Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Marge Scott has this lovely cactus blooming on the south side of her trailer.
Tom Lowary is getting high.
You can tell when people are getting set toward leaving. Bags of 1015 onions and ruby reds are stacked outside ready to be loaded.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Butch will be driving our home out of the park next Saturday and I will be leaving most of the posting on this site in the very capable hands of Don Loring. For those of you who want to keep track of us this summer you can look up my other blog at www.brooker3.blogspot.com. Next fall will be here before you know it! I can hardly wait to get back and see all the changes that will take place
These three handsome dudes were in Progreso on Winter Texan Day
I pulled this picture from last years Christmas Parade. We have the most elegant RedHatters in our park. This is Pat Jones.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Next fall none of us will recognize Magnolia Park. The changes are too numerous to mention but it seems there is a new surprising development every day. Lots of buying, selling and moving things out and around has taken place already with more to come in the months ahead.
ChaCha is our new neighbor. Betty, ChaCha's mommy found her at the Val Verde Flea market and she was in bad shape. Betty picked up ChaCha and said this puppy is seeing a doctor and walked off with her!! Betty took her to a vet who gave her a 50/50 chance of making it. Well, with lots of care and affection and good meds ChaCha has pulled through and is looking frisky and very cute.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Abundant Blooms
This rain tree was a small potted plant 4 years ago purchased at the Don-Wes Flea Market. It looks so unusual because it is a barkless tree.

A Raintree
.We have had a cool,rainy day in the valley today. It is a rarity so we have enjoyed it. Tonight is the steak fry and it looks like it will clear up so the guys can grill in cool comfort.
Update on Edna... She is on the mend. She had a few heart problems due to the meds she was on so they moved her to the heart floor but she is doing fine, eating well and will soon be moved to rehab for a few weeks.
Jack O. looks like it is a natural.
Several people enjoyed a sweet little stogie in the little hall last night.
There was a block party in the little hall last night and it certainly looks like it got "smoky".

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Edna fell yesterday and broke her hip so she is now in the Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco healing up from her surgery. She will be in the hospital for a week and then in rehab for two or three. Her many friends are looking after things for her.
Edna is in the news...
A few of us went to Tony Roma's in McAllen for supper Friday and when we left the restaurant the sky had this colorful look to it.
Penninks Pup

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The story...I was talking about Kay Stilson one day and that you do not see her much when the lady I was talking to said, "That is true. I have talked to her through the window but I don't see her out and about that much" I too have talked to Kay many times through the window so I said, " It is almost like going to the confessional, isn't it? We both laughed and I related the story to Kay who also laughed and it has been a running joke ever since. One step further...we now have a stool for kneeling at Kay's Konfessional!
Last Wednesday the bikers had lunch at Tuffy and Char's place with Tuffy providing the chicken for the group. Mary didn't have far to go from plate to mouth.
There was mighty tasty layout of food for the occasion.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Craft Luncheon at Irene's Tea Room
Craft Luncheon
Eula, Carol and Fran
Judy and Pat
Shirley, Leslie and Lonnie
Fern, Mary and Irma
Dorothy and Dee
Craft Luncheon
Craft Luncheon
Pictures from the Craft Luncheon on Monday We had a hat day.
This is from an email I received this morning . ATTORNEY'S ADVICE -- NO CHARGE
Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it
someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice!

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.


1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first
name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will
not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name,
but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID
REQUIRED".

3 When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT
put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the
last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and
anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check
processing channels won't have access to it.

4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you
have a P.O. Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a
P.O. Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your
checks.(DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed,
anyone can get it.

5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides
of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet
and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep
the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when
travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud
that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number,
credit cards.

Unfortunately I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet was
stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly
cell phone! package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line
approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change
my driving record information online, and more. But here's some critical
information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you
know:

1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the
key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know
whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit
cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent,
and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to
do this.)

3. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immedi- ately to place
a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. I had never heard of
doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for
credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company
that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to
contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all
the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks
initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before
placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the
thieves threw my wallet away. This weekend (someone turned it in).
It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet,
etc., has been stolen:
1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.
But if you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help
someone that you care about

Monday, March 13, 2006

The craft ladies went to Irene's Tea Room for lunch and I will post more pictures tomorrow but this one of Esther I liked best of all
Here we have the eleven Magnolia Park residents that went on the 2 day Monterrey trip. Unfortunately Leslie's billfold was stolen shortly before this photo was taken. She was not careless...the thief was a slick one. It put a damper on things but all of us and especially Leslie made a best effort to have a good time in spite of it...and we did.
Most of the Monterrey N L Mexico trip pictures may be viewed at http://community.webshots.com/user/barbie1943
Cascada Cola de Cobolla otherwise known as Horsetail falls
Butch discovered there were buttonholes in the napkins so Butch and Dick were all set for their next meal.
Mexico's symbol- An eagle sitting on a cactus eating a snake. I do believe if you ask any of the eleven people who went on the Monterrey trip they can readily recite the above info. This lovely stained glass rendition of the Mexican symbol was in the Government building.


Friday, March 10, 2006

Believe it or not this wonderful outfit modeled by Norma C. was found in a pile of Ropa clothing for 30 cents a pound. I do not think it cost much...hmmm maybe 30 cents?
A Ropa style show was a fun part of the talent show with many models showing off their ropa finds. Dorothy W. looks like she is ready for a night on the town.
Prof. Cleavleand was the speaker at the Warbler convention
TheTalent show was a big success this year and Fred was one of the fine entries

Talent show

The rest of the talent show pictures can be found at Webshots in the Talent show album. It is worth the trip!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A memorial service was held Tuesday morning to remember all of those who had passed in the last year. 18 people were honored and remembered.
Horseshoes are an added attraction at Magnolia Park this year and the interest is strong.
History Exam...
Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam. If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap. This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life. Get paper and pencil and number from 1 to 20. Write the letter of each answer and score at the end. Then, best of all, before you pass this test on, put your score in the subject line.




1. In the 1940's, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob
b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
c. Next to the horn

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
a. Capture lightning bugs
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
c. Large salt shaker

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack
b. Gin
c. Craps!

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II
a. Suntan
b. Leg painting
c. W! earing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
a. Studebaker
b. Nash Metro
c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a. Strips of dried peanut butter
b. Chocolate licorice bars
c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

8. How was Butch wax used?
a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust

9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
a With clamps, tightened by a skate key
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
c. Long pieces of twine

10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
a. Consider all the facts
b. Ask Mom
c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940's?
a. Smallpox
b. AIDS
c. Polio

12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
a. SUV
b. Taxi
c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
a. Old Blue
b. Paint
c.. Macaroni

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a. Part of the game of hide and seek
b What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores
c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
b. Princess Sacajawea
c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high
b.. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid their failure

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos

18. Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?
a Meatballs
b. Dames
c. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
a. The Ink Spots
b. The Supremes
c. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
a. Tony Bennett
b. Xavier Cugat
c. George Gershwin
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ANSWERS

1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the late '60's to catch on

2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?

3. c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

4. a) Blackjack Gum.

5. b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.

6. a) 1946 Studebaker.

7. c ) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

8 a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.

9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.

10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.

12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!

13. c) Macaroni.

14. c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.

16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

19. a) The widely famous 50's group: The Inkspots.

20. a) Tony Bennett, a nd he sounds just as good today..



SCORING

17- 20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with mental abilities. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely someone who should share your wisdom!

12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you're getting there.

0 -11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences.

Talent Show

The talent show is tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6 p m in Allen Hall and I know it is shaping up to be one of the best ever. So plan on it!
The bikers went this morning without me. There is a wind advisory for today and I have been there and done that one time too many times....so maybe next time!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

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