Friday, August 18, 2017

Wendt's 60th Anniversary

September 1, 2017 will be Vern and Dorothy Wendt’s 60th wedding anniversary.  To celebrate their anniversary we are asking any friends/family to send cards of congratulations
to Dorothy and Vern Wendt at 209 N Center St  Flandreau, SD  57028

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Apricot Cocktail Poppers

Apricot Cocktail Poppers

Everyone loves finger foods for camping. Gather ‘round the potluck table or patio and dig into these sweet and tangy bites. Serve with toothpicks plus napkins to catch the finger-lickin' drips.

2 bags, 16 ounces each, small meatballs, thawed
16-ounce can of tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 packet apricot gelatin dessert mix
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon each cinnamon, ground cloves
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
10-ounce jar of apricot jam

Pile the meatballs into a slow cooker or other container for heating and serving. In a saucepan, whisk everything else together and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir to dissolve gel and sugar and pour over meatballs. Heat through.

See more of Janet Groene’s RV-ready recipes at

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I inadvertently put the blog entry below on the Magnolia site instead of out personal one so if it seems a little weird that is why. Too lazy to take it off.😁

Busy doing not much

It does seem as age creeps up on us that it takes longer to get anything done. I am sure my peers would agree. Maybe it is because we have the time and wherewith all to let things go. I am a big list maker and I am ready to make another one. There is a great deal of satisfaction putting it up on the fridge and marking off the projects as they are completed.

ToDo list:
1. Make a list
2. Sand and paint new pantry
3. Repaint little bicycle yard art.
4. Redo west side of garage flower bed

5. Prepare north side of 3 season room and house for planting of hostas
     a. Dig holes for hostas
     b. surround holes with landscape fabric
     c. Plant hostas
     d. Mulch around plants

6. Lay out path for walk to 2nd RV site (Spring/Summer 2018)
     a. Determine number of pavers needed
     b. Cut sod out of path
     c. line path with landscape fabric
     d. Bring in sand
     e. level out spots for pavers and lay them
     f. fill in with sand.

This morning I rode the trail instead of walking. It was cool and still so it was easy riding. I planned to go to Winkleman's Switch but a truck was coming as I was ready to cross Roger's Road so I turned around instead.
On my way south as I was approaching the trestle bridge a bike was on the bridge so I stopped. I pretended I was taking pictures. Well, actually I was but it was an excuse none the less because I do not like to share the space on bridges. Yes, I know logically there is plenty of room for two bikes to pass. I just do not like it.
Here are the pics I took.

Momma and Poppa wren are getting the babes set to live a life of their own. Flying lessons were not going particularly well for this wee wren when it got a grip on the window screen. It wasn't too keen on letting go of it either.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

News about Edna Nelson

Word from Marie Flood:
 "I just talked to Sandy Williams, Edna's niece. Edna fell in the bathroom and was not breathing and unresponsive. They managed to get her back but she will be in hospital another 4 days to a week. Her family has said she will not be coming down to stay the winter. She may come down with family to clean out her personal belongings.  She has a ways to go before she will be able to do anything.  I know she would love to hear from all her friends.  She is in Pella Iowa hospital, for those of you who know where that is.  Will let you know if I hear anymore." 
Pella Regional Health Center
404 Jefferson St, 
Pella, IA 50219
Phone: (641) 628-3150

Monday, August 07, 2017

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

From Kay Stilson

Does this look like a hummingbird to you?????

She has a thieving Downy Woodpecker! 

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


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A look back

I was looking at old pictures this morning and decided to share a few of them.
Some Christmas Parade watchers- Kay and Bill Stilson, Butch, Donn, and George and Shirley.

Tuffy and Char

Larry in the pool hall

Appreciate our rhubarb. For those that are not aware Rhubarb is abundant in the north and cannot grow in warmer climates. Can you believe these prices?!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Crafts

Marie Flood sent me these pictures of their summer craft projects. Looks like those fingers have been busy and very creative. I am guessing as quickly as one project is finished the next one begins and my own experience tells me that I am thinking of the next one while working on the current one. Click on the picture for a better view.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes
2 bananas-mashed
2 eggs
1/2 c. oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt

Mix together all ingredients and cook as you would regular pancakes. After having made them, I think next time I will blend the ingredients and let it sit a few minutes before cooking.

They were tasty and I would make them again. A good way to use excess bananas

From Mary Knorr

Don & I spent an enjoyable Saturday night watching Mary & Dave "strut their stuff" square dancing with the Illinois branch of the international square dance group they belong to.  We thought our friends from Magnolia Park might enjoy these pictures of Mary & Dave in action. They are really very good!  Mary Knorr

Monday, June 05, 2017

Kay Voss makes Peony Jelly

Today I made Peony Jelly!  The kitchen smells like flowers....this was a first for me.  It has good flavor, can't really describe it because everything smells like flowers right now.  I used pink flowers, it took 4 cups of petals for these 3 jars.  Kay

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dove Nest

Doris Nelson sent me this picture of a dove nest just outside her kitchen window. Look close! They are difficult to find and what could be more perfect a spot for a dove nest.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

White Deer

I saw this white deer which was with a brown one too, last evening. I took the picture across 40 acres so it is a bit blurry but thought for those of you who are not on Facebook it might be interesting. This is not an albino as it has dark eyes and a dark nose.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blue Jean pocket coasters

This idea is so simple I am sure we could all do it with ease.
Directions here:

Computer users who have Emsisoft

I received a message from Emsisoft that people who have Emsisoft Malware/Virus protection have been safe from the wannacry ransomware. Since I know there are several people who come to computer workshops that have Emsisoft I thought I would pass this reassuring info along.
Another interesting aside is that this ransomware is not new. It has been in existence since last February and Emsisoft users have been protected from it all along.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May Gehman's obit

Obituary for Florence May Gehman (Pincher Creek)

Kind, loving, and sincere… these are a few words that describe May Gehman, who passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Crowsnest Pass Hospital.

May was born on May 23, 1940 to Arthur and Verda Wright of Cowley, Alberta. Being raised on the farm, May appreciated hard work and healthy farm living. After completing her high school education, she moved to Calgary and attended secretarial college for a year and gained employment at an insurance company for three years. She decided that city life was not for her and in 1961, at the age of 21 years, May moved to Coleman and worked as a secretary for the Alberta Forest Service. It was at her place of employment that May met the love-of-her-life – Allan Gehman, a forest officer.

It was in the fall of 1962 when May bought a new car. Now this car got Al’s attention. When families were told of May and Al’s engagement at New Years, Al’s mother was sure that he was marrying May for her money. Little did she know that you don’t marry someone for money after they have bought a new car! May and Al were married on February 16, 1963 in the Foothills United Church in Cowley.
Six months later they moved to an Alberta Forestry Ranger Station home, which was 30 miles from the nearest town. Three years later the government decided to centralize all their “Ranger” staff, and everyone was moved back to Blairmore, Alberta. It was here that May obtained secretarial employment with the Alberta Government Welfare Services and retired in 1995 after 28 years of service.

May was a 42-year member of the Royal Purple of Canada Lodge and held the office of “Secretary” for 24 years. She volunteered in all their charitable projects.
After retirement, May and Al enjoyed spending their winters in Magnolia Park, their second home where they had made some wonderful, lasting friendships over the years. She enjoyed travelling with Al and camping with her family and friends.

Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 54 years -- Allan Gehman of Coleman, AB; Eric and Myrna Wright & family of Pincher Creek, AB; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; her friends from the Royal Purple of Canada Lodge and her friends from Magnolia Park.

Memorial Contributions for the late May Gehman may be made to the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Foundation, Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0.

A Graveside Service will take place for the late May Gehman at the beautiful Cowley Cemetery on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 11:30 am, followed by a reception at the Cowley Community Hall, sharing their stories of May with Allan, their family and friends.

Snodgrass Funeral Home in Pincher Creek assisting the Gehman family with funeral arrangements, (403) 627-4864.

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