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?

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