
The Quotation for the day was almost beyond me this time. I have such a simple mind. I do know that Bitzi's pictures proved to us that the spring breeze brought forth the blossoms.
Thank you again, and already we are trying to think of what the Memorial Day issue will be like. I'm sure it's already in process.
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