Photos by Caity Chap
UPDATE -- Quick Texas visit
Charlie and I recently took a long weekend to visit the cousins in Texas. I needed a little R&R from a very busy job and Charlie needed a little R&R from his busy retirement life. Yes, he finally retired from the electrical trade. With everything he has going on during the week, I don't know how he found time to work before. But I digress....
We spent a Thursday through Monday at Earl and Kathleen's. Kathleen worked during the day while Earl is enjoying his retirement from the city. So Charlie and Earl kept each other out of trouble (I think! -- they are not confessing to anything) while I did some reading, took an occasional nap, and really got to have a relaxing weekend.
We had several opportunitites to meet with Stan and Janice. Got to see Andrea and her daughter Clarice on one visit and Dawn and her sons Ezekial and Jacob on another. On Sunday, Earl drove us to Dinosaur Park where we met up with Angela and Adrianna and their families. Mike and Sully stayed home, as they were under the weather, so Angela came with the rest of the kids. It was a beautiful day and was especially fun to get acquainted with the younger ones. We walked through the park and had a nice picnic later, before the return drive home.
We took a little extra time driving back to the airport on Monday so that we could take a driving tour through Round Rock. For those of you who don't know, I transfered to Austin, Texas, with 3M back in August 1984. We lived in Round Rock for almost three years before moving back to Minnesota in July 1987.
The old, historic town of Round Rock is right in the middle of a huge industrial and retail area. Charlie remembered a whole lot more about the area than I did. It took us a few turns, but we finally found our old neighborhood. We were really surprised at how old the neighborhood looked and especially the three foot plus diameter tree growing in our old front yard. The entire area has obviously grown and aged in the last 23 years.
We capped off our trip home with one of the bumpiest airplane trips I've been on. Even beat the puddle jumper flight going fishing to Canada.
Enjoyed our visit and look forward to another. Thanks to Earl and Kathleen for putting us up.
UPDATE -- fresh bread baked where the wild ferns grow
Several months ago I was reading through my Mother Earth News magazine and I came across an article on how to make healthy whole grain bread in less than 5 minutes a day. It doesn't involve any waiting for the yeast to rise or kneading the bread, so it sounded like a good (easy) idea to me. The first recipe I made was the 10-grain bread from the magazine article. You just mix the dry ingredients together (which includes Bob's Red Mill 10-grain hot cereal), add the water, and let it sit on the counter for 2 hours. Then you put it in the fridge overnight. The next day you take out part of the dough (there is enough for four loaves) and then let it rise for 90 minutes. Then you put it in the oven and before you know it you have fresh bread (for 4 days)!
Click here for the rest of the story, more pictures, the recipe and Sarah's video on making artisan breads.
UPDATE -- birdwatching on live video -- better than TV
We're fascinated by the peregrine falcons that hatched two chicks -- they call them eyasses -- over the weekend. There are five still cameras and a video camera pointed right into each corner of the next box, high on an office building in downtown Rochester, New York. Mai Tai and I thought the still cameras were kind of boring, but this year they hooked up a webcam. It broadcasts every little movement and all the noises from the street below. When the sirens howl, it really gets our attention! Same with feeding those baby birds. Mom or Dad catches a pigeon -- snatches it right out of the air -- brings it to the nest box and divvies it up. Miss Jerrianne is always watching for little paws reaching out to touch those birds!
Kyra and Ken sent us updated pictures of their "living wall" with copper sculptures in their garden. Miss Jerrianne was very impressed. (Mai Tai and I are more interested in the birds, though.)
Day to DayR
A Visit To The Cities
I went to Bloomington to visit Donna Richards in the hospital, after she fell and broke her femur. She is currently at a rehabilitation care center. If anyone would like to send her a card, I know she'd really appreciate it -- the days get long. Thanks to those of you who have already done so, she'd gotten some yesterday, while I was there, and I set them up for her. She really enjoyed getting them.
I got a picture of Ella in the little slippers I'd brought her, that went along with the towel and washcloth ... all with little frogs, as frogs are a favorite of her mommy.
After the visit with Donna, I spent the evening with Anita Oliva Wolbrink and Marilyn Jansen. We had enjoyed a meal together at Chili's and got a lot of visiting done. Anita was also kind enough to put me up overnight. I'd brought some rhubarb dessert to share with everyone, so we ran some over to her folks, Gordette and Tony Oliva. It was great to see them!
In the morning, Anita treated me to breakfast at Jensen's Café. Wow, what a treat that was! I had a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream (real), which is a favorite of mine. And, I sampled hers: a pecan waffle. I liked it even better than mine! Guess what my company will be getting, next visit! Yum. (I'd also recommend their sausage links.)
The Matriarch Speaks W
Photo © Donald W. Anderson
Dorothy, Donna, Patty & Douglas. We got out from my doctoring in need of sustenance and were glad to find a Perkins near the Central Minnesota Neurosciences Clinic. I was there to have a spinal lesion examined. The doctor has referred me to the University hospital for an appointment on Friday, June 4. --DMA.
Let's play a guessing game: 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.
Last week's Guess picture
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'm guessing the ladies enjoying their time together were on Aunt Blanche and Uncle Jim's cabin porch at the lake. Phoebe Huisman is looking outside; sharing the porch swing is Rose Miller, facing camera, and my Grandma, Amy Dake.
Donna Anderson Johnson
Editor's comment: I think it was taken the same day as an earlier guess that showed Charlie Quick throwing your dad in the lake.
Hello, the three ladies were at Uncle Jim and Aunt Blanche's for the 4th of July, don't know what year as we went there many years for the 4th, and a grand time was had by all, many good memories. Aunt Phoebe, Aunt Rose, and Amy Dake. It was in the old house, before they built the new one.
Anita Pfingsten Weiland
I am sure my guess is too late ... I had meant to send it right off last Saturday. The mystery picture is Aunt Phoebe, Aunt Rose and Grandma Amy Dake, sitting on the screened porch of my parents' cabin.
The GUESS picture was a precious picture of three very good friends from the old days, like from 1959 on. Phoebe Huisman, Rose Miller, and Grandma Amy Dake. Whatever had happened to her leg? It has a bandage on it. Hard to think of those ladies all being gone now, but their memory lives on with appreciation for all they meant to family and friends.
This week's Guess picture
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.
Spring In Howard Lake
To write a letter is to expect an answer. For me it means time to consider ... is it really worth it? The writing is time consuming and I really think it would be so much nicer to pick up a phone and call -- then you could have your answer instantaneously. A point in favor of writing is that it gives you time to consider what you really want to say ... and how would be best to say it. So, having said that, I had considered ... and decided on writing a letter to someone I hadn't even met. I wrote and sent a letter.
You see, when Mom and I visited Vonnie, she had a letter that she wanted me to read. As a matter of fact, she let me take it home so I would get the contents right and could get started communicating. No, it was not a letter from a boy. It was from a girl called Lorraine. I had read it over carefully and studied just what to say. I wanted this to work out right.
I have been wondering for a while just who I would (or if I ever could) find someone to pal with now that Louella is leaving the spinster state and joining the young marrieds. As I read the letter over, I got the strange feeling that maybe I had found that someone -- one who sounded very like my friend Lolly.
No harm in extending feelers. Vonnie told me that she thought this would be just the one to keep life jolly while we went to school.
You see, Lorraine Slotten is going to be going to school in St. Cloud, too. She is taking a nurse's training and the first semester of school she will be taking her psychiatric training at the Veterans' Hospital in St. Cloud. She will be located quite a ways from the St. Cloud Teacher's College, but there is a very good and inexpensive bus connection from both facilities to the downtown area. It looked promising and so I had written and sent an introduction of myself to Lorraine, and today I got the answer.
What a nice letter! She suggested we meet right away after we both arrive in town. She gave me the phone number where they are to receive their calls, and from there we can plan a first meeting. She, like me, is having a busy summer trying to get some earning done, so visiting will wait until we start school. Nice to think I will have a person to meet, to hopefully become friends with.
I am excited to get started on this new adventure. Who knows where this friendship may lead? (After all, she has a couple unmarried brothers!) You never know!
Southeast Asia Extravaganza 2009
The cooking class itself took place in a beautiful setting by the river outside of town. We made jeow mak keua (a traditional eggplant-based dip), orlarm (potent Lao stew), mok pa (fish steamed in banana leaves with herbs), ua si khai (lemongrass stuffed with a chicken/herb mixture), and purple sticky rice with coconut sauce and mango for dessert. I happen to be a fabulous cook. ;)
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I don't remember who the lady was that I was reading about in The Bulletin who told about making the bar soap. I have made clothes washing soap for years. The first time I tried it was when we lived out in Michigan and it was made with lye and lard, but now I am making one from Fells Naptha bar soap, washing soda, and Borax. It really is nice!
Harold was helping work on a racing car and was on the pit crew. They wore white coveralls, so you sure can know how I needed the good soap, and also some Chlorox -- let them soak a little and they were white again, and it was good for the rest of the wash. I am always interested in the good things that can make life easier. It was a job to make the soap, but I made about 10 batches of the lye soap at a time, and that lasted a long time. Now, with this recipe, I make up as needed. This one now is a soft soap; lye was a hard bar and needed to be ground up for better use.
Thanks for the interesting reading! I had better finish this up as I need to go to my youngest granddaughter's birthday party. She is 2, so now mine range from 2 to 23.
Thanks for all the good work on The Bulletin.
Anita Pfingsten Weiland
A recipe question: I am wondering if any of your Bulletin readers might have the recipe my mother [Blanche Dake Miller] used for making an angel food cake dessert.
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I knew there had to be a special reason for the picture of flags with the older men in front, and quickly I thought, "Oh, that is Capt'n Jack there on the right. Well, now what is THIS all about?"
Then, I see our honored graduate from college, Brandon Hellevang, receiving his diploma from President Kelly. I knew then why that was the most important picture in this Bulletin to have merited front and center. It was quite an accomplishment for Brandon to have gotten to this milestone -- graduating from the University of North Dakota.
Do you see the shine on his shoes and the smile on his face? The tassels and the medal? You certainly deserve our congratulations, Brandon.
Also, we congratulate you on your choice of your friend, Mikaela Kleeb. She looks like a charming helpmate for your endeavors now, as you find your niche in the business world.
I haven't mentioned Brent Larson as I don't think I know him.
Then more lovely photos of the beauty of spring. There is something very intriguing about the web/claws of roots on that old fallen tree. Very artistic. They seem so shallow for such a huge tree. No wonder it toppled over. I guess it pays to be flexible and inconspicuous with deep roots.
Sarah having inherited the spinning wheel from her Swedish ancestors was a gift she hardly knew would fill so much of her life and time. To have this skill to use it correctly is vital.
Jerrianne, I can hardly believe you had time to take away from your whirl of activities to record these most amazing pictures for us of your street in every season. I spent way too much time studying the various buildings, and how they looked in the seasons. Especially, the spire which was totally obscured by the trees in the one picture. You must have taken the picture from the exact same spot.
More details of Mother's Day from Donna Mae. We got to see the grandparents of those girls we watched grow up, Rylie and Brooklynn. Then Chris and Jessy having their very first Mother's Day was an occasion they hardly dared hope they would ever enjoy. Jolene and Wyatt were certainly eligible, and then there is Kierra with her doting Gramma, and Mother Lori holding her nephew, Grady, for a change. All very "Mother's Day," and wonderfully happy parents.
Memory Lane was again a word picture of months in the life of our Editor of so many years ago. I am amazed that she can relate it with so many details, making one feel they were right there also at the time. Sounds like if one was willing to work there were jobs available. I would like to have taken a tour of the Green Giant Corn factory, but it never happened.
I must say, Kjirsten is one plucky, adventurous lady. Making her way through Laos, with all the various customs and foods and standards would take a lot of nerve and trial and error. Oh, those eggs, and that congealed blood in the picture. That was enough for me to be thankful I am not in Laos. I am looking at the many Laos people we have here in the Twin Cities, and wonder how they feel away from all that? Possibly they find some of their own likes in the Oriental food stores. What a transition!
I was so thrilled to see a LTTE from my sister, Ruth Kitto. That was the most news I have heard from her for a long time. She just is not able to keep up writing to us all, but the details she included in her LTTE told us a lot. Will be nice to get out of HOT Phoenix and up to Montana to visit Kenny's five boys and their families awhile this summer.
The CHUCKLES was something we hadn't seen before in The Bulletin. A tree nailed full of nails. It's a wonder the tree lived through it. Maybe it was a telephone pole.
The Quotation for the day was long and meaningful this time. Two verses. But isn't that true? Of all the most beautiful and rare flowers there might be, a plain old half-wilted dandelion clutched in a little hand means all the world.
Thank you again for a full Bulletin -- only because so many were diligent about sending in their stories and pictures.
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