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.

Friday, May 05, 2017

May Gehman has died

Received word this morning that May Gehman has passed away. More info will be forthcoming and I will post it when received.

Cards and letters can be sent to:
Allan Gehman
Box 598
Coleman AB Can TOKOMO

Thursday, May 04, 2017

May Gehman

May is in a fight for her life with lung cancer and Al is struggling with her battle as well. Cards, letters and prayers would be appreciated, I am sure.
Their home address is:

Allan and May Gehman
Box 598
Coleman AB Can TOKOMO

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Erma Cleaveland's Birthday

From Leslie:
Dick's mom's 99th birthday is May 12th. Know she would love cards or visits from friends!

Several people asked for Erma's address.
She is at Oakland Manor.

Erma Cleaveland
Oakland Manor,
737 No. Highway
Oakland, Ia. 51560
Room 317

Virginia Stavrum's Birthday- Sunday April 30th

From Beverly Lokensgard:
"Here are a couple of pics.  Mom was happy to see so many of her Texas friends at her "special bingo" party.  As late as Sunday morning, she still said she didn't need any birthday party, and even invited kids to dinner at her house.  Lisa told her that she was not cooking because it was her birthday weekend and she would come to their place instead.  At 12:30, Lisa called Mom to tell her that her stove was broken so Mom and Dad should meet her at the Legion to eat.  When they walked in, Mom was really surprised at all the people there and was really happy that they even had a DJ.  Thanks to everyone who came to help her celebrate this special day."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Canning Jars


I asked Kay V. about her canning jars and she was kind enough to answer me. I am sure there are people out there who will find it interesting so here is her answer. Smileycons!
From Kay:
Ha.  Well when we leave for Tx in the fall, I usually have canned at least 800 to 1000 jars of food.  Some is dehydrated and I  do not count the freezers.  Probably another 500 jars that are empty.   This all includes what our 2 girls take and what is stored in Tx.  Jim stacks boxes of jars in the barn and in the garage....we brought 7 boxes of empties home from Tx and there are 3 big boxes still there.  
Jim also bought pressure canners at auctions....we have 30!  I finally put my foot down....we have all sizes and styles.  Most are WW2 era, they are the heavy ones.  Victory gardens were important, so the government let canners be made....other items were rationed during the war.
I use 2 that hold 21 pints each.  One is my mom's.   The rest line shelves in the garage.  Neither daughter has much interest in canning, but 15 yr old granddaughter has learned and enjoys her own "basement grocery".  Kay

Kay- Canning has begun

Today it is 11 jars of mushrooms and 12 various jars of papaya jam.   Definitely more fun than unpacking....Kay

From Barb-" Just curious Kay, How many canning jars do you have to work with? You are the canningest person I know! And yes, I know it isn't a real word.😁"

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dottie says Thank You

Dottie asked me to send a great big THANK YOU to all the people who sent cards and prayers, also to those who called. She really appreciated everything. So again THANK YOU ALL.
from Marie Flood

Virginia Stavrum's 90th Birthday


Beverly Lokensgard

"Mom will be 90 this year, so let's get together to celebrate with her. She did say she doesn't need a party, but she's not going to get away with no celebration at all, so we are just calling it a special bingo day. We will have a light lunch and there will be a dj (who has a volume control) 
 Come help us celebrate Mom's 90th. I don't have facebook names for everyone, so please, if you do, please invite them."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Images from Magnolia Village 2016-2017

Here are just a couple of images from this past season. The yellow flower is on Bob and Dawn's Prickly Pear cactus and the other shows how papayas bear their fruit.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Canna Lily

"Ever have a day like this?  My canna just couldn't make up its mind on what to wear today!   This is one plant."
Barb says:
I have a good idea who sent this to me but not 100% sure. When sent from your phone please add your name. It will save me some time. 😊

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back in Iowa-Brookers

I am back on my good internet connection so doing a bit of catching up. I will be relying on all of you to send me items to post on the Magnolia blog. Keeping up this one and my personal one is more of a challenge when we are in our Iowa home. 
Below are two baby Kiskadee's. These are the little tikes born in that cactus home on Texas street. I was privileged to see their first experiences with water. They took turns skimming the top of the pool and it did not take them long to be proficient. The cactus nest remained empty from this day forward. 

Curved-bill Thrasher

Oil refinery at Three Rivers.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Michael Key obituary

Key, Michael 

Date: *** 
Time: ***

Visitation Location:

Date: Graveside service to be scheduled at a later date 
Time: ***

Service Location:



Michael Lee Key, age 71 entered into rest April 13, 2017 at his Festus residence. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at Millstone Banger and was a member of US National Guards; he enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Born May 4, 1945, in St Louis, Missouri, to the late William and Mabel (Gillam) Key. 

Survived by his family which includes his wife: Dorothy "Dottie" (Ware) Key; sons; Michael (Anita) Key of Park Hills, MO, Matt Key of Fulton, MO, Jason Key of FL and Donald Hurtgen of Dittmer, MO; daughters: Lisa Key of Fulton, MO, Shelly Key of Cape Girardeau, MO, Jessica Key of FL, Pamela Hurtgen of Festus, MO and Debbie Redwine of Festus, MO; brothers: Frank (Gensey) Key of FL and Edward (Pam) Key of Festus, MO; sister: Ruth Ann Meyer of Festus, MO; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son-in-law: Mark Redwine; brother-in-laws: Frank Meyer and Paul Sperry; and great grandson: Oliver Caldwell.

From Marie Flood

"Mike Key, Dottie's husband, passed away last night in their home in Festus, Mo. That's all the information I have right now."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Pierce's

A wonderful photo of Max and Mary Pierce, two valued members of our Magnolia family. (snipped from Facebook)

Friday, April 07, 2017

A day in the park with camera

 Kiskadee's have taken up residence in a cactus. From all the activity my guess is they are feeding babies.
          Bird of Paradise-above  Kiskadee-below
Great Kiskadees are a treat for bird watchers who visit south Texas—and the birds won’t keep you waiting. They’re boisterous in both attitude and color: a black bandit’s mask, a yellow belly, and flashes of warm reddish-brown when they fly. Kiskadees sit out in the open and attract attention with incessant kis-ka-dee calls and sallying flights. Despite their small U.S. range, this is one of the most widespread flycatchers in the Western Hemisphere.

Canning-Kay Voss

50 pounds of onions dry to 3 quarts and 1 pint of powder.    3 pineapples make 6 pints of cubes,  plus an extra for Jim's snack.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

April in South Texas

Butch's cousin Dick Jorgensen and his wife Joann came to South Texas for the first time. It was such a great time for them to come here as we had all the time in the world to show them around. It gets hectic during the season so this worked out extremely well. Joann had a bout of "Travelers Disease" but once she recovered we resumed our tours.
Here are some photos of the past few days.

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