Sunday, February 18, 2018

Blast from the past

This is a post from February 15, 2008 and a mock wedding was part of the fun for Valentine's day. I was looking for something else and ran across it and decided to post a blast from the past. Notice his 7 carrot necklace! Click on the link above.

I tried to "improve" the picture. Photographic technology has come a very long way in 10 years!!
Here is my feeble attempt. There was no fixing it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


William Florian formerly of the 60's group The New Christy Minstrels.

William told us he will be touring the Midwest this summer. We are so lucky to have such talented entertainers here in the RGV at a fraction of the cost when they tour up north in the summer.

Marty Tank sings along with every song.

Evie, sister of Larry and Duane Ergen is also a talented singer and she joined William in a song or two.

Beautiful day in the Village

Bill stopped by to say "Hi" to Roy as he was working on his flower beds.

Notice the pattern in the street? It looks like the feathers of a bird to me. There have been some work vehicles in the park working on street repair and I sure this was made by their tires.

Here come Randy and Myron giving Indie a run. Daisy was in the cart. Note the building in the background? It actually is much further away than it looks. Must have been my camera settings.
Indie loves this run.

And pictured here is Jack Kraft, the cutest of puppies. Jack will be undergoing surgery sometime next week. He will never be a father.

Wingerts have a very different looking handrail. I thought some of you might like the idea.

And one thing we know about Kay is that she likes to bake and she does a great deal of it for various park events. She is living proof you do not need a big space to cook. I am sure there are cribbage players on Thursday that wouldn't miss it because of Kay's cookies.

This mornings walk...

Peggy and I started on our 10:00 am walk and I stepped into the pool hall where the guys are getting lessons from the master in covering pool tables in the most professional way. Don Louks is the master. Magnolia has the reputation of having the finest pool tables in the valley and that is not a joke. It is, however, an honor the guys would like to ensure for the future. Seated in the foreground is Don Louks and from left to right around him is Jim Spangler, Don Farrell, Dick Cleveland and Butch Brooker. Jim Rader was in on it the day before. I sure hope I didn't miss anyone.

 This what a pool table looks like when it is naked.

Shenanigans in the pool hall

Dick C. giving Edna N. advice on how to play her hand. I didn't recognize Dick right off because of his new headgear.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

From Donna Stevens in Canada

Family Day on Feb 19th, a holiday for us. Also our 35th anniversary. We are going to head to the maze to celebrate with the family! Have to make the best of this weather but it is starting to warm up a bit, 34 here tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trivia Winners

The Bills rose up as winners this week with a score of 136.  A perfect score would be 150.

We had 5 teams play this time. The interest is growing. One of the players told me she liked it because a group gathers around a table and discuss different topics and it allows a different look at dynamics between players and their problem-solving skills etc.

We also learned that a large team is not necessarily an asset. It is a learning process for all including me.
Come join us on Sunday after Ice Cream. 6:00 PM. If you do not have a team we will find you one or form one.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld Obituary

Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld

Memorial services for Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018, at New Life Christian Church.  Rev. Vern Harris will officiate.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at New Life Christian Church.

Gertrude Anderson-Rietveld passed away unexpectedly on January 31st, 2018 with her family around her in Edinburg, TX.  She gained her angel wings on her 79th birthday.  Gert went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus.  Gert loved spending time with her family and friends, she loved to travel, camp, fish and read.  She loved family reunions and spending holidays with family.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and she always wanted to be with family at Christmas but once she retired a day or two after Christmas was time to head south to warmer weather.

She will be sadly missed by her sister Dena Larsen, her husband Cornelius Rietveld, her children Le Ann Schommer (Tom), Keith Heim (Angela), Brenda Wilkerson, Ron Heim (Sherri) and Jan Heim, her stepchildren Janice Burton, Neal Rietveld (Sandy), Connie Kingsley, Angela Strommer (David), Ron Rietveld (Jackie), Dan Rietveld (Roxanne) and Bob Rietveld (Jessica), her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Marie and Everett Heemsbergen, late husband Jerry Anderson, her brothers Gerritt, Bill, Marion, Marvin, Melvin and John, her son Mark Heim, and son-in-law Tim Wilkerson.

Worth Pondering

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” —Lao Tzu

Friday, February 09, 2018

At the Piche House

When our younger family members come down from "up-north" sometimes the weather does not cooperate and that is when the games come out.
Picture snipped from FacebookšŸ˜‰

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Edna and Jerry Walker

Edna posted this on Facebook. I am hoping she doesn't mind that I found a way to share it with her Magnolia family. Barb B.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Trivia versus Super Bowl

Last week I asked the trivia group if they wanted to have a trivia session even though it was Super Bowl Sunday. There were only two who were going to be absent so we continued. We had 4 teams and a good time was had by all. For the first time, we had a tie. A newly formed team named Team Rug Rats tied with Team The Bills each having 132 points. They decided to remain tied and stand as duo winners.

Team Rug Rats

Team The Bills

I think someone should form a team called 'Furrowed Brows'.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

2018 Directory

We have the new directories and they will be available Tuesday morning at coffee/donuts/announcements. The cost will remain the same at $3 and I would appreciate it if you don't bring anything bigger than $10 to break.

The Last Fig Leaf

Magnolia Golfers at the Executive course

Every now and then I look through pictures to see if I have missed posting something. I snipped this picture from Facebook and then forgot about it.
These are Magnolia's golfers who play on Tuesday's at the Executive Course on HWY 1015.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Seasonal illness

First off, I am not sick and neither is Butch. We thought he might be so we went to the Day and Night clinic in Donna. He got checked out with a few tests and the PA told him he was the healthiest person she had seen that day. So I started thinking about it and it always seems to me I get sick on weekends. Bad luck that way. At any rate, here we all are in South Texas and away from our usual doctors so what do we do when we need to see somebody.
Our experience with the clinic was excellent. I have enough medical experience to know they did it all right and in a timely manner. So here is all their info.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Betty Lev Obit

Elizabeth Lev

On January 31, 2018
Elizabeth Lev, 94, of Jackson, Minnesota passed away at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson Minnesota on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturday, February 3, 2018 with Father Seitz officiating.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Elizabeth “Betty” Mary (Kocak) Lev was born on August 16, 1923 to Andrew Kocak Sr. and Mary (Stinar) Kocak on the family farm in Minneota Township. She was raised with her stepmother, Mary (Pavelko) Kocak after her mother died in 1930.  On September 26, 1946 she was united in marriage to Darrell Lev at the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield.  Together they had four children, Linda, Mike, Carole, and Bill; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and Birthday Club.  Always a hard worker with many talents, she will be fondly remembered at the local upholstery shop and as a longtime Riverside school cafeteria employee.  She loved spending time with her grandkids, tending her beautiful garden, and playing cards with family and friends.  She loved to dance and enjoyed watching Polkatime on TV, recognizing several of the participants.  Later in life she took up golf with her special friend Bud and prided herself in needing only one club, Big Bertha.

Betty is survived by her four children, Linda (Larry) VandeBrake of Georgetown, TX; Mike (Judie) Lev of Jackson, MN; Carol Hansen of Augusta, GA; and Bill Lev of Sioux Falls, SD. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, RyanVandeBrake and Mark VandeBrake; Brian Lev and Christine (Brad) Reiff; Ross Hansen and Sara Hansen; Alison (Matt) Wise. Ten great-grandchildren, Hillary, Austin (Kristin), Kaitlin, Sckye, Shianne, Jackson, Hollyn, Avree, Brecken, and Landon. Her son-in-law, John Hansen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of forty-seven years, Darrell; her parents Andrew and Mary (Steiner) Kocak; stepmother, Mary (Pavelko) Kocak; sister, Evelyn Garms; three brothers John, Andrew Jr., and Steve; and special friend, Bud Mier.

Blessed be the memory of Elizabeth Lev.

This isn't Paris

Susan suggested I send Don and Lil to Paris but I thought perhaps they would feel more at home down on the farm. Hey Lil, is Ray somewhere nearby? Butchering a cow?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Shower Cleaner-cheap and effective

 My granddaughter informed me of this solution for cleaning the shower and I haven't used anything else since. It is so handy to clean the shower walls when you are finished. All you need to do is rinse it off. No need to squeegie because the water beads up and rolls off.
Grab a container and mix DAWN and VINEGAR in equal parts.
I used half a cup of
 each and stored the remainder in an empty Dawn bottle. It takes about a 1/4th cup to fill the handle of the scrubber. To get the vinegar and Dawn to blend better microwave it for about 30 seconds. I have used this method for at least 3 years now. 

I read that it works for stains as well but I have not tried it
 First the Dawn, then the vinegar but adjust your amounts to the size of the stain.
All you may need is a TABLESPOON of each.
TIP: Do not dilute the mix.
Leave it for 15-30 min and rinse. 

Trivia Winners were 69-and-Holding

Team 69-and-holding won with a score of 96. 4 teams participated and there was an abundance of laughing, learning and good-natured teasing. It grows in popularity each week. We get those old dusty brain cells all worked up. Come check it out on Sunday at 6:00 pm. If you do not have a team come on down and we will get a team for you or you can gather up a team of your own. Warning!One time may get you hooked.

 Image result for trivia night

Friday, January 26, 2018

Supper at the El Dorado

The El Dorado in Weslaco used to be located across the street south from the HEB. It was a small building and the parking was atrocious but the food was really good. This season upon our return we discovered the El Dorado was missing and there was another restaurant where it used to be. A little later we discovered the El Dorado had moved to the mall on Pike where Big Lots is located and it is on the opposite side from Big Lots about in the middle. We first tried it for breakfast because that was usually when we would go there and it proved to be the very same El Dorado as which we were accustomed. We have eaten breakfast there several times now and we have never been disappointed.

Tonight we decided to try it for supper. Butch had a hamburger steak, baked potato, and salad, while I had a chicken taco salad. Both meals were excellent. And we most likely go there for breakfast on Sunday.

Thomas “Alan” Enestvedt Obit

Thomas “Alan” Enestvedt, 81, of Sacred Heart passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Renville Health Services in Renville. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 29, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. Visitation will be from 3 – 6 PM on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Opdal Lutheran Church, rural Sacred Heart and will continue one hour prior to the service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. Interment will be at Opdal Lutheran Cemetery. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association is caring for the family.

Thomas “Alan” Enestvedt was born on May 17, 1936 to Alfred and Edna (Samuelson) Enestvedt in South Sacred Heart Township and was baptized and confirmed at Opdal Lutheran Church.

On June 29, 1957, Alan was united in marriage to Verla Mae Hetle at Rock Valle Lutheran Church, rural Echo. They made their home south of Sacred Heart where Alan farmed. Alan was a lifelong member of Opdal Lutheran Church and was active with the church council. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, wintering in Texas, playing pool and socializing with the neighboring farmers in the shop, especially on rainy days. He loved his time at the lake with family and grandchildren and had a passion for IH tractors.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Alan passed away at the Renville Health Services in Renville at the age of 81.

He is survived by his wife Verla Mae of Sacred Heart; children Steve (fiancƩ Rita Andree-Thomas) Enestvedt of Sacred Heart and his children Melanie (Mike) Gordon, Stephanie (friend John Zetah) Geer and Carrie (Juan) Leal; Dean (Deb) Enestvedt of Sacred Heart and their children Stacy Knott, Chris (Whitney) Enestvedt and Cory (Emily) Enestvedt; Kathy (Mike) Knutson of St. Louis, MO and their children Tom and Ben Knutson; Lynn Enestvedt of Granite Falls and her son Austin Enestvedt; 10 great grandchildren; brother and lifelong farming partner, Dennis Enestvedt of Sacred Heart; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  sister-in-law Linda and husband Doug Schulte and mother-in-law and father-in-law Idell and Earl Hetle.

Blessed be his memory.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Random Photos

These are pictures I have taken lately. Perhaps in the last week.
It was a windy day and that can be a challenge when grilling so Myron and his brother-in-law Bill found a spot of calm. 
Meanwhile, Don and Larry were gathering cans.

And then there is Donn tending to his papaya.

Don L. and Lil D. sharing a laugh at the steak fry


Kay insisted that Bill get a haircut. He is getting his eyebrows trimmed in this photo and one is done and one is not. It is a fine looking haircut he has too.

 This was my first experience with this shop. My regular hairdresser has been seriously ill and will not be working this season. Kay and several other people in Magnolia park go here to get their haircut so I decided to give it a try. It is located in Donna at 1015 Miller Ave. No appointment. Women's haircut is $8 and a man's haircut is $7. I do not know the hairdresser's names but I will find out next time. I was very impressed. They are quick, efficient and knowledgeable. I liked my haircut enough that I will be going there regularly from now on.
Now if you are going to be a fussybutt about how the place looks you might want to go somewhere else. But if you are focused on having a great haircut this is the place to go.

Stepped in Doggie Do? Or kitty Do?

Get Poop Off Your Shoe

Get Poop Off Your Shoe

You get home to find you stepped in dog do-do while on your evening walk. No problem! Just spray some WD-40 on the sole of your shoe and use an old toothbrush to clean the poop out of the crevices. Rinse with cold water and your shoes will be as good as new.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trivia Winners

Trivia team winners this week were The Troublemakers with a score of 82. I had toughened up the questions a bit. There were complaints. Next Sunday night at 6:00 PM the questions will start off easy and get progressively more difficult. Must remember, you are a team. The weight is not on one set shoulders. It is all about the fun of it.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Williamson Branch entertainers

Saturdays entertainment in Allen Hall

If you want to know more about them click on the link above. They will be in Stratford Iowa this summer if you up north folks love Bluegrass and would like to see them perform. They were greatly appreciated in Magnolia Park.

Melody 19 and Kadence 15
 Debbie and Kevin Williamson

Caroline 8
 Melody and Kadence

Debbie, Melody and Kadence

Big Casserole for a Big Group

Maybe someday I will have a need to use this recipe. It sounds good to me.

Campground Potluck Turkey Stroganoff Casserole
 This rich, creamy, versatile casserole is a favorite with family reunions and campground potlucks. It can be made on the spot or ahead of time. Make it with any cooked turkey including canned chunk turkey or good quality deli turkey cold cuts. If you have room in your RV oven it can be made in one large disposable foil baking pan.

4 cups stuffing mix
1 cup water or chicken broth

4 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 soup can milk, water, broth or white wine
8 cups diced cooked turkey
1 jar of cooked onions such as Holland onions, drained

1 teaspoon crumbled dry sage
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
4 cans or jars, 6 ounces each, sliced mushrooms, drained
1 quart (4 cups) sour cream

2 cups stuffing mix
2 sticks butter, melted

  Grease two 9 X 13-inch casseroles and put two cups stuffing mix in each. Drizzle a half cup water or broth over each. Set aside.
 Cut up onions. In a bowl whisk condensed soup with a soup can of liquid plus the sage and parsley. Fold in onions, diced turkey, mushrooms and sour cream. Spread in pan(s) and sprinkle top with remaining stuffing mix. Drizzle with melted butter.
 Cover with foil and refrigerate for later baking or cover with foil and let stand 30 minutes. Then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serves 16.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Trip to Paris?

I have a new-to-me photo editing program and I have been playing with it. So I sent Susan to Paris.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Self CPR

I rarely send on messages that I receive about anything, however, this could be really important to know.

 1.   Let's say it's 7:25 PM and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day.

2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.

3.   Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw.

You are only a few miles from the hospital nearest your home.

 4.   Unfortunately, you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.

5.   You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


 I have fact-checked this info. This comes from Dr. Patrick Teefy, Cardiology Head at the Nuclear Medicine Institute University Hospital, London Ont. 
Barb B.

 Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint has very little time left before losing consciousness.

 7.   However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.

A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

 A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8.   Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.

In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

9. . Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

10. . A cardiologist says: "If everyone who gets this message tells others about it, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More Trivia!!

Sunday night was Trivia night once again and it is being warmly received. I was told yesterday that it did not last long enough. They didn't want it to end. So I encourage all of our Magnolia people and their guests to form a team and come join the fun. You may form a team of 1 to 8 people and since it is all for fun and bragging rights you can get by with an extra team member or two.
As I look around the park I would love to form a team of my own and I have some people in mind who I would ask. But alas, being the one who is gathering the questions it would not work. You may ask me who I have in mind and I might give you a name or two to ask.
Think of people who like to read and /or watch Jeopardy. Or have areas of expertise say in Sports, History, Literature or Geography. I think you could also think of folks to make a team if you put a little thought into it.
Allen Hall 6:00 pm on Sunday

Sufferin' Succatash!

We are in the beginning throws of another cold snap. Butch will be unhooking the water hose once again. We are about 2 hours away from freezing temps as I write this. This cold snap is expected to be a 3 day event. The worst of it is, the freeze they predict will be at least 12 hours and for this neck of the woods that is what causes real damage. Grapefruit and crops will be nipped beyond saving. They are also adding some rain to the mix which means slick roads and accidents aplenty.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

~a column by Colleen O’Brien ( my up north walking partner)

The great relief of the mundane

~a column by Colleen O’Brien
A new acquaintance told me a story of her “coming through” major cancer surgery, as she said. She had been ill a long time, she had been doing chemo a long time, she had lost her hair a long time ago, along with her strength and her will. She thought she would be dead within the year.
The chemo and surgery worked, however, and she “came through” a healthy woman.
“What surprised me most,” she said. “was that I once again had the feeling that I’d had all my life of having no timeline with a period at the end. We know death will come someday, but it is in the future, it’s not close. I was suddenly thinking like I’d thought before I was diagnosed. I had my life back and it was just like my old life – not having to think every minute how long I had left.”
She said the normalcy of life after cancer was what thrilled her. She was grateful to be alive, yes. She was hopeful her cancer was banished forever. But she did not feel she’d been saved for some special reason; she simply felt that she had returned to her life, to the way she’d felt all her life. With one difference: now, she recognized what a normal life was – to plan events and trips, to work, to do nothing, to wander through her mind, to think about things that didn’t matter, to live as she always had in the minutia of the day.
The normalcy of life is not something we think about much, let alone praise. We talk about the high points, not the everyday routine. Relishing the mundane probably happens only to survivors . . . of cancer, of heart attack, of war, of car crash, maybe of close call; that slide by of the specter of death almost clipping us as his car careens from another lane right into our lane on the interstate, and for no reason at all we are allowed to drive on, unscathed.
The call to death that we all know is our end . . . when it recedes once again into a distant future is what normalcy is. To meet it up close and survive it, to remain in the world doing nothing much but one’s day-to-day busyness or lassitude – doing the dishes and the crossword puzzle, watching an old movie, playing Candyland with the kids for the thousandth time, cutting the grass. It is indeed the normal things that count. It is the small stuff that slips through our hours and our days with no fanfare and little thought that might be the best part of our lives.

Ronnie Hunter obituary

Obituary for Ronald Thurman Hunter
Ronald Thurman Hunter, Sr., age 74, of Hot Springs Village passed away on August 12, 2017 at 4:04 a.m. with his wife at his side. He was born on December 4, 1942, in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Thurman H. Hunter and Hannah Lois (Johnson) Hunter.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a step-son. Survivors include his wife, Linda Hunter, five children, three bonus children, one step-son, a brother, a sister, twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three furry friends; Pooh Bear, Angel Pooh, and Sugar Pooh.

Ronnie proudly owned and operated Hunter Construction for many years and retired at age 62. Ronnie loved traveling, making friends and crafting fine made jewelry from freshwater pearls and leather. He was a faithful member of AA and promoted the organization every chance he got.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Caruth Village Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs Village, memorial service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jim Johnson will be officiating.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Scrumpdelicious Bean soup supper

Susan and Noreen front and center. Susan chaired the event and cooked the bean soup. It was mighty tasty. Even though Susan led up the crew she also had lots of good help. Helping hands are always forthcoming for all events.

This and That

The weather has moderated. Before coming south this year I saw a prediction the Rio Grande Valley would have a warmer than normal winter. So far that is completely off the mark. It isn't all bad because moderate is good. The nights are often cool and the days are in the 60's and low 70's for the most part. In my mind, it is much drier than normal. The humidity has been surprisingly low. I have a bucket placed to catch moisture coming off the roof of the motorhome and I use it to water my plants. Many mornings I find not a drop of moisture in the bucket.

While walking a few mornings ago I looked down and spotted a coin. And this is what it turned out to be. I looked at a few websites and the value seems to be around the 6 or 7 dollar range. It is in pretty bad shape so perhaps it is less than that. It was a surprising find none the less.

The last cold snap we had did some damage. Nothing serious or permanent. The tops of the papaya trees are looking bedraggled. In past years, we were told that a cold snap is beneficial to grapefruit and makes them juicier and sweeter. Should be a great crop of ruby reds coming soon.

Last Monday at crafts Edna brought this pattern so I took a picture of it. A blast from the past for the crafty women.

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