Alternative Energy: Kid Power!
Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Donna Johnson
Caity, Meredith, Jayce & Rylie having a great time.

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Photo © Donna Johnson
Wyatt & Jolene prepare food; Chris, Beaver & Ashley sample approvingly.

UPDATE -- Breezy Point weekend 2007 (Yum!)
by Wyatt Johnson
Moorhead, MN

As the self-appointed chef for the weekend, I got to show off a couple new recipes we've found, as well as a couple old staples. I've been told I'd be not invited back next year if I didn't share my recipes, so I'll do that as I go.

Editors' Note: We moved the pizza recipe. Scroll down to Requested Recipes to find it.

Friday night, since everyone was arriving at different times, we decided to meet at Grizzlies in Baxter with Dad, Donna, Caity, Jayce, Becky, Bailey, and Chris. I saw beef brisket on the menu and didn't need to look anywhere else. It was as good as I hoped. Everyone else ate some food, too, I think. I was pretty wrapped up in that brisket. We got to Breezy Point around 6 p.m. and checked in. Try as we might to make the kids forget there was a swimming pool nearby, we couldn't do it, and were soon there for our first swim.

Saturday, we started by heading over to the free breakfast buffet. As I described last year, "It covered all the basic food groups -- fresh fruit, salty meats, crispy potatoes, and syrup soakers." We went back to the cabin for a while and then went swimming. Lunch on Saturday was Philly beef sandwiches. This was something we'd just done once at home, but they're pretty simple. We bought a Po-Boy bun for each person and loaded each with roast beef (Italian beef is the best), sautéed onions and banana peppers, and a slice of Swiss cheese. Then we popped them in the oven to melt the cheese. We also heated up some au-jus, using the kind you can buy in the grocery store to mix with water.

Saturday afternoon, Tim, Colette, Erik, and Ashley Huseby joined us for swimming and stayed for supper. Supper on Saturday was Mexican pizzas. This was a recipe we'd recently seen in the "USA Weekend" section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and had done a couple of times. The recipe calls for a 12-inch, pre-baked, pizza crust, but since they usually cost around $6 each, we decided to use my mom's world famous pizza crust. OK, maybe it's not world famous, but all my friends used to insist on my mom making homemade pizza when they came over. We made a double batch of the dough, and made three big Mexican pizzas and two smaller pepperoni pizzas for the kids.

Sunday, we again started with the breakfast buffet, but this time, the Husebys joined us. We swam with them again Sunday morning, and asked them to stick around for lunch and more swimming the afternoon! Sunday's lunch was wild rice soup. We just used Bear Creek mix and added some more wild rice. It took quite a while to get 16 cups of water to boil, but nobody seemed to mind too much. We also had some Pillsbury breadsticks, while the kids ate hotdogs and macaroni and cheese.

Sunday night we had Asian night, complete with cream cheese wontons and egg rolls (both the Asian Sensation brand found in the freezer section of your local grocer). We also made lettuce wraps (like the ones found at PF Changs), beef stir fry, and chicken stir fry. It was pretty simple stuff, just bags of frozen veggies, meat, and minute rice. I don't have an official lettuce wraps recipe; it's not so much a recipe as much as a bunch of stuff just thrown together. You quarter a head of lettuce and use the leaves to wrap up teriyaki marinated chicken with cashews, water chestnuts, and green onions.

The most important recipe of the weekend was this one: one dad/ grandpa, one mom/ grandma, six brothers and sisters, four grandkids (with another on the way), a brother-in-law, a future sister-in-law, and a niece of a friend of a sister (huh?). Mix them together in one big cabin with lots of games and food and enjoy. This recipe is guaranteed to relieve stress. I know it did for me.


Photo © Donna Johnson
Ashley Huseby, Caity Chap, Brooklynn Johnson, Erik Huseby, Jayce Chap, Riley Johnson. Overheard: Erik Huseby's comment to Jayce Chap, "Jayce, you sure have a nice family!")

UPDATE -- Breezy Point weekend -- with children
by Weston Johnson
Maple Grove, MN

I was told that my contribution to The Bulletin this week is supposed to be a few sentences on my weekend in Brainerd. I'm assuming someone else will fill in all the details of when, where, how and why, so I'm just going to spend my few sentences discussing something I learned over the weekend: nothing is easy when kids are involved.

The process of rounding up the nieces and nephews into the van, transporting them to the swimming pool, getting them changed into their swim suits, keeping an eye on them in the pool, getting them dried off, dressed and loaded back into the van, and returning to the cabin was only slightly less complicated than figuring out my taxes, and it took almost as long.

It may have been a sadistic thing to do, but in the midst of one of the child wrangling episodes, I looked at Shawn and said, "Nothing comes easy when kids are involved -- there is no such thing as 'hop in the car and go'!" Shawn looked at me and deadpanned, "Yeah, I know." I guess he has already given that topic some thought, with fatherhood looming in a few months.

It was a learning experience, providing insight into a world I have only seen in glimpses from the outside, although someday I suppose it will be me struggling to put socks and shoes on a wriggling toddler. The weekend also gave me an increased appreciation of the effort my parents went through when they brought us kids on vacation, or even just to the lake.

All in all, it was nice to spend the weekend with the whole family and, while I joke about the effort involved, having all of the kids around definitely added a lot of fun to the proceedings. I feel lucky to be part of a family that can have so much fun together!

Photos © Donna Johnson
Bailey Whitcomb ropes the Beaver, left. (This, way he doesn't have to pick it up when she tosses it.) Tim & Colette Huseby with Ashley, right. (Son Erik was too busy playing to pose for a picture.)

UPDATE -- Breezy Point weekend -- yes!
by Lori (Chap) Ostendorf
Rogers, MN

I had a great time (once again) with our family at the Breezy Point resort. Between the games, good food (thanks to Wyatt and Jolene), naps (yeah!) and good, old fashioned family time, I could not have asked for a better long weekend! It was also fun watching the kids swim, including watching the "big kids" (Wyatt and Shawn) do belly flops. I imagine that our group will never really "grow up" and I like that about us. :)

Photos © Donna Johnson
Lori Chap Ostendorf and Chris Chap share a chuckle, left. (Why work when you can relax?) No argument from Ben Johnson & Ashley Torgrimson, right.

Photos © Maralee Johnson
Julie, Diana's youngest daughter, with Bella and Emily, left; Diana holds Bella the Poodle-Bichon puppy, right.

UPDATE -- puppy love
by Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

The puppies (Bulletin 240) are growing like weeds! They can be a handful, let me tell you -- but so MUCH fun. Bella and Emily love sleeping in the same bed. They are best of friends. Here are some pictures of our "children."

Photos © Maralee Johnson
Julie's husband, Greg, confronts Emily, left; Emily, the Shih Tzu, 10 weeks old, and Bella, the Poodle-Bichon, 14 weeks old, happily share a bed, right.

UPDATE -- Madilyn Mae Larson arrives
by Jeni and Kurtis Larson
San Diego, CA

FINALLY! We have news ... (and Internet access again) ...

Our precious baby girl, Madilyn Mae Larson, was born at 1:48 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30th. She was in no big hurry to make her grand entrance ... she was five days past her due date. I guess she wanted to wait and share a birthday with her Great-grandpa Tony, who turned 74 years young on her day of birth.

Kurt and I brought Madi home from the hospital this afternoon. She is settling into her new home nicely and has already gotten lots of use out of her swing! Mommy and Daddy are both doing well. We are glad to be home with our precious new addition.

Madilyn is very blessed to have so many people who already love her so much and are ready to welcome her into the world.

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and warm wishes. We feel very fortunate to know such amazing people.

Photo © Julie Sandon
Janie & Dwight Anderson, Elaine Wold & DeLoris Anderson.

This North Dakota Anderson family photo didn't get published last week, but they are the ones who prepared a meal, reminisced, and played music with the Arizona Andersons and their daughters and sons-in-law. Julie Sandon took this nice, homey picture of them in Dwight and Janie's kitchen at their new home in Wahpeton, North Dakota ... a lovely place. Guests always feel welcome there! --DMA

Photo © Shari Larson
Nathan Seaman on horseback in corral at Arizona dude ranch.

UPDATE -- "dude ranch" vacation
by Shari Larson
Phoenix, AZ (for now)

My daughter Kelly and grandson Nathan (Seaman) came to Phoenix for a combination business trip (Kelly works for the same company as I do) and visit to a "dude ranch."

Nathan had great fun at my office for two days. He printed his name on the marker boards in all the conference rooms and used lots of highlighters and Post-it notes.

Friday through Sunday we spent at Tanque Verde (green tank) Dude Ranch. Kelly and Nathan both went horseback riding twice a day. Nathan progressed in his lessons to riding without the instructor leading the horse. We all thought this was a great accomplishment for a 5 year old!

The ranch is over 640 acres on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, founded in 1868, in the Sonoran desert adjacent to Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest.

I had a great time participating in the nature walks, enjoying the indoor swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool. There were lots of huge fireplaces in the lodge great rooms. I spent one afternoon curled up in front of a fireplace reading a book. It was wonderful!

Nathan looked like such a little man with his real cowboy hat and boots. Even though it was only three days, we felt like we had been on a month's vacation.

Photos © Shari Larson
Nathan Seaman rides solo, left; with a little guidance from Mom (Kelly), right.

Photos © Shari Larson
Shari & Kelly, left; Shari with grandson Nathan and daughter Kelly, right.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Breezy Point: A Fun Time Was Had By All!

Our family weekend at Breezy Point was a treasure to me ... even with having to live on my pain medicine to stay comfortable. It was so fun to have Colette, Tim, Erik and Ashley Huseby join us. Fun to get to see their new home, too -- very lovely!

Our group knows how to cook ... they fed us all well. Thanks to Wyatt and Jolene for ALL the goods they bought, planned and cooked. Thanks to the others for helping, too ... and sorry I was no help at all. Felt like a real lump! (and a bigger one, as the weekend went on :-)

Enjoyed seeing everyone having a good time and look forward to many more years of doing more with this great group of people. I LOVE them all!

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

Update on "the traveling Johnsons"

It is Friday night, February 2nd, and I am afraid the groundhog saw his shadow today. We just had another visitor! Rich Johnson just left for his next leg of the journey west. Don fed him supper (warmed up from our meal) -- a heavy stew and a glass of apple juice). We visited a bit and he is on his way.

This time he is to work on a building on Whidbey Island, Washington. Rich thinks the job there will last about a month. He expects the next job to be in California. His family is staying at their home in Long Lake, Minnesota. I think they are choosing to freeze for a while instead of slogging in the water.

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 Richard Weiland and Larry Dake for sending last week's mystery pictures.

How many can you identify?

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

I know, I know ... that is Betty Weiland with her little brother, Richard! What fun! I have only known Rich as an adult, but only a glance assured me that is who it is! The sweet young ladies I will leave for someone else to guess ... because there is no "guess" to it ... they are very special to me!

Ginny (Dake) McCorkell
Blaine, MN

Well, sometimes it hits pretty close to home! My youngest brother, Richard Weiland, and my dear sis -- B'lu -- a nickname Betty Weiland had for quite a while. I think (Rich knows for sure) it's in front of the house where we lived in Minneapolis from about l938 until I left to be married and moved on to Pearl Harbor ... and you've heard about that of late!

And our great nieces -- Shalana and Krista -- always a treat to see their pictures, since we see them so seldom.

Ruth Kitto
Apache Junction, AZ

I have a hunch I can GUESS this one right this time. It is my sweet, cute, little brother, Rich Weiland ... and his doting sister [Betty Weiland]. Then the other picture just has to be Larry and Sherry's two girls, Sarah and Amy Dake.

Betty (Weiland) Droel
MoundsView, MN

For this week's Bulletin #241, it is Betty (Weiland) Droel and her little brother, Richard Weiland. I don't know the other picture.

So are the little girls pictured Harold and Anita Weiland's girls? What a game -- I'm probably wrong!

Ginny Adair
Coon Rapids, MN

Editor's Note: Yes, this time you are wrong -- but I see you have another guess:

Back up -- Could it be Amy and Sarah Dake?

Editor's Note, continued: Yes, you are now correct! Cute, aren't they!

Photo © Moa Lundgren
Moa employed some "Swedish doodle hunting" techniques...

Doodle Hunting -- One "Moa" Time
by Earl L. Brown
Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Friday night's doodle hunting was special.

Rotary exchange student Moa Lundgren from Sweden accompanied me for the excursion. (How many other exchange students will be able to claim to have gone "doodle hunting"?)

Earlier, I had called the town office, and asked for "The department of unusual requests, please."

"What is it this time, Earl ... it's too cold out for a water balloon fight."

It seems as though, even as the lights no longer boldly shone on the 40-foot Christmas tree by the rec centre (and department of public works personnel were two weeks late in removing the tree and lights attached thereto), for the asking, power could be reconnected, and for this solitary end-of-January night, the lights would blaze again. (No formal presentation to council was required.)

"You mean that's it, just plug them back in ... you don't want fireworks or anything?"

(Fireworks would have been a nice touch ... think I'll save that one for later.)

You can do these things in Fort Nelson. I like it.

After "doodle capturing procedures and strategies" were reviewed, and the proper "doodle hunting hardware" was dispensed (and in spite of a biting, cold, westerly wind) the quest commenced ... and a fine night for "doodle hunting" it was, too.

Moa employed some "Swedish doodle hunting" techniques that I had yet to become acquainted with ... the attached images are her handiwork.

Just think what a fine place this ol' planet could be if we all doodled together in friendship and peace.

Earl L. Brown
Doodle Hunter and Bear Photographer (not to be confused with bare photographer...)

Photo © Moa Lundgren, left; photo © Sandy Brown, right.
Moa's soft, dreamy doodle, left; Sandy's polar bear couple, right.
(A friend of Earl's wife crafts many wonderful things, including stylish bears.)

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Greetings from the Netherlands
by Frans de Been
Oosterhout, The Netherlands

Photos © Frans de Been
Marloes will be driving soon, left; Marloes and birthday treats, right.

Marloes Turns 18!

Hiep hiep hoera, 18 years young!

Yes, Marloes is now 18 years young and a lot of things are going to happen. At first on her birthday she started with driving lessons.

Yes, you would react -- 18 years. Yes, in Holland we started at the age of 18. She is now a grown up girl. We have celebrated her day today with some family and her friend that she know almost all her life.

Photos © Frans de Been
Frans with new, red truck -- "the best truck on earth."

Here it is my New VOLVO truck. 400 HP (horse power), automatic shift and a Euro 5 standard (pollution) (2008 norm).

I think this is now the best truck on earth.

Have all to you a nice day from Oosterhout.


By Don Anderson
Alexandria, MN

First Responder Wheelchair

At our three-story apartment building, ours is on the second floor -- which means we use the elevators to get down to the street level.

There are no provisions for getting handicapped people down to the bottom level if a fire was in progress. In a situation like this, the elevators are cut off and not usable until a fireman reinstates service after all is over.

There are several folks here in wheelchairs. It is a problem how to get them down to safety.

I have worked over a light weight chair with "Quick Attach" handles so it can be moved down a flight of steps easily by two people. If necessary, it can be carried with a person in it or can be guided down with the wheels riding on the steps. the rider will descend facing upward. Surprisingly, it's not too bumpy a ride.

We keep the chair in our apartment and the handles close by and can be ready to go in a few minutes. There are always helpers willing to assist.

We refer to it as "The First Responder Chair," which offers us peace of mind.

Photo © Dorothy Anderson
Don's evacuation wheelchair, with carrying handles attached.

Requested Recipes

Mexican Pizza
Wyatt & Jolene Johnson
Moorhead, MN
Topping from USA Weekend section, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mom's World Famous Pizza Crust:

2 envelopes dry yeast
2 cups of warm water
5 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
4 Tbsp. oil

OR use 12-inch pre-baked pizza crust. (If using the above pizza crust recipe, bake the crust until it begins to solidify before continuing with this recipe.)


Half a can (scant one cup) spicy, fat-free, refried beans (or regular refried beans with 1 tsp. of chili powder)
1 cup salsa, divided

2 cups hearts of romaine lettuce, shredded
3 to 4 medium green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup crumbled tortilla chips
1 cup shredded pepper jack or Monterey jack cheese

Dissolve the yeast in 2 cups of warm water and set aside. Stir flour, salt, and sugar together, then add the oil and water/ yeast mixture. Knead the dough on some more flour. Let it rise for about 2 hours, or until it approximately doubles in size. It turns out great if you preheat an oven to about 150-200 degrees, turn it off, and then set the bowl of dough in the warm oven for a couple of hours. (Thanks for that tip, Donna!) This makes three 12-inch pizza crusts.

Adjust oven rack to lowest position, and heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix beans and 1/2 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place pre-baked crust on a cookie sheet, then spread the bean mixture on the crust. Bake until it's crisp and warm, about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, top with lettuce, green onions, and dollop with the remaining salsa. Drizzle dressing over pizza. Top with chips and cheese, then return to oven and bake until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes longer. Makes 6 slices.

Per slice nutrition info: 314 calories, 34 g carbs, 14 g protein, 14 g fat (5 g saturated), 24 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 815 mg sodium, 100% delicious.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
February 4---Cameron Birkholz
February 6---Melody Printz
February 6---Kelli Nicole Mellon (8 years old)
February 7---Rylie Johnson (4 years old)
Happy Birthday!

More February Birthdays
February 1---Kathlyn (Johnson) Anderson

February 28---Eric Anderson

February Anniversaries
February 18---Roy and Betty Weiland Droel (14 years)
February 24---Jess and Louise Cloyd (62 years)
February 26---Tim and Char Morgan Myron (24 years)
February 28---Junior and Doris Anderson (45 years)

February Special Days
February 2---Groundhog Day
February 14---Valentine's Day
February 19---Presidents' Day
February 22---George Washington's Birthday

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Yes, that's right! We are excited to say that we are expecting our second child toward the end of May. The ultrasound revealed that Levi can expect a little sister to play with, so that will be fun.

Sarah (Dake) Steinhauer and family
Warroad, MN

P.S. Please note that our anniversary is September 2 (2002). You had it listed under the January anniversaries.

Editor's Note: I had it listed in the Master Calendar as both January and September 2nd. Thanks for the correction. I have removed it from January. --Miss Hetty

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Levi Steinhauer and his mom, Sarah Dake Steinhauer.

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

I laughed out loud when I read Mark's comment about writing poetry! Wow ... with a sister who provides such spectacular photos to go with his poetry, I really think maybe he ought to sit around and write poetry more often!

No, no, no ... don't send Earl to Florida now ... he is onto something here! I absolutely love his doodling ways! My guess would be time exposure of some sort of lights ... but seems there must be another element to the equation. Could it be moving the camera during the time exposure? Is it safe to try this at home? Wouldn't be any danger of LYM (Losing Your Mind) here ... I lost mine long ago.

Ginny (Dake) McCorkell
Blaine, MN

Photo Editor's Note: Yeah, something like that -- I think.

I loved Mark's poem, and the photo with it just was so inspiring to see!

Elaine Wold
Wahpeton, ND

Thanks for another great issue... I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was fun seeing those old guys jamming... I wonder what kind of guitar Dwight was playing in that photo?

Weston, no good writer ever got an interesting story by doing anything "normal"! Your story was moving and entertaining right down to the last syllable, so here is one reader that hopes you take it on the road again real soon.

Speaking of good writing, how about that Markie Johnson? He is a regular Henry David Thoreau! Thanks for the poem, Mark; it was just the way I like my poems ... short and sweet!

Miss Kitty ... no more boasting about how much snow you have, please. I haven't even been skiing yet this year ... because I don't like skiing on rocks and brown grass!

The peanut butter pie recipe looked delicious ... I am truly a sucker for anything with peanut butter in it ... best invention since water!

Thanks again!

Impressed in St. Cloud.

Douglas Anderson
St. Cloud, MN

Well, another week has gone by with my cartoon still on the drawing board, my guitar pictures still in their files, and Rufus still has laryngitis. But I had to remark on last week's primary picture. WOW! And not just because it featured a guitar!

Sure, most people, myself included, ooh and aah over that first picture, whether scenery, people, grandkids or Ginny's fancy photo manipulations. (That's supposed to be a compliment, Ditto!)

But last week's photo brought back warm memories of when my daughters were growing up -- pre-teens. Sunday was family day, stay at home and do things together. What we did most was play music. Ginny (MY Ginny) played organ and flute, both girls played flute and took piano lessons, and I, of course, played guitar, and tried playing banjo.

We would sit around the living room on Sunday afternoons and play. My girls still have fond memories of that. If I could find it, I'd include a picture of my daughter Jane, at around 6 or 7, sitting with me on the couch, her struggling with the big banjo, and me with a guitar.

For the folks who may be interested in my guitar pictures and stories {is HE still around?} I promise to submit something for next week.

Capt. Jack Adair
Coon Rapids, MN

Thank you again, Dorothy and Jerrianne, for the wonderful edition AGAIN! And OH! The very, very special the pictures of Chuck and Donna Anderson, and Gloria, and Sandons -- they are special friends in Phoenix, that we don't get to see often enough.

Also it was a treat to see the Weeda from Bismarck with Morgans -- we know Weedas well.

Got my contribution off far too late but hope it will survive and can be useful. This issue is temendous -- as usual.

As usual, a big THANK YOU for all of it -- and hope the future will hold a lot more memories for all of us.

Ruth Kitto
Apache Junction, AZ

Wow ... wow ... wow! Weston, I can't believe how perfect your wrap-up paragraph for your story was. As I read the last word, tears welled up in my eyes, and I really reflected on the last year or so of our lives.

I will never forget talking to you on the phone the day we all learned Coni had cancer. Lori had called me, wondering if I had heard anything from you that day. You guys had a volleyball game, and she was trying to get in touch with you to see if you were going to play. Knowing how unlike you it was to have not checked in with her, I started worrying. (Thank you very much, Mom, for making me a worrier.) I finally got you on the phone, and just as I was driving across Main Avenue in Moorhead, you told me.

When we went to Breezy Point last year, the day we arrived there was the day of Coni's surgery. I don't ever remember feeling so conflicted in my life. On one hand, I knew that you and Coni didn't want us to skip that fun time together, but on the other hand, I wanted to be there supporting my little brother. Since Mom was down there with you, it made me feel a little better about it. We were in touch with you off and on through the day, and finally learned that the surgery had been very successful about the time we arrived at Breezy Point. That helped, but there was definitely a shadow over the weekend, and we all missed you guys pretty badly.

There were quite a few times in the next months when Coni tried as hard as she could to put on her best smile and make us all feel better for her. That last weekend we spent with her at the farm, she had fought so hard and was so weak, I've never felt so sorry for someone.

As sorry as I felt for her during some of those times, that's definitely not the feeling that I have most of the times that I think of her. "Keep Smiling" is always what I'm left with. Once in a while, Rylie, out of the blue, will say, "I really miss Coni."

I'm so glad that we knew her for as long as we did, and it warms my heart that she had you to go through it with her. She needed you, and I think her entire family needed you. As painful as it was for you through it all, it was meant to be. Coni had her own angel riding shotgun with her through her trip.

Wyatt Johnson
Moorhead, MN

I started an e-mail last week, got side-tracked and didn't finish or send it.

Finally stopped to send a note this week. I have so completely enjoyed Weston's account of his trip. I laughed, I cried, and often felt I was along on his adventures. Such vivid descriptions of all he saw and the places he went, I'll have to see some of them myself one day soon. Thank you, Weston, for sharing.

Of course, what would I expect from an entire family of wonderful writers? I have enjoyed all the accounts of travels and remembrances of the past. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful Bulletin each week. All your hard work is very much appreciated, even by someone who is only the "other Donna" in your family group. Keep up the wonderful work.

Donna Richards
Eden Prairie, MN

Like Donnie and Patty, we ordered high speed Internet access. Dial up became too congested and slow, and it was difficult to get access during the daytime. I plan to keep my e-mail address with Earthlink, to save confusion.

This created a problem for Junior -- he had to dismantle his ancient rotary dial phone in the garage. DSL requires filters at each telephone jack and his dial phone of 80 years plus made things difficult. So, we added more high tech and bought a cordless phone with two handsets -- garage, kitchen, and family room. Several dollars later, we've become modern. Technology! Makes you think about how everyone handled the old telephone party lines in years gone by... :-)

Doris and Junior Anderson
La Mirada, CA

P.S. from Junior: The dial rotary phone was a tough old Western Bell model -- the customers' phone in the shop where he worked. The shop upgraded their phone system in the 70's and decided to throw out the old one. Junior played scavenger, pulled it out of the trash, and brought it home. He cleaned it up, painted it avocado green (remember that color?) and has been using it in the garage ever since! :-)

I was glad to get The Bulletin and it was nice to see pictures of Chuck, Donna, and Gloria Anderson and Julie and Don Sandon. There are some very nice young couples in Phoenix and Don and Julie are tops. Don's parents also moved there. He is a great singer -- and Don is, too. I haven't met Mary and her husband but I am sure they are a fine young couple, too.

The cold has descended again, to be zero tonight. But VERY dry; they call it a six year drought. Seems to be strange weather everywhere. Anchorage has had 75" of snow and they are busy shoveling it off roofs to keep them from caving in. So we hear from Jerrianne. And they have more months of winter yet. The ice storm from Springfield, Missouri, to the Texas panhandle was the worst in history. We don't have bananas in the "banana belt of South Dakota," but so far have escaped treacherous weather.

Jess Cloyd
Hot Springs, SD

After seeing The Bulletin, I thought you might be interested in these pictures.

Richard Weiland
Coon Rapids, MN

Photo © Richard Weiland
Marilyn Wheeler, left, and Virginia Jacobson (Peterson) circa 1950.

Photos © Richard Weiland
Marilyn Wheeler, Virginia Jacobson, Joanne Wheeler (Peterson), Donna Jacobson, and Gloria Jacobson, left; Wally & Ruth Slotten, right, circa 1950.

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

Those two men playing guitar and piano on the first picture had me puzzled, that's for sure. I knew they must be very important to The Bulletin family or they wouldn't be front and center, and then I read who they were. I was so shocked! Chuck Anderson! I knew Chuck when he was young, with black hair and a happy smile -- and courting Donna Jacobson.

Then I had some more shocks. Those beautiful, outstanding, Jacobson girls, now in their older years, have a different kind of beauty now. Mature, wise, white headed ladies that have known joy and sorrow interwoven. Last evening, we ran across some old slides of them as I remember them best. Maybe someday we can send them to The Bulletin Photo Editor. Don and The Matriarch know what I am saying, as they have been their lifetime friends, too, as you can see by the photos of them together, taken in Alexandria just now.

Thank you, Elaine, for your recap of them, too. There are just certain people that remain very dear memories.

That first haircut was a treasure. Enough of an inspiration for Heather and Ben to send in to The Bulletin. That's the first of many, many haircuts, but there will only be one first, and so nice it could be done by the dad. Mason already looks like a little man now.

Tom and Mavis are having some special privileges in Florida. Not too many have Irish visitors, and I have to comment on Mavis's very lovely outfit on the picture with Lorna Bryan.

I really laughed at Don and Patty's comments on their new e-mail address. Kicking and screaming, but NOW if you tried to take the DSL away from them there would be even worse kicking and screaming. It is addicting to be able to move around so quickly on the computer with high speed.

I loved the Mount Rainier photo, having seen the mountain, but not just that cloud version. Oh, oh, Kim, I see that you have done a photo of Photo Illustration quality again! I wish I knew how to do that. Mark, your poetic ability has a good start.

Ohhh, poor Miss Kitty and Miss Jerrianne. Buried in the snow in Alaska. I'm sure Kathy and Arg are, too, then. One benefit was time for Miss Kitty to use the computer while Miss Jerrianne was out shoveling, I suppose. What a scene, with the mountains in the background and the house full of snow. Was that the house that lost the deck or something in your summer storm? I see a different building in the lower left corner, if that's the same house. (Different window, different house. --Photo Ed.)

Beaver, you had to pick up the basketball tournament story, and you did a great job. Caity starred in her grandpa's eyes, and now in ours. Wasn't that a very true statement, that younger kids are the most fun to watch?

Well, Donna Mae, I am so glad you could send your Day To Day again. What a freak accident, to happen so fast. Now the results will take weeks before you are pain free or healed. You did not need that, with all your responsibility of the day care and family, but it sounds like others are stepping in to be a wonderful help to you.

Doodlebugging ... now that is a new one. Earl L. Brown must be very inventive.

Weston, the Travelogue had to come to an end, we knew, but we did enjoy every single issue of your experiences and your trip. Such an interesting writer, and you had us spellbound several times. Your trying to find a way to wrap it up with a nice little bow was exactly what you did, in telling us about the time element, as well as the cast of characters, and your long hours behind the wheel. We are thinking of you as the adjustments continue in earnest, without the trip plan diversion.

I wish Roy liked peanut butter, but then again I guess I'm glad he doesn't or I would be very tempted to make Lois's pie, which neither of us need. Maybe I could make it for one of you that would stop by someday. Just let us know. I'd have to shop for the peanut butter.

Is that picture of Levi and his mother an announcement? That is great news! Looks like Mother already has her arms full. Oh well, Daddy has two more.

I loved reading the Letters To The Editors. I always wish there were more. I fear I might be taking room the others could fill with their comments, but I know the Editor would alert me if I were.

I see the Foto Funnies have an accompanying watery look in the title, to go with the photo of Jayce and the Jellyfish.

The Celebrations and Observances are telling me to send special greetings to Larry McCorkell and Kathy Anderson.

Diana, it is always welcome news to hear about you. How are those new puppies? We need a picture. (How about four? -- Photo Ed.)

This Sunday afternoon has melted like a snowflake, that's for sure. I lose track of time when I want to write my LTTE. I'm not finished, but I will quit. Now I had better give Roy some company.

Betty Droel


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