Sunday, January 24, 2010
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UPDATE -- Kierra celebrates first birthday at Lobster Lake
Lobster Lake was the place for Kierra's first birthday party. The birthday party featured a cupcake birthday "tower" that everyone seemed to think looked pretty neat and unique in comparison to the traditional birthday cake. Everyone also loved the taste of said cupcakes ... that is, except the birthday girl herself. She doesn't have much of a sweet tooth and is more of a meat and potato kind of person. I think she would have preferred a piece of wheat toast and a T-bone.
In addition to the cupcakes, Kierra was spoiled by all the presents she received from her birthday guests. She was assisted in opening them by her sister and both had a thrill with all the new toys that they would be able to play with. Thanks to all who came and all who gave gifts to Kierra! We enjoyed our time with all of you and Kierra had a great time, too!
UPDATE -- Don teaches his siblings about poaching
Don did a demonstration of microwave egg poaching Thursday morning at Elaine's house. They were delicious! The brunch consisted of eggs, English Muffin toast, German sausage, Danish rolls, Norwegian coffee and orange juice. At the conclusion of the demonstration, Don presented each of his guests with a poacher. The picture shows Don and three of his siblings who enjoyed the time together.
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Christmas Comes To Ashby Farm
We had our belated Christmas get together with the entire family last weekend. It was great to have everyone together and getting to spend time with the little ones. Grady has grown so quickly, it is hard to believe. He is a big boy! (100th percentile weight, 99th height!)
The Matriarch Speaks W
Update On The Editor's Fried Computer
I just received a letter from Dell that says my new computer was sent to the shipping department Thursday. They set a new date of arrival -- Wednesday, the 27th. Rich Weiland has gotten a copy of their letter. Our plans are for him to come on Thursday and set my system up and he will also put in a memory card for Don.
So we hope to be back to business as usual next week, if Rich can find an intact copy of the mailing list in the old machine. But in the meantime, the way to find The Bulletin is on the web. If you know subscribers who might not find it on their own, please send them a note.
After Donna sent notices to her list, she received this reply from Bridget:
I was going to ask you about The Bulletin, and now I know!
And here's another reply, from Mitzi to Jerrianne:
I actually prefer reading The Bulletin through the link on the archives. It's such a large file that sometimes my inbox goes over the limit. It's the highlight of Saturday morning so I never miss it!
I was sorry to read about both of your computers. We've crashed several computers through the years and it's always a painful experience to get a new computer set up and recover all the lost files.
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 mystery picture is my Grandfather Miller, Aunt Lenore and Uncle Henry [Pfingsten]. What great memories this picture triggers!
The photo is of Uncle Henry (Pfingsten) and Aunt Lenore (Miller Pfingsten) and Grandpa (Bill) Miller. Where it was taken, I haven't a clue!
The picture is of my parents, Henry and Lenore Pfingsten, and grandfather, John W. Miller. I think it was taken in fall of 1976, and not too long before he died, which was in January of 1977. I keep this picture in my Bible. It brings back some very precious memories.
Well, Thanks for the "mystery" in the last Bulletin! I was very touched because it brings back lots of thoughts about my family. The picture was made on December 27, 1976, at Lenore and Henry Pfingsten's dinner table.
Dad [John W. Miller] had not been too well and was staying with Lenore and Henry. Dad went to the hospital on the next Friday, December 31st, for hernia surgery on January 6th. He passed away January 16, 1977.
I have the original picture so have all the info, even some 33 years later.
I felt such nostalgia as I saw the GUESS picture this time. Dear Lenore was a very good friend, also Henry Pfingsten, and Lenore's dad, Billy Miller, a while before he died. That bowl of healthy fruit on the table looks like Lenore's doings. She was so thin and wiry and happy, although we knew she really didn't feel that way sometimes. A huge family of boys and one girl who became my sister-in-law.
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.
Winter In Bemidji
Some Weeks Are Astonishing
This week started out like it might be going to be a great one. January is half over and that is pretty good news. The snowstorm that came this week wasn't bad at all. Just enough to make it look freshly white. We usually have lots bigger drifts than this back home after the storms roll on in the winter. And then I got an astonishing letter from LeRoy. It is always nice to hear from them.
Anyway, to hurry the story up a bit, Ernie Nyman, who lives near there, has been farming his mother in law's farm for her. She died last winter and Ernie is finding he really wants to sell the farm. So he talked to Ercell, who told him about the kids wanting to get a farm ... and now they are dealing on it. It looks like they will be coming home by March to look it over, and to complete the financial planning that they have been discussing. I would suspect they will bring all of their belongings back with them, as it sounds very much like they will become residents of Meeker County before another three months goes by.
Some Weeks Are Disappointing
Yes, this is the same week I was talking about in the other half of this week's entry. I braved the cold last night after I came home and read the letter from the little table by the door of my rooming house. I just put my coat back on and ran across the street to tell Louella the news. She was home and in her room ... so I knocked and waited for her invitation in.
Southeast Asia Extravaganza 2009
On Friday we tried to visit a tribal museum that was closed for the holiday -- so we explored a park instead and visited an important Wat (Buddhist temple). The afternoon was sweltering, perfect for cold Thai iced tea. Everyone else indulged in cheap Thai massages, but I elected to shower and read in my air-conditioned room before heading out to the night market for street vendor chicken yellow curry and mango sticky rice for dinner. A medical school friend was celebrating her birthday, so celebrate we did until the late hours. She and the other Baylor crew left early the next morning for Bangkok.
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+ LETTERS TO THE EDITORS?
In a recent issue of The Bulletin, I submitted my letter regarding our great winters over the years.
I think a favorite toy I had as a youth should be mentioned.
Our father, as a young man, built a miniature bobsled. Now, for you young folks, a bobsled was two pairs of runners pulled in tandem, with a platform on it.
I believe I'm remembering correctly that Dad said he built it in about 1918. I remember, as a young boy, it hung in the garage in Dwight, in bad condition. Later, Dad rebuilt it and gave it new life once again.
With this sled, I used to haul corncobs from the sheller at the Dwight elevator to different homes for heating their homes. I made a makeshift box to haul all I could pull through the deep snow.
Then, if I wanted to have some fun, I'd remove the box and go to the riverbank and slide. It accommodated three riders. It was known as the fastest and best in Dwight. Every kid that grew up in Dwight back in the late '30s will remember "the bobsled."
Also, I recall hitching rides behind horse drawn sleds as they prepared to drive to their respective farm homes. We would ride out as far as we wanted and drop the rope and walk back to town to "hitch" another ride. (We had to walk back.)
We would sit and wait by Hamerlik's Store for a driver to come out to go home. I remember as many as five sleds hooked on. The farmers seemed to enjoy having us hitched and would get a bang if one overturned.
Later on, it was brother Dwight's sled. I think he could tell a story about it, too. His five children, I am sure, have had fun with it. Another generation coming up will no doubt have their turn.
Upon retirement, it hangs in the machine shed on Dwight's farm and is placed on the wall in a neat fashion to display it. I am sure he will give anybody interested a rundown on its history.
Now snowmobiles have taken the place of snow fun. But I am sure most of folks of my age will fondly remember "Donnie's sled," as it was referred to back then.
No kid today would lug it up the slopes; they prefer a gas powered "sled." Certainly, times have changed in snow fun.
Sorry about your computer and I can feel for you to be "down." I was down for several days this week, and with all the goings on in Haiti, it was a real problem.
Hope you are up and running real soon.
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I was very glad to see The Bulletin did get published yesterday morning, even with the fearful reality of the Editor's computer problems. That is pure dedication, and we can't even imagine what a feeling it must be to not have the information from your files, or even your computer, Dorothy.
A good lesson for us regarding virus. You seemed to do all things right, and still you lost it, so now all you can do is "rise up from the ashes."
The fried eggs for the first picture was typical of the situation. Thanks to the photo editor, Miss Jerrianne, for all she did in spite of the upset to help get this Bulletin #396 in our e-mail boxes. It does take a united effort to keep this going, especially for the subscribers to contribute their items
of interest so there is something to publish.
This is one of my favorite sections of The Bulletin, but I suppose someday it will have told the whole story. So, just know that until it is ended, it is appreciated so very much. It is a true story from the heart of a dearest of friends, our Editor.
Even the mini section of the Travelogue about the night market in Thailand was so welcome. Just another little touch with a far away place we will never see. The sky was so reddish in the picture, and did I see the moon or sun in the upper left?
It was really fun seeing what others had written in the Letters to the Editor. I guess Doug is getting the message that we all think his contribution fun and fascinating, never knowing what he might think of next to offer to the pages of The Bulletin.
The crossword puzzle should be easy, but for some reason I find only a few I can fill in. I had to laugh at Cap'n Jack's passion being one of the questions. We can all think of that 6-letter word with an S on the end.
Last, but not least, being the Quotation for the day: Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans. That is so absolutely true. Right now, in fact, life is passing by very quickly while I wind up the LTTE for this week, but in the back of my mind I visualize the laundry and the grocery trip needing to be done. All too soon the day will be gone. At least I will have completed the thanks to the editors from the Droels.
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Quotation for the day: There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues. --Hal Borland
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