Sunday, May 14, 2006
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Happy Mother's Day!
UPDATE -- Coni & Weston engaged!
This week's Coni update has a very different subject matter than you are used to reading in this part of The Bulletin. Coni and I are happy to announce that we are engaged! It became official last Saturday, when I proposed to her and she accepted. We have not decided on a specific place or time for the wedding, although we are planning to be married this fall.
Coni would like me to add that she is excited about becoming an official member of the Johnson/ Chap/ Anderson family. And I think I speak for all of us when I say we are equally excited to have her as a member of the family. I know I am!
Thank you, everyone, for your support and we will be sure and keep everyone posted as we plan the details of the wedding.
UPDATE -- Dan & Gina Henderson
Greetings from Fargo! With another school year wrapping up, Dan and I thought we'd send a little update. This past school year flew by; hard to believe we'll be entering our senior year this fall. As you may know, we were fortunate to celebrate our first anniversary in Mexico. We loved our first year of married life!
Dan "enjoyed" a very busy semester of classes. Seems like those engineers love group projects! He'll also be taking one class during the summer. On top of his busy schedule, Dan has amazed me by training for the Fargo 1/2 Marathon for the past few months. The Marathon is coming soon -- on May 20th.
I enjoyed a fun semester of nursing classes: Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Community Health. I loved my clinical rotation on the Family Birthing Center; that's definitely an area that I am considering for the future.
Dan continued his internship at Case/ New Holland Co. during the school year and will work there full time for the summer. I was fortunate to be hired as a Nurse Intern at Fargo's MeritCare hospital for the summer. I'll be working in the Palliative Care unit; it's a small unit (only 8 beds) with a lot of regular patients. If I understand it right, palliative care is similar in some ways to Hospice, with a focus on comfort, not cure. So I'm really looking forward to it. It will definitely be a growing experience.
In April, we moved to the next apartment building down the street from the one we were in -- from our little 1-bedroom to a 3-bedroom apartment. Rachel will be moving in with us as soon as finals are finished. Dan and I are excited about it and I think Rachel is, too!
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UPDATE -- Bridal shower for Lori
Jolene was hostess for a bridal shower for Lori this last weekend. Several friends and family showed up for the shower, to make for a lovely gathering in honor of Lori's coming wedding.
FAMILY UPDATE -- the Browns
I have really enjoyed the pictures of the tulips in the past few Bulletins ... they are my absolute favorite flowers! I have grown a few here in Texas, but they were not near as beautiful as these have been.
We are doing well ... Sully is going to be two in August, which is hard to believe! I am working part-time in the ICU at our local hospital.
Michael is still working for the surveying company that does work for the gas well drilling companies around here ... there is a big natural gas boom going on right now, so he is staying very busy!
We are looking forward to a visit from Charlie and Ardis Quick this next weekend ... it will be very nice to see them again!
UPDATE -- Levi & Jazmine get little ducklings in a row
Day to Day R
The girls all love to play "dress-up" -- from Caity (who's now the oldest) down to the youngest, Anissa and Cecilia, with Torin wanting to be in the picture, too. :-)
Another concert has come and gone. This year's theme was "America," so there were many songs fitting to that, including: This Land is Your Land, There are Many Flags and This Beautiful Land We Share, by the Kindergarten through Third grade classes. And Caity's group, including the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth grade, sang America the Beautiful and America.
The Matriarch Speaks W
Mother's Day 2006
As the present Matriarch of the Dake family, I invited you to help us pay tribute to Amy Mellon Dake, the Mother of the Dake Family. Click on the picture or the link to read the tribute on the web. If you receive The Bulletin by e-mail, watch for a second Bulletin e-mail with the tribute.
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? (People, places and things all count.)
It is so much fun to see pictures of our family and extended family that I have never seen before. I really enjoyed last week's photo and this week another great photo pops up!
That is the Dake Family ... Billy, "Mom" holding Gert. (I would say she was about 6 months, old which would make the photo date 1932), Leroy (Bubsy), "Dad" Dake, Dorothy, and Blanche. That is in front of the home place where we had many enjoyable times! Thanks for the memories...
The mystery picture this week is the Bill and Amy Dake family ... Bill and Amy with their children (oldest to youngest) Billie, Blanche, Dorothy, LeRoy and Gertrude. I'm amazed at the family resemblance of my brother Stan (Bill) as well as my son Eric to my Dad (Billie/Bill) ... the oldest of the Dake children, who is on the far left in this picture.
Our guess is ... from left to right: Billy, Grandma Dake, Gert, Grandpa Dake, Blanche; front row: LeRoy and Dorothy.
No LTD Storybrooke this week.
Greg and Sonja Dake left Durham, 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.
Traveling to Yunnan Province
Our flight from Shanghai to Lijiang included a stopover at the airport in Chunming. We didn't change planes, but we got off the plane and waited in the airport for half an hour or so, then got back on the same plane to continue. The plane was pretty much full both legs of the trip. We had seats fairly near the front of the plane -- row 6, the aisle and middle seat in rows of three. We were, I'm pretty sure, the only Caucasians on the plane.
The first leg of the flight was a little less than three hours long. We were served beverages and snacks, the snacks being completely Chinese food. Most notably, a small sealed package of what on first glance, looked to be labeled as "Squids Lice." It turned out to be an oddity of spacing (which is not uncommon in Chinese-to-English translations, because Chinese symbols are whole words instead of individual letters combined into words. Figuring out where one word ends and another begins is pretty difficult for that, I suspect.) Upon closer inspection, including reading the back, it was "Squid Slice."
And that is exactly what it was, small slivers of dried squid flavored with salt, sugar and spicy red pepper powder. Seeing as how I love calamari, I gamely gave it a try. Greg had already done so with his while I was reading the packaging. His opinion was, it wasn't bad but too fishy-tasting for his taste. I took a bite and was undecided at first. The second bite convinced me it was delicious, and could be addictive. After the fifth bite, I didn't want any more, then or any time soon. Hard to explain, but it was like my body said, "Okay, it's good but you don't need any more, stop eating it." It was very, very rich, as in pure protein, so maybe that was it. My diet was pretty protein-poor most of the two preceding weeks.
The rest of the snack box was a package with some tofu slices with one tiny shrimp pressed into the top piece, a package of two shortbread-like cookies, and a roll. Not very filling but it was presented as a snack and not a meal.
The stopover in Chunming was short, and upon re-boarding the plane looked like almost the same people as had gotten off. The guy that was in the window seat of our row was the same, for sure.
Once we were back on the plane, it was a very short hop to the airport at Lijiang. We landed on a very short, but smooth-surfaced runway. We got off the plane and went to get our luggage. There was only one baggage belt, and it was only about 10 feet away from the door to the outside. As we were waiting for our luggage, we spotted our local guide waiting outside with a sign with Greg's name on it. We waved at her and pointed at the luggage beltway. Once we had our luggage, we had a bobble because we didn't realize the slips we had been given when we checked our luggage were required to leave with it. So we had to dig out our ticket folder and show those to the airport employees at the exit.
Once we got outside, the guide introduced herself with her English name of Chelsea. We never called her by name and she never referred to herself that way again after the initial introduction. She referred to herself as "local guide" thereafter. She helped us with our luggage and led us to a mini-van sized Toyota van with three rows of seats. We were to spend quite a few hours in that van over the next five days!
We were the only "guests" this tour, so we had the van, driver and guide to ourselves. There was enough room for nine people plus driver and guide, as long as nobody had too much luggage. We had room to spread out, though, and move from one side to the other to take pictures out the windows, etc.
to be continued
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: http://sonjas-travels.blogspot.com/
This very tasty, low-fat, stew recipe was sent to me by my sister, Donna. I made a few changes to improve the nutritional content (lower fat, lower sodium). By the way, I take requests. If anybody has a recipe that they need the nutritional info on, or an old favorite that they would like streamlined, send them to me and I'll see what I can do. Don Jr. email@example.com
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+ LETTERS TO THE EDITORS?
So many issues of The Bulletin come ... and go ... and I don't get around to commenting on all the things that are worthy of praise. It is really incredible how so many interesting things pop up every week.
It was nice to meet you and more of your family at Lori's shower. A great group! But I also have to write to make sure "Captain Jack" gets a big standing ovation on his clever poem about The Bulletin! LOVED IT!
Also, thanks to Frans and the pictures of his tulips in Holland -- beautiful -- a perfect addition to this spring issue. What are the flowers that are the purple "tufts" in the background of the garden?
Fun to read it all ... but that is what stood out for me in this Saturday's posting. Thanks to all who contribute!
Greetings again from the Valley of the 98 degree SUN! Summer is finally here! We in Arizona really appreciate these nice temperatures -- after many chilly months! 100 is predicted soon! All seems well around here otherwise.
I didn't send in my guess on the Miller picture in #203. I knew Henry and Lenore, Anita's [my sister-in-law's] parents, and was sure about Blanche. I know that Robert and Jeannette live in Great Falls, Montana, and we plan to be up there in June. I will have to ask them about the picture -- when it was taken, etc. I will be writing Judy (Miller) Riesenberg, their daughter, who lives in Great Falls also, so I will ask if she knows of The Bulletin. I will take this issue along -- and the one with their picture.
We spent weekends on Lake Edna through the summers in the late '60s. It is very special memories -- enjoying being at the Jack Pine Farm -- when Ginny's grandparents and parents were living. Last summer I showed Ken all around the area -- and did find our little cabin. (We called it "SWANSON'S CHALET.") It has been remodeled and enlarged -- with our little cabin in the center and now built all around it.
Those tables are amazing. I always admired the things he made that were around the house when I was growing up. I saved my money in one of the banks. I have a small bowl that we always used as a candy dish back then. I had forgotten which uncle made it, but it must have been him.
Just an update. I have my first chemo treatment today, Friday the 12th, at 1:30. Then, tomorrow, if everything falls into place, a few of us will go up to the cabin to work on packing, emptying sheds and moving everything we can in one trip.
To start with, I'll have chemo every Friday for who knows how long. I hope everyone is well and life treating you well.
Love to all.......
by Betty Droel
There is something about a surprise package that is so exhilarating and you can't wait to open it to see what's in it!
Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Ginn & Capt. Jack Adair & Puddy
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