Sunday, January 21, 2018

Williamson Branch entertainers

Saturdays entertainment in Allen Hall

If you want to know more about them click on the link above. They will be in Stratford Iowa this summer if you up north folks love Bluegrass and would like to see them perform. They were greatly appreciated in Magnolia Park.

Melody 19 and Kadence 15
 Debbie and Kevin Williamson

Caroline 8
 Melody and Kadence

Debbie, Melody and Kadence

Big Casserole for a Big Group

Maybe someday I will have a need to use this recipe. It sounds good to me.

Campground Potluck Turkey Stroganoff Casserole
 This rich, creamy, versatile casserole is a favorite with family reunions and campground potlucks. It can be made on the spot or ahead of time. Make it with any cooked turkey including canned chunk turkey or good quality deli turkey cold cuts. If you have room in your RV oven it can be made in one large disposable foil baking pan.

4 cups stuffing mix
1 cup water or chicken broth

4 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 soup can milk, water, broth or white wine
8 cups diced cooked turkey
1 jar of cooked onions such as Holland onions, drained

1 teaspoon crumbled dry sage
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
4 cans or jars, 6 ounces each, sliced mushrooms, drained
1 quart (4 cups) sour cream

2 cups stuffing mix
2 sticks butter, melted

  Grease two 9 X 13-inch casseroles and put two cups stuffing mix in each. Drizzle a half cup water or broth over each. Set aside.
 Cut up onions. In a bowl whisk condensed soup with a soup can of liquid plus the sage and parsley. Fold in onions, diced turkey, mushrooms and sour cream. Spread in pan(s) and sprinkle top with remaining stuffing mix. Drizzle with melted butter.
 Cover with foil and refrigerate for later baking or cover with foil and let stand 30 minutes. Then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serves 16.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trip to Paris?

I have a new-to-me photo editing program and I have been playing with it. So I sent Susan to Paris.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Self CPR

I rarely send on messages that I receive about anything, however, this could be really important to know.

 1.   Let's say it's 7:25 PM and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day.

2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.

3.   Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw.

You are only a few miles from the hospital nearest your home.

 4.   Unfortunately, you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.

5.   You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


 I have fact-checked this info. This comes from Dr. Patrick Teefy, Cardiology Head at the Nuclear Medicine Institute University Hospital, London Ont. 
Barb B.

 Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint has very little time left before losing consciousness.

 7.   However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.

A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

 A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8.   Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.

In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

9. . Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

10. . A cardiologist says: "If everyone who gets this message tells others about it, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More Trivia!!

Sunday night was Trivia night once again and it is being warmly received. I was told yesterday that it did not last long enough. They didn't want it to end. So I encourage all of our Magnolia people and their guests to form a team and come join the fun. You may form a team of 1 to 8 people and since it is all for fun and bragging rights you can get by with an extra team member or two.
As I look around the park I would love to form a team of my own and I have some people in mind who I would ask. But alas, being the one who is gathering the questions it would not work. You may ask me who I have in mind and I might give you a name or two to ask.
Think of people who like to read and /or watch Jeopardy. Or have areas of expertise say in Sports, History, Literature or Geography. I think you could also think of folks to make a team if you put a little thought into it.
Allen Hall 6:00 pm on Sunday

Sufferin' Succatash!

We are in the beginning throws of another cold snap. Butch will be unhooking the water hose once again. We are about 2 hours away from freezing temps as I write this. This cold snap is expected to be a 3 day event. The worst of it is, the freeze they predict will be at least 12 hours and for this neck of the woods that is what causes real damage. Grapefruit and crops will be nipped beyond saving. They are also adding some rain to the mix which means slick roads and accidents aplenty.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

~a column by Colleen O’Brien ( my up north walking partner)

The great relief of the mundane

~a column by Colleen O’Brien
A new acquaintance told me a story of her “coming through” major cancer surgery, as she said. She had been ill a long time, she had been doing chemo a long time, she had lost her hair a long time ago, along with her strength and her will. She thought she would be dead within the year.
The chemo and surgery worked, however, and she “came through” a healthy woman.
“What surprised me most,” she said. “was that I once again had the feeling that I’d had all my life of having no timeline with a period at the end. We know death will come someday, but it is in the future, it’s not close. I was suddenly thinking like I’d thought before I was diagnosed. I had my life back and it was just like my old life – not having to think every minute how long I had left.”
She said the normalcy of life after cancer was what thrilled her. She was grateful to be alive, yes. She was hopeful her cancer was banished forever. But she did not feel she’d been saved for some special reason; she simply felt that she had returned to her life, to the way she’d felt all her life. With one difference: now, she recognized what a normal life was – to plan events and trips, to work, to do nothing, to wander through her mind, to think about things that didn’t matter, to live as she always had in the minutia of the day.
The normalcy of life is not something we think about much, let alone praise. We talk about the high points, not the everyday routine. Relishing the mundane probably happens only to survivors . . . of cancer, of heart attack, of war, of car crash, maybe of close call; that slide by of the specter of death almost clipping us as his car careens from another lane right into our lane on the interstate, and for no reason at all we are allowed to drive on, unscathed.
The call to death that we all know is our end . . . when it recedes once again into a distant future is what normalcy is. To meet it up close and survive it, to remain in the world doing nothing much but one’s day-to-day busyness or lassitude – doing the dishes and the crossword puzzle, watching an old movie, playing Candyland with the kids for the thousandth time, cutting the grass. It is indeed the normal things that count. It is the small stuff that slips through our hours and our days with no fanfare and little thought that might be the best part of our lives.

Ronnie Hunter obituary

Obituary for Ronald Thurman Hunter
Ronald Thurman Hunter, Sr., age 74, of Hot Springs Village passed away on August 12, 2017 at 4:04 a.m. with his wife at his side. He was born on December 4, 1942, in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Thurman H. Hunter and Hannah Lois (Johnson) Hunter.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a step-son. Survivors include his wife, Linda Hunter, five children, three bonus children, one step-son, a brother, a sister, twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three furry friends; Pooh Bear, Angel Pooh, and Sugar Pooh.

Ronnie proudly owned and operated Hunter Construction for many years and retired at age 62. Ronnie loved traveling, making friends and crafting fine made jewelry from freshwater pearls and leather. He was a faithful member of AA and promoted the organization every chance he got.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Caruth Village Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs Village, memorial service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jim Johnson will be officiating.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Scrumpdelicious Bean soup supper

Susan and Noreen front and center. Susan chaired the event and cooked the bean soup. It was mighty tasty. Even though Susan led up the crew she also had lots of good help. Helping hands are always forthcoming for all events.

This and That

The weather has moderated. Before coming south this year I saw a prediction the Rio Grande Valley would have a warmer than normal winter. So far that is completely off the mark. It isn't all bad because moderate is good. The nights are often cool and the days are in the 60's and low 70's for the most part. In my mind, it is much drier than normal. The humidity has been surprisingly low. I have a bucket placed to catch moisture coming off the roof of the motorhome and I use it to water my plants. Many mornings I find not a drop of moisture in the bucket.

While walking a few mornings ago I looked down and spotted a coin. And this is what it turned out to be. I looked at a few websites and the value seems to be around the 6 or 7 dollar range. It is in pretty bad shape so perhaps it is less than that. It was a surprising find none the less.

The last cold snap we had did some damage. Nothing serious or permanent. The tops of the papaya trees are looking bedraggled. In past years, we were told that a cold snap is beneficial to grapefruit and makes them juicier and sweeter. Should be a great crop of ruby reds coming soon.

Last Monday at crafts Edna brought this pattern so I took a picture of it. A blast from the past for the crafty women.

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