Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Activity in the Bee Yard

Jim Spangler does not spend his summers shooting pool which is one of the things he likes to do when in Magnolia in the winter. He spends the summer taking care of his colonies of bees and now the season is over. A few days ago he and two other beekeepers shook his bees out of his equipment and into the equipment that they will ride in on their way to California where they will be placed in the almond orchards for pollination purposes. This shows one of the supers open and Jim is getting ready to take the inner cover off to see just what shape the bees are in.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wendt's had company

On Peter Piper Pizza night.
Enjoying Pizza at the Wendt's with the Dave and Wayne Bruun's and the Misfeldt's.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

From Marie Flood

"My daughter Leilani and Natalia celebrated birthdays with the craft ladies and Leilani's brother Mike."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Whole Meal Cole Slaw

Janet Groene’s
Whole Meal Cole Slaw

    Make it ahead or throw it together at the last minute. Serve it cold or nuke it just enough to take the chill off. Whatever the occasion for a camping meal, this simple slaw will be a snap for the camp chef and a hit with hungry crew.

    Cole slaw mix is available shredded fine or coarse, with or without carrot and some purple cabbage for color. Take your choice.

1/3 cup golden raisins
10-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
8-ounce package diced fully cooked ham
12- to 16-ounce package shredded cabbage for cole slaw
Bottled citrus salad dressing
Salted sunflower nuts

  Put raisins in a small cup and cover with juice drained from the oranges. Let stand 30-60 minutes, then drain well. In a bowl lightly toss ham, cabbage, raisins and oranges with dressing to taste.  Mound on plates and sprinkle with sunflower nuts. Serves 4 to 6.

See Janet Groene's tips and trips for women who travel by RV at 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last post was meant for Brooker's Blog

But I will leave it for your viewing enjoyment. 😉

Today's photos

Butch and I have been a whirlwind of activity today. Yesterday Jason helped me get my landscape fabric over my hostas with holes cut so they can grow through. To back up a bit, I had been wanting some hostas so I asked a Master Gardener I know if she planned to thin some hostas or knew anyone who was and she told me that it is a myth that hostas need to be thinned. She said hostas are one plant that will take care of itself. On one hand that is good news for after I have them established but not so good for when I want some to plant. So rather than run myself ragged trying to find some, I ordered some online and Butch helped me get them planted last Friday. I received them last Wednesday, planted on Friday and they were visibly growing on Sunday. Not bad so far. $30 for 11 plants. So today I wanted to get them mulched. I put bowls over the plants to speed up the mulching process. Butch brought me the mulch and I finished in no time. I took this photo while waiting for the mulch. The upside down flower pot is another project.
I was going to toss the orange pot because it was past its prime but decided to turn it upside down, paint it and add a plate for a bird feeder. In the picture, it is an experiment before painting to see if I thought it was worth the effort. I did and will take a picture of the finished project later. Also while waiting for the mulch to arrive I took these photos:
Painted lady with frazzled right wing on miniature hollyhock.
 Lawn mower garage and storage shed and Rhubarb patch

Then Butch went golfing and when he returned he did some maintenance on the motorhome. Checked the batteries and filled them with water and cleaned those two bins. I went for a bike ride, not all the way to Winkleman's Switch but only to Rogers Road. There was a strong southerly breeze this morning. I stopped at this spot and kicked all the walnuts off the trail. There were other places where there were walnuts but this was the worst spot.

These next shots were taken as I was sitting at the computer looking in the back yard birdbath/satellite dish. I kept all three of these shots because this young house finch is saying something different in each one.

 Finished feeder project

Recipe from an RV website

Cottage Cheese Corn Cakes
Have something different for breakfast when you serve these hearty hoecakes with syrup. They are also good served hot with butter and honey alongside steaming bowls of chili or just a simple mug of tomato soup.
There is no substitute for real buttermilk but you could substitute sweet milk soured with a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir, let clabber for a few minutes.

2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon each salt and baking soda
1 cup cottage cheese
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
½ stick butter, melted
Put dry ingredients in a clean bag and jostle bag to mix. In a bowl whisk cottage cheese, eggs, buttermilk and melted butter. Stir in dry ingredients until evenly mixed. Ladle out about 1/3 cup at a time and cook as for pancakes until toasty on both sides. Serves 4 to 6.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

From the Wendt's

Vern & I and our children would like to Thank everyone who sent us the Anniversary cards, it was so special hearing from our friends in the valley which was such a part of our lives.
We celebrated as a family with all our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren present and receiving greetings from friends made our day very special.
Wishing all of you another great winter in the valley.

Friday, September 01, 2017

From Canning Kay V.

Kay says: I canned something "new to me" yesterday.    Milk ....12 quarts and 8 jelly jars of cream cheese!   I have wanted to try it for a long time, and both milk and the cheese were cheap enough in Sam's.  It looks good and the canning group I belong to talked about it.  Apparently, lots of people do it.....ha I have frozen milk and it is not what we gets watery with ice crystals.   This looks really good.   Both were processed in a pressure canner.

"Our raspberries are starting again.  Some are bigger than my thumb!  The Yellow ones are my favorite because they are sweet-sweet!"  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Who are you?

When I am sent a text message without a name I have no idea who you are. I received a text message a few minutes ago from (480)-768-7XXX. They said they were hit by a car on Sunday and now have a hip replacement and should go home tomorrow.(sent with Fireworks) When I do not know the sender and cannot find out by looking in the Magnolia directory I will not respond. Same with calls to my cell phone. If your name is not already identified in my phone I will not answer it. Now if you then leave me a voice message or a text with your name included that is different. I will not be tricked into responding to something I shouldn't have and you shouldn't either!😉

Monday, August 28, 2017

From Donna Stevens--

"Just returned from a log cabin we rented in Sioux Lookout, Ontario with our grandchildren ages 6 & 3.  Fishing was good and blueberries were abundant even though the season is coming to an end.  Yes, we are tired and looking forward to getting to Magnolia Village in early November. Not sure what the plans are for the season yet.  I have retired and Kent is hanging in there until someone rubs him the wrong way."

Saturday, August 26, 2017

From Cindy Peterson

"Kitty Foster's son and daughter in law, Damon and Cynthia Mattoon will be taking Kitty's ashes up to Long Prairie, MN on Labor Day to have a memorial spreading of her ashes over the Long Prairie Lake, where she spent many happy days.  Our prayers and thoughts are with them as they say goodbye to their Mother."

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sharon Hvam says:

"Barb I talked to Dick Nelson at supper time last nite about the hurricane and he said they expected about 1-11/2" rain and 40 mile winds. There was a voluntary evacuation of South Padre, but they felt comfortable. The park workers went around yesterday to check sewer situation and drainage areas, so hopefully we will get lucky. "


I have to say something about Harvey. Rest assured all of you holding down the fort in Magnolia, friends and families in the northern climes are thinking of you, hoping the best for you and praying for you. On my last views of Harvey, he was going to hit more directly further north but you are close enough to deserve prayers that you will be spared. We all will be anxious to hear personal stories when the danger has passed.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 (computer newsletter)

I have been a reader of this newsletter for years and highly recommend it. I signed up for it to come into my email. That is the only sure way for me to remember to read it. She always has good advice. In this issue she covered questions that I am frequently asked so decided to share the entire newsletter.
Barb B.

Registered: Library of Congress, Washington DC - ISSN: 1525-6332
Written by Elizabeth Boston,
In This Issue...
1. Introduction
2. Another Safe Way to Eject a Thumb Drive
3. How To Send A Word Document to the Desktop
4. How To Send A Word Document by Email
5. Free Public Wifi Security

Dear Reader,
Welcome to this issue of Ask The Computer Lady!
This morning, I am thankful for the, "Undo" button in Notepad!
I spent quite a bit of time writing an answer for this newsletter, and
when finished, I selected the entire document, then instead of using
Ctrl + C to copy the article, I hit Ctrl + V and accidentally pasted
my last article in. I sat there for a minute staring at the screen
thinking that I was going to have to type the whole thing again, when
I thought to look for an "Undo" command, and there it was! I was able
to breathe a big sigh of relief and keep right on working.

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Ask The Computer Lady
Dear Computer Lady, 
I look forward to your articles because they are so helpful to me. 
My problem is that I can’t safely eject a thumb drive from my computer.
My son and my sister who are both really computer smart can’t figure
out why it doesn’t give me this option. I have had my computer since
2012 and have never been able to do anything but just pull out any
thumb drive I put in. 
Can you help me with this please? Linda
Dear Linda,
While I can't tell you why you don't have the option to eject your
thumb drive without actually taking a look at the computer, I can give
you some suggestions.
First, it is not a good idea to just pull out the thumb drive while the
computer is running. If you have information on the drive, it could
become corrupted by doing that.
Second, when I occasionally get a drive that won't let me eject it, (I
keep getting a message that the drive is busy and can't be safely
removed) I simply shut down the computer, remove the USB device and
then turn the computer back on. This is a safe way to remove the thumb
drive, and for me it is often faster than waiting for the drive to be

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Dear Computer Lady,
I read and enjoy your newsletter. I also use a lot of your tips. 
I do have a problem. I use MS Word 2016 and would like to know if and
how to send a Word document to my desktop.
Thanks for all your help, Julian
Dear Julian,
There are several ways to get a Word Document on your desktop.
1. If you have the document open in Word, click on "File" then "Save
As". Click "Browse" and find "Desktop" in the left column. Click on
"Desktop" and then click the "Save" button in the lower-right corner
of the dialog box.
This will save a copy of your file on your desktop.
2. If you know where your document is located on your computer, you can
open File Explorer, find your document and using your right-mouse
button, drag it to your desktop. Once you release the mouse button,
you will see a menu where you can choose to move the document to your
desktop, make a copy on your desktop, or just make a shortcut to the
document on your desktop. Just select the one you want.
If you make a copy of the document on your desktop, you need to
remember that you now have 2 copies and changes you make in one copy
will not be reflected in the other one.
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To become a patron just visit Patreon using the link below and sign up. 
Your support helps me to keep writing this newsletter. 
Dear Computer Lady,
I read and enjoy your newsletter. I also use a lot of your tips. 
I do have a problem. I use MS Word 2016 and would like to know if and
how to send a Word document to an email recipient.
Thanks for all your help, Julian
Dear Julian,
The best way to send a Word document to an email recipient is to send
it as an attachment. 
I don't know what email program you are using, so I can't give you step
by step directions, but I can give you some general guidelines.
First, you need to know where your Word file is located. You can either
look through your documents folder, or follow my directions above for
saving a copy of the document on your desktop.
Once you know where your document is located, go to your email program
and start to compose your email. In the new email window, look for an
icon that looks like a paper clip, or for a button or link using the
word, Attach. 
Click on the paper clip icon, or the word, "Attach" and navigate to the
location of your document. If you saved it on your desktop, click,
"Desktop" in the left column to find it.
Click once on your document, then click the button that says either,
open or attach. This should take you back to your email and the
document will now be attached.
Send the email as usual.

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Dear Computer Lady,
I have Cortana on my computer but haven't configured it because I'm
leery about surrendering the kind of personal security information
that it requires. My wife would love to buy either Google Home or
Amazon's Echo etc. but again, I've resisted because I'm afraid of
leaving our information and computers vulnerable. Are these services
and devices safe or am I just being paranoid?
Thank you.
P.S. We connect our computers via a free public wifi hotspot; We live
across the street from a park.
Dear Sal,
As I read your email, I was getting ready to tell you that services and
devices like Cortana, Google Home and Amazon Echo are fairly safe, but
it depends on your comfort level. Then, I got to the end of your
message and learned that you connect through a free public wifi.
Your information and computers are more vulnerable because of that
public wifi connection than they will ever be if you used Cortana,
Amazon Echo or Google Home on a secure, password protected wifi
There are easy to use software programs available that allow people on
public wifi networks to view the web pages you visit and even hijack
Another example is that a criminal could set up a fake wifi hotspot
that looks just like the one you usually use, and if you connect
through the fake one, they can then harvest your personal information,
including any passwords you type.
Hackers can also use the unsecured, public wifi connection to plant
malware on your computer, or cause pop-ups to appear on your computer
that will trick you into installing the malware by pretending to be an
My advice would be to get off the public wifi and invest in a secure,
private connection.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

From Marie Flood

Mike and Patti Reddick in Disney World.  What can I say, it's been a slow HOT summer. (Click on picture for larger view)

From Marty Harper-A bit of Fun

 From Marty Harper.
Click on each picture and it will take you to the next one.  Incredible.
Very unusual

Barb says: I suspicion some of these may be manipulated photo's. Even though that may be true I enjoyed looking at all of them. Thanks, Marty!

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.

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