Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Food of the Fifties


Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.

Curry was a surname.

Taco? Never saw one till I was 15.

Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.

Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.

All chips were plain.

Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.

Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.

None of us had ever heard of yogurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible!

Cooking outside was called camping.

Seaweed was not a recognized food.
Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.

Prunes were medicinal and stewed.

Surprisingly, Muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.

Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.

Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

There were three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties - elbows, hats and cell phones!.........and there were always two choices for each meal...

"Take it" or "Leave it."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Magnolia Birds

Well, I think we've looked at Santa long enough so when I was looking through some of my bird pictures I found a few of those birds which we saw right there in Magnolia last season. We almost saw more there than we did at all the various birding spots we went too. I have a bunch more but will save them for next time.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Remember this??

When you are tried of heat and high humidity this summer, remember how Magnolia looks at Christmas time. It was cool enough for sweatshirts when we had the Christmas parade. Right now, that sounds pretty good.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Larry Ergen in parade

Larry Ergen showing off the efforts of him and his team who worked on putting this coke can extravaganza together. Any news from Coke yet about coughing up some funds for you guys?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dorothy Brandes Obit

Dorothy Florence Brandes 
(October 19, 1933 - June 20, 2017) 
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Dorothy Florence Brandes
Dorothy Florence Brandes, the daughter of Archie and Anna (Laursen) McCrory, was born at Anita, Iowa on October 19, 1933 and died on June 20, 2017 at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home, at the age of 83 years, 8 months, and 11 days.
Dorothy attended country schools in Shelby and Cass counties. She graduated from Anita High School with the class of 1951 and then attended Nurses Training in Atlantic. On December 7, 1952, Dorothy and Richard “Dick” Brandes were united into marriage at the Christian Church in Atlantic, Iowa.  To this union four children were born, Kenneth, Delmar, Carol Jean (Jeannie), and Sharon Jo Ann (Shari).  In 1955, they lived and rented a farm near Oakland and eventually bought the family farm in 1970.  She moved from there in 2009.
Dorothy and Dick were members of Oakland United Methodist Church, the East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau and the Pottawattamie Pork Producers. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Neighborhood Club. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, bingo, cards and traveling. Dorothy and Dick loved spending their winters in Texas and summers in Minnesota.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents; and her brothers Donald and Glenn.
Dorothy is survived by her children: Ken Brandes and wife Jane, of Hancock, IA, Delmar Brandes and wife Stephanie, of Oakland, IA, Jeannie Lawrence and husband Jim, of Meriden, CT, and Shari Engle of Millard, NE; her grandchildren: Nicole Marie, Brianne, Benjamin, Jeremy, Christopher, Richard, Brittany, Sydney, Seth, and Sabrina; and her great grandchildren:  Caitlin, Aiden, Noah, Hannah, Leah, Christian, Evie, Justin, Levi, Elaina, Konnor and Trenton. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Rieken Vieth Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Look in the Mirror of Aging


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