Sunday, October 4, 2009
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UPDATE -- a bridal shower for Ashley
Last Saturday, Jolene Johnson, Jessy Chap and Lori Ostendorf hosted a bridal shower for Ashley Torgrimson. Ashley and Ben Johnson are to be married October 17th in Ashby.
UPDATE -- NAMIWalks, Minnehaha Park
On September 26, Doug and I headed down to Minneapolis for the NAMIWalks at Minnehaha Park. After hearing that rain was in the forecast, we woke up to sunny skies and warm temperatures, which made the trip even better.
After meeting up with my brother Ryan and his family, we met my youngest brother, Creed, and headed to Minnehaha Park. I had never attended such a thing before so it was amazing to see how many hundreds of people were there, supporting "in honor of" -- or "in memory of" -- those who suffer from mental illness.
We walked about three miles but I have to admit it didn't seem that long, with all the walkers around us and all the cheering sections we had. Pictures could not do justice to how much this walk meant to me and my family, but hopefully the money we raised will help to "Stomp out the Stigma" surrounding mental illness!
UPDATE -- on the trail again
This is long overdue. Just a short update. Ken and I came to Bismarck/ McClusky, North Dakota, last Wednesday. It is a bit cooler here than the weather we left in Arizona.
I am observing another first for me -- a Livestock Auction! Son Jerry had three horses to sell. It is fascinating for me, listening to the auctioneer. And looking over horses -- every color and size of horse, colt, pony and miniature.
We will be at Mandan for the weekend and will renew acquaintances made last year and years before. Jerry has a nice motorhome that we will use. So now I need to check it out and get ready for living.
The weather is changing! It was beautiful last week but it is getting windy and much colder. I hope it doesn't get too cold.
Ken got a new great-grandson in Boise last week -- Milo Branson Kitto. His parents are Brandon and Shauna (Murray) Kitto. Grandparents are Bill and Char Kitto in Great Falls, Montana; John and Sharon Murray of Bozeman, Montana. I don't know the proper names or hometown of Sharon's parents -- the Jeleniks.
Going to a lecture of Jerry's tonight -- and in an hour going to the clinic to watch him do a "spay" on a mare. I've watched C-sections, etc. but not this, so will be interestng for me.
We have to work on getting the pictures off the camera and hopefully I can send them e-mail -- like I do at home -- so bear with me. (No pictures received yet. --Photo Ed.)
UPDATE -- Autumn brilliance begins to fade
Jack Frost took a pretty good nip under a clear sky on Thursday night and autumn leaves are falling. We rescued the gazanias out of the Pioneer Avenue median last weekend, potted them up to see how they might do as blooming house plants, and put out the word that they were available for adoption. So far, we've found a preschool that wants three or four and I'm going to try a few in my sunroom. Most of them may spend the winter in my compost bin, which I'm sure would do it a lot of good, but they are so pretty I hate to see them go. When I lived in Arizona, they thrived in my garden year around, but that doesn't work in Alaska, so we'll see how it goes.
Day to Day R
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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.
I like the guess picture. It was taken at my parents' home at Dwight, North Dakota. The dark rose-colored sofa will hold lots of memories to our family members as lots of photos were taken on that sofa, which was bought about 1950. On the left is Donna Mae Anderson Johnson and her cousins, Steve Miller and Duane Miller. We had not seen Duane for a while so it was fun to see him at The Bulletin Potluck this past summer.
Mavis Anderson Morgan
I think they are (left to right) Donna Mae, Steve Miller and his brother, but I can't think of his name.
No guessing involved with this picture! Would be me (Donna Mae) and my wonderful cousins, Steve and Duane Miller. Just a few years ago. Or so it seems!
Donna Anderson Johnson
After pondering the photo for a considerable length of time (3 seconds) I have come up with the identity of the charming trio. :) That would be cousin Donna, Myself (Steve Miller), and brother Duane. I don't know the exact occasion, but probably somebody's birthday or Christmas, with each of us holding a toy. The couch looks like the one we had in the old house on the farm, but it could have been at Grandma and Grandpa Dake's. Fashion statement: Notice the suspenders I am wearing; I HATED those things -- hated them with a passion. I don't know how many times I tried to talk Mom into letting me wear a belt like all the other kids. I had to wear them until I was well into grade school. Ah, the memories of old that photos dredge up!
Editor's comment: I must submit that the exact davenport shown in the photo was not found in any of the places you mention (check the guess by Mavis Morgan) but certainly it was a very popular model and many people have sat on that one and lots more on others that resembled it very closely!
I am wondering if the cute little blonde named Donna (Anderson Johnson) could remember what her dolly's name was, and the young man with the suspenders, named Steve (Miller) could remember what he was playing with, and Duane (Miller), could you tell us what that little fellow with the tractor was thinking about doing next?
Aunty Gert (Dake Pettit)
The GUESS picture could be a lot of little ones, but I will try a guess, and again will accept being all wrong. I will say the first cute little child is maybe Donna Mae. She is so cute, and has a doll, so we know it is a girl. The middle one looks like Steve Miller, and one on the right ... OK, I give up. They are certainly fascinated by something or someone.
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.
Saturday Afternoon (Packing Day)
After Grandma and Grandpa had been welcomed and greeted properly -- it's allowable to hug your grandparents you know -- somebody ran down to get Dad, and somebody else went to fetch Grandma Greer and Aunty, and then we were ready for the afternoon to begin. First we must have sustenance to keep our bodies revived and strong for the task ahead (getting number 1 ready for the BERmidji winter that was waiting around the corner somewhere).
We were just finishing the platter of fried chicken with a big side dish of Kentucky Style Green Beans and were about to do a dessert of Apple Brown Betty when we saw that Blanche and Lois had arrived, with Carol between them, in Jim and Blanche's Chevy. So now, after they joined us for some dessert, we were ready to get to work on the afternoon's planned activities..
I had guessed that some of the events were going to take place, but not a clue did I have about most of what occurred. Grandma Mellon was the matriarch for the afternoon. I will put her requests in italics so I don't have to do so much work with all that punctuation.
Okay now, while Amy and Elizabeth are finishing the kitchen, let's get this business started! Gertrude, dear (she named Gert -- and doesn't call her by her nickname) you go get the boxes out of the car; maybe Vonnie had better help bring all the rest of the stuff out of the back seat. Blanche and Lois, you can please get the things off of Bill and Amy's bed and stack them here on the davenport. And Dorothy, why don't you take your grandpa to help you and bring down all of your winter clothes from your closet; don't forget to include anything you want up there in the tundra and don't want to haul back in your suitcase. Now SCOOT and let's see how organized we can keep this.
It took us a few minutes to get it all finished ... and several helpers were needed to get my assigned task done, as it was the most complicated. When we were all gathered in the living room again, with stuff all over the place, the taskmaster took over again.
All right, everyone settle down and listen a bit! Men are not allowed to be in this crowd -- well, not unless they are well behaved and don't make comments. (This was really addressed to Grandpa, as he was the only man there. Most of the afternoon he babysat Carol but he popped in now and then to see just what goofiness we ladies were up to.)
I guess you all know that Dorothy's friend Louella has promised to take these thing up North for her -- and her parents will take the boxes to their house to store them until next week so Louella can get them when she comes for her week off. We must try to pack them to use all the space very carefully. Now I know that Elizabeth and Blanche are the best at getting things packed the most compactly, so that is their job. And Dorothy, you are to be the model of all articles that the other ladies want to have you show them ... so don't you DARE disappear!
And the fun began... I will now give you a list of gifts that I received from my dear relatives. Some may seem odd but I do think they all are going to be very useful for these next five or six months (or more). I won't attempt to explain the situation of the modeling but I suspect we all have sore stomachs from all the howling laughter.
The FIRST (which explained Aunty's reason for shooing me out of the back seat of her car the night before ... and this was so special that we did stop the show to take a picture of it): Aunty had found a lovely winter coat with a fur collar at a used clothing store in the nicer part of the city. It was a lovely slate blue with such a nice, soft collar. Oh, Aunty, for lovely! It is a Sunday coat. Before we continued, I had my picture taken in the coat and then I thought of something else about my outer wear.
I will wear my black winter coat for work and I will carry it with me on my bus trip home by wearing it. I ran and got my rubber zip boots that I had forgotten, as I will need them for sloppy weather -- and no use to waste my money on something I already own!
SECOND -- from Grandma Greer, knitted from shades of blue with bands of black, white, and grey, was a long (I mean really long) scarf that could be wound around my neck and the ends tossed over my shoulder -- OR the ends could be wound around my head to cover my face from icy blasts! I would imagine this will get LOTS of use. So that is what you were so busy at out there in your little home! I practiced wrapping it a few times and can see I will have to be careful to keep the ends in control!
THIRD -- from Lois, Blanche, Vonnie, and Gert ... came the nicest gloves I have ever owned. (They were so glad they got to look at the boots.) They had picked out leather that matches the boots (we did have to have the boots out of hiding for this ... and for the next gift) and they have rabbit fur tops and downy lining. I am sure they are the perfect gift to match all I have already been given... Now, while the boots were still out, I received a gift from Mom (and Dad).
FOURTH -- from my parents. Mom has taken a pair of felt liners Dad had bought to use for his own boots this winter ... but when he heard Mom's idea, he offered them up for her use and for my comfort. She took them apart and then cut them down to fit herself snuggly ... as she knew my feet were a bit smaller. After I brought the boots, she was able to fit them exactly so when I modeled them I pushed them into the boots with my hands and then slid my foot into the lining and the boot at the same time ... first the right and then the left. Then I closed the placket at the top of each liner and buttoned a strong, flat loop over a little flat button. The liners end down below the fur of the boots a bit.
No snow will get on my feet! I shall have the warmest feet this winter that I have had in many a one before! A PERFECT FIT! What kind and loving parents! Then, with the liners in them, I put the boots into their papers and snuggled them in with the coat in a carrying box. Then I was ready for my modeling to continue.
Now then, dear Granddaughter -- Grandpa and I closed down the drygoods department of our store back a couple years -- and in going through the items we have left, I have found a regular treasure trove of items that might come in handy. I have here several items, but you need only model one of each ... and you may put them on over your other undies but please remove your skirt (and, Amy, you keep your dad out, if he comes around!).
No use being a poor sport -- they wouldn't put up with that -- so I modeled for them a pair of cotton snuggies that came down to right under my knees with a vest with cap sleeves (also the soft, stretchable cotton), a pair of dove gray lisle stockings, a princess cut flannel slip, a big puffy flannel nightgown, and a large pair of bloomers (just as a joke!). Oh, my, what a funny bunch of "Irish" ladies! I will chuckle over this many a time, I do believe!
It took the rest of the afternoon to get everything packed and in order so it could be easily carried by Ercel Smith (Louella's dad) to their car (with Dake help) and then to their house (with Mary, Jerry, and Vangie help) and then by Ralph Williams to their car to bring to Bemidji. And then, Ralph had promised that, if I would keep the two upstairs ogres at bay, he would actually carry it up to my bedroom for me. Of course, he expects Louella and me to help ... as we are "modern" women!
I do not plan to talk all night tonight as tomorrow is a BIG day, too -- and I am TIRED! But I will think of this day many times this winter -- the things will keep my body warm and the thoughts will keep my heart just as warm as my body!
Kentucky String Beans
When making these, you really should have a Grandma Greer, some beans getting a bit older than snap beans, and some good, old-fashioned bacon or salt pork.
Here are hints for preparing the beans for cooking:
1. Be sure to wash them carefully.
2. Do not use beans that have started to dry, but do use them if they are crisp and if they are nice and full and beans are forming in the pods.
3. As you snap, you must be sure to remove the string that runs down the back of the bean and snap off both the stem end and the pointy end.
4. Snap the crisp beans and peel the ones that you feel the beans in. When you peel them, you will need to throw away the peel and cook the beans right in the pot with the snapped beans. (You throw the beans right in with the snapped ones.)
My Grandma Greer did the task of preparing the beans lots faster than Gert and I did them.
Cooking the Beans
Use a big kettle with plenty of room for things to get a good cooking. Cover with salted water. Throw in some salt pork (if you are Grandma) or some bacon (if you are my mom). Mom usually fries the bacon before putting it in as she doesn't cook the beans quite as long as Grandma does.
We do not time this but cook it until it is done (if you are my mom) or cook it until it is VERY done (if you are my grandma). At any rate, this is more than a side dish; it is a hearty "take the place of potatoes" dish! Most of our family members love it ... but I notice not everyone ate as much as I did!
Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Early the next morning, we climb up to Poon Hill (3210 meters), along with about 100 other people. (This is one of the highlights of the circuit.) We enjoy some fantastic views of sunrise and early morning lighting on the mountains.
We are only one to two days from the highway and civilization, depending on the route, so a lot of people just come in to this village to enjoy this vantage point and then walk out, completing a much shorter three- to five-day circuit on the south end of the range. We can even see Dhaulagiri, back to the far northwest, and the ice field we climbed up to three days ago.
To be continued...
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To the Editors,
Wonder if we could get a update on, I believe it was Lisa/Melanie, and how the old house they moved is coming along. I love old houses and think they have so much character, more so than new houses. The stories old houses could tell if the walls could talk! Thanks,
Trish Dake Meyer
To the Editors (and Trish),
I have been so busy going to school, working full-time, working on the house and keeping up with the kids, free time for fun stuff is almost non-existent. I'm actually heading off to school right now but will try to get some pictures off to you today.
Even though life is hectic I always have time to read The Bulletin. :o) Thanks for all the work you do, keeping everyone up-to-date with everyone!
Melanie Sigman Lehtola
That was a nice job -- placing the pictures and article together (in the Laguna Beach day trip report). I love that beach scene! :-)
Although the Swenson photos didn't come through, the West Coast pictures were more stunning than ever, and the Red Door Antiques had that "come hither, buy me" look. Much enjoyed.
Photo Editor's Note: If you couldn't see the Swensons' Travelogue photos, perhaps that meant your e-mail program didn't have enough memory. Quitting the e-mail program and restarting it might do the trick. However, the easist solution might be clicking the link at the top of the page to open your browser and read The Bulletin directly from the web page. That bypasses the various quirks that e-mail programs can introduce to the experience. We don't want you to miss out on those beautiful photos ... and I agree that the West Coast (and sunset) photos were stunning.
I hope I am not late again. Was glad to see the picture of the McKenzies. They sure seem like nice people. I enjoyed their visit to our place, too.
Next Saturday there will be a baby shower for Josh and Alisha's baby, Luke, so will have to get a picture of them and send it in.
Hope all is well at your house. Wonder if you were getting washed away up there, too? A lot of farmers down here were harvesting beans, but that came to a stop. Just hope it stops a while before we reach snow days!
Gert Dake Pettit
Editor's comment: Not sure about Alaska but we are getting a real soaking today. I almost guess this came up off the Gulf area ... at least it looks like that on the Doppler.
Photo Editor's comment: We definitely didn't send any soaking rain from Alaska to the Midwest this time. We've had a stretch of warm, sunny weather -- a glorious fall like none other in memory, though we had a pretty hard frost in my neighborhood Thursday night and we're on a downhill slide toward winter now. It has been great while it lasted!
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
GAZANIA ... OK, I give up. I can't ever remember of seeing one before. When it comes to lovely photos of flowers, we know you will get the perfect shot, Photo Editor, and once again you did it. You chose it for our first picture, giving us some thought to the intricate beauties of nature that are almost underfoot. We usually are being distracted by things that don't really matter, and miss out on the here now and gone tomorrow mysteries of creation.
It was so refreshing to have the Update from Doris and Lisa Anderson in Southern California. I am trying to think of when we have had a nice account from them before, and it has been quite a while. Laguna Beach was new to me, and though the shoreline looked rugged, the walking paths were beautifully manicured and it would be easy to forget the problems and troubles as you leisurely walked through the day in such an unusual place. It seems like you could have used a lot of time just browsing in those shops on Peppertree Lane.
Then the very next Update was by Dan Mellon, of another rugged coastline. I was curious as to how you could golf on Pebble Beach, but then the next picture shows more of a golf course scene. Fun to eat outside. Right now in MoundsView, you would probably get a plateful of pine needles in the chilly breeze.
We were so thrilled to see the announcement of the Red Chair Antiques opening. It would be so much puttery work and long hours to get everything placed just right, and on display to give the best advantage of value and sentiment. Did I miss the promise of the scones and coffee? I am hoping to be able to drive up into that yard again someday, but we do not have one square inch of room to put more "stuff."
I was shocked to see that Virginia Adair actually sent in such a lovely Update on our very own Anoka, Minnesota, beauty. A river walk at sunset would be so restful, and the beautiful pictures seem most unusual. It is not easy to see a sunset in the city. Thanks, Ginny, and now maybe Cap'n Jack will get an inspiration, too, to write again.
What a special picture of the mommy and her children walking in the north country, visiting the Beaver pond. Those little ones are so fortunate to have that natural playground rather than the cement world in a city. They won't realize how safe and entertained they were in their childhood until they have their own children.
Oh, Jerrianne, is that actually the view from the end of your street? How vast and spectacular! Right now that lush autumn coloring would make you just want to stand and stare to the beyond and the beyond and the beyond. I was wishing you had given us a closer look at the rock garden you had carefully tended.
I still find it almost unbelievable that there could be such an array of blooming flowers in the median of Pioneer Drive. To plant, weed, and water is no small task.
I can't think of anyone I know of who could have given us the story Donna Mae Johnson did about their animals. A blind cat, and Tula, the animal shelter adopted beautiful dog. That was so touching, and please give us further updates.
Every time I see the hand tinted photo of Dorothy, I am very relieved that nothing has hindered our next chapter of Memory Lane from being in The Bulletin again.
It is very clever how Dorothy has that talent of bringing us right up into the room beside her, as though it were yesterday. The tale of the suit was so funny, but I think the clothespins got a little tight snugging up that jacket. You still haven't told me who "Aunty" is. We could almost smell that delicious breakfast you had described. I will have to break down and use the archives to find out who this Aunty is.
The length of the bath and the telephone call -- all so descriptive. I loved reading it.
I had to laugh at the anklets and shoes that went with the suit and hat. Even the cat was trying to figure this whole thing out. I was 18 in 1948 and I could never write a story like Dorothy is doing with all the details and perfect timing. That makes my next birthday 80, which I don't even believe myself (until I look in the mirror).
So now we transfer our imagination over to the Swenson trek and the Travelogue. The picture of the laundry with Kjirsten reading gives lots of details to look at. Not quite a convenient as Dickinson, North Dakota, but do-able when you have the rough it-lust that those three have had all this time. I would need a pretty hefty handrail on that infinite staircase. I can see that kind of trip is not for the likes of Roy and me.
It is to be continued, so maybe we will get that little trio home again, after all. I wonder what you think as you look through your pictures by your very own table.
I really appreciated the extra mile you went, Donna Mae, to give us the history of that new dog in your home, Tula. She must be well trained to have sat at the tunnel so long. She is a pretty dog. Glad she just fits into the animal family at the Johnsons'.
I loved Donna Richards's letter to the editor. All of them, really, but some folks just seem to enjoy it more certain weeks. We had Donna in our home one time with Donna Mae when she surprised me with a precious keepsake platter from Red Chair Antiques.
Somehow, the CHUCKLES really made me chuckle this week. That poor little cutie is so disappointed or disgusted or miffed (like Dorothy) and her friend is trying to mother her. I loved that picture, for some reason. So real to life, maybe.
We know Jerrianne spends extra time to find just the right Quotation for the day, so I try not to overlook it, even if it is on the very last page or the very end. It was on page 34 of 35 pages. About the foolish man seeking happiness in the distance.... We have so much to learn, and mostly by trial and error.
Now, this is not quite at the deadline this week, and it has been so nice to have time to sit and reply to our Bulletin #380.
Our thanks again to our devoted Bulletin producers.
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