Sunday, August 16, 2009
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FAMILY UPDATE -- summer with the Hendersons
We've been enjoying the summer! Abby has loved playing in her little pool out on the deck. Splashing is one of her favorite activities!
We also enjoyed a trip out to San Diego with Curt and Patty for Creede Murphy's wedding. We even managed to get a family picture while we were there! :)
Abby tried out walking on the beach for the first time ... she liked the sand (especially the taste!) but wasn't so sure about the cold water. She was a really great traveler, though, which was a relief.
And then Brienna made her big appearance and we've sure been enjoying getting to know her!
UPDATE -- surprise visit
Mom and Dad got quite the surprise last Tuesday afternoon -- a visit from Dwight and Rick. Keith and I had known about the trip since Spring when Rick let me know about their travel plans. Barb also flew in that Tuesday night to meet up with them. Keith and I had a fun time hosting supper at our place for everyone Thursday night -- pizza, salad, and chocolate cake (that Mom generously brought).
It was great to hear Dad and Dwight's stories of growing up on the farm. I was also quite impressed to learn that the non-stop flight Dwight and Rick took from Fargo only took a little over three hours. So who's next for a surprise visit? We can keep a secret! :)
UPDATE -- getaway to sunny California
Dad, Barb, and I had a nice getaway to California last week. Dad and I flew nonstop from Fargo to Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. Barb joined us from Portland, Oregon, later in the day. We had a good time getting reacquainted with relatives and visiting some sites.
On Wednesday, Barb, Lisa, and I went to the Getty Center. We spent several hours enjoying the art, architecture, and gardens at the museum. There are nice views of LA and the ocean from various locations at the Center.
Dad, Barb, and I took a tour of more sites on Thursday. We visited the neighborhoods where Dad lived 40+ years ago. Although some things have changed, the apartments and place he worked are still there. We also visited downtown LA before going to Lori and Keith's for some tasty pizza in the evening.
By Friday, our trip was nearing its end. Dad played guitar with his brother while Barb and I made a short loop into Orange County. We visited Old Towne Orange, did some shopping, and had lunch at Downtown Disney. We returned home on Saturday morning.
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? 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.
I'd guess those two cuties are Carol Dake and Judy McCalla. I also enjoyed seeing the old corn crib in the background. Not sure about the dog's name as I only remember the one dog they talked a lot about, Tippy.
Donna Anderson Johnson
Editor's comment: Tippy was probably mostly beagle. He had a brown smooth coat and white chest and a white tip on his tail. Tippy had been my cousin Gilbert's dog and, when he couldn't keep him any longer, he gave him to my dad. I would suppose he had a genius IQ of the dog kingdom -- one of the smartest dogs I ever met. And no, that isn't Tippy. I do think he was Teddy ... but I cannot say for sure ... maybe Gert will know.
The young lady on the right sure looks like my sister-in-law, Carol (Dake) Printz. Could the other person be Ginny (Dake) McCorkell? Was the picture taken in Abilene?
Editor's comment: It isn't Ginny but it is a second cousin of hers ... also, if you went out the side door of our home place and looked to the northwest, you would have seen that very corn crib.
Oh, what cute little girls, and by the way, even though they are older now, the pictures we have seen of them show they are still cute!
The one on the left is our cousin Gilbert's girl, Judy McCalla, and the other is the daughter of our brother Billy, Carol Dake Printz.
And I must introduce you to one of my favorite animal friends, Pal. Also at one time I spoke of the building that I played store in, and very seldom entered by the front door, because it was more fun climbing up the back side to the top opening and jumping in -- that was my corn crib in the back. And the little building right behind the girls was the chicken house that Grandma Dake raised the baby chicks in. When Grandma or I would go in to take care of the chicks, Pal would go in with us and lay down amongst the chicks and they would walk all over her.
How much fun our old days were at the Dake Farm!
Gert Dake Pettit
It's time to make a guess on the photo for this week. Let's start with what I know. The girl on the right is Cousin Carol Dake Printz and it is at Grandma and Grandpa Dake's farm. I am not sure who the other girl is but my guess is Judy McCalla.
My trusty magnifying glass suggested that the GUESS picture was maybe Carol Dake on the right. The cute little girl on the left is a question, though. Could the other little girl be Carol's sister Kathleen or else Patricia? I do think it could be the person with Carol.
I was thrilled to think I guessed right last week of those all being Don.
Betty Weiland Droel
Editor's comment: Well, Betty, you have done some good thinking ... it could very well have been one of Carol's sisters -- but no, it was her second cousin instead!
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.
Gert Writes A Letter About LeRoy and Vonnie's Wedding
So I will try and keep my promise and let you in on all of the events of my big brother's (your little brother's) wedding to our new sister-in-law. It was a perfect day and I did not see any "blow ups" of any kind. I think I had the most enjoyable job of the whole thing. I was to entertain Carol and run errands for the cooks (Mom, Lois, and Blanche).
The first thing Carol wanted to do (and by the way that little girl can carry on a good conversation -- she is well able to tell you what she prefers -- but really, she is so sweet about it that it isn't hard to be her slave!) ... but, as I was saying, she wanted to see the "kitty-cats." I have those barn cats so tame that they didn't mind Carol lugging on them and petting them, with the fur or against, didn't seem to upset them. We spent a lot of the day, off and on, visiting the cat family in the barn.
I don't mind a bit running errands. Carol and I got sent to town for groceries a couple times, to Helen's to borrow a roaster, and finally to Gilmer's greenhouse to pick up Vonnie's corsage and the flower for Doris. They were not going to be open there much beyond noon, so LeRoy asked me to go in and get them and put them in the refrigerator to keep them nice. He sent money along to pay for them. Carol held the box -- oh, so carefully, all the way home from town. She likes to help.
When we got back from Gilmer's Florist, Grandpa and Grandma Mellon had come. Grandma was busy peeling potatoes and slicing vegetables for the salad. Grandpa was out helping Mom with the chicken chores.
Before the table could be set, Grandma Greer was pressed into helping (she didn't mind at all). She took the rouge cloth that Blanche brought with her and she polished all of the silver. (It is in a lined box but, even so, it gets dull and even tarnished between uses.) Then Blanche washed it in nice, soapy water, rinsed it and then Grandma polished it up with a nice soft towel. It did sparkle and gleam!
Next, I think I should tell you that I think we must have had a table set just as fancy as the one you went to at the hotel. They used the white linen table cloth that had been used at Dad and Mom's wedding dinner. (Mom keeps it in the bottom drawer of the sideboard and uses it just for "occasions.") They used Blanche's sterling silver flatware. They used Lois's fancy crystal Fostoria ... and Mom's very pretty dinner dishes.
The food they served was very pretty in serving and very tasty in eating. The wedding cake made a very pretty centerpiece. I'm like you and Dad -- cake isn't my favorite dessert ... but it surely was well received by the rest, and I did save you a piece "to sleep on." Maybe it will help you dream of who is going to ask for your hand...
We did not get to attend the wedding -- but we surely saw a lot of bustling around getting ready for it. Blanche had come to our house in the morning with Lois. Lois helped until, in the middle of the afternoon, she went home and got Carol and herself ready and then came back with Billy later.
Blanche and Mom did the meat and such and then they went and got dolled up, so I slicked up a little, too. When we were ready, Dick and Tom came driving in and my, did they look nice! Tom was to be best man and Dick was going to do some picture taking. LeRoy came back from getting Vonnie and Doris.
After every one was spiffed up, Blanche pinned the corsage on Vonnie and the flower on Doris. I do like Vonnie's suit and the orchid looked great with it. I had to laugh because Grandma Mellon was really enjoying all the fuss ... that is her favorite part, I think, being right in the midst of lots of activity.
They left for their appointment with the Justice of Peace in Howard Lake. Mom knows him really well and you probably remember they live on the corner where you turn to go around the lake to our place. His name is Charles Brewster.
So, on August 30, 1948, at about 5 p.m., with Tom Miller and Doris Wheelock as witnesses, Mr. Brewster read them their vows and they became Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Dake.
So now it is your turn -- or, who knows, maybe mine!
We are looking forward to your visit, and do wish you could be here today. I did the best I could to bring you the flavor of the whole thing.
Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Day 6 is a recommended rest day to acclimatize before climbing to the higher elevations over the pass a couple of days ahead of us. Kjirsten decides we should climb up to Ice Lake, which is a 4-hour (and 4,000 foot elevation gain) hike up the mountain on the east side of the valley. This will help us condition and acclimatize but it doesn't sound very restful.
I had planned to hike a couple of hundred feet above the village, as the guidebook recommended, resting my legs and joints for the climb to come while enjoying the views of the mountains to the west across the valley in the comfort of the late morning and early afternoon sun. Instead, we are on the trail shortly after sunrise, working our way up the mountain. There is ice in the water puddle on the trail as we start out and it is cold.
As we stop to catch our breath, we see Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Annapurna IV (7625 meters) to the south of us. To the west, directly across the valley from us, are Annapurna III (7558 meters) and Gangapurna (7454 meters). The morning sun is still on the eastern horizon, so the lighting and the views are fabulous. Annapurna itself is hidden behind Annapurna III and Gangapurna but we realize that these will be some of the best mountain scenes of the whole trek.
I am perfectly content to sit on the sunny hillside slope and just rest, relax and take in the outstanding views but Kjirsten and Mitzi refuse to let me do so and insist I continue to go higher with them. After a few more hours of, "It's gotta be just ahead," we finally reach a small frozen pond.
I have climbed four hours on my rest day to see this tiny frozen pond! There are plenty of these back home and I am not impressed. However, the views of the mountains are better than they were lower down and we benefited later from some good acclimatizing and conditioning.
As we look at the valley below us, and the mountains above us, we realize we are seeing a vertical rise of about 16,000 feet from the valley floor (at about 11,000 feet), to the top of the high peaks (around 27,000 feet). In all of our hiking, we have never seen that much vertical relief from one viewpoint (except Denali in Alaska) and it is spectacular.
By now, I am catching on that Kjirsten does these hikes not only for the views but to build up an appetite for the next meal. Eight hours of hiking later, we have accomplished that and enjoy another good meal at the "Yak Lodge," the most modern place we have stayed at yet, with a wonderful chef.
To be continued...
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Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Thank you so much for remembering me on my birthday. I had a wonderful day. Went to Disneyland with the kids, had dinner with Bill, and then the kids and grandkids came over for birthday cake.
Thanks so much for the birthday card! I went to Minneapolis for the weekend last weekend and we went to the lake with all our family to celebrate our birthdays! Thanks again for the card and hope to catch you later!
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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To the editors:
Just wondering ... we didn't get The Bulletin today ... did we just miss out, or were there problems with the production? I've checked a few times today, and no news.
We had a storm last night during the night, but Curt and I slept right through it. It damaged our flowers a bit, but nothing else. Tonight there were severe storms in Mound and all the way up through the northern part of the cities ... sounds like there may have been a tornado touch down in Long Lake ... not sure ... will know more later, I'm sure.
Hope all is well....
Patty Anderson Henderson
Editor's comment: When that storm went through, it damaged the Embarq High Speed Internet equipment somewhere down in that area. In Chaska, Osseo, and in Alexandria we lost our High Speed DSL connection to the Internet. So, though the paper continued in production on schedule in Alaska, I was no longer in connection!
Finally, at 11:30 p.m., the ISP completed repairing their equipment and I was able to send out The Bulletin. I do hope you got yours in good condition. And I do hope that most of you who get our paper remembered that you could go directly to the web page and pick it up. Easiest way to check is to click on the "home" button at the top on any e-mail Bulletin you have -- or bookmark the home page -- http://www.thebulletin.ws -- which always has a prominent link to the current issue of The Bulletin. Or you can just go to Google and search for "The Bulletin Dorothy Anderson" and find it there. (If you just Google The Bulletin you will get dozens of other publications with the same name that rank higher in searches than our paper.)
Just wondering if something went wrong as neither Merna nor I received The Bulletin today.
We miss it greatly.
Mavis Anderson Morgan
Is The Bulletin out? I miss it -- even though I don't contribute much to it.
Elaine Anderson Wold
Our AOL is so balky this morn. Sounds like your Juno is, too.
Will be glad to see The Bulletin whenever...
You know on Saturday -- when there was no Bulletin from you on my computer -- I was really wondering! I know I am remiss in writing -- but others can write so much better than I -- and I thought I'll bet Dorothy is testing me by not sending me a Bulletin! So I promise to get something done by Thursday. My daughter Judy is coming tomorrow to try to teach me how to scan -- again! We haven't put all our trips and pictures on the computer yet -- so hopefully can do that tonight -- and have some for The Bulletin.
So I was shocked and I need to thank you for sending this delinquent person a Bulletin -- and a jolt to get in gear!
All kidding aside, we couldn't part with The Bulletin. What I need to do is go back and bring up things that I never finished reading when they were on!
Thanks so much again for The Bulletin! I enjoyed your story about Vonnie and LeRoy's wedding. Sunday we had company and we used the lead crystal sugar bowl and creamer that they gave us for our wedding 28 years ago. Nice to think of them when I put it on the table for our company to use.
Marlene Anderson Johnson
Editor's comment: Be sure you read more about Vonnie and LeRoy's wedding as told by Gert to her sister Dorothy in the Memory Lane column today.
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
Seeing these pictures, which doesn't seem that many years ago, it was a surprise to see the precious first picture of the Gauderman FAMILY now. Little Alexa looks so much like her daddy on the picture, and she is growing all too fast.
The Bulletin is such a valued part of the Anderson-Dake family as it records the events of note in so many families. So, looking at these pictures, you can see why I was so surprised to see that little girl so big now with her mom and dad.
We just got home from Famous Dave's BBQ, and while we rest awhile after being so full of the delicious ribs and catfish fingers (that is what they were called on the menu), I will start the LTTE as I get pretty anxious to comment on The Bulletin just after I have read it. The first picture always is a special one, and it seemed to be a favorite, not only of the family, but the photo editor, too.
We are meeting more of the Mellon family. Aiden and Austin don't seem to want to stop for picture taking, but we are glad they recorded the occasion for the rest of us to enjoy. My childhood memories of going to the circus are still vivid, so I know those boys will feel the video you took will be a priceless memento of their time there.
What a very nice introduction of the Don H. McKenzie family! I think that is so ironic that they should have found family through The Bulletin in the Internet. Oh, how Amy would have enjoyed meeting these members of her family! Woodbury and Stillwater are not too far from our home in MoundsView. To see the picture of the McKenzie family was especially helpful, along with the introduction of each member.
Thanks, Donna Mae for always having something new and different that has been happening in your family. The trip to the University of Minnesota, and the Glenwood Waterama and parade would be some happy hours during school vacation.
Dorothy's Memory Lane of Bubsy's letter was a story in itself. Not too many letters from her brother landed in her mailbox, I don't suppose, and this one about his wedding was a valued keepsake. I wonder if he is aware of his story being in this issue of The Bulletin? It would please him so much to remember those good old days of youth and in the prime of life. We knew Vonnie Thomas, but I can't remember anything about her wedding, and I am sorry about that now.
The Travelogue was especially interesting, getting to see an inside view of the stove and kitchen and cute tea cups and I wonder if they just held it on their laps or if there was a table? With Mitzi and Kjirsten together it wouldn't have been so fearful, but Sheldon was likely taking the picture so they were three strong. Good sports, I'd say. Looks like a plain piece of corrugated roofing material they were drying the apple slices on. Why not? Maybe we are too fussy.
I always am so glad when there are links to follow to understand more about what had been mentioned or written or pictured. Makes it extremely interesting to us, who know nothing about the area or ever will travel to such places.
It was so great to see a letter from Weston again. He must have had a birthday, and now a trip with his new friend. Be SURE to send some pictures for us. I had made a card for him but felt it was not appropriate at the time, but maybe I will send it anyway. He might even like it, who knows?
I have never seen the plant Royal Cape Plumbago, but it looks like it would be a filler, and do let us know how it turns out if you do plant it on the hillside.
That CHUCKLES was so cute. Can Abby actually be that big already? I'm sure it won't be the last time she explores that cupboard. What a darling pose, and hope you keep that for a few years. She will eventually just love it.
The Quotation for the Day was excellent. I, for one, can learn so much more by example than a million descriptive words.
So sorry your Internet high speed connection gave you Bulletin problems, Dorothy, and it just lets us know how much we depend on The Bulletin, and how disappointing it is not to see it right on schedule. We knew something was wrong, so hopefully it will be fixed and stay that way. I kept checking but finally now at almost 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, I am seeing it has arrived. Thanks, Don, for explaining the delay. The storm was scary, but we were safe.
Thanks, Jerrianne, for all your work to get it ready so when Dorothy hits the SEND button, things will be back to normal.
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