Remember when?
Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Larry McCorkell, circa 1975
Remember when...?
The milk cart is Bill and Amy Dake's, on the home place at Howard Lake.

Updates -

UPDATE -- Coni finds a new friend at NIH
by Weston Johnson
Maple Grove, MN

Coni and her sister Tami arrived back in Minneapolis on Monday after a week spent at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, where Coni received her second round of chemotherapy. She has spent most of the week relaxing at home, and has generally had fewer problems with side effects this time, compared to the first cycle. Her doctors gave her a couple of different drugs to help counter the side effects of the chemotherapy and the Neuslasta injection. Of course, some of those drugs have their own side effects, but she is learning which pills work best to offset the side effects of the drugs taken to offset the side effects of the chemotherapy.

While Coni was at the NIH last week, she met Mandi, another 20-something girl from Wisconsin who is just beginning treatment for adrenal cortical carcinoma, the same cancer Coni has. They are on the same three week chemotherapy cycle, so they will be able to see each other every time they go back to Maryland. Coni and Mandi have been exchanging emails this week so they can compare notes and help support each other through the tough days. Having the opportunity to meet someone who is going through a lot of the same things Coni is going through is another reason we feel very fortunate to be involved with the study at NIH!

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers again this week. You can send e-mails and e-cards to her here:

UPDATE -- Moving Day photo (see story in last week's Bulletin)

Dwight & Janie's farmhouse, where Brenda & Nathan Hill will live.

UPDATE -- Husebys are also planning a move
by Colette Huseby
Tracy, CA

I guess we are due for a family update. Since the first of the year we have enjoyed visits from both Tim's parents in January and my (Colette's) parents in February. Erik is enjoying pre-school and recently the library added another story time so both kids can attend.

Erik also loves to ride his quad at the nearest ATV park with Tim and a neighbor and his two children. I can't believe my four-year-old drives a gas-powered machine! Ashley still only drives the battery-operated quad, thank goodness.

Most recently we have decided to pack up and move. We put our house on the market last Tuesday, and tonight we accepted an offer. Now we'll look for a house ... probably in Breezy Point or somewhere in the Brainerd area. Yep -- we are moving back to Minnesota. And we are really excited about being closer to relatives and friends we've missed since moving to California. It means that Tim will be quitting his job as an air traffic controller for the FAA, and that is the biggest downside of this move.

Regardless, the pros of moving outweigh the cons, even the one that says we don't have jobs lined up. However, we will be able to spend the summer in Minnesota, and I still plan to take a trip to Anchorage, as well. We will let you know when we find a house; it has to be soon, as it looks like we will be out of here before the end of April.

Tim, Colette, Erik & Ashley Huseby

P.S. So, Beaver and D, may I pick cranberries on the bog this fall?

Erik likes driving his quad; Ashley loves her baby doll.

UPDATE -- First anniversary -- in Mexico
by Dan and Gina Henderson
North Dakota State-Fargo, ND

We were in Cancun for the week of our spring break from school. What a nice way to relax and forget about school and work for a few days! We enjoyed sunshine everyday -- not one ounce of rain. We spent a lot of time relaxing and swimming at the resort, but we also went snorkeling, shopping and the guys enjoyed some golfing.

We celebrated our anniversary by getting a massage and having a romantic dinner for two. We ate at a fun Oriental restaurant, one of the five restaurants on our end of the resort. The service was unbelievable throughout the whole week -- not to mention the amazing food!

On our second to last day, we went on the kitchen tour that the resort offered. Before it began, they showed us a video of the history of the Moon Palace, up to Hurricane Wilma's hit in October last year. It was amazing to see the damage that was done, and how much work had been accomplished to restore the place to how we were seeing it!

They said that everyone who works at the resort -- office, waiters, cooks, housekeepers -- everyone helped with the clean up effort. Next we went on a tour through the laundry area and the main kitchen. They told us some pretty interesting numbers. They go through about 40 tons of laundry, 800,000 eggs and 500,000 bottles of water in one month!

Back at home, we have a small update soon ... for the last year, Dan and I have lived in a cozy 1-bedroom apartment, just the size for two. But in May, we will be moving into a 3-bedroom apartment because Rachel will be moving in with us. So all three of us are excited about the move!

Gina & Dan on palace kitchen tour, left; on the beach, right.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Bedtime Stories On The Web

I'm always scouting for interesting, entertaining websites for my grandchildren and daycare children, for fun things for them to do. Happy children make my life better! I ran across this one and thought maybe some of you parents and grandparents might also enjoy checking it out.

Happy reading!

"Here's a wonderful resource for the busy business parent. Traveling? Pull up a story on your computer and read it aloud over the phone. It will still be your special time together."

Stories are whimsical, magical, adventurous, humorous, or simply wonderfully imaginative. "The criteria for a tale's inclusion on the bedtime story site: the story must be as pleasant for an adult to read, as it is for a child to hear." The recommended age group is 6 through the Chairman of the Board. It's the Internet's answer for the perfect end to a hectic day for you and your family!

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

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. Thanks to Gert Dake Pettit for sending last week's mystery pictures.)

How many can you identify?

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

Just a guess! I think that is your dad, William B. Dake, in the picture at left and the ones on the right, Stanley Dake, Duane Miller and Steven Miller. The cowboy hat is my clue!

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

Editor's Note: The Matriarch says ... three out of four is very good. Each of the three boys is from a different family -- so one of your guesses is incorrect. Let's see if anyone knows all three of the boys.

I would have to say that the baby is Grandpa Wm. B. Dake. Is it my imagination or is there a pretty strong resemblance in these two babies?

Sarah & Amy Dake
LTD Storybrooke
Bulletin 158

It was really fun to see the other photo, as I had not seen it before. I would have to say that is James Dake's big brother ... he looks so much like James did at that age. Big brother is known to the cousins as Stanley Dake ... next is my big brother Ernie Dake ... and then it is my favorite cousin, Steve Miller, himself!

Ginny McCorkell
Blaine, MN

Somehow, the longer I look at that first GUESS picture, the more I'm convinced it could possibly be LeRoy Dake. Also he would be the middle boy in the second picture. Or it could be Bill Dake. It seems an older picture than would be LeRoy, but immediately, and now since, I decided it must be him.

OK, go ahead and tell me I am waaaaaaay off again!!!

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Photo Editor's Note: How about really close AND way off? The picture on the left is LeRoy's father and the little boy in the middle of the second picture is LeRoy's son (Ernie).

Just a guess on your "guess who" picture. It might be Stanley, Ernie and Steve. Picture number one is a great old picture but I have no idea who it might be.

Carolyn Miller Dake
Duluth, GA

LTD Storybrooke

No LTD Storybrooke this week. Larry Dake is on hiatus while receiving treatment for an eye problem. We hope he will be able to resume LTD Storybrooke real soon, as we all look forward to each episode. Larry wrote: "I'm prepared with pencil and paper to do some writing if I have some idle time! The next story is nearly ready, but it'll have to wait for now." In the meantime, please keep LTD in your thoughts and prayers. We look forward to his return.

$  A Long Time Ago   !

Ruth (Miller) Collings, one of our father's first cousins, gave me a copy of a 12-page manuscript her father had written in 1960 of his growing up years (1890s) near Ashby, Minnesota. This is another excerpt. Words in square brackets were added by me. --Jerrianne

On November 1, 1960, our great uncle Edward W. Miller wrote:

by Edward W. Miller
Ontario, CA

The Scandinavians all worked hard, and as soon as one could save enough money, he would buy a ticket for some relative in the old country to come to America. The new arrival would immediately start homesteading a piece of land that had already been located for him. He, too, in time would be sending tickets for more newcomers. In that way, the country was developed very rapidly.

The new immigrant could not make a living on a raw piece of land; he also needed to have a job that would provide money. As soon as possible, he needed to buy livestock: cows for milk, a few pigs for a start, and also a small flock of sheep. To a large extent, the animals could live off the natural grasses.

No time was lost in matching up and training a pair of steers for a yoke of oxen. These may have been somewhat slow, but they were strong and dependable for farm work. In time, the oxen were replaced with horses. Horses would travel on the roads much faster and were much prized by all who could afford them.

The sheep not only were used for a meat supply, but also were sheared for the wool. No matter where one went, in every home, there was a spinning wheel. The wool would be spun into yarn. Many times I used to see Scandinavian women knitting while walking along the road to pay a visit to her neighbor. They never seemed to miss a stitch.

Those seeking a job considered themselves fortunate to work at our place because, by doing so, they were not only paid wages, but, because we spoke only the American language, they soon learned to talk it, too. One hundred dollars a year with long hours was often considered a lucky deal.

I recall when Father hired a man for ten dollars per month during the winter to cut wood and care for the stock. Shortly after that, the man's brother asked for a job. Father did not feel that he could afford to hire another man. The fellow then offered to work for his board. No doubt he needed it, and Father took him on. He put in a full day's work aside of his brother and myself and was very happy about it. He was a willing worker, and when spring came, he had no trouble finding a better paying job.

In those early days, it was quite common for the settlers to cling to their native language. Especially was this true among the older people. The Swede and Norwegian languages were much alike, but each nationality would have their own school, while in the German settlements, it would be German. As a child, Mother spoke both German and English. But she definitely made up her mind that her own children were to be Americans and absolutely refused to speak German to anyone, not even to Father. He just had to talk English, though he never did overcome his German accent.

South of us there was a German settlement, and occasionally one of them would come to the mill. On those rare occasions they would speak German, and I would be much confused. It was not uncommon for the customer to be asked in for dinner. If the customer spoke to Mother in German, she would answer in English, and I still did not understand what it was all about.

Travelogue t

Greg Dake and Sonja Maness left Raleigh, North Carolina, for Shanghai, China, on January 6th and returned January 28th. It was a business trip for Greg and Sonja went along. They took extra time for sightseeing while they were there.

The Bund at dusk on Sunday evening.

Sunday In Shanghai
(posted by Sonja)

Last Sunday was another "No real plan, let's just go somewhere" day. We did plan far enough in advance to buy circus tickets before leaving the hotel. It was at Circus World in the far north area of Shanghai, farther from "home" than we'd yet ventured. The tickets were not cheap, 580RMB per person for VIP seating. That's about $75 each.

We paid for our tickets at the concierge desk, after a walk to the Bank of China ATM (that being the one that doesn't charge a fee to convert money over. You use it just like an ATM in the States, only you get 100RMB notes instead of US dollars, of course.) We decided to visit Nanjing Road, which is a shopping district in the middle of Shanghai. We took a taxi there and got out on a promenade beside the river.

We were across the river from the Pudong area of Shanghai where our hotel is. Pudong New Area it is called; it's the most modern and Westernized section of the city. The river is called the Huangpu or just "Pu" for short (and I could make some crude jokes about that and the water quality, but I will leave that for the reader's imagination). "Dong" means west, so Pudong means "west of the river."

From that vantage we took some of the pictures posted here already. The pictures of boats on the river and the Pudong daytime skyline, specifically. Then we walked through a tunnel to get to Nanjing Lu proper. It was about lunchtime on a Sunday and very crowded. From what I gather, many Chinese people still work six days a week, some even seven days a week. Saturday is more common for people to work, so Sunday seems to be the day for leisure.

Creative driving 101
(posted by Greg)

When driving a taxi in Shanghai, if you are passing in the center turn lane and someone attempts to use it for turning, the following is the proper procedure:
1. Speed up and pull into on-coming traffic lanes
2. Pass offending vehicle
3. Proceed back into center turn lane
4. If another vehicle is in the lane ahead of you, weave back into the first of your normal traffic lanes.
5. Return to center turn lane; if there are more vehicles in lane return to step 1 and repeat until clear.

Remember, in NO case should you ever slow down.

FWIW, I've been on the road here a lot and only seen one very minor accident involving two private vehicles, no taxis. Wonder if it is that no one uses cell phones on the road?

Creative driving 101, Lesson 2
(posted by Greg)

When a pedestrian (breaking the law, the villain) tries to cross in front of the vehicle immediately in front of you (see illustration) swerve around the vehicle and in between the pedestrian and the bikes to your left. Someone will move to let you through. And as always, remember the first rule of cab driving: never slow down, only speed up.

[cab] [vehicle] [pedestrian]
[Bikes in bike lane]

to be continued...

Street scenes, from taxi window; mural on wall of building, left.

Photo Editor's Note: We are serializing Sonja and Greg's web log and illustrating it with the photos they are posting, but there is far more photo material available than we will be able to fit in The Bulletin, so we also provide the links to the blog, for those who are interested:

Web Log:

Enjoying clam chowder at Quincy Market; it was delicious!

By Beaver

We winged into Boston only a little over two hours after leaving Minneapolis. Landing on the tiny patch of land out in the ocean that Boston uses for an airport, we were soon off the airplane and shuttled to our hotel. We unpacked and headed for the hotel restaurant to enjoy our first meal of Boston's wonderful seafood. Jayce and I finished the evening with a swim in the pool, and we were off to bed early. Grandpa was tired.

Thursday morning we needed to be at Children's Hospital for Jayce's appointment at 10:30. We were a bit apprehensive about getting there on the train, as they call the subways in Boston. We caught a shuttle to the subway station and boarded a train, figuring that if we got lost, we had lots of time, and would get a taxi from wherever we emerged from the ground. At Government Center, a main hub of the subway system, we needed to change trains.

I had printed out a map of the subway routes before we left home, so I had some idea how to get around. There are several lines, each with a different color code. The trouble was, we needed the green line, which splits into three green lines as it gets into the city. We finally figured out that trains going to each branch have a different letter. After getting some directions from a couple of helpful natives, we boarded the right train, and found our way to Children's Hospital.

By early afternoon we were done at the hospital and found our way back up the green line to the oldest part of Boston. We walked to Faneuil Hall; a beautiful four-story brick building built in 1742, and enlarged in 1806. It is still serving its original purpose, with market stalls filling the first floor, just as they did in 1742. The second floor is an open forum-meeting hall where protest against British taxation policies in the 1700's caused the building to be nicknamed the "Cradle of Liberty." Samuel Adams was a frequent speaker at the early meetings held in Faneuil Hall. The meeting hall is still in use today. The upper floor is a museum, but was unfortunately closed the day we were there.

Just behind Faneuil Hall is Quincy Market, another brick building. Quincy Market was built in the mid 1820's, when Faneuil Hall became too small. Quincy Market has food courts reputed to be the best anywhere. There are market stalls, street performers, and throngs of people. We ordered bread bowls of clam chowder at a little stand, and it was wonderful. They even made Jayce a little bread bowl out of a homemade bun.

A short walk took us to the New England Aquarium, where we were greeted by dozens of penguins of three different species, living in a natural setting on the main floor.

There was an amazing display of "jellies," which we learned is the proper name for what we have always called jellyfish. There are dozens of kinds of jellies, of many different shapes, some very colorful, and some with long, exotic tendrils. Jellies are increasing in the oceans due to over fishing and other environmental changes.

The main aquarium is a four-story-high cylinder with a spiral ramp running around it from bottom to top. Sharks, sea turtles, barracuda, moray eels, and hundreds of small fish swim about in the artificial coral reef.

One turtle, said to weigh about 500 pounds, follows the divers who clean the tank and feed its residents, nudging them for a handout of food. The turtle eats nothing but vegetables. So much for the idea that eating vegetables is a good way to lose weight.

The outer walls of the aquarium building are lined with smaller tanks containing all sorts of sea and fresh water wildlife.

Jayce had a great time, running from one display to the next. D and I had a great time looking at all the colorful fish while trying to keep up with Jayce.

After a couple of hours in the aquarium building, we relaxed at the Imax theater, watching an African wildlife safari featuring lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and Cape buffalo. It was filmed in South Africa, all from a platform on the back of an off-road vehicle expertly driven by a fearless woman.

We trekked off on foot, looking for a good place to eat. D, being the wise grandma that she is, had brought along a stroller for Jayce. When Jayce was tired, he could ride, along with D's basket of "possibles." I still don't know what all was in that basket, but jackets, umbrellas, a camera, and other miscellaneous articles appeared when needed, as if by magic. When Jayce was in the mood to walk, the stroller still carried the basket, which was too heavy to carry for very long, especially when trying to keep up to a rambunctious seven-year-old boy.

A friendly passer-by directed us to a restaurant in what we later learned is called Little Italy. It was a long walk. The food was expensive, and less than wonderful. Enough said.

Tomorrow we would take a trolley tour of Boston, visit the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) and walk through the oldest part of Boston. Maybe we would even find good seafood at a reasonable price?

Jayce watches fish at aquarium, left; 500 lb. vegetarian sea turtle right.

Easter display in Garden Center emphasizes yellow.

Greetings from the Netherlands
by Ary Ommert, Jr.
Maassluis, The Netherlands

Spring in Holland is late this year

At the moment we still have too cold weather for the time of year, you can see that nature is 3 - 4 weeks late. No leaves on the trees and the early bulbs are blooming. Normally, you should see tulips now. They are deep below the surface. In the garden center it's not busy; people don't buy plants for the garden and don't buy garden furniture. Hope it will become spring soon; it makes you sort of depressed, winter was so long and doesn't seem to come to an end. Look forward to be outside more and relax in the sunshine.

Enough about the weather, last week we made a start for an Easter display with houseplants in the garden center. We want to show people what combinations can be made. In this way they can decorate their home for Easter. The number one color is yellow, but you also see purple and green. We also use grass, feathers and eggs in the arrangements. So coming weeks we hope to get many customers buying houseplants for Easter. On the enclosed picture you can see the display we made.

Today, when I made the pictures, a colleague from the garden furniture was working with artificial flowers for decoration and that resulted in the enclosed picture. Her name is Dia.

Also enclosed a picture from my car. It's a Toyota Corolla 2005. It is parked on the parking of the shop. The sky is clear, as you can see, but in the night we had frost, had to scrape my windows.

This coming weekend we go to summer time,

Greetings from the Netherlands,

Ary Ommert jr.

Nightly frosts in parking lot, left; Ary & Dia make spring display, right.

Skinny Recipes  6
from Donnie Anderson
Isanti, MN

This is a quick and easy Cajun meal.
Donnie, Jr.

Shrimp Creole
Difficulty rating: 1
4 servings: 385 calories, 8 W.W. points.

1 cup brown rice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp. red pepper
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1-1/2 lbs. shrimp, large, R-T-C
(ready to cook: raw, peeled, de-veined)

1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 can tomatoes with green chilies, 14.5 oz.
1 can tomatoes with garlic & onions, 14.5 oz.
1 medium, cubed Italian squash (yellow zucchini) -- for color and texture

1. Cook rice according to package directions.

2. While rice cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Cajun seasoning, red pepper, and shrimp. Sauté 1 minute. Remove from pan.

3. Add onion, green pepper and celery to pan. Sauté 4 minutes, or until tender.

4. Add oregano, thyme, tomatoes and Italian squash. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Return shrimp to pan and cook another 2 minutes, until shrimp is done.

5. Serve over rice.

Photo ©Donald L. Anderson
Shrimp Creole

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
March 28---Donna Anderson Johnson
March 31---Linda Knutson
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
March 26---Stanley and Janice Dake (36 years)

April Birthdays
April 2---Duane Miller
April 2---Jess Cloyd
April 4---Meryl Hansey
April 4---Barb Dewey
April 5---Lorella Grob
April 6---Dusty Meyers (12 years old)
April 9---Richard Johnson (from Oregon)
April 9---Dorothy Dake Anderson
April 10---Brenda Anderson Hill
April 10---Lisa Kae Anderson
April 10---Shawn Ostendorf
April 15---Melinda Miranowski
April 19---Levi Owen Steinhauer (1 year old)
April 23---Alyssa Lynn Freesemann (8 years old)
April 23---Miss Kitty (3 years old)
April 25---Troy LaRon Freesemann
April 25---Mia Nelson
April 26---Heidi K. Johnson Henderson
April 27---Steve Rodriguez
April 27---Peggy McNeill
April 28---Justin Blackstone
April 29---Kelly Kay Larson Seaman
April 30---Kurtis James Larson

April Special Days
April 16---Easter Sunday

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thanks for the e-card for our anniversary! We can't believe how fast the past year flew by. We were lucky to celebrate our first anniversary in Mexico with my (Gina's) family.

Dan and Gina Henderson
North Dakota State-Fargo, ND

Dan & Gina Henderson at romantic dinner for two in Mexico.

Roy Droel absorbed in The Bulletin, a well read weekly newspaper.

Quartet's Spontaneous Getaway Doubles Their Fun

The phone rang while I was trying to write an e-mail, and I just knew it was another call to put on siding or windows, so I hesitated answering it, but thought better of it and did answer.

The sweet, lovely voice said, "Do you like to do spontaneous things?" and I realized I was talking to Virginia Adair. I very seldom talk to her on the phone, so I wondered what special thing she was referring to. "Do you like spur of the moment fun things?" -- and of course that was right up MY alley, but I would have to wait and see if it was up Roy's alley, or not.

Then she said that she and Cap'n. Jack had thought it was just too beautiful a day to waste washing windows or whatever their plan was for the day, and they wanted to just go someplace and do something fun and different. Would we like to go with them?

I was really surprised and excited, and she went on to tell me they thought of just going to Stillwater to knock around and shop and eat. Roy was definitely game, seeing Cap'n. Jack would be there. So, they planned to pick us up in their nearly new van.

We headed to Stillwater. It's on the St. Croix riverbanks, and quite a tourist town. On the way, we decided we must do Goodwill. I needed some certain glasses I couldn't find that were old, and we had fun just browsing in a very well organized, clean, bright store. I did find four, but they are not ideal, so I will keep looking.

We drove a ways further and came upon Baker's Square, which meant we just HAD to have a piece of pie. So, just forget good judgment and common sense, Betty; go ahead and have yourself a nice, big piece with ice cream on, of course. So, I did. Triple berry was the pie of choice, so it was mine, too. MMMmmmm! We could have turned around and gone home right then. That was only the beginning!

So, after driving around all over Stillwater, observing all the huge, beautiful, stately, old rivertown, wealthy homes, we dropped down the steep hills onto Main Street, and drove and drove and looked and looked, and finally decided Virginia and I just HAD to go into the Kitchen store, which was an adventure in itself. Cap'n. Jack and Roy chose to sit this one out, so they had a great visit in the van while Virginia and I browsed.

I found a beautiful glass/crystal pitcher, the perfect size for milk at a company breakfast, and some delicious salsa that Virginia recommended. Mango Lime or something. Virginia had a certain thing she wanted, too, so we came back to the van with our bags of purchases as the men gasped, thinking of whatever that must have cost them, I suppose.

We walked over to the Freight House restaurant on the river -- a remodeled freight house, as they had been there before and loved a certain selection. So, we enjoyed more forbidden -- but delicious -- calories, and finally decided we should wend our way back home, being it was already getting dusk.

We could hardly stop talking and laughing and reminiscing and comparing and enjoying each others' company, and decided that even if this was a first time to be together, it won't be the last. Cap'n. Jack was telling us about the events that he and some others play their instruments for, and we look forward to going to hear them when they play at Culver's restaurant every Monday afternoon.

The BEST part was that, right off the bat, Cap'n. Jack had said that this whole day was "on them," and we could just accept that and enjoy it all. So, of course, next time will be our treat, and we look forward to a next time.

So, Miss Hetty, if you need a little story for blank pages of The Bulletin, here is one you can edit for a possibility. Sorry we didn't take any pictures.

Roy and Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

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

The last Bulletin was a Great Snow Job ... wouldn't you say?

I was so amused when I got to the CHUCKLES ... I would never have anticipated that my Winter Lace photo would show up there!

I made the comment about spring cleaning on the side ... it never occurred to me that it might get published with Winter Lace.

Jerrianne is great at seeing the opportunities as they present themselves!

Ginny (Dake) McCorkell
Blaine, MN

We enjoyed another GREAT Bulletin today! Thanks to all of you.

Kathlyn (Johnson) Anderson
Anchorage, AK

The snow in California at Coarsegold is on the way to our cabin at Fish Camp! We have had over seven feet of snow since the first of March and as of last Thursday, March 16, we had five feet on the level! More snow in 15 days of March than all of the rest of the winter. Who are the folks at Coarsegold?

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

Photo Editor's Note: The folks at Coarsegold are Sandy and Steve Schaefer and Sandy's father, Boyd Knowles, who is almost 95 years old. Sandy is a first cousin on our father's side to Beaver and Richard Johnson, Kathlyn Anderson, Mitzi Swenson and me -- Jerrianne Lowther. We are all six descended from a common set of great grandparents, August and Emma (Neller) Miller, who have been written about in "A Long Time Ago" by our great uncle Edward W. Miller. (Our Miller relatives are not related to the other Miller families among The Bulletin subscribers.)

Just "skimmed" the paper and have to say that it really was an outstanding issue! There are so many contributors that I almost hate to compliment one, for fear of leaving the others out!

I did enjoy (and have enjoyed) Greg and Sonja's very clever write-up of their trip to China. They seem like a very adventurous couple!

I like Donnie's recipes the best, however. I am impressed with the food photos. I feel like I am reading Gourmet magazine! Keep up the great work!

Impressed in St. Cloud,

Douglas Anderson
St. Cloud, MN

Great Bulletin this week! Lots of fun news. Congrats to Dwight and Janie on their new house. And congrats to Brenda and Nathan on their upcoming move and the new baby news. It's really neat to think that five generations will have lived there. Keith and I are also eager to try Donnie's recipe. We have a ton of chicken taking up valuable space in the freezer! :)

Lori Anderson
Irvine, CA

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

It can't keep getting any better -- but it does. Like, for instance, the truly outstanding picture of our Minneapolis winter window named "Winter's Lace upon my windowpane." That picture is one of nature's wonders captured on film. Thanks for that -- I can hardly quit looking at it. Especially the beautiful title font and coloring -- good job, Bitzi.

We had to take advantage of all those snow pictures from one coast to the other. It will be a memory before long, and one we won't care if we have to trade for Spring.

Thanks for the update on Coni. Sounds like a lot of hearts are being touched by her condition and needs. I am so glad, as what is happening to that young couple is not easy to endure, but with friends and family caring and sharing it will cushion the reality and ease the pain some.

Janie and Brenda, selling a farmstead is a major adjustment to the mind and to the body. Thank goodness it will be in the hands of family that will keep it like "home" as much as possible yet. The anticipation and the sorting and saving and tossing will not be easy. A lot of sentiment would have been accumulated in all those years. I'm sure Spruce Drive will soon become very homelike. Any place Mom and Dad are is home, and the hugs of welcome will be just as warm.

Without a story, we all had our opinion about the basketball picture, Wyatt. Thinking they were a happy bunch of fellows, and the familiar one in front looking proud to belong. We didn't need a story to accompany it -- we added our own. (Each one different, ha.) We don't even want to KNOW about you going to Mexico while we stay up here shoveling snow. But hope you have a wonderful time, nevertheless. Did you see any storm damage?

Jayce was fortunate to be able to make that trip to Boston for medical study. We hope he can get help that is not available here. Someone asked a mother which of her children she loved best, and she answered, "The sick one, the one gone from home" -- she loved them all, but a little fellow needing help draws the hearts of everyone.

So, LTD Storybrooke took us to the crutching time operation of a sheep ranch. It didn't sound like anything I would want to even observe, let alone be responsible for, though it would be most interesting to folks who are sheep farmers.

The best part were those pictures of the sweet little girl. They needed a caption for the pictures. Like the little one in front of the big old scale, "Look Mom, my purse doesn't weigh as much as yours."

Thanks for this next episode of Life On The Farm by Edward W. Miller. Those old timers were tough and rugged, but built up our country by the sweat of their brow. Driving by fields of waving grain now leaves no trace of what it took to clear the land.

Congratulations, Greg and Sonja! Mr. and Mrs. Dake. We've enjoyed each edition of your Travelogue of the China trip. I had to smile at the picture of them on their wedding day. Greg and Sonja weren't smiling, but I am sure it was their happiest day yet.

We have met some "Butches" and "Millies" in our travels, and they became lifelong friends.

Thanks, Beaver, for the moment by moment description of your trip to Boston. Was a major purchase to pick out a laptop computer on such short notice, but sounds like you got the best one they had, which with more time you might not have chosen. So that was good, and now you have no excuse for not sending e-mails.

Skinny recipes -- I've got all the ingredients but the spinach leaves. Sounds delicious. I might substitute lettuce, as I can't wait to try it. Usually the dressing makes a salad. The cider and chicken broth are a brand new combination to me. The bacon would help.

Thank you so much, photo editor, for using the pictures of the snow in our yard. We are hoping March 20th will bring a whole new chapter to the pictures and stories now.

Does that little "c" with a circle around it mean the Winter's Lace picture is copywrite by Bitzi? Oh boo hoo, I had planned to use it on some greeting cards. Oh well...

So now I will have to find a stopping place for comments on our latest Bulletin. I just get anxious to express our thanks and to tell you what a great job you keep doing every single week. We really appreciate being a subscriber to this down home, wholesome family newsletter.

Betty Droel


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