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Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Sarah Steinhauer
Kira Steinhauer is quite sure that spring is coming...

Updates -

Photo © Donna Johnson
... but it doesn't look like spring is coming anytime soon!

Photo © Ken Hellevang
Expedition Everest ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom

UPDATE -- Epcot getaway and a Bahamas cruise
by Merna Morgan Hellevang
Fargo, ND

At the end of January, Ken and I spent a few days in Florida and went on our first cruise. We spent a full day at Epcot, taking in the cultures of many countries, along with the attractions that were new since we were there last. Another day we did Disney's Animal Kingdom, with highlights being the African Safari and the speeding ride through Mt. Everest.

Photo © Ken Hellevang
Carnival Sensation (our cruise ship).

Then we were joined by four other couples from North Dakota for our cruise to the Bahamas. We were celebrating the 30th wedding anniversaries of three couples and the 50th birthdays of four of us gals. Brian also had a birthday while we were at sea, so that meant a cake and a round of "Happy Birthday" in the dining room one evening.

Photo by server
Fine Dining aboard the Carnival Sensation.

This was the first cruise for four of us couples, so the first evening was filled with anxious anticipation and giddiness as we explored the huge ship. There were 2,400 guests on board along with 900 staff. Highlights onboard included soaking up some sun, visiting, laughing and relaxing together as a group, massages and facials for the ladies, a smorgasbord of food at every meal, and fine dining with exceptional cuisine in the evenings. The guys got a kick out of having cheeseburgers for a midnight snack.

Photo © Ken Hellevang
Sun deck on our cruise ship.

We had two ports-of-call: Freeport and Nassau. Our shore excursion on Nassau was to take a taxi boat out to a semi-submarine that we got onboard to view the fish and sea life underwater. On the taxi boat we rode by Paradise Island, home to the famous Atlantis Resort and where many celebrities have homes.

After our cruise, we returned to Orlando for a day at Sea World. The whales, dolphins and sea lions entertained us in the warm sun. It was such a retreat to get away with our good friends and enjoy so many special times together. We have great memories to enjoy from our vacation.

Photo by staff
Ken & Merna H., Mark & Donna R., Brian & Julie S., Bruce & Ronda W., Steve & Pearl S.

Photo illustration © Jack Adair
This Grampa Rocks!

UPDATE -- making music to share
by Capt. Jack Adair {and Rufus}
Coon Rapids, MN

Well, after much delay and some pleading {to not write anymore "junk," I presume?} ... no, Rufus, actually I've been asked to contribute something, as occasionally they run a little short of material. {and they'll take anything!} It's been pointed out to me that there are actually some readers out there who really would like to know what we've been doing. Those who've followed my updates in the past know that I combine two of my hobbies ... guitar playing and song writing. Well, There are some folks who would like to hear the songs I've written, {definitely NOT music lovers!} so I purchased a CD recorder capable of recording eight tracks.

The procedure is as follows: first, I set up a rhythm track from the automatic rhythm on a keyboard. Second, I record singing with guitar rhythm accompaniment, third, fourth and on, I add a guitar lead, sometimes a harmony with guitar and/or harmonica. I haven't had occasion to use a banjo yet. {Thank goodness!}

Well, after all that recording is done -- so far I've just needed four tracks -- it all has to be combined into two stereo tracks. Note: this is where I've run into a problem. {That's not his only problem!} You're certainly not being supportive!

Anyway ... after combining the song into two stereo tracks, that in turn is converted to a music file that CD players can read. My difficulty is because during my first recording I had earphones on and set too loud; therefore, I turned the recording equipment down. When I made the CD I couldn't hear it. So I did it over.

Now, the original recording goes on a hard disc, so it's there. I just have to manipulate it. First, I erase the stereo tracks, then re-adjust the volume on the original four tracks, then combine it all again, then "burn" the CD. At the present time, I haven't combined the re-mixed tracks to stereo yet. but it's been fun. {Boring! You play the same piece over and over and over rehearsing, then record, then listen to that, and maybe redo, then add this, then add that, then combine, then burn, then test ... drives me nuts!}

Well, the end result is going to be worth it; only a few I'll have to reject entirely and do over. {And that's what we've been doing since the last update. I've even participated in a few of the songs!}

Photo illustration © Jack Adair
Grampa Jack and The Clones.

Photos © Larry T. Dake
Scout, the baby ox, left; Happy Harry, the new puppy, right.

UPDATE -- Storybrooke Farm -- the blog
by Ginny McCorkell
Blaine, MN

My brother Larry has hit the blogging world ... take a trip to Storybrooke farm...

Be sure to feed the fish while you are there ... click on their pond and watch them race for a bite to eat.

You will meet Scout, the baby ox, and Happy Harry and hear about other happenings at Storybrooke Farm. It would be extra nice if you could leave a comment so LTD knows you have been there. This is still a new adventure but plenty to see already.

Day to DayR
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Back row, left to right: Anita Wolbrink, Kathy Anderson, Donna Johnson; front row: Marilyn Jansen, Shari Larson, Kathie Behrens, Donna Richards.

Girls' Weekend At The Farm

Shari called me some time back and said she had an idea to have a "Girls' weekend" at the farm. I agreed it sounded like an excellent plan. So the invites were made and the plans loosely thrown together.

We had a great attendance, with ladies arriving at various times on Friday afternoon. Some were only able to stay until Saturday afternoon and the rest left on Sunday morning and afternoon.

Some of us knew everyone and there were some who didn't know one another, so Shari had people go around the room and share their life stories. It was not only fun, but a great way to interact in a comfortable setting.

Photos © Donna Johnson
Anita Wolbrink working, left; Madame Alexander doll (for an early birthday gift) from Shari & the beautiful tulips from Kathy, right.

Not everyone did everything, but some did: crafts, snowmobile rides with Beaver, antiquing, visiting my folks and going out to eat. (We even brought Beaver along for the meal out. :-) All of us did visiting, laughing and sharing.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Kathie Behrens, Kathy Anderson & Shari Larson antiquing.

As each left, they remarked on how much they'd enjoyed themselves. And, when the e-mails arrived, thanking me, they all seemed to be with about the same feeling I'd had: it had been a very therapeutic, marvelous weekend! One we hope to be able to repeat more often.

So, thanks to Shari, for thinking up this delightful, successful get together!

Photo © Donna Johnson
Anita & Marilyn went snowmobiling with Beaver; it was a first ever for Marilyn.
(She only fell off once. :-)

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The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

The Matriarch Receives A Gracious Gift

Dear Bulletin Subscribers,

You have heard the report of how my computer was killed by a virus, and of how our friend Rich Weiland and his sweet wife, Verlaine, came from Coon Rapids to Alexandria for a special visit. And of how he rescued my address book (a slightly outdated one) and also my photos from within the fallen hero.

I do not think I mentioned that, while Rich was putting the new computer to working order, somehow or another the measurements of the window by my desk were taken. I suppose I should mention that my desk is fitted against the wall right next to the window. The reach from my chair to the window is such that the shade has to be adjusted and left that way. I like light, so the way I had it led to light glinting off the screen sometimes, but better that than too dark!

A week went by and you all were kind enough to look for your Bulletins off the web page.

Then, at the beginning of last week, I thought I was ready to make a new attempt at grouping you and at the same time populating my address book. So I had you all send in the record of the group number that I gave you. That way, I got your address automatically put in my list and had you grouped for send out. There were to be five groups, as my Juno did not approve of large group send outs. Then a BIG problem. The reinstalled Juno was not operating correctly. After a night's shut off, I came back to an empty inbox and an address book with nothing in it. That was my lowest publishing moment!

Thursday I was moping and moaning and thinking sad thoughts when the phone rang and Don answered. It sounded to me like he was talking to Rich Weiland. It turns out that Verlaine and Rich were in town, calling from their room at one of our motels, and wondering if we wanted company. Well, to make a long story a bit shorter, those two dear friends of ours spent that afternoon and the next morning getting our editorial office back into comfortable working order.

I now have installed in my new computer the Microsoft Outlook program, which carries my mailing list with ease -- and my window light is now under remote control. A horizontally folded shade can be raised or lowered by use of the controller. What a lovely, useful gift!

That was not really the end of the story, though. I had to learn a whole new program. It was certain that I needed lots more tutoring than one afternoon to learn a similar, but yet not the same, program for sending out your copies. Last weekend, the first time to send out the copies by way of Microsoft, I got some deeply appreciated help from granddaughter Lori.

Through this last week, I have been learning the intricacies of my new equipment. Perhaps you know all about a "Team Viewer." It makes it possible for Tutor Rich to "open the door" to my computer and take control with his mouse on his screen and for me to watch on my screen. Then for me to repeat the action on my screen while he watches on his screen. In the meantime, discussing what is being done by way of telephone connections! That is called individual attention! And so one learns new tricks!

One more office improvement needs mentioning. Did you notice in last week's view of the office that I now have two monitors in use? Right now, I am sitting here writing on one monitor, while on the other I have the front page of the news visible. Rich hooked up my old monitor in tandem to my new one. (It takes some getting used to, seeing the pointer flitting from one to the other!)

Really, a simple thank you seems hardly enough, so I decided that I really need to make acknowledgment to the whole world of the kindness of Rich and Verlaine. And I would like to say thanks from us all for such a great assistance to getting The Bulletin back to normal production!

Photos © Donald W. Anderson
Twin monitors, left; Verlaine & Rich Weiland, right, saved the day.

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.

(Send us some to run; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn. Donna Anderson Johnson supplied last week's mystery photo.

How many can you identify? What's going on?

Answers to last week's mystery pictures (click here to review them):

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 know ... nobody guessed the mystery photo this week, so I peeked in the computer and now I'm going to spill the beans! It's Ashlee Miller and a lapful of hermit crabs at the beach. I know Ashlee is Duane and Ingrid Miller's daughter and I looked up hermit crabs on the Internet, but I'm hoping someone will tell us the rest of the story!

Miss Kitty
Anchorage, AK

Memory Lane

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.

Dorothy Dake, 20, hand tinted portrait, 1946.

Winter In Bemidji
by Dorothy Dake
Howard Lake, MN

A Phone Visit Brings Exciting News!

There were certainly more reasons than one to use the phone. Tonight was my night to use it, it was a really long time since I had visited with Lois, and there was something just waiting to be shared.

Now then, remember this is now Thursday of the second week in February in the year of 1949. And, of course, you may or may not have heard that LeRoy and Vonnie are planning to return to Minnesota at the end of March. I am sure they are getting anxious to get their business negotiations underway with the Nymans. But really, that is old news now ... so I did not plan to spend much of my allotted time on that subject and WE DIDN'T!

Bill answered the phone; he said Lois was giving Carol a bath but he guessed he could finish it up ... seems there was a little spill at supper that required some attention, too. I really didn't have in mind to visit with my older brother, as he is my very good friend but not my confidante like his wife, so I begged him to take over and send Lois ... because I wanted a good chat with her. His comment to me was, "See that you two don't stay on that phone more than an hour!" And we didn't go too much longer than that!

To be polite after getting the greetings over, I started the ball rolling by inquiring, "So what is new?"

"The hospital is finally open and I have met the doctor!"

"Where did you meet him ... did they have an open house?" I wondered.

"No, I had an appointment with him!" And then I asked the telling question ...

"Are you sick? Or was it Carol you were there for?"

"Well, I've been sick every morning for the last two months."

And finally the little light over my head turned on ... oops! "Are you pregnant? Is everything OK? Oh, my, how exciting!"

It seems that Dr. Greenfield is the owner of the hospital and he is going to be Lois's doctor. (He has an associate coming in soon, but Lois didn't know many details.) She said she did not think he was quite as personable as Dr. Roholt ... but she feels he is very thorough and, like Dr. Roholt, he liked to visit a bit after the exam was over, to learn about her family and about the town.

She said this gave her the perfect opportunity to ask whether he had found the nurses he was looking for. (She had noticed in the paper that they were looking for an operating room RN, as well as an LPN.)

He answered that they have some help but not their whole roster. So then Lois told him about Vonnie's experience, and that she will be available after the first of April. She says he was very interested and told Lois to have Vonnie send her credentials and application. And then, after they were through with the visit and there was no one waiting, he took her for a tour of the facilities.

The hospital is a two-story building that has been built onto and updated into a very nice modern building. Lois says the doctors will both have their offices on the first floor. There is a waiting room between them. The operating room is on the first floor, too. They have an area for supplies and there is a large open staircase with shallow steps, for ease in climbing to the upstairs, where the delivery room and the nursery are. There are several patients' rooms upstairs and a waiting room for visitors is also on that floor.

But isn't that the greatest? And one more piece of news about coming babies ... Lois said Aunty told her that Jean and Gilbert are expecting a baby, too ... but they will have theirs much earlier than Lois and Bill (and Carol). They are expecting the last of June and "our" baby isn't due until the first week of September. Oh, for exciting!

Now that is the first half of the visit and I am far too tired to do the other half right now. My much less exciting news will have to wait until I find time to write again.

Photo © Dorothy Dake Anderson
The house where I lived in Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1949.

Travelogue t

Photo © Kjirsten Swenson
Kjirsten meets a fabulous dragon at Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Southeast Asia Extravaganza 2009
by Kjirsten Swenson
Albuquerque, NM

Monday was epic. We set out on our bikes after a breakfast of fresh fruit and a brownie in our room and headed out of the city and up. And up and up and up to Doi Suthep, a famous temple situated about 1,000 vertical meters above Chiang Mai. I was very proud of being less of a wimp on a bike that day. We rode between 35 and 40 kilometers round trip and climbed around 3,500 vertical feet.

It was wicked hot! I really didn't think I was going to make it, but somehow after a pair of hours pedaling, we found ourselves at this most amazing temple with great views of the valley below. It was architecturally stunning, brightly painted with lots of gold leaf, loads of statues, beautiful bells, a huge gong, and hundreds of devout Buddhist people visiting. I was in a bit of a post-ride daze, but was still overwhelmed by the majesty of the place.

At one point I was mobbed by a group of Thai pilgrims from the South, who exclaimed that I was such a "pretty woman" and wanted to have photos taken with me.... I should have charged a few baht. :) I must have posed for at least two dozen shots and wasn't feeling especially pretty in my sweat-soaked clothes and bike helmet hair!

Photo © Kjirsten Swenson
Kjirsten climbs the grand dragon staircase at Doi Suthep to the temple above.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
February 22---George Washington's Birthday

This Week's Birthdays
February 27---Bonnie Anderson
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
February 24---Jess and Louise Cloyd (65 years)
February 26---Tim and Char Morgan Myron (27 years)


More February Birthdays
February 1---Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
February 3---Penny Miller Kramer
February 4---Cameron Birkholz
February 6---Melody Printz
February 6---Kelli Nicole Mellon (11 years old)
February 7---Rylie Johnson (8 years old)
February 11---Alexander James Indermark (2 years old)

February 28---Eric Anderson

More February Anniversaries
February 4---Jim and Jan Smith (49 years)
February 6---Russ and Judy Miller Riesenberg (29 years)
February 18---Roy and Betty Weiland Droel (17 years)

February 28---Junior and Doris Anderson (48 years)

February Special Days

February 2---Groundhog Day
February 12---Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
February 14---Valentine's Day
February 15---Presidents' Day
February 22---George Washington's Birthday

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Photo © Marci Weiland Droel
Roy & Betty Weiland Droel.

Dear Miss Hetty,

Oh, the card was so beautiful. Thank you for remembering us on our anniversary! I would like to share our special day with you, and to thank you for the very welcome e-cards that we have gotten. How thoughtful! This was Roy's 67th anniversary, but my 17th. Figure that one out, if you can.

Marci Weiland offered that she and the girls, Shalana and Krista, would bring us our dinner, seeing Roy didn't feel up to going out where there would be walking. He favors his weak knee so the good knee gets overworked.

So, it was very special for this offer of our dinner being "catered" by our niece and great nieces. Steve had to work so missed out. We had Broasted chicken, coleslaw, waffle fries, and toast from Sammy's, a fairly new restaurant near here. Also Dairy Queen for dessert with chocolate sauce and a chocolate chip cookie.

We insisted they stay and eat with us. It would be so much more enjoyable with them, too, so they did. Here are pictures to prove it.

Roy and Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Photo © Betty Weiland
Shalana, Marci & Krista Weiland.

Keep Us Posted!

Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


Click here to review last week's Bulletin

Thanks so much to Donna, Lori, Caity and the two little ones for coming to Tara's Baby Shower. It was great seeing them. We worried about the weather and them getting back without any problems. Thanks for including the pictures in The Bulletin, and to Donna for taking them.

I enjoy reading The Bulletin each week. I love all the stories and the goings on, and mostly the pictures. You are doing such a great thing, keeping the family in touch, and letting them know some history from the past. Thanks, again!

Oh yes, Happy Valentine's Day to you both.

Linda J. Zitzmann
Eagan, MN

Issue #400! Congratulations are in order! Quite an achievement -- and appreciated by so many. Good for you! Keep up the excellent work.

These tulips remind me of spring -- which we are all looking forward to. It can't come soon enough for me! Take care -- stay warm -- and keep the new computer office humming!

Muriel Rodriguez
Wahpeton, ND

A card from Muriel

I enjoyed seeing the picture of Donna's fern that came from Grandma Dake's fern. I also have one. I'll send a picture of it. I got my start from Uncle LeRoy and Aunt Vonnie's one time when I was visiting them. I took the single frond home on the plane and it has grown and flourished since. It even survived the move from Idaho to Nebraska!

It would be fun to see a "Grandma Dake fern genealogy" of how many of the family have these ferns.

Carol Dake Printz
Sydney, NE

P.S. Harold's e-mail address evidently got lost when your computer crashed. if you would, please add him to The Bulletin list again. He enjoys getting The Bulletin on his own computer. I am getting it fine now on mine.

Photo © Carol Printz
Another clone of Grandma Dake's fern.

I wish to thank Donna Mae for submitting the wonderful Dinner Roll recipe (in Bulletin 398, January 31, 2009). I was browsing through old Bulletins and made a half-recipe. (It made nine dinner rolls plus a focaccia bread.) Rich came home about the time they were taken out of the oven. He said they were the best he'd tasted! So thanks to the submitter!

By the way, I'm sure missing the recipes that were once included in The Bulletins!

Verlaine Weiland
Coon Rapids, MN

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

That first picture had to be spectacular, depicting 400 Bulletins out on time and with the best of the best of the family it was intended for, plus all their friends and neighbors by now.

It was a blast ... with the huge red 400 against the yellow and blue ... yes, whodathunkit! I wonder how long it took for Bitzi to create that creation for #400? This one could not have been better. A lovely valentine edition. Also the Chinese New Year fell on the same issue.

So now we wonder just how many more Bulletins there might be. We know it will continue as long as our editor and photo editor continue. It will take them both, as it has gotten so detailed that Jerrianne's expertise and understanding of publications, and Dorothy's heart of care and wise judgement for contents, will prove to be vital to the future of The Bulletin.

I found it difficult to comfortably read the new format, but I went to the web copy and printed that, which is the old, larger font so it was 33 pages, rather than the 26 of the one in the e-mail. Not everyone has old eyes that enjoy a larger print, but I do. We have to thank you profusely once again for all that went into #400.

So Greg and Sonja Dake have a new baby boy Dake! Ernie and Carolyn would be very thrilled with William Richard.

Well, the snow in the Washington, D.C., area was not a welcome sight to our son Darrel and his wife, Jo. It was the most they ever heard of there. I can't imagine what it must be like for them to dig out from under such huge drifts. It took two hours to go what usually takes a half hour when Darrel drove Jo to work almost next door to the Capitol.

Once again, Wyatt wrote a great birthday story, and every year it will get more and more exciting as Rylie chooses the activities for birthday day. I felt like I wanted to go over to that little girl (was that Camryn?), in the chair all alone at the other table, and give her a hug. She was pretty sweet, not to be howling for being so far away from the "big table." In just one more year those little blondes will make some drastic changes in looks. One has to enjoy every little part of growing up as children soon get beyond this cute stage of just being themselves.

I had to laugh as Wyatt commented in his story, "for those of you not paying attention" ... and then he did a reminder of how many girls there were. Noise and giggles only added to the fun. Well, I had already counted them. Then his comment on "the tornado hit," etc. Quite a patient dad to take it all, from the first guest until the last one left.

Thanks, Wyatt, for such a great recap of that adventure! And happy birthday, Rylie.

It was great hearing from Keith and Lori again. They would have something pretty special to write about so were likely inspired to send in that story about snow in sunny California. Living in Minnesota, I can't even imagine Lori not having seen snow falling before. That is a prize picture of them in her first snowstorm.

James Dake re-locating was certainly news for his friends and family. The Bulletin does well to pass the word along for such.

The Morgans would hardly have too many guests skiiing to their home. I thought the dinner looked delicious, with the pretty table setting. I noticed that clever wall paper border and the homey decor.

Dusty can't be outdone by Miss Kitty and Mai Tai and the Grandkitties. He looks like he just had a brushing.

Donna Mae, that was very nice to see Linda Zitzmann, who had taken the photos the previous week, and her daughters. Snow and ice didn't slow down Gramma Donna when it came to babysitting her McKenna and Kierra. Wish we could hear McKenna's side of the baby shower.

You were one brave lady to have made it home safely in the storm.

Thank you, Donna Mae, for making such interesting stories for the pages of The Bulletin, simply by the pictures and description of your Grandma's fern and Christmas Cactus in bloom. Funny how attached you can be to the fern, simply because of the connection and history of it having belonged to Grandma Dake. Like my one plant I have left from my mother's funeral in 2005 that had come from The Bulletin. I try so hard to care for it and not over water it. Roy is much better at plants than I am and he cautions me about all the water I keep giving our plants.

Editor, Matriarch, was it ever nice to see that picture of your office with the two monitors. Rich and Verlaine are a good pair, as both have a heart for people, and both have a very keen expertise in their lines of work. So glad they could keep The Bulletin alive and well by helping on your computer.

Also, Dorothy, we were very eager to read your history of the beginning of The Bulletin, and how everything fell into place for it, even to finding Jerrianne who is such a vital part of it all. I remember Don used to apologize for Dorothy not replying to e-mails as she was so busy with her "project," and my wonder of what this "project" was stirred up my curiosity until I became a subscriber, too -- and now I am an addict, I'm afraid. We hope you never lose your willingness to work for 0 dollars a month.

I pass on this week's mystery picture. Not even a guess.

Memory Lane is continuing, much to the enjoyment of all of us, and we hope there are several chapters yet to come. Dorothy, even your family are glad you share these experiences.

No matter what it is, the time eventually comes for changes to be necessary, and sometimes not such welcome changes. So it was with the house in Bemidji that had been HOME to our Dorothy and her two ladies. Sometimes changes are an improvement, and sometimes not. Now we are baited to look for another issue of Winter in Bemidji to see what will happen. It doesn't sound like it will be all bad, but after Dorothy rests up from being too tired to write more, we will find out.

The Travelogue about the night market in Thailand had us taking a very close look at the picture, being it was supposed to be the greatest market on five continents that they had seen. One would be so tempted to take home things you have no room or use for.

Oh, my -- my friend Kathlyn had a birthday. Happy Birthday! And Jim and Jan had an anniversary! I can't keep up on all the exciting things happening.

Good thing we can zoom in on the FUNNNIES section. We would miss it all otherwise. Doug, how long does it take you to create those funnies? It looks like it might be hours! Or is it days?

I doubt I agree with the Quotation for the day, but that's OK. I am sure it fits a lot of other people. They usually are right on.

Thank you, all -- for another special Bulletin! Number 400!

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Dwight Anderson
Good clean fun: Dwight catches Janie checking out her new washing machine.

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