Sunday, September 27, 2009
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UPDATE -- Laguna Beach day trip
The annual Laguna Beach Art Festival was ending on August 31st, so Lisa and I decided to take a day off mid-week and enjoy some of the activities. We also wanted to take advantage of the free shuttle open-air bus service they use during the summertime and explore the off-beaten paths in Laguna Beach.
On the drive down, we stopped at two consignment furniture shops, then got lost on Balboa Peninsula, a very posh beach town community. It was fun to see, but not our goal. We decided to stop for lunch and some atmosphere at a Ruby's Restaurant (decorated in the '50s theme). The burgers are excellent!
We eventually drove down the coast, then up Laguna Canyon Road to park in the Act V parking lot. We boarded our shuttle bus to begin our day adventure and arrived at the town center. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. The Laguna Beach boardwalk was inviting, so we took off our shoes and walked along the shoreline -- the water was cool, but felt so good! After sitting a short spell on the shoreline, watching the waves and people, we took the shuttle service as far south as it would go, to the Laguna Beach limits. This dropped us off near the resort area, so we decided to explore a little.
We discovered public access paths from Pacific Coast Highway that lead to the back of the resort structures. To our surprise, we found beautiful grounds and landscaped pathways in back of the resorts. These paths wind along the tops of the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The views are stunning! We were surprised to even find bunnies along the way. We walked the paths a mile north, taking in the sights. It's time well-spent and a place to visit again. Apparently, others thought so, too, taking photographs of the scenery. By mid-afternoon, we caught the shuttle back to the main shops of Laguna Beach.
We eventually found Peppertree Lane, a favorite spot, for a shop that sells gelato (double chocolate ice cream). Tired, but enjoying a great day, we caught the shuttle going north to the parking lot, where the car was parked.
Laguna Beach has its own unique atmosphere; from art museums, boutique shops, gift shops, bistro restaurants, to the boardwalk, shoreline, and shuttle buses, with a variety of people to watch and dressed in all kinds of get-ups. Lots of people were visiting with foreign accents! Kids rode the shuttle services with their boogie boards, surfboards, skateboards, and everything in between. Luxury resorts keep the economy going. It was quite the day trip, and then some! If I could, I would have created a CD and sent it to you. I did take a picture of the shoreline from the cliffs, only to discover later this is similar to the current picture on the cover of Sunset magazine!
UPDATE -- a visit to Oregon and coastal California
I am past due in renewing my subscription. Nancy and I just completed a trip and I thought I'd drop a line and attach a few photos.
We recently took a northerly coastal trip through California, went inland to Oregon, and arrived at Welches, Oregon (Mt. Hood), for the wedding of Nancy's nephew. We spent four days visiting and participating in the wedding events, then proceeded south to Lake Tahoe for a work-related conference. Before you start feeling sorry for me, I will readily admit that a conference at Lake Tahoe is painless, to be certain! The entire trip was leisurely and took two weeks. Julian, Anne and the boys flew to Portland and joined us for the wedding. We had a great time!
As we traveled through Monterey, we took the famous 17-mile drive which includes the Pebble Beach Resort, as well as several other beautiful golf courses. Nancy encouraged me to play, but I decided it is something I'd rather do with a friend, so we'll save that for another time. We did, however, get to enjoy lunch on the terrace of the the Pebble Beach clubhouse and enjoy the view. I've attached a few pictures.
This trip encompassed the California coast, the lush and wooded beauty at the base of Mt. Hood, and finally the indescribable majesty of Lake Tahoe. It was an enjoyable time we'll remember for a long time.
UPDATE -- Red Chair Antiques opens
We have been shopping estate sales all summer and now have over 800 new items for our opening of the Cambridge area fall Unique Boutiques and Antiques Tour (September 24-27 and October 1-4). We (Red Chair Antiques) are open 8-5 daily, 11-4 on Sunday, during the tour and occasional weekends through early December (when we feel like it).
For our first day, today, we had more business than the whole first weekend of the spring tour. We hope it's a sign that the economy is finally turning around! Since we both have full time jobs, this is really just a hobby -- kind of a practice run for retirement. I don't know how anyone makes a living at this but we sure are having fun and supporting our shopping habit! I attached some pictures from the night before we opened. We'd love to see you here ... no pressure to buy -- visiting is always welcome!
Photo Editor's Note: The color is quite a bit "off" in these photos and I don't know how to fix it. If you want to know the true colors, you'll probably want to stop by in person for a "look-see."
UPDATE -- river walk at sunset
Sunday night we decided to go for a walk down by the Mississippi River. The sun was setting so I swung the car around and went back home for the camera. This is what we saw on Main Street in Anoka, Minnesota. Gotta be at the right place at the right time!
UPDATE -- Autumn color lingers this Fall
Jack Frost is lurking about, but as of Friday had not struck, and our flowers were still blooming. Snow capped the mountains outside my front window for the first time on Tuesday, the first day of Autumn. Though we know it can't last much longer, how glorious it has been! The Gazanias got off to a slow start in June, but they've been spectacular in late summer and into the fall. On the hill with the guardrail in the photo above, is a rock garden I've carefully tended since Spring.
Day to Day R
Our blind kitty, Midnight, has totally adjusted to Tula ... finally.
At first, Midnight would hide and worry about the new sounds from a different animal; this went on for some time. Tula was very interested in him, but she listened to my telling her to leave him alone and back off.
Therefore, once Midnight figured out Tula was harmless, he became the playground bully with her. He would lay in wait for her, sitting in the middle of the steps, and would not allow her to go by him. He would snag her as she tried to sneak by in the hallways. He taught her that he was boss and he had the claws to prove it. She believed him!
Finally, he has decided it is no longer necessary to bully Tula, as she backs down to him nicely now. So, not only did I train her, so did Midnight!
I wonder what she made of him. She showed him all signs of trying to be friendly; no direct eye contact, wagging tail, and about anything else she could think of to show she wanted to be friends. I could see her wondering, what is up with this guy? How do you explain blindness to a dog? In fact, I'm thinking Midnight does not have a clue that we all don't operate just as he does.
He has never let his blindness slow him down; he goes outside and roams over a large area of our yard and barnyard. He amazes me. It also amazes me that he doesn't quit running! He bumps into things often, many times rather hard, but that has not slowed him down.
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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.
The guess who picture is, of course, Lori Ostendorf with her darling little McKenna and Caity sitting with them. Also Jayce and Rylie riding on the edge. Looks like they're enjoying one of the last days of summer and they're doing it up in style. Looks like fun!
This is a "know" rather than a guess, as I know all of them. It is Jayce and Rylie and Caity and Lori holding McKenna. It is a cute picture.
This one I can identify! Jayce, Rylie, Caity, Lori and McKenna, all enjoying tubing. I'm guessing Shawn is the photographer in the boat?
Patty Anderson Henderson
This was a totally unusual GUESS picture this time. I see Jayce, Angel (or is it her sister?) Caity and Lori with McKenna. So, how is that for being close?
Betty Weiland Droel
Photo Editor's comment: Well, that cute little "angel" is Rylie, but you got the rest of them right!
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.
I am taking a noon break and we have had such a fun time together that I just have to record it. Gert and I are finally "clicking" -- she has grown up enough and I have slowed down. We talked until midnight (until Aunty finally came to our door and whispered that we had better get some sleep as we were going to need some energy for today!). And she was right, of course.
We were so busy collecting energy that we overslept and came down after everybody else was up and doing. So Gert grabbed some eggs and I got out the bread and cut and toasted it. We cut a nice, big grapefruit and shared it. Then, with some crisp bacon for a side and the eggs just the way we like them (whites solid and yolks runny), and homemade bread made into crunchy toast spread with butter and fresh strawberry jam, we had a lovely breakfast. (Of course, I needed a cup of coffee -- but Mom had left some on the stove and it only needed to be warmed.
Yep, we did do up the dishes and neaten the kitchen, nice and respectable, before we headed upstairs again.
Next we went back to the south bedroom where the two of us had slept. We made up the bed and decided we had better get out of our pj's, so we allowed each other 15 minute turns to the bathroom. While Gert was taking her bath, I put out my clothes for tomorrow. I need to press my suit as it got kind of wrinkled in the garment bag and I want it to look nice.
Then I started looking through my stored clothes to see what I would need to take along. (We are going to pack all my winter things this afternoon.) Gert came in with her housecoat on and I headed in for my turn. I was sneaky -- by being last, I dragged my 15 minutes into closer to a half hour. Of course, I had to work on my hair too; I need a little time to do my coronet braids. But finally I was all fixed up.
I popped into the bedroom and what do you know? There stood my "cheeky" little sister dressed in my new suit, my hat on her head, and my boots in place. She looked pretty cute. I informed her I wanted her picture -- but no, not the boots. They now must go back in the paper and into the suitcase, which then went into the walk-in closet. I am not wealthy enough to own a flash camera so I decided that with the one I own we would get a better picture outside.
But first, the suit bagged a little as she isn't quite my size and I knew how to fix that. We went onto the back porch where Mom hangs her clothespin bag. We picked out three clip pins and snugged up the jacket. (I had once read that is what they do for the catalogue models -- to make everything fit really nice.) Then we went out the side door and, of course, when the barn kitties heard us talking, they know the voice of the hand that pets them so they had to come see what was happening. And I think I got a nice picture!
After we finally got my suit pressed and back upstairs, Mom put in her appearance. She said Aunty is out with Grandma, working on some project. Mom had gotten the garden harvested of the last green beans and she had some things we needed to do for her.
Right before she had time to tell us what she wanted, the telephone rang and Gert took the call. It was LeRoy and he wanted us to come and pick Vonnie up at Clyde Hawkins'. They had gone there to have his friend Clyde see if he could help check out a thump or bump or something on their car and the men decided they could fix it -- but Vonnie really didn't care to sit there waiting for the guys to finish. So we just got back from picking up Vonnie and running the errand Mom had for us. Gert let me drive. Pretty fun to be at the wheel again after six months or so.
We picked up Vonnie at Hawkins' house. (Was she ever glad at escaping a couple of men with their heads under the hood!) Then the three of us shopped at Pudlitzke's Grocery. Just a few minutes ago we got back with the items that Mom wanted. As we carried the stuff in, we could smell that Mom has our dinner almost ready. (I guess the Foleys would call it lunch.)
Oh, I see Grandpa and Grandma coming down the driveway -- better get out and see what excitement will come next!
Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
On day 13 we reach Ghorapani, which is notable on the circuit for its close proximity to Poon Hill, a very popular high lookout point with outstanding views of Annapurna and many other mountains of the range also visible to the north, northwest and northeast. It is especially popular to hike the 1,000 feet or so up to Poon Hill early in the morning to catch the alpenglow and sunrise on the mountains.
We have reached Ghorapani by early afternoon so I decide to do some laundry. I have only two of everything, except only one pair of pants, so you can about imagine what that wash water looked like (hand washing in the sink). After a good shower, the smell of the clothing and myself will be much improved.
We had planned to go up to Poon Hill for evening views of the mountains, but by early afternoon the clouds moved in and we spent the rest of the afternoon admiring only the fog.
To be continued...
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Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
I had a pretty good birthday. I got online right away this morning and had a happy birthday wish on Facebook from a friend in Germany (who shares my birthday!). Next, it was a call from my mom while I was on my way to work, with her singing Happy Birthday. Then Ben texted me to say happy birthday shortly after that. Soon after getting to work, I got an e-mail from Weston saying happy birthday. So by about 8:30 this morning, I was only missing a singing telegram. As patiently as I waited, that one never came!
I went to lunch at Mexican Village with some work friends. Then I worked for another hour before leaving early to surprise Rylie and Brooklynn by picking them up at school. Unfortunately, I had to mow the lawn at the old house after that, but then took the girls to swimming lessons while Jolene went to a meeting at work. Finally, at about 6:30, we met back up at Paradiso for supper.
It was a busy day, but that's the story of my life right now! Thanks to you and everyone else for all the wonderful birthday wishes. It truly makes for a great day.
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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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LOVED your Memory Lane!
Off to run Jayce into town for a football game, but had to take time for The Bulletin first. I thoroughly enjoyed each contribution!
Figured I'd better write immediately, as I forgot to mention last week how I, too, enjoyed the redheads! I know I mentioned it to you on the phone, but meant to write about it, also. With one of my own, I enjoyed Frans' sharing that with us.
I also enjoyed the Alaska State Fair; it brought back fond memories of our trip there with Jerrianne, many years ago now. That was the best state fair, like stepping back in time. And the vegetables, truly amazing!
Betty asked about Tula. We adopted her from the Humane Society in Alexandria. She fits in great with the other animals and most all of the humans. McKenna was afraid of her at first, but her visit this weekend seemed to go much better. Not sure what that was about, as she has been around many dogs.
Tula was undisciplined when she first arrived and bounding with energy. She loves being able to run on the farm; she had been a town dog for the first four years. Her owners had to give her up when they moved into an apartment and could no longer keep her.
She has learned very quickly, sits obediently at the top of stairs until I'm down and call her (or vice versa) She learned to heel and also knew other commands, including "sit pretty." She has become very good with "stay." In fact so good, one day I'd brought her into the tunnel, instructed her to stay. I put some things away and called to her "okay," but forgot to add the "you can come." She must have still thought I meant "stay" or had said "stay." After quite some time, it dawned on me I hadn't seen her for a while. Went back to the tunnel and there she patiently sat, waiting for me to tell her to come.
The biggest problem with her, is her long coat and her love of running in the woods. She keeps an assortment of weeds on her and has a tendency to try pulling them out of her fur while in the house. Maybe I should try a baby detangler to help get them out!
Probably more than you wanted to know, right, Betty?
Donna Anderson Johnson
What a full Bulletin this week! It was nice to get to see all of the photos from the funeral. Ginny sure took some beautiful pictures of the flowers.
Nothing new and exciting in my life, so it is really exciting to read all the new and wonderful things going on with The Bulletin subscribers! For some reason I hadn't read the last few issues, so I took some time to catch up. As always, I found wonderful photos, funny stories, and tales of great adventure.
I also found the information on the passing of your brother. I am so sorry at his loss. It sounds like he was a very good and Godly man who is now home with his Lord. You have my sympathy.
I especially enjoyed all the animal tales in the last few issues of The Bulletin. From dogs as foot stools, to kittens for sale -- cheap (free!), to new pets and wide hips! I can empathize with the wide hip problem! Having two cats myself, Beau and Tai, I understand the fragile dignity of cats. We must not upset Tabasco further; her self esteem is at stake! :)
Thank you for the many smiles and family updates. Keep up the good work!
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I spent a long time studying the center of that beautiful autumn blossom to see if that was just part of the flower or a bug on that sunflower center of the first picture. I decided it really didn't matter, and I didn't have time for that. SO, then I looked at the startlingly brilliant golds and yellows so typical of Autumn. Once again, our Photo Editor chose just the perfect reminder of the season.
Then, that beautiful arrangement from LeRoy Dake's funeral gave me another reason to sit and study the mixed flowers and colors which made a pleasing to the eye picture which I would like to copy for a card, but I see it is copyright by Virginia so I will just enjoy it as I see it here.
We have just come from my aunt LaFern Rowland Naef's funeral in LeMars, Iowa. I must say there were no flowers as beautiful as this arrangement was. She was 97 and had not been able to be beyond her rest home, so a person tends to forget them, as much as you would not want it to be that way. I have lifelong memories of the dear person she was, and we are so glad she is beyond this ailing body and mind anymore.
That was such a very nice picture of the sisters, and they also are a special part of my memories from way back. Also, the Dake children brought memories to mind that I will always remember. I won't tell, Larry, that one of the memories is of him in the high chair. So, we also go way back. Memories that never fade.
It was quite an interesting picture Lori had sent of that castle. Lori and Keith taking time to share their trip and pictures was appreciated by all of us Bulletin subscribers. That is what makes The Bulletin the treasured weekly account that it is. It is real, and it is family and friends, and it is intended only with a sharing of special occasions in each one's life. No commercial venture, and no space used for bragging or complaining -- you know what I mean, I'm sure.
As I said before, I print The Bulletin so I can enjoy it slowly and thoroughly. So, instead of scrolling down, which I also do, I turn pages. This time, when I turned to page 7 of 36 pages, there were those four '"T's" ... from Texas. I couldn't believe how they had grown, and that sweet little sister is dearly loved by her big brothers; that is very evident. Thank you so much for picking that picture to send in, Scott and Angela. The cowgirl in her boots was so cute with her frilly, feminine dress on. She is already three years old! NO!
Angela loves her teaching. HHHmmm, I never really liked teachers, as they represented discipline, which I wasn't very fond of. Now I have a niece who is a very successful teacher in Georgia, and a great niece who constantly talks of when she will be a teacher, but she is just 12 years old yet. So, I must say, some teachers are loved very dearly by this old Aunt Betty.
We have such variety in The Bulletin. Next was that colorful, delicious looking Rice and Raspberry Salad, along with the recipe. Thank you. It looks simple enough that maybe even I could attempt to make it.
The previous introduction to Don McKenzie was just the beginning. Now we have the very nice Update of a visit with the Matriarch, and the pictures to prove it. They live in Stillwater, and we live in MoundsView. Not so far apart, really.
Bridget, you told us about the walk to help the worthy cause of mental illness, but you didn't give an address as to where to send in the donation you had mentioned that would be a help. (The link was there, but it didn't work ... and that was the fault of the Photo Editor, who has corrected it on the web page edition of The Bulletin.)
Paige would be able to answer some questions, eventually, after she learns about the proper way to care for the subject matter she is learning about. I hope she thoroughly enjoys her chosen career.
Jerrianne gave us an update on the Autumn foliage in Alaska. Now THAT was something there would not be a duplicate of, that's for sure. The special vivid coloring and the heavy crop of berries makes you wonder. Must be some weather pattern ahead. We could ask an Indian ... they seem gifted in nature.
You can keep your mushrooms, though, Jerrianne. I know if a person likes them they really, really like them.Very nice photos of them, though, and the fruit and blossoms. Our Photo Editor has a special gift when she's behind the camera.
A precious opportunity to have had that picture taken with Kimberly, Dorothy. We aren't seeing very many pictures of Levi lately. One has to value the pictures taken together like Duane and Don. Time brings changes so quickly so one must grab every chance to enjoy our friends and loved ones.
Oh, finally, on page 19 of 36 pages there it is, MEMORY LANE. I am always so glad it is still there, and we hope it continues to be a regular feature. This time I really had to laugh at how willing and humble Dorothy was to tell on herself about being miffed. I have to admit, I can not think just who Aunty was. I know her sisters, etc., but Aunty ... now why can't I remember that?
What a grand finale to that disgusting experience, being so hungry and so disappointed and so left in the dark. THEN, here comes this great treat of the home-cooked meal that was keenly remembered to this very day.
So, Dad was once again "counseling" his little girl about the boots, which brought more consternation. That brought more laughs as I read it. Little would Mrs. Foley know about the trip her famous boots made.
The "Home Again" photo was one that would have brought some thrills to Dorothy after being gone so long into the old, cold world, and now was back home again, loved and feeling so included and with family.
The Travelogue began with that magnificent photo of the mountain with it's glow which was almost surreal. You have a collection of pictures you took on this trip that would make you wonder yourself if you were actually there.
The Swensons were so fortunate not to have had many sessions of problems with food. So thankful that experience just ran its course and could be a bad memory you'll try to forget.
Barb Floyd came out of the woodwork! Wonderful to hear from her again. We didn't lose her subscriber's status after all, nor did she.
Oh, I was so happy to see that sweet, cute, pretty picture of the "Blossom Buddies" in CHUCKLES this time. What pretty little girls, and again we see the sunflowers, which were typical of this Bulletin's topic. So, the first and last pictures left us with this Autumn glow as summer fades into the past once again and winter looms up before us!
The Quotation for the day made me think of all we were reading in the Travelogue and in Memory Lane. One sees all sides of each thing that happened long ago, and now it is in the past tense.
I am getting in just barely under the wire for this week's publication. It is Thursday afternoon, and now the anticipation begins for Saturday morning.
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