Sunday, August 9, 2009
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UPDATE -- Austin celebrates birthday at the circus
For Austin's birthday (this Wednesday), Nancy and I took Aiden and Austin to the circus. We have a beautiful new arena in our area. It hosts a minor league hockey team and books concerts, rodeos, etc. This week they had the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was great and the kids loved it! About a dozen amazing elephants, tigers, acrobats, the whole thing. They did a double-barrel cannon shot, which propelled two ladies the length of a basketball court (my personal favorite).
Afterward, we took the boys to Vince's Spaghetti (Austin's choice) for a nice meal and a dessert for the birthday boy.
It was a great day. I took lots of video that I think the boys will enjoy later. Oh, one thing: if the circus comes to your town, consider the cost of the tickets cheap, compared to the cost of everything else! No regrets. We had a lot of fun!
UPDATE -- introducing the Don H. McKenzie family
In a recent web search for some ancestors and relatives on the "McKenzie" side, I was quite surprised, and frankly delighted, to come across The Bulletin, with the extended Amy Dake family. This was a name I had heard my father speak of many times.
I am Don H. McKenzie. My father, Don C. McKenzie, is the youngest son of Daniel F. McKenzie and Mina (Mellon) McKenzie. Mina and Alonzo S. Mellon were brother and sister. Alonzo, of course, was Amy (Mellon) Dake's father.
When Daniel McKenzie died, soon after my dad's birth, Mina and her five children came to live on the Mellon farm in Howard Lake. Once Mina found employment in Minneapolis, Alonzo and Angie acted as parents to the McKenzie kids. Since my dad was an infant at the time he arrived at the farm, he did not get to know his cousin Amy too well, as she was a bit older. He did later get to know her quite well and drove from Minneapolis to visit her at the farm several times up to his death in 1984.
Don C. McKenzie married his dance partner, Elizabeth (Betty) Hoff, and formed a comedy dance team, performing on the Orpheum Circuit.
My parents had three children: Sharon (McKenzie) Allen, Jeanette McKenzie (died in an airline crash in 1961) and myself, Don H. McKenzie.
That makes Alonzo and Angie Mellon my Great Uncle and Aunt. I think that makes Amy Dake my second cousin [and Dorothy Anderson a second cousin, once removed].
In 1967, I married Rosemary Atkinson. We have three children, Colleen (McKenzie) Davis, Michael McKenzie and Ryan McKenzie. We live in Stillwater, Minnesota, and winter in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Colleen married Frank S. Davis III. They have four small children: Megan McKenzie Davis (8), Shaun Patrick Davis (4), Nolan Michael Davis (3) and Benett Ryan Davis (6 months). They live in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Michael married Stacie Pateras and they have two children: Madeline Rose McKenzie (5) and Melina Zoe McKenzie (2). They currently live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Ryan is single and resides in Tempe, Arizona.
I am now retired for the last six years, after working 30 years at 3M at St. Paul headquarters. For the last 25 years at 3M, I was in the Dental Products Division, having many various positions. Following graduation from The University of St. Thomas, I initially worked for ADM Chemicals, which was later bought by Ashland Oil. I was fortunate to travel to many parts of the world during my working years, but now am happy to just travel between Minnesota and Arizona.
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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? What's going on?
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.
No guessing involved, as that would be my father, Donald W. Anderson, in all three pictures. The guess part: First picture it appears he was trying on uniform for old time's sake, in front of some trailer, not sure which or where it would be. And the last two were in the younger years of Navy and Army.
Donna Anderson Johnson
I only know the middle photo as being my brother, Donald Willie Anderson, in the Navy uniform. A sharp looking young man willing to serve his country and returning home with a honorable discharge because of the fallen arches in his feet from jump training.
Mavis Anderson Morgan
I have a guess for this week's mystery pictures. I'm pretty sure I know the "who is this?" part, as all three pictures appear to be of Grandpa Don Anderson. The "what's going on?" question is a little trickier. I believe the second picture is from his stint in the Navy and the third picture is from his stint in the Army. As for the first picture, my only guess is that it's from his stint as an "extra" on Hogan's Heroes.
I think the "guess who" is brother Don Anderson. He served in both the Army and the Navy.
My magnifying glass didn't help me much on the GUESS pictures this time. I wondered if they were all Don Anderson? But he couldn't be in two branches of service at the same time. So, unless #3 is Don, I give up.
Betty Weiland Droel
A series of recollections, of the five years when Bill and Lois Dake and their family lived in Minnesota, began with the episode in Bulletin 343. It's too soon to tell just how many parts there will be in this series, just after World War II. In Bulletin 349, I told more about polio (once called Infantile Paralysis) via two links, Polio and Sister Kenny, to minimize disruption of the narrative flow. Both documents are posted as a series of scanned images. We can't edit them or correct typos and they will not respond to font changes or printer settings as regular Bulletin pages do.
Bubsy Writes Me A Letter
Glad for your letter, but sorry to hear that you can't come home for our wedding. It won't be any big affair but we have invited the family to a wedding supper that the ladies in my family are putting on for us. I have been talking to Vonnie about the plans you suggested. Mom also mentioned it to us.
Vonnie says to tell you that she thinks your plan may be better for her than going to Arizona right after the wedding. She has taken her State Boards but will not hear the results yet for a while. She and Doris have been living this last year in a light housekeeping apartment. Doris is going to stay with her until after the wedding and then she intends to go home for a vacation before she starts looking for a job. So Vonnie and I will use the apartment until the last week in October.
That way, I can drive out some days and help Dad and Gert finish up the fall work. (There will be corn picking and plowing. Beside helping him out, it will give me a chance to earn a little more travel money. I might even do a little work for Ervin, too.)
We are going to buy a car carrier and will need to organize that. Vonnie has in mind some visiting, sewing, packing and so forth -- then we really do want to get in on the open house that you Dake girls have planned for Sunday afternoon of October 19th. So you can count us in.
We will plan to be home for Saturday the 18th (probably stay overnight) so you girls can check out the gifts, like you said, and catch up on some visiting, singing, game playing, and helping get everything ready for the big event. Hope the weather and such cooperates. We will miss you, but will be looking to see you in October.
Love from your little brother,
Recommended reading: The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes by Barbara J. Scot; Touching My Father's Soul by Jamling T. Norgay; Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson; The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.
We observed some parts of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures, the peaceful nature of the people, the style of their homes and religious buildings, prayer flags, prayer wheels, stupas, gompas, jewelry, clothing, use of flowers, sacrifices, etc. I admit I didn't understand much of it because I hadn't learned about it in advance. We visited a cultural museum on the last day and realized we would have appreciated more of what we saw if we had visited that museum the first day.
To be continued...
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Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Thanks, Miss Hetty, for the birthday greetings! How do you know I golf like that? That was perfect, although I haven't got a dog yet that will take it out of the sand trap for me. We had a great weekend in the Twin Cities area with our family last weekend. I'll send one of my favorite pictures, taken a couple weeks ago at the lake.
Miss Hetty says: Grandpa Myron did send a photo and it was one of my favorite pictures this week, too -- but the Photo Editor liked it so much that she stole it for the top of the page! Well, I'm NOT going to be skunked out of a photo, so here's one of the Fruit Pizza that Marlee Morgan Freezemann concocted at the Morgan Family Lake Retreat mentioned above. I'm not sure whether the linked recipe is the one Marlee used, but it looks as yummy as the picture!
Thanks for the e-card for my birthday! I'd say the sports theme was pretty appropriate! I have not done much to celebrate my birthday today, considering it's past 6:00 and I'm still at work, but I did get an early start on celebrating yesterday. My mom and step-dad, John, were in town, so they took Joanna and me out for an early birthday dinner at Broadway Pizza.
If I ever get out of work tonight, I'm going to go home and finish packing, as I leave for Florida early tomorrow morning. Joanna and her family take an annual summer vacation in the Orlando/Disney area, and I was lucky enough to be invited this year.
I'll be flying back on Wednesday, then turning around on Thursday to drive to Wisconsin for a family vacation with my side of the family. So don't feel too sorry for me for working late on my birthday, considering I won't set foot in the office again until the 17th!
Tell the editors I'll be sure to follow up with reports and pictures from my travels (although at the rate I'm writing lately, I can't guarantee that I won't require a friendly reminder).
Have a great weekend, and thanks again for the e-card!
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?
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Just got through reading "A Call to Blanche"; how fun to step back in time and "hear" her voice speaking with you! I wonder if that tulip quilt is still around; would be fun to see a picture, if it is. I have told you, in person, how much I enjoy your sharing with us, but figure I should do so again. I really enjoy each week!
It was great fun seeing the Morgans' 7th annual lake retreat. Loved their color coordinated outfits in the main picture. Now who gets to choose the colors? Appears they have a wonderful time together! Thanks for sharing with us! I checked out Ryan's other pictures, impressive!
Fun to see a picture of our dear Betty and Roy, out touring!
Donna Anderson Johnson
Was admiring your 2006 web site. [Green Thumbs, Bulletin 218, August 20, 2006]
I wonder where Doris buys the Royal Cape Plumbago? I really like the color.
I live in Los Angeles, have big canyon hill in back, and was thinking of covering it with plumbago.
Thank you very much for any help you can give me.
Royal Cape Plumbago are gorgeous -- I love them -- and they do so well in California. Most recently, I saw them at the Armstrong Nursery (Fullerton is the closest to us), but they are a nursery chain. You might look online for one close to your home and call to see if they are available. Mine were in containers to control growth. They can overtake an area, given the right conditions.
I pulled the tag that Monrovia Nursery provides for this plant:
It blooms spring through early winter. Prefers full sun. Moderate grower 5' high, 6' to 8' wide. Sunset climate zones: 8, 9. 12-28. Can tolerate temps 20 to 30 degrees. Once established, it needs occasional water. They are very hardy in Southern California.
I kept mine in big clay pots to control growth. They grew well with sun most of the day, but some shade by mid-afternoon, especially during our heat waves in late summer. I used Miracle-Gro potting soil, and watered about twice a week during summertime. They are beautiful when blooming. :-)
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I can't believe this is 12:15 on Monday and I have just finished reading The Bulletin, which arrived Saturday morning. What a busy weekend! Although I usually have it read soon after it arrives, I was needing to be doing other things priority, but now with Monday duties laid aside, I have the printed Bulletin lying here before me, and I can finally put my subconscious comments on The Bulletin into an LTTE. Roy is out riding the lawn tractor to spray the yard for weeds. A most beautiful summer day today.
The first picture was not a beautiful flower this time, but a fun sport that Lindsay Hellevang was enjoying. That took strength and balance and energy ... all things we eventually lose to old age. So, I hope she will enjoy her youth totally, taking advantage of every opportunity, as she seems to be doing on this first picture.
Roy and I both really enjoyed the pictures of the happenings at the lake home, and looks like Mavis is thoroughly enjoying being in the new water tube. I guess some people never slow down and wither away, Mavis and Tom being two of them.
What a memorable experience to have visited the Berndts' lovely home and yard! The picture of the Morgans and the pond with the beautiful dog in the background is frame-able for sure.
I was excited to see the shower pictures of Jessie and Chris Chap. What a precious gift to look forward to, a brand new first baby. Did I understand right that the name will be Grady?
Ashby Appreciation Days would have been a bit of nostalgia for both Kathlyn and Jerrianne. I studied the street scene, wondering if I could recall what it had looked like in the good old days. Beaver marching is always a great honor, which we are glad finds its way into The Bulletin so we can see it.
Memory Lane answered a lot of questions I had. Especially, what gift was chosen for the newlyweds. That was so perfect -- pillows, which they may still have had in use, and the pillowslips to match the tulip quilt. It would be typical for them not to want a reception, but the open house would have been just right, especially when Dorothy could be there, too.
What a sweet picture in the heart! Looks like a Bitzi creation, but she wouldn't have been there at the engagement. The only regrets they would have is that their life together couldn't have lasted longer.
The Travelogue keeps getting more and more familiar, as to the terrain and the porters and the heights and the weather. I find it difficult to think of enduring the trek, and it would take a certain type of person to be able to make that excursion. By the way, Mitzi, Jerrianne loaned me the book you had recommended, Three Cups of Tea, so I have read that one. When I came to certain illustrations, I could understand them from having read your Travelogue account.
The Chuckles was totally unusual this time, too. Bitzi must have doctored that one up, but I had no trouble recognizing Rian.
I hear Marci Weiland took some really cute pictures of their two kittens at play that I wish she would let Bitzi make a Chuckles out of.
The Quotation for the day lost me this time. Maybe because I am not a gardener. I saw Rich and Verlaine's little garden last evening. They bring natural fertilizer from Verlaine's cousin's horse farm, and the plants were totally unbelievably huge and prospering. Like the cabbage last week.
I will stop right here and get busy at things needing attention this Monday afternoon. I want to thank you for another special Bulletin!
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