Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kay Voss can can

... and cook and bake and it certainly looks like she is hard at it.
Kay Voss says."I picked a total of 109 pounds ! All the rain helped;  froze many bags and gave away at least half."

20 pints of cherry pie filling

We have finished butchering our chickens....I canned pieces of meat from the backs/ribs.  7 pints of meat for soups and 5 pints of broth for various recipes"

"So yummy!   10 jelly jars of cherry jam"

"Our reds are starting.  The yellows are producing too.  The yellows rarely make it to the house,  they are honey sweet!"

"Today I am taking it easy....this is all I have baked today.   Later I do plan on making chocolate cake, topped with canned cream cheese and canned cherry pie filling on top of that.  Jim is finally starting to feel like eating again, so I am trying to fatten him up a bit.  He is very thin.....what a problem to have!"

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Dear RV Shrink

Dear RV Shrink:
I have to tell you I read your column every week – mostly for the chuckles, but also to see what people are complaining about. I love your line, “Some people would complain if they were hung with a new rope.”

I just wanted to write and tell you how “abnormal” I am. I’m a full-timer with a small retro Airstream. I go wherever the wind blows. I never seem to have any of the problems the other folks experience. I think maybe they are thinking too hard. If I get neighbors with a yapping dog, I block it out. If someone decides to take a shower at the dump station while I’m waiting, I just read a book until they are done. If I get party animals camped next to me, I plug in my earbuds and listen to country music.

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff. I read that somewhere because I’m just not that creative. Anyway, keep up the good work. Every Saturday morning I love to read about what I’m missing. —Happy Go Lucky in Lake Louise

Dear Happy:
You are a breath of fresh air. You remind me of two kids who were total opposites: one a total optimist and the other a total pessimist. Their father asked me if there was anything I could suggest to maybe even them out a bit. It was near Christmas so I told him to buy the pessimist a fancy new bike with all the bells and whistles. Spare no expense and get him all the options. For the optimist, I suggested he fancy-wrap up a large box of horse manure. I told him that should even them out just fine.

On Christmas morning I happened by their house. There on the sidewalk was the pessimist. I said, “What did Santa bring you?” He said, “I got a stupid ol’ bike with so much junk on it I can’t even find the pedals!” I turned around and the optimist was running out of the house and jumping off the porch. I asked him the same question. He went screaming around the house, “I got a pony, but I haven’t found him yet!”

I think you might be pony boy. Happy travels, as if you need the encouragement. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

Friday, July 06, 2018

Facebook Hacking

Just a heads up to all Magnolia residents. It would appear that several of you have had your Facebook account compromised in one way or another. I received a Messenger request from someone who I was already friends with on Facebook. I ignored it for a while because Facebook friends can already message back and forth. Yesterday morning in a weak moment I saw it on my phone and accepted it thinking, ok, now this notification will go away. Immediately, my "friend" said Hey Deon, which I thought was a bit unusual. I asked "her" a few questions and the answers were not accurate and then "she" started telling me how she had $50,000 cash delivered to her and how I could ask for some too. Needless to say, I deleted the entire conversation, then I went to Facebook and unfriended her and then I sent her an email telling her what had happened and told her when she got her account straightened out to send me a new friend request. I also suggested she change her profile photo so that I know it's really her as the messenger request used her Facebook profile picture.

Please, everyone who reads this, whether you are a resident of our park or just a casual follower of our blog, guard your Facebook accounts, as well as everything else, with care. Be careful where you click, have a STRONG password and if your account gets compromised, I think Facebook has a help section where you can get it fixed.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Michael and Carolyn Murray's place

Michael and Carolyn Murray have made a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You can barely tell it is the same place they purchased. I thought you all would enjoy seeing the transformation.



Friday, June 29, 2018

White-winged Dove

I am missing seeing these kind of  doves. I took this picture in Magnolia Village last season. They are common in south Texas but this is a bird we would never see up here in Wisconsin. We've been seeing lots of birds but our dove is the Mourning Dove and we do have lots of those. This White-winged Dove is bulkier than the Mourning Dove and I would see them often when I was out on my morning walk. They would often be perched up on a wire over by Cottonwood and Pecos Streets.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rio Grande Valley Flooding

If you've been following the flooding in the Valley on the news you know that it is quite severe. Weslaco seems to have been hit really hard. You can find all kinds of pictures on line showing the various streets including both the east and west frontage roads with water up to car windows in some places. From what I've been told in Magnolia Village the worst spot was back in the southeast corner where Mike and Patti Reddick live. That always seems to be the case.

If I hear anything more specifically about the park I will post it. As I understand it since we left a couple of trees have come down, or at least parts of trees and I really don't know if wind took them down or if they were in bad shape and were cut down. In any case, as far as I know, everyone's property is okay and if I hear differently I will post it. If any of you hear otherwise, please let me know.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wanda Reed Obituary

Wanda Reed Obituary

 Wanda Reed, 86, of Atlantic, formerly of Wiota, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Atlantic Specialty Care.
Wanda Mae was born at her parent's home on May 26, 1932, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, the daughter of Herbert William and Ethel May (Begley) Thomlinson. She was baptized at the First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota. Wanda attended Atlantic Community Schools and went to work at an early age for Enockson's Ice Cream Parlor in Atlantic for several years.
On May 28, 1949, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Harold Reed at her parent's home in Atlantic. The couple was blessed with three children, Denny, Ron and Donna. Wanda's priority was raising her family; she stayed home to care for the children and the household. In 1949, they made their home in Wiota, where they resided until moving to Atlantic in 2002.
Wanda was a member of First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota. She loved playing cards; pitch, pinochle, and canasta being her favorites. Lloyd and Wanda took great pride in their home; always meticulous inside and out. Wanda treasured time spent with family; especially her grandchildren and their families. When the family was together there was no doubt that Wanda had a camera in her hand capturing the special moments.
Wanda is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lloyd; children, Denny Reed and his wife, Sherri of Des Moines, Ron Reed and his partner, Chuck Downs of Tucson, Ariz., and Donna Watson and her special friend, Denny Hall of Indianola; grandchildren, Shane Reed and his wife, Tammy of Urbandale, Mike Reed and his wife, Jamaica of Adair, Lisa Munsey and special friend, Matt Alexander of Ida Grove, Jennifer Yerton and her husband, Mike of Cookson, Okla., Shaun Watson and his wife, Jeanette of Ankeny, Brad Harris of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Kathryn Clark of Redding, Calif., and David Wilkins and his wife, Georgia of Truckee, Calif.; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Howard Reed of Council Bluffs, Benita Rasmussen of Atlantic, Marlene Andersen of Atlantic, and Norma Reed of Atlantic; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Ethel Thomlinson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frank and Cecile (Mailander) Reed; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rex Clark, Lucille (Dick) Reed, Russell Rasmussen, Ralph Andersen, Duane Reed.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, June 18 at the First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota, with Pastor Mike Bodkins officiating. Following the service, the family invites you to join them for a time of visitation and lunch in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, south of Wiota.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Wanda's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chuckle for the day from Peggy G.

Thanks, Peg for sending this along. Brought back memories and made me chuckle.

Down memory lane! This is cute! Your laugh for today!

Murgatroyd, remember that word?  Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd?

Heavens to Murgatroyd!

Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really.
The other day a not-so elderly lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said "What the heck is a Jalopy?"

He never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old, ... but not that old.       

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.
These phrases included "Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry."

Back in the olden days, we had a lot of 'moxie'. We'd put on our best 'bib and tucker' to 'straighten up and fly right'.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!

We were 'in like Flynn' and 'living the life of Riley'.

Even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell?

Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A., of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, penny loafers and pedal pushers. And don't forget Saddle Stitched Pants.
Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, .. but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap and before we can say, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!"       
Or, This is a 'fine kettle of fish'!

We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind
We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those great phrases gone? Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey, it's your nickel!           Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty.           I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses. It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.         

This can be disturbing stuff! ("Carter's Little Liver Pills" are gone too.)  We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child, each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once existed and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memories.  It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.  Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth.

See ya later, alligator!      Okidoki!


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Cards for Anita Nelson

 Anita Nelson has been in the Knapp hospital since Thursday. She fell and broke her right arm between the shoulder and elbow. She will be moving to the Weslaco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center soon. She will be there for approximately 3 weeks.  It would be nice to send her a card. She is so good about sending out cards to other people and I am sure it would really brighten her day. You could send it to the house and Dick could take it to her. He goes every day at 6 AM and stays till she is done with supper, as she can't do much for herself. Then he comes home and gets his own supper. They did walk her for the first time on Monday.
Dicks address is
3707 E Highway 83
Lot 353
Donna, Texas 78537

The Rehab is
Weslaco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
422 E 18th Street
Weslaco, Texas 78596

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Address for Orlen Anderson

Condolences for Shirley's passing can be sent to

Orlen Anderson
Edgewood Prairie Crossing #216
1810 S Dorothy AVE
Sioux Falls SD 57106

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Shirley Anderson Obit


Shirley Tirrel-Anderson
September 15, 1930 - May 28, 2018
 Shirley Tirrel-Anderson, 87, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Monday, May 28,
2018, at Good Samaritan Villages in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Faith United
Church in Brandon, SD.
Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until
7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at George Boom Funeral Home &
Shirley Jean Pearson, daughter of Eugene and Sophie (Grafing) Pearson was
born September 15, 1930, in Flandreau, SD.
She grew up in the Flandreau area attending school there.
She was united in marriage to Heye Tirrel on August 8, 1947, at 1st
Presbyterian Church in Pipestone, MN.
They farmed near Canton for several years before returning to Pipestone.
Their time farming took them back to Flandreau and later to Jasper, MN.
In 1959, they moved the family to Brandon, SD, where they would spend the
next years until Heye's passing in 1995.
During her time in Brandon, Shirley was a charter member of Faith United
Presbyterian Church in Brandon.
She also served as a cub scout den mother for 13 years.
She was also proud to have been the Jr. Bowling Coach in Brandon for over
20 years.
She also enjoyed bowling on leagues during this time.
On October 23, 1998, Shirley was united in marriage to Orlen Anderson at
Ben Claire UMC in rural Valley Springs, SD.
The couple moved to Sioux Falls and they have been members of
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls.
She enjoyed selling Avon products in Sioux Falls.
Some of her hobbies also included playing cards, antiquing and attending
garage sales.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society.
Shirley also supported the American Legion Women and Moose Lodge
A love of football grew in her from the many times watching her sons and
grandsons play.
She loved watching NFL and College games once her family was done
Many winters were enjoyed in Donna, Texas.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Orlen Anderson of Sioux Falls;
sons, Jim Tirrel of Sioux Falls, Jay (Lorraine) Tirrel of River Falls, WI, and
Wade Tirrel of Hartford, SD; daughter, Gaylin (Glenn) Scott of Valley
Springs, SD; grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Tirrel; Andrea (Mike)
Harstad, Nicholas (Rebekah) Scott, Ashley (Steve) Finnerty, and Nathan
Scott; McKenzie and Taylor Tirrel; and Cole, Chase, and Sydney Tirrel; 11
great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy Rath of Egan, SD and Lucille Johns of
Sioux Falls; 3 stepchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and 10 step great
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Heye in 1995; three
brothers in infancy; brother, Glen Pearson; sister, Dorothy Hammer; and one

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Shirley Tirrel-Anderson passed

Shirley passed away 5/28/2018. Her obituary is not yet available but when it is I will post it.
George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls SD.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

properly recycle your old lithium-ion batteries

How to properly recycle your old lithium-ion batteries.

Call2Recycle’s mission is to make Americans aware of the dangers of improperly recycling or disposing of lithium-ion batteries. It has a network of 14,000+ recycling centers in the U.S. According to their website, Call2Recycle has a public drop-off location within 10 miles of more than 87% of people living in the U.S. And it’s 100% free to all U.S. consumers. There are two drop-off locations within 10 miles of me – Lowe’s and Home Depot. I don’t have any lithium-ion batteries to recycle right now – but I have tossed old cell phones in the trash in the past. I was never aware of the potential dangers of throwing old cell phones and/or lithium-ion batteries in the trash… but I am now. And so are you.
Visit this page to find the nearest battery recycling center to you.
To learn what types of batteries you can recycle, check this page.
You never have to pay to recycle your old batteries; the rechargeable battery program is funded by major battery and product manufacturers.

Living in Canada?

If you’re one of our Canadian friends, visit Call2Recycle’s Canadian website here.

Monday, May 21, 2018


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Every Kid In A Park
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This site will tell you exactly what TV channels you’ll get wherever you are. It will also tell you how strong the signal is based on how far away the stations are. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Everything is bigger in Texas!

They say everything is bigger in Texas and here are just a couple of pictures to show you how big things can be. The first is a Prickly Pear Cactus taken a couple of years ago. The next is just a part of a tree. The thing is HUGE and lastly is a Bougainvillea. No it isn't really big but it does have some of the biggest, sharpest thorns on it you have ever seen. It's a beautiful shrub but oh so mean!

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Blast from the Past

Remember this cute little family that resided at the Chet & Irma Johnson house. She had the name of "Porchie" and she had the cutest bunch of kittens. Porchie now lives in Wisconsin at the Ferrell residence.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

From Marty Harper

For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists:

I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I
feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of my gardening, taking things apart in the
garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having
lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them.

And it works just like Facebook.

I already have four people following me:

two police officers,
a private investigator
and a psychiatrist.😊

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Jim Voss Fishing

Kay Voss:
Jim and I went fishing today....went last week, and he sat the whole time.....this week he stood the whole time!!!  Progress.  Fishing is the best medicine for him!  We got 12 last week and 5 today.  
Hope to start home on Sunday.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Funny Looking Bird

This strange looking "bird" in the bird bath belongs to Phyllis and George. He was a bit too fast for me as he was already trying to get out when I got the pic snapped. He had been curled up in it, just enjoying life.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Donn and Peggy are at home in Nevada

Donn and Peggy are home in Nevada and last I heard she was trying to straighten out her postal service in Carson City.  Let us know how this goes, Peggy, and sorry to take so long in telling everyone that you are okay. Okay that is except for the post office bit.

Message from Reggie

We too are glad to be up here again but next season will wait till it is really Spring!!! Duane and my son are working on our house as much as they can. The insurance company put us up into a motel for a week, then moved us into an apartment this last Wednesday until the end of July. In the midst of all this, Duane and Larry's sister Carol was laying in hospice unresponsive for the last 7 days until her body finally gave in.  Thought I'd send you her obituary.  Thank you."
Clarification from Barb- Carol is the sister of Duane and Larry Ergan. Reggie and Duane's home in Minnesota suffered frozen and broken pipes while they were in South Texas. Their insurance company has been very helpful in helping them deal with all the problems connected with it.

Carol Ann Stich

August 23, 1940 - April 23, 2018

Monticello, Minnesota
Aug 23, 1940 - Apr 23, 2018 (Age 77)

Age 77, of Annandale.  Passed away on April 23, 2018.

She is preceded in death by parents; granddaughter, Natasha.

Carol is survived by her children, Daryl, Christine, Jennifer, Eric, and Daniel; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lawrence, Dianna, Duane, Eldon, Evelyn, and LeRoy.

A Celebration of Carol’s life will be at 5:00PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway Street, Monticello, with visitation starting at 3:00PM.  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

From the Harpers

 We got home Sunday. We had side winds. rain, snow. we got it all. 50 dollars to stay in a campground 2nd night out. thought we were going to get blown upside down. wind kept raising the back end up and down.
When Don starts those wheels a rollin"  there is no stopping him. Glad to be home even with the cold and snow. Don has the fireplace burning so it is toasty warm here. Safe travels to all yet to come.

Irene Paulson Obituary

Irene I. Paulson

Irene I. Paulson
( January 31, 1930 - April 16, 2018 )

Irene I. Paulson, 88, of Bismarck, ND, formerly of Bowman, ND, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Home in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman.  Fr. Paul Eberle will celebrate the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery.  There will be a Family and Friends Service on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will be from 12-9 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.
Irene was born in Bowman, ND to Irvin and Matilda (Schaff) Herman and grew up with her parents and sister, Esther (Herman) Lininger on the family farm north of Scranton, ND.

Irene graduated from Bowman High School in 1947. She attended college in Dickinson, ND obtaining her Teaching Certificate. She proceeded to teach country school for one year.

Irene married Paul E. Paulson on November 26, 1949. She and Paul farmed and raised their family south of Bowman. After retiring from farming, Paul and Irene embarked on a new adventure, moving to Alaska to manage the Knik Bar near Wasilla, Alaska. After approximately 2 years they moved back to their home in Bowman. Shortly after, they started spending winters at Magnolia Park in Donna, Tx, enjoying many friends and activities.

Over the years, Irene “wore many hats”. She was not only a farm wife and mother, but had been a salesman selling Tupperware and Shaklee, managed and cooked at the Homebase Auction Market café during the livestock sales, making and serving many of her delicious homemade pies, bartended and served at the Flagstone Terrace, Silver Dollar and Harold’s Bar, worked for their retirement park in Texas, worked for a vendor at the flea market near their retirement park and even dealt Black Jack and called bingo here in Bowman!

Irene enjoyed and experienced life in so many ways. Her hard work and adventures took her from the Plains of the Dakotas to the tundra of Alaska to Mexico. She enjoyed reading, gardening, camping and fishing, crafts, playing cards and games, and bingo. She was always ready to help, spend time and have fun with family and friends.

She will be missed dearly by all her family and friends!

Irene is survived by her children: Leslie Paulson (Diane) Bowman, ND; Paula Doll, Bismarck, ND; Lee Paulson (Karen) Bowman, ND; Doris Paulson (Leon) Bismarck, ND and sister, Esther Lininger, Bowman, ND. Irene enjoyed her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Troy Paulson (Megan) with Anders and Finn, Bozeman, MT; Robyn Paulson (Binh) Phoenix, AZ; Jessica Doll Henkel (Kevin) with Grace and Gabe, Sioux Falls, SD; Justin Doll (Melissa) with Rhett, John, Grace and Daniel, Carlos, MN; Nicole Doll Pieper (Matt) with Lainey, Deer Creek, MN; Sparky Watson (Natalia) with Alexia, San Diego, CA; Spring Watson Braaten (Brad) with Brooklyn, Blake, and Braelyn, Bishop, CA; Levi Paulson ( Kim) with Kyler, Bowman, ND.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Knorr's are home

What a winter it has been this Spring. Good to know when everyone is safely in their Summer place.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brookers are home

We have arrived at our cozy little home and I can look out and see snow. Next winter season in Texas we plan to stay until May!

Duane Domer Passed

I received word that Duane has passed. Duane has suffered for a very long time with ill-health. Anyone with more details please send them to me and I will post them.

After considerable searching, this is the only obituary I could find.

Donna/Dubuque, IA- Duane M Domer, 87, passed away on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Irene Paulson passed

Irene passed away tonight in Bismark, N. D.
 Anyone wishing to send cards please send to:
Doris Paulson
3818 Greensboro Dr.
Bismark, N.D 58503
Burial will be in Bowman, N. D.
This is all I know at this time. Hopefully, you will be able to get more information. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018


This is what we saw this morning when we got up. We've had 8-10" so far with that much more predicted for tonight and tomorrow. The Winter Storm Warning lasts until tomorrow night at 7:00. I would imagine all you folks from Minnesota and Iowa are seeing much the same thing and maybe even worse. If you are still down south, watch the weather forecasts carefully.
 This was looking through the living room window which was covered in snow. It looked like lace.

 Take note of the drift which was in front of the garage. We had to shovel the driveway to get out to go to town. We were out of coffee! That was this morning and we managed to get there and back without trouble.

This was taken through a bedroom window so the color is a bit different as it's looking through eglass which has a slight tint to it.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Yellow-headed Parrot

I can't remember if I posted this here or just on my Facebook page but it is just one of the many parrots that I have pictures of from this season in Magnolia Village. I only saw it the one time and it was down in the vicinity of Fred's house on Pecos or maybe a bit west of there. It is a large parrot, measures about 14" and is native to Mexico.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Update on Jim Voss

Hello to all...

We got Jim's results today from his recent Pet Scan!   The cancer has been stopped and very little sign of any left.....very good news!   Jim can rest now and try to get his strength back before we go home to Minnesota the end of April.   The doctor said our doctor in Sioux Falls would probably want to put him on a maintenance type of drug, and it "would not make him sick"......let's hope.  This has been a rough winter for us.   I think Jim has had at least 12 blood transfusions and 4 or more platelet bags...plus in the hospital for 6 days twice.  He is very weak from low blood....he had 2 more transfusions yesterday, and his red blood is up to 9.5, the highest it has been, but normal is 14-16, so he is not up to par yet.  Now to get his weight back to normal.   He has had so much blood down here---the nurses think he is now a Mexican---at least that is what they were giggling about yesterday.  ha 

We want to thank everybody for all the well wishes and prayers.  We wouldn't have made it without them.  Kay

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Photos from Kapkes

Carol Kapke sent me some photos from back home in Wisconsin. This is the reason we are staying here in Amarillo until Monday. We need three good days to get back home and hopefully we will have those starting Monday. As Barb said, they will be leaving this weekend too and I told her to keep her eye on the weather. Dave & Mary should have made it back to Illinois today and Chet & Irma are in Bethany MO. They should make it home to Neillsville tomorrow. Enjoy these photos! Pretty unbelievable for April!!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Headed North

Butch and I will be headed north this weekend. If you have Magnolia news and want it posted you can send it to me by email and I will be happy to post it for you. Magnolia Park/Village has enjoyed 18 years of free advertising and promotion from these blog entries and I will continue to do so.

Thank You from Craig Hodge

"I want to thank everyone from the Magnolia family who went out of their way to do something special in memory of Kim. I appreciate your love and send it back to you."
Thank You All,
Craig Hodge

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Pop can Cactus

Don Knorr put this lighted cactus together for the Van Houweling's patio. Now everyone will want one!!

Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle

Peggy and I walked by Eldon this afternoon and he was sitting on his steps playing with a bug. He said he didn't know what it was so I came home and looked it up. This is exactly what it looked like.

The harmless Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle's large eyespots simultaneously distract and mesmerize.

Howdy, BugFans,

If you look up “Icky-bug” in an insect book, it will not lead you to this beetle, nor anywhere else, for that matter.  In their youths, the BugLady’s sisters had huge (HUGE) aversions to these blameless beetles.  Consequently, the BugLady was sometimes compelled to put a few beetles in little boxes and gift her sisters with them, enjoying the resulting agitation (acts for which, alas, she feels no remorse).
“Icky-bugs” are actually Click beetles (family Elateridae), a.k.a snapping beetles or skipjacks. 

 The hard-coated click beetle grubs, which may spend four or more years in that stage, are sometimes called “wireworms” (especially the larger species); they live in soil or rotten wood or under bark.  Wireworms of the genus Melanotus enjoy eating corn, potatoes, grains and turf grasses (they are said to locate plant material in the soil by homing in on the carbon dioxide gradients as they travel about in tunnels made by other critters)(though they are perfectly capable of digging their own tunnels).  Some species of wireworms are important predators on agricultural pests in the soil; adults typically eat plant material but are not considered pests.  Moles, shrews, insectivorous birds, spiders and mantises are among their predators.  CBs overwinter as larvae or as adults.

A June bug that has flipped over onto its back may wallow around for a while, waving its legs and feeling sorry for itself, but the click beetle has a spiffy mechanism for righting itself immediately.  If you look at the ventral (underside) of these beetles you can see a spine that extends back from the first thoracic segment and you can see a matching grove on the second thoracic segment (unlike other beetles, its head and first thoracic segment can bend toward segments two and three).

To right itself, the click beetle first “arches”, then suddenly curls, and with an audible “click,” snaps the spur into the groove, which somersaults it into the air.  In his “Field Guide to Insects of North America,” Kaufman says that they are also called “jackknife beetles.”  The BugLady totally does not get the physics of this trick (the opposite arrangement – that the spring would be caused by the sudden release of the spine rather than by its sudden engagement – seems more plausible), but she accepts it, like pole vaulting, because the results are inarguable.
At any rate, the trick is used to get right-side-up  as well as to escape from predators (which will often drop an EE that performs a vigorous “click” while in-hand/beak).  Sometimes an EEE will launch itself into flight during the arc of its leap; more often it returns to earth, where it may tuck in its legs and play possum until its predator moves on.
The impressive EASTERN EYED ELATER or Big-eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) fell onto a burdock leaf as the BugLady mowed the grass nearby.  According to bugguide.net, there are six Alaus species in North America, one, appropriately named Alaus myops, has much smaller eyespots (find a nice account of the species at http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/06/eyed-elaters.html).  An EEE measures an inch-and-a half long +, and an energetic “click” can send it several inches in the air (the BugLady has seen small EEs propel themselves six or more inches into the air).  Yes, it can fly: http://bugguide.net/node/view/56708/bgimage.  Its spectacular “eyes” and mottled white speckles are said to provide good camouflage, and the false eyes are designed to terrify predators.  It feeds on nectar.  EEEs are found in woodlands throughout North America and well south into Central America.

Twice in a blue moon

Taken last night on Rose Street

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Blue Moon and a dove

Magnolia's Magnolia tree is blossoming

 Fledgling Kiskadees

For those who might question it, I was nowhere near any of these birds when I took the photos.
Mama Dove and baby.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Repair Clinic Website


Repair Clinic
If you think you can fix it, you probably can. Repair Clinic allows you to type in any appliance (general or specific model numbers) and then will show you ways to repair it at home. Users say this website has saved them thousands. We believe it!

If I had a nickel for every time Butch asked me to find him some obscure part on the internet I would have at least a handful of nickels. So now I can send him on his own internet journey to find a part.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kimberly Hodge Obituary

Hodge, Kimberly
Kimberly Ann Cook Hodge, 55, of Paducah, died unexpectedly at home on March 23rd,2018 in Donna, Texas.Kim was born in Paducah, KY. on November 6th, 1962 to the late Carolyn and Powell Cook. Growing up in Brookport, IL. she was a member of the Brookport High School class of 1980. On June 28th, 1988, she married her soulmate, Craig. Kim was a full-time housewife who loved spending the winters as a winter Texan and traveling to Mexico. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, loved Tony Stewart, Kid Rock, but most of all she loved her family unconditionally.

Kim is survived by her husband, Craig Hodge; sweet baby Maggie May; an honorary niece, Cheslie (Kevin) Solomon of Paducah; Honorary great nephew, Hadyn Gower of Paducah; nephew, Jackie (Julia) Scarborough of Metropolis, IL.; nephew, Jeremy Jones of Temple Hill, IL.; niece, Caitlin Jones, and nephew, Kenneth Jones, both of Brookport, IL.; nieces, Amanda Shelly of Paducah, and Megan Hodge of Charleston, West Virginia; nephews, Justin Hodge and Aaron Hodge of Paducah; mother in law, Kathryn Hodge of Paducah; sister in law, Kathy (DeWayne) Jones of Brookport, IL.; brothers in law, Ricky (Tammy) Hodge of Paducah, and Billy (Anna) Hodge of Calvert City, KY.; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carolyn and Powell Cook; uncle, Howard Cook; sister, Alice Binghamton; brother, Dennis Crawshaw; Father in law, Bill Hodge; and a nephew, Andrew McManus.

Friends may visit the family on Friday evening, March 30th, 2018 at Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah, from 5pm until 8pm. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at Lindsey Funeral Home starting at 10am with Pastor Marty Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com

Anybody home?

Deon took this picture before she left and then she posted it on Facebook.  I and my trusty snipping tool rescued the picture from Facebook and put it on the Magnolia blog for more of us to enjoy.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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