Thursday, March 29, 2007

Looking down Lonely Street

The park looks pretty empty today. Not many of us left here. Butch and I will be leaving Sunday morning and going to the Rockport TX area for a few days before going to Carthage Mo so the motorhome can have its annual physical before we head to Iowa so Butch and I can then have ours.
Don Loring will be posting the happenings at Magnolia Park until we all land here again next Fall and Winter. If you have an interest in what Butch and I do the rest of the year you can look in on us at www.brooker3.blogspot.com

Friday, March 23, 2007

It's His Call

A LONG, long time ago, God was mopping His brow after finishing a difficult task. "Whew! I just made 24 hours of alternating light and dark," He said.
A nearby cherub asked, "What are You going to do now?"
God replied, "I think I'll call it a day."

Valentine

Valentine lives on Pecos Street with the Cornells. She is one cute puppy!
 
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Washed ashore

Another shot of the sandal washed ashore on S. Padre with all the shells attached. Who would guess that a lost sandal could become a new home to so many!
 
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Seashells

Norma Cooklin took this shot of a sandal that washed ashore on Padre Island covered with theseshells and in each of the shell resides a hermit crab. What an unusual sight!
 
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The Wild Olive Cafe

One of us was lucky enough to win a gift certificate for the Wild Olive Cafe as a prize for participating in the mixed pool league in Magnolia Park. Last night we decided to use it and what a pleasant experience it was!. Al and Mae do a wonderful job of calling on businesses to acquire these prizes. It is a restaurant one would choose for an upscale dining experience although there were people wearing shorts and I was one of them. The waiting staff were prompt and helpful. The food was delicious and I plan to go back specifically for their 'Valley Onion Soup $3.99/$5.99; Carmelized onions in a rich beef broth served with toast and melted swiss on top'. Sounds scrumptious! I also was pleasantly surprised to see French Fried Sweet Potatoes on the menu as I love them too.
The Wild Olive Cafe is located at 2017 West Expressway 83, Weslaco Tx 78596 phone:956 447-1000. For those of us that are in the vicinity it is south of Luby's in that little strip mall west of where the old K-Mart used to be.
Thanks Al and Mae!!

Hummingbird Nest

Click on picture below for a closer look. This is a Mama hummer at the Wolfrom residence.
 
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Friday, March 16, 2007

Full-timer

This photo epitomizes the full-timing life style. Gayle H. is enjoying the South Texas sun and a book.

 
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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Josephine Spagnuolo's Obituary

Josephine Spagnuolo
Lansing, MI

Josephine Spagnuolo peacefully left this world on March 5, 2007 at age 83. Her family was at her side as she slipped into eternal sleep. Born prematurely on November 9, 1923 in Urbana, Missouri, Josephine (Crawford) Spagnuolo instantly became a fighter. She grew up in rural Missouri and remained there until she met Tony Spagnuolo who was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood Army base. They were married October 8, 1943. Tony was immediately deployed to Europe to fight in World War II while Josephine returned to Michigan with Tony's parents while they waited for his return from the war. Josephine and Tony were blessed with 64 years of marriage. The commitment, devotion and love they shared for each other has been a inspiration to all who knew them. After experiencing three stokes, the third in January 2005, Josephine was moved to Burcham Hills Medical Facility and remained there for the past two years. Josephine continued to exhibit her fighting spirit with the daily assistance of her loving husband at her side. She spent her days at Burcham Hills with her husband who lovingly pushed her up and down the halls, fed her, and attended to her every need. Although Josephine will be sorely missed, the essence and strength of her spirit will live on in each of us as she rests in the peaceful arms of her Creator. Survivors include her devoted husband, Tony, along with their three children: George, his wife Leslie, Richard, his wife Nikki, and Rosie and her husband, Bill Bickert. Surviving grandchildren include Tony (Rocio), Cassandra (Mike), Misha, Raquel (Bruce), Tiffany (Kyle), Richard (Jessie), Charity, Michael (Kathy), and Daniel (Kitti). Great-grandchildren include Joshua, Shana, Lucas, Jason Daniel, Gavin Michael, Andrea, Anthony, Max, Laura Lynn, Cheyenne, Bryce, Greylynd, Sariah, Morgan, Tyler, Ethan, Catarina, Nicholas, Nathan, Kiara (deceased angel), and Elijah. Visitation will be on Friday, March 9, 2007 at Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home, 101 W. Jolly Road, Lansing, MI 48910 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, March 10, 2007 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. The family asks that any donations be made in Josephine's name to St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing.
Published in the Lansing State Journal - March 8, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ropa treasure

Frances found this Michigan coat at ropa usada(used clothing) this week. You pay by weight and it cost her $1.73.
 
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Lemon Tree

All the citrus trees are blooming. This lemon tree behind Bob and Gerry's house is no exception. There are seven lemons in the group.

 
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Turtle

This turtle visited the park yesterday. Marge Scott called me to come 'snap' his photo.
 
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Hello from Missouri

Hello from Missouri. Suzy and I made it home in fine shape and we already miss all of our Magnolia Park friends. Suzy said on the way home that she couldn’t wait to see the wild life (deer, turkey’s etc.) when she got home. She didn’t have to wait the second night back she saw a mountain lion walking up the fence of our east pasture (what a shock). I guess the conservation commission is trying to thin out the deer population here. We will keep you posted on our progress toward lion relocation. We brought the weather with us and our neighbors are all pleased. I have to go finish taxes now so, hope all is well and you are all enjoying the orange blossoms. Bill and Suzy Kreitz

Turkeys-Heber Springs AR

Bill Brooker sent this picture of turkeys in his yard. They visit regularly.
 
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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Talent Show

Click on the picture below to view the entire album
 
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Taken Today in RC IA

Hewy likes our new blizzard ! Should have 14 to 18 in by the time this is done !
 
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Busy Time

It is a busy time at Magnolia Park as many people turn their thoughts to going north. The weather is frightful up there but still the time to head that way is approaching. So here in the park many activities are taking place to get them in before the big push. The activity list is full and fuller. Tonight is the talent show, last night was another excellent free dinner and Sunday is Show and Tell Day along with a Ropa Style Show. So keep up or get left behind!!!
See ya' round the park

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