Sunday, October 18, 2009
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UPDATE -- baby shower invitation: Luke Bradley Boltz
A baby shower for Luke Bradley Boltz, born September 10, 2009, to Joshua and Alicia Boltz, will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8, at Great-Grandma Gert Pettit's house in Howard Lake. This is a co-ed party, so bring the entire family. Those of you who are single, please feel free to bring a date.
UPDATE -- Abby's first birthday
How are you doing? We're looking forward to seeing everyone at Ben and Ashley's wedding ... seems like it's been a while! I don't have much for an Update but I wanted to send a few pictures from Abby's birthday! Hard to believe that Abby is busy being a one year old now! I hope you can use some pictures! Take care!
Mitzi -- Someone named "Martin" sent a link to a web album of pictures of the Dickinson tornado last July. I have no idea who Martin is and the date on them was "2005" so I figured they might be spam, even dangerous spam, and have only looked at them recently. Do we have (or can we get) permission to use some photos in The Bulletin, with a paragraph or two from you about the tornado? I know there are tornado photos on the 7Swenson web site, as well. I'd have used them long ago, if I'd had the requisite pieces, and this week we may need them.
What's up with the new house? Any stories and pictures there? --Jerrianne
UPDATE -- a tornado last July and a new house, soon
Martin is one of our ministers and won't mind if you use his photos. Since we were in Seattle when the tornado hit, he was able to post those photos so we could decide if we needed to come right home or stay for the wedding we were planning to attend a few days later.
We just happened to be staying in a hotel (with Internet and cell phone service) the night of July 8 when Aunika called from Fargo to tell us there had been a tornado in Dickinson and we should call the neighbors to see if we still had a house and dogs. We had planned to be camping in Mount Rainier National Park that night but had stopped for the night outside of the park because it was raining; otherwise she wouldn't have reached us until two days later.
The neighbors confirmed our house was still intact and the dogs were extremely frightened but safe. They knew we didn't have broken windows but were unsure about other damage because the power was out. It was raining and there had also been hail.
The next morning Martin Wilson, one of our ministers who was staying in Dickinson, took several photos for us. We decided to stay in Washington for the wedding and to visit Sheldon's cousins for a couple of days because "the tree that was leaning on the house wasn't going anywhere."
When we got home a few days later, we learned that our next door neighbor had lost about half of his roof and had extensive water damage. We were very fortunate and had only about $2,000 of minor damage, like a missing stove pipe on our house -- but the yard was a different story.
Several large pine trees were uprooted, four more lost their tops and a couple more were leaning a bit. A tree by our driveway had a large broken branch and the trunk was split. The city forester said we'd need to see how those trees look next spring. (There are several videos on Youtube.com if you search for Dickinson tornado.)
We had looked at houses closer to the high school, community center and recreation center before leaving for Washington. After returning, we decided to put our house on the market and buy something in that neighborhood, if ours sold. Many families had been displaced from the area and we live one block from an elementary school.
It didn't seem like there was much interest in our house -- until we released a house we had made on offer on, contingent upon selling ours. Within a few days our house was sold, and we weren't joking when we told our kids we were going to be homeless the end of October. That won't be the situation, however, because we found a new house a few days later.
To be continued.....
UPDATE -- Alexa's first birthday -- in a new home
I thought I would send a little update on the events we've been sharing in down in the Cities.
As some of you already know, Jeff and Jessica (Morgan Gauderman) purchased a home in St. Bonifacius ... actually just a few minutes away from Curt and Patty Henderson! We managed to get several rooms painted before moving day, so that was nice.
We did take a little time out to help Alexa celebrate her first birthday ... nothing better than BLUE frosting!
UPDATE -- manor project for retirement tools
There was not a lot of fanfare on this project. We found this backyard shed prebuilt in Anoka and they brought it out and set it in the back yard. We now have a bit more room in our garage.
In the winter we store our fireplace wood and lawnmowers and summer stuff; then, in the summer, we switch it around and our snowblower goes in the shed and the lawnmowers find a home in the garage.
The fireplace wood stays in the shed year around. We had flowers in a window box and I have added a ramp to make it easier to move stuff in and out. We insulated it and put blinds in the window, so it has undergone a few changes from the time these pictures were taken.
We also rebuilt our deck this spring, after I retired, so we keep busy.
UPDATE -- Woodcutting Weekend at the farm
This past weekend was woodcutting out at the Farm. It's the weekend we all meet up at my aunt and uncle's place near Ashby and spend a day or so out in the woods cutting and gathering up the dead-falls so they can be used to heat the house during the winter months. It may not be everyone's thing, but I always have a great time. It's a chance to see family we don't hook up with a whole lot, and it gives you an excuse to eat like a little piggy; after all, you worked your butt off all day! It's good, honest work too, the kind that makes you actually hungry.
This year was a little different than most, for a couple reasons, the first being the snow. We've done this project at all sorts of different times, ranging from mid-October to late-November, but, in all the years we've been helping, there's never been snow. Now this year, when we scheduled earlier than it's been in a long time, we wake up the morning of to a good inch of powder that stuck around for most of the day. It didn't make things all that much harder, which was actually kind of surprising, but it certainly made the experience interesting.
The other big difference was how many people we had out there. A couple guys (you know who you are) decided that the Gopher game was much more important than heating the homestead, so they wussed out and stayed back in the Cities. (Nah, I kid, guys. It's all good.) The other missing folks had the excuse of being two weeks away from having a baby, so they get off ... this year. That left us with only seven doing the work of what's, at times, been more than a dozen.
Considering our diminished numbers, we didn't expect to get near as much wood put up as we usually do, but that's the weird part. When all was said and done, the wood shed was filled to the brim and there was a fairly sizable pile sitting in the yard, and if my memory is correct that's about how much we put up the last couple years with the whole crew helping. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it tells me one important thing. Next year the folks who missed this year's cutting can do all the work while the rest of us come up with new combinations of Fritos and chili.
Day to Day R
I would like to send a big thank you to the six hard-working family members who showed up for our annual wood-cutting weekend. So, thanks to Eric, Leona, Wyatt, Jolene, Lori and Ben. (Ashley ended up being sick.) I was amazed at how much they got done!
And thanks to Jolene for all the goodies she supplied: namely, cookies, bars and caramel rolls! Plus they brought along pizzas to throw a little birthday celebration for Brooklynn. If anyone goes hungry, it is purely by choice!
Beaver commented that Eric has gotten to be a regular bear with the huge pieces he was throwing around. All that working out has definitely paid off! With Beaver, Wyatt and Ben running the chainsaws, Eric was the only guy throwing wood. He said he didn't want the girls to have to try and lug the large pieces. That's what I like, a gentleman!
We genuinely appreciate all the tremendous help! We love having everyone here; a house is a much better home with family around!
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 really have no idea, but I'm guessing -- as that is the name of the game. I think the boy is Donald Anderson and the three girls his sisters -- but I would not know which is which, if my guess is correct.
Editor's comment: Good for you! What you guessed is totally correct. Now, if no one is able to identify the sisters, then I will tell you. But perhaps someone will know!
I know the guess this time! It's my big brother Donald Anderson and we three sisters -- myself (Elaine Anderson Wold), DeLoris Anderson and Mavis Anderson Morgan. It is by the sweet pea fence at our home in Dwight, North Dakota. I think it's taken in 1937, as Mavis looks like 2 years old.
It's strange -- when Mavis was little, my mother could not get a picture of her not crying or pouting, since she had been frightened by a toy camera that shot out a fake snake, so she never liked her picture taken. However, when she grew up, she is the one in the family who perhaps has the most photo equipment, movie projectors, camcorders, and cameras of all kinds!
Elaine Anderson Wold
Editor's comment: And I do not think you can find a photo taken of her where she isn't looking great! Not a pout to be seen. :-) As a matter of fact, the Anderson girls are all quite photogenic. Merna Morgan Hellevang sent the photo, which she said was taken in August 1936.
I finally have a guess for the mystery picture! The handsome young man behind the fence is my father-in-law Donald Anderson. (He looks a lot like the young Navy pictures I have seen of him!) I'd guess the girls must be his sisters, DeLoris, Mavis and Elaine, though I'm not sure of the order of their birth so can't say which is which without asking Don (junior) and that would be cheating! To be fair, I should mention that Dad also sent us the picture (a day after The Bulletin came out) but I had already guessed. :-)
I am completely at a loss about the GUESS picture. I do not see one single feature I can relate to someone I know. I must confess that I have heard since who they are, but I would never have even come close. Hope others did.
Surely, I should have recognized VERLAINE last week. My two sisters-in-law on that picture, and I only knew Anita. Glenda was in The Bulletin last week, and I was thinking of comparing that picture of Glenda with who turned out to be her on that picture, but knew I probably would be wa-a-ay off again.
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.
Monday -- Return Journey
I am on my way back to Bemidji. Right at the moment, I have my journal in hand and I am about to write some observations. I stayed longer than Aunty, who went home yesterday afternoon, so this afternoon Gert took me to Howard Lake to catch the bus, which left at 3:30. Now I have a layover, while waiting for the bus that goes to Bemidji and then points west. It leaves at 11:30 p.m. -- so while I wait, I have decided to put down some thoughts.
First Observation (about myself): From the time I left home last spring, until I came home now in October, I can truthfully say I have not missed teaching. I have thought about it -- but with no nostalgia whatsoever. I guess I could say I missed it not a whit.
And then, yesterday, Arlene walked in ... she looked at me and then scooted over and my shy little friend threw her arms around me in a big hug. Then she, who usually talks so little, started in and talked "a blue streak"! Here are some of things she shared with me:
She says the 7th and 8th graders are all going to the Cokato Junior High School this year. She also says that she has found another piano teacher. (I had given her lessons during the last few months I taught there.) I wondered how Loren Borg was doing (the boy who called me "Mistake" until the girls taught him some manners). She says he is really friendly to all of the Stockholm girls. And then she said, "Miss Dake, when we got our report cards, he showed me his, and guess what he had in math ... an 'A'! What do you think of that?"
My answer -- and it is a true one -- was, "I am not one bit surprised. I always thought he would do fine if he settled down and used his head a bit!"
Then she told me that they are all doing just fine in town and that she and Julie Sandgren are still good friends and that she has another good friend from town. (I am glad, because she has always been so shy. I am glad she is opening up and making friends -- even talked to Loren! Wow!)
I asked if she would play for me so I could see how she was doing in piano. She ran out and got her book. (I am glad I asked her, as I think she wanted to show me her progress.) What a nice job of playing, even to using some control of the foot pedal and the modulation of the volume! She blushed when everyone clapped, but she did enjoy the attention!
Right this moment, I wonder if I would be happier back at my desk than headed back to my job...
2nd Observation: LeRoy and Vonnie are happy. I have discovered that Vonnie is very down to earth and sensible. She is not so very interested in farming but is willing to give it her best try.
We all told them goodbye last night, as they intended to start early and drive to a state park (sorry, I don't remember where) and they will camp there as the start to their vacation. They intend to visit her folks in Tucson, Arizona.
I am not sure of all the details, but after that visit, they have arrangements made to travel farther. They plan that LeRoy is going to work in Colorado on a farm there. They do irrigated farming and it is a cow operation. He promises to keep me informed. Vonnie told me that she plans to do nursing and that is why she needed her registration of her nursing degree completed. That way they can begin to start a savings.
I thought I might get up early enough to see them off this morning. I did not hear a thing to wake me up and I did not make it. Mom said they didn't either, but they did hear them leave about 4 o'clock. Well, they may be young, but they are both extremely sensible, so I trust they will do just fine.
3rd Observation: My mom and my dad are doing quite well. It is evident that Dad's eyes are giving him more of a problem. He has traded to a Ford tractor, as they are closer to the ground and that makes it possible for him to carry on with farming. He depends on Gert a whole lot. She enjoys most everything that has to do with farming, but I would guess the farm pets are her favorite part.
Mom is still doing a huge garden (and it is clean) and she cares for her chickens and helps with feeding calves and pigs. She and Dad are still very hospitable people and their table is always opened to its fullest lengths. Gert is a Junior this year, so the folks will have help for another year and a half ... after that, there may have to be some adjustments.
4th Observation: This will be about the two older siblings... I talked to Blanche, who I consider an excellent teacher and wondered if she would do more teaching. It surprised me to learn that she does not like going to school and so will not continue in that field of work. She told me she is keeping the books for the farm business, and that she loves doing bookwork. (I know she gladly did the books at Stockholm, and she made them balance -- wouldn't fudge on them. It had to be straight and right. I just now thought of this: that is exactly like Dad ... he keeps track of everything and correctly, always!) I guess Jim likes farming, though one thing I do know ... he does not love cows!
As to Bill and Lois, they are feeling cramped in their little house. One thing is true ... there are absolutely no homes being built yet. I do not think I have seen a new building since before the war. I expect there may be some, but certainly not anywhere in our area. Maybe, if they are wide awake and keeping up on everything (and Bill gets a good chance from there at the parts desk in the Chevy Garage), maybe someday someone will decide to move and there will be an empty house for sale. "Well, and maybe some day pigs might fly!" my brother would probably add!
5th and Final Observation (at this time). My grandparents are sort of in a state of indecision. Grandma Greer will have to move into the house now that the big open house is over. She will stay in the south bedroom. I am not sure just how easy climbing the steps may be. Mostly, at the present, she does work for Mom where she can sit down. She is nearly eighty and not nearly as alert as she was the last time I saw her. I wonder how it will go for her and for Mom, who needs to be a nurse yet again ... seems like there is always someone who needs her attention!
Grandpa and Grandma Mellon seem really perky. They are enjoying having Rolly, Marcella, and Tom living just a few blocks away there in Waverly. I am not sure what the arrangements are, but for now Grandpa is working at the store with Rolly and sometimes I think Marcella helps, too. I do think that in another year Grandpa intends to retire completely and the young folks will become the owners. I just have to get to see them next time I get home. They were gone to visit some relative somewhere this weekend, so I missed them ... but I shall make sure to get down there another time.
And I did ask Aunty (got to tell you about that term: my dad's sister was always "Anty" to us ... anything else would have sounded DUMB ... and in the same breath, my mother's sister-in-law was always Aunt Daisy ... so we really did know there was such a name as "Aunty," too ... and now we consider it rather childish to say "Anty" anymore. I am not quite sure when her title changed -- but it did!)
Anyway, Aunty tells me that Gilbert and Jean are living down near the city (I think she said Stillwater) and that he has a truck driver's job for a big shipping company in that area. I think Jean is working in an office ... not sure just where. Anyway, they are doing great, too.
Aunty is still working for the American Seat Cover factory. With all the older cars in use, there is lots of that work. I understand they are working on a contract to do covers for the Ford company that operates in the Cities. I guess they think it easier to have a factory that is in operation to do the work of covering the seats in their vehicles -- now that they are re-tooled and producing trucks from that plant.
It is time to put this away and head for the area where we will be loading. I will arrive in Bemidji early tomorrow morning and will take a taxi back "home" and get a nap before I go to work. I wonder how everything went while I was away -- and I am beginning to wonder just how bad BERmidji winters really do get.
Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
We reluctantly hit the trail in the morning and head towards civilization, with the mountains of the Annapurna Circuit and one of the "Greatest Walks on Earth" slowly receding behind us.
To be continued...
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I am so excited to see all the recipes you have included with The Bulletin. Those soups, from this week's edition, look so delicious, I was going to ask for the recipe. I found some that I really can't wait to try soon! One of them is your fruit salad recipe. Always good to try some new dishes!
We are heading to Fountain Hills, Arizona, to begin our winter retreat!
Editor's comment: I expect you did check out the recipes that have the tab RECIPE at the top of your Bulletin edition ... as we have several types included there -- French cooking, Old time, family treasures, etc.
Aunt Dorothy -
Don't believe I thanked you for the great e-card you sent on my birthday! That was nice of you -- thanks! Also appreciate you putting together The Bulletin and sending it out; it's been nice to receive...
Just this quick note to say thanks. Hope this finds all well!
Thanks for your efforts in publishing The Bulletin ... we appreciate it!!
Char Morgan Myron
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I'm a little nervous, as the AOL is acting up, so that I may hear the dreaded "GOODBYE" anytime, and that would be goodbye to my LTTE. It is never the same to try to re-write it, so let's hope it will say alive and well for my opportunity to thank our contributors again for another outstanding Bulletin -- Bulletin #382.
If you can imagine that! 52 weeks a year, and this is Bulletin #382. Hmmm, let's see, I will have to call my brother, Rich. He is my math guru. Oh, better yet, my dear husband, Roy, is also very skilled with math and he is right here. However, he is busy reading the Sunday paper. So, let's just accept the fact that it is an amazing number of Bulletins to keep so interesting and anticipated. (The only reason I passed to the next grade on math in school is that the teacher really loved my sister, who excelled in everything.)
Well, it happened. I had a whole paragraph disappear before my eyes, with the GOODBYE in the background, not only to AOL, but the whole computer shut down. I wonder if this is a bad time to be doing this?
What I was saying, when I was so rudely interrupted, was how nice it would be to know the background of those next two innocent-looking pictures.
The one of Brooklynn with her brand new coat for winter. I was backing up a little to the shopping experience, getting that coat. Preparing for the trip, comments on choices, store to stop at first, and size and color, etc. It is a pretty, practical, modern coat, and it will be one she can grow into.
Then Jayce, being able to play football well enough to receive a medal. No wonder he looks so accomplished and proud to display it against that black shirt. Seems he and Caity have had a lot of prizes. And a devoted Grandma that sees to it they get shared in The Bulletin.
I remember someone asked for an update on this house-moving project. We have not seen anything more about it since the picture of it going down the road. Now, we get the whole story, and thank you for sending it, even when you did not have time, either for the pictures or to write anything. We are all glad to see the progress and process, and the willing help for the most difficult part of all -- a solid foundation. So far, we see it is still upright and all in once piece.
The next Update was Wyatt and Jolene's home, looking close to being lived in and a nice big yard to mow. I thought that was such a wise investment, for Jolene to plant the apple trees furnished by her inheritance. Something to share and something to last -- a living remembrance.
The picture of those two little girls is just precious. They look like they are at total attention to someone, and if you keep that picture through the years, you may present it to her at her college graduation course as a beautician and barber.
When I saw the "Walk To School Day" story, by Jerrianne in Alaska, I did a double-take to see the caption under the picture, "Moose and beaver mascots, etc." I LOOKED at that picture, questioning Beaver having gone to Alaska to be a mascot, but then I see this beaver did not have a white beard. Jerrianne usually gives us links to follow up to learn more about her stories.
My dad used to give me a ride to high school, and I couldn't figure out why he was so impatient and wanting to get going. As I grew older and learned more about the world's affairs, I realized he had to open his shop and business so the men could get in and get to work, and I was making him late.
I wonder how many of us would do things so much differently if we had a second chance?
Oh, that story of the SOUP, etc., by Donna Mae. What a beautiful stove, and so nice for big pots like that, which don't tip off of raised burners! We see the woodcutting pictures, etc., but very rarely get in on this part of the preparation for the big event. I am so glad you shared those delicious looking pictures, and your story, as just everything is of interest to us when it's about The Bulletin family.
I finally got to the Memory Lane! Our dear Dorothy, sharing the secrets of her heart, from way back in the Good Old Days, seems to get better and better. We had hot dogs for our lunch today, but no baked beans or potato salad or lemonade. We didn't have any dessert, either.
Oh, I could just smell the dill you went and picked, Dorothy. We sometimes bought a plant or two of dill, just to have in the garden or flowers, for the smell.
I remember the boys teasing Gert, too. She was such a pretty, sweet-looking girl as she grew up, and I saw how popular she was ... so I know this is true, that Dorothy mentioned, ha. The trip, block by block, was fun to read -- once again, I should comment on what a good storyteller Dorothy is.
I am glad you didn't just skip over the part about seeing your school friends. What a heartwarming experience that would be, after all those years. I wouldn't doubt they still remember it themselves.
The long-anticipated trip home was soon to be over, and back to Bemidji again on the Greyhound bus. I can just feel the heavy vibration and motor noise as the bus backed out of the bus garage here in Minneapolis back then.
What a nice picture of you, Dorothy, with the dill! The only thing different now is the suit size. Still the same coy smile.
The Travelogue has us still up in the vast, unending miles and miles of scenery, always with the varied mountains as the backdrop. I will be so curious to know who and when of this trip would return to the areas we have followed you on since the Travelogue began. You mentioned Nepal. Surely it couldn't compare with Dickinson, North Dakota, and near family and friends. Thanks for all you have shared. Funny how "Fish Tail Peak" was ever formed, isn't it? I'm guessing Kjirsten, the doctor, is on the right on that last picture.
OK, Jerrianne, just how did you feel when you saw that great picture of your sister, Kathlyn? She sure looked good to me. We could never get through talking. I look forward to her coming to our home sometime. Arg must come along, too.
The CHUCKLES was one the children could identify with, as most loved the freedom of summer, from routine, good clothes, duties, discipline, and all things practical.
The Quotation for the day was one of my favorites. Those who matter don't mind, at all, your mistakes and feelings, etc.,
Thank you so much, and may you have an easy week, with the mailbox overflowing, with stories from all over and many pictures.
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