Sunday, March 21, 2010
UPDATE -- Synsteliens welcome twin daughters
Heather and Corey Synstelien and their 4-year-old son, Dylan, are proud to announce the births of their twin daughters (Dylan's sisters): Taylor Lynn, weighing 5 lbs. 1 oz. and 18 inches long, born at 8:19 a.m. and Kyndra Lea, 5 lbs. 7 oz. and 19 inches long, born at 8:20 a.m. on March 4th.
Heather has been a best friend to my daughter Becky Chap for years. Becky and I got to hold the girls today. They are absolutely beautiful! Very calm, content babies too, which is truly a blessing!
Heather has also been my friend having visited me with Becky when Don and I lived in Springfield, Missouri. --The Matriarch
UPDATE -- winter in the mountains, above the clouds
I thought it was so uncanny that almost the same day we should get pictures from our family that were skiing above the clouds in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and also above the clouds pictures in the mountains of northern Arizona. These wonderfully exciting mountains are a long way from here, but we can enjoy them from a distance.
Our son Rodger and his wife, Claudia, took the one picture as they were skiing in the beautiful new powdery snow in Steamboat Springs, where they have a winter home, so they can enjoy their love for skiing all winter long. Rodger travels from Minnesota to Colorado as his orthodontist schedule allows, and he showed us these pictures when he stopped in the other day.
Their son Andy and his wife, Natalie, and granddaugter Alison were visiting so Alison is learning to ski. A 3-year-old needs to be carried a lot of the time, so they have great exercise and fun in the ski hills.
Day to DayR
Irish Dancing At The Mall Of America
Barb Dewey invited me to go along with her to see her niece, Bailey Smith-Dewey, perform with her Irish dancing group, at the Mall Of America on Tuesday. How fun!
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 think I can name the four personal friends in this picture! Dorothy Dake (Anderson), Oscar Nelson Curtis, Gertrude Dake Pettit and Blanche Dake (Miller). This was taken in front of the 1936 Chevy in front of the Dake's house.
I know that the first person is you (Dorothy Dake Anderson) and the last person is my mother (Blanche Dake Miller). I don't know who the man is and I am wondering if the younger girl is Aunt Gert (Dake Pettit)?
I want to participate in the guessing game again this time. This was taken before I had met the Dakes, who can really bake a cherry cake, there at Howard Lake. It looks as if an uncle came to visit and it was decided that the girls, Dorothy, Gert and Blanche, would have their picture taken with him before he leaves. This looks like the south side of Bill and Amy Dake's home and also it is where they often parked their car. Now I hope I didn't get too carried away with my guessing.
Mavis Anderson Morgan
Editor's comment: I like your guess ... and you are quite close. Nels was not our uncle, though he was a dear friend of our Grandpa Dake and then my dad always kind of watched over him like an uncle.
Ah, to be that young again, and knock the icicles down and treat them like a popsicle, which I probably did after the picture was taken. We have the three Dake girls: Dorothy, Blanche, and Gerty and a dear old family friend called Nels or Curtis.
Sometime I will send a little description of Curtis and part of a true story which he wrote many years ago.
Gert Dake Pettit
Editor's comment: I will take that as a promise. I cannot remember reading a story by Nels Curtis and will look forward to seeing and reading it.
The GUESS picture was half easy and half hard this time. Dorothy, and whoever the middle two are, and Gertie. Taken outside the Dakes' home. Is that Grandpa Mellon?
More About The Guess Picture
I do like that picture. It brings back floods of memories. That year, my 11th in high school, Blanche was teaching at Melquist school. I would help Blanche whenever I might have a school day off. At that time, I had three more years of running, skating, doing the toboggan climb, etc. I would be going to teacher's training in Litchfield and then teaching a year at North Howard, just north of Howard Lake. (That school has since been made into a home near the lake.)
At the end of my first year of teaching school, I contacted the polio virus that put me into the never to run again category. But for all that, I taught a total of 30 years and raised five kids (with the help of my mom and dad and, of course, Don, who had his business on the lot near our home).
The man in the photo is Nelson Curtis (often called Nels), who had grown up with my Grandpa Dake. When he was 19, he had what they called brain fever and was then left with intelligence but never was quite emotionally strong enough to be ready for raising a family. He had a little bachelor type home just west of the town called Smith Lake. He spent his summers garden farming with his horse and one horse equipment and traveled to visit with his horse and buggy.
Not too many years after that picture was taken, he bought a car and, though everyone thought he would destroy himself or someone else with it, he did not.
Every winter, Nels would go to stay somewhere and do chores for his board and room. Many years were spent at our home, but not all of them. He was special to all of us but I do think Gert should tell us about him as her playmate.
It was his neighbor's horse that destroyed him. We didn't know quite what happened but, when Nels was cleaning the barn behind the horse, he got kicked in the chest ... a broken rib punctured his lung and caused his death. According to Gert, Nels said, "Don't blame the horse. I did not think to warn him I was going behind him and he didn't know me, so of course he kicked!"
I would say that Nels was very fond of horses, and they seemed fond of him. He and his car had an understanding ... but no fondness.
Dorothy Dake Anderson
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
Now that the weather is warmer, and the streets free from ice and snow, I often hurry home at noon for a sandwich, and to see if my packet has come from St. Cloud State Teachers College. And today was one of those times. But today was different!
It was a pleasant walk. I walked in and took a quick look at the mail stacked on the little table. I could easily see there was no packet there. After I checked the mail over, I went on out to the kitchen and took the makings for my sandwich from the shelf in the refrigerator that is reserved for my groceries. I had expected to see Belle in the kitchen but she was not there. I wasn't too surprised, as she is sometimes in one of the other rooms, so I really didn't think much about her absence.
Then I decided to run up and get a handkerchief. When I got to the steps, I heard a voice in Bertha's room. Then, as I climbed the steps, Belle called to me. WHAT was Belle doing upstairs? It really made my heart start to race... Things were just not right! Later, as we were waiting for help to arrive, she told me how this had all happened.
That poor lady! She had been going to see if the mail had come ... scooting along on one of her kitchen chairs that has rollers. As she came down the hall, she had heard a thud! Then a moan ... and she knew by the sound that Bertha was in trouble. She called and got no answer. She knew that she just had to get upstairs, as her immediate help might be needed. So she sat down on the second step; then, with her really strong arms, she lifted herself back and up. I guess she made it up in record time.
She scooted over to the chair by the telephone and then, putting some of her very slight weight on the seat, she stood up. Pushing it, to use as a sort of cane, she slid down the hall and found Bertha -- who was lying in the middle of her room and seemed not to know that Belle had arrived.
Belle told me that she saw Bertha was breathing but she knew that Bertha needed help and she needed it NOW! So help needed to be called. She had just finished calling the doctor and he said he would have an ambulance sent to bring Bertha to the hospital -- she was on the phone as I came to the stairs. (That was the talking I heard.) The ambulance was on its way, so she stayed with Bertha and I headed down to meet the medics at the door. Things really were frightening.
The commotion is now over. Bertha is at the hospital and Belle was helped downstairs by the medics. She and I took care of the phone calls that needed to be made to Bertha's niece and nephew -- and then I went back to work.
It was when I was about half way back to work that I remembered my sandwich ingredients were still on the kitchen counter. Oh, well ... it won't hurt me to miss a meal! I will call in a few minutes to see how it goes, and then I can have Belle put them back (if she hasn't already done it on her own).
I am now back at work but I was late. Ken said he wondered, as I had never done that before -- come back late from noon break, that is.
He mentioned something I thought of, too. Life has a way of "rattling things up for one in strange ways"! Just what will this all mean to Bertha? To Belle? To Bertha's relatives ... and even, what will it mean to me?
I expect that things will surely be different because of the events of THIS day!
Southeast Asia Extravaganza 2009
On Saturday we breakfasted on fresh fruit, sticky rice with banana steamed in banana leaves, and lychee with taro in coconut cream. Yum! We also discovered that coffee with sweetened coconut cream makes for a decadent morning drink. We took a longtail boat on the river to reach the grand palace and Wat Pho. Wat Pho houses a massive golden reclining Buddha. It was an awesome sight!
The grand palace was amazing beyond description, so ornate and brilliantly decorated. Words can't do it justice, so you'll have to wait for photos instead.
By that time, the heat was unbearable. We abandoned our plans to walk and instead hopped into an air-conditioned cab headed to the city center. It felt so wonderful to be cool we didn't mind the horrendous traffic, happy to be situated in front of a rush of cool air. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around a huge Siam Square Mall in states of awe. It was packed and crazy, with all of the hustle, bustle and chaos of an outdoor market but without the heat. Anyone need a black market iPod? Or a superhero costume? Or a dried fish snack? We settled on papaya salad and gelato instead and spent a long time people watching.
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March Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
What a special birthday evening we just had!
I just had to share with you the cheering up I got when the realization hit me that I am as old as my grandmother used to be.
Roy and Betty Droel
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?
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WOW! The Bulletin was full of flowers. I wish I would have known it was going to be so springy.
There is a photo of a budding lemon from Ruth and Ken Kitto's tree in their back yard in the Updates. And here is a purple hibiscus.
Rich and Verlaine Weiland
One of the best parts of The Bulletin today was getting Sarah's blog. I added it to my favorites. Then, when I went to her blog, I found Ginny's blog! I made that one a favorite, too! Wow, there is so much talent in that family!
Great Bulletin! Loved all the flowers ... what a gorgeous bouquet! Wrote to Betty and told her I really enjoyed her striped Amaryllis too ... very spring like and I do appreciate that right now!
Donna Anderson Johnson
I have been getting used to the new web site and high speed connection for my computer! Ha! High speed is a joke! It is MUCH slower than DSL and if they cannot get it up to what I was sold, it will be coming out!
Hope the snow is slowly getting out of your way ... it was 76 here today.
Thanks so much for the lively St. Patty's Day card! It has always been celebrated in our home. For one thing, my middle name is Patrick. When Mom was happy with me, she called me "Danny Pat." She was, of course, Irish and traditionally had a big party. A couple years ago my sister Colleen and some cousins on the Grady side got the tradition going again. We will be attending a party at my cousin Doug Spencer's home on Saturday.
Now I know what you were talking about when you told me to pay attention to future installments of your memoirs. Marcella being pregnant in 1949 would have resulted in, well, ME! Thanks again for the generous sharing of your early years.
Happy St. Patty's Day!
Your Cousin Dan Mellon
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
FINALLY, Saturday morning arrived, and with it The Bulletin #404.
Beginning with another lovely flower arrangement reminding us of Miss Jerrianne's birthday having been here and gone, and a breath of spring and beauty in that beautiful photograph. We hope you had a very pleasant birthday, Jerrianne, and now as you begin the year before you, may it be a good year. You work so hard for others, and now we hope you can have a little "Jerrianne time," even if it's just a Bubble Bath.
It was so touching to see the picture of Mother and Baby as the Update to welcome Ella Rose Jahnke. I thought the touching part was seeing the love showing through that new mother's smile and cuddle of her newborn daughter. Could there be a stronger bond than a mother's love?
What a story! The Johnsons adding another member to their family, and how it all came about was very interesting. Maci looks like she just belongs right there, and you would just like to reach out and touch her, she looks so soft and fluffy. Three happy girls will provide lots of loving care.
Thank you, Miss Kitty, for not growing weary of sending us an update from Alaska, telling us about Miss Jerrianne's birthday. She probably would never have told us all that information herself, and it will take a long time to exhaust the web sites in that update. For instance, the neighborhood web site. Also, the daily kitten site, but don't you worry, Miss Kitty, and Mai Tai, too -- you will always be top dog.
I simply sat and stared at the most beautiful African Violet Bitzi had submitted for our pages this time. So sharp and vivid purple against the dark background. Outstanding!
Thanks, too, Elaine, for the Update of not getting caught in a vortex. That can happen pretty easily, and suddenly we find ourselves a long way from the intended purpose. Let's hope those dishes don't break or the owner grows tired of them ... because there is the whole kitchen redone.
We sort of wonder just what Sarah will be creating next, and this time it was the scarf. It is always something very original, colorful, and unique -- no copycat, for sure. It is beyond my imagination to create that scarf from the material she used according to the site to click on.
Donna Mae usually gives us a complete different story each time She has so many irons in the fire. This time was the redoing of her office arrangement that Beaver suggested. The vortex of the paint job, etc., and looks like there was plenty of help.
I must say, Grady is getting to be more Dad's pal rather than Dad's baby. What a healthy boy, and he is certainly growing.
It will thrill Shalana and Krista Weiland to see what Rylie chose for her birthday. The matching pajamas, and the bed for her coveted American Girl doll. The girls each have a most beloved American Girl doll, and all the "trimmings," of course. You didn't tell us Rylie's doll's name. That is very important.
Oh, finally, we come to Memory Lane. It is so exciting to be listening in on Dorothy's life and thoughts and secrets. I saw Louella the other day, and I mentioned to her that she is featured in Dorothy's Memory Lane. She can hardly wait to find out some way to read these chapters herself. She does not have a computer.
The Travelogue always has something to catch our eye. This time the beautiful brilliant red flower and the water lily. Then the Tuk tuks with their colorful paint jobs to lure passengers. The menu sounded so risky, but it must have been delicious, even if the restaurant was at such an out of the way place.
Last, but not least, was the FUNNNIES. I got so carried away with following the links, even to Bulletin #42, which gave me way too many more things to look at. And now to wonder where the trio is. Does make you wonder, doesn't it? And they likely are thinking the same about "Anderson."
The Quotation for the day has only one solution. Just stay out of the vortex in the first place.
Thanks. It works fine to click on the link to get The Bulletin. I am sure it's a lot easier for some programs, not to have that many pages in the e-mail. Whatever works. We definitely must have The Bulletin, and this was another one that kept us entertained and informed.
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Quotation for the day: In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. --Mark Twain
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