Monday, August 31, 2009

From the Stilsons

Bill woke up 2 weeks ago with a really sore back. Went to Chiropractor, doctor and some rehab. Nothing worked. It got so bad he could not walk or stand without yelling. The chiropractor said he had 2-4 herniated discs. They gave him percocet. Did not even phase it. So I took him to emergency room this past Monday. They gave him a shot of morphine, did not relieve the pain at all. They admitted him and did several tests and found out the staph infection had resurfaced and settled in the back. That was the reason for the severe pain. He will be on antibiotics for at least 8 weeks and then a pill a day for the rest of his life. He will not be released from the hospital until he can go without the pain killers and he is mobile. I told him that he would be done in time to go to Texas the middle of November. The doctor heard me and peeked around the corner and said more like Thanksgiving. I thought he was going to go through the urinal at her. I will try and keep you updated on what is going on.
Kay S

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday at Magnolia

Here it is Sunday at Magnolia and we started Bible study again...This morning we had it in the little hall with 14 in attendance...Pastor Stacey taught out of Zechariah with the theme of God says " Repent and come back to me "...It was a very good lesson with much to think about....

The bible study must have helped more than we can know because this afternoon we had some rain amounting to almost 1/2 inch with more in some parts of the valley...The forecast calls for possible rain for the next few days so if you would pray that it continues for a while as we sure need the moisture...

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Well I just had to put this picture in the blog for everyone to see...We have another trailer in the park to fill an empty lot...Milo and Mable Swanger have bought a bigger trailer and put it on the empty lot that was by John and Joan Kent...They have sold their other home in the park and put this one in...I waited until they had most of the things straitened around before I took the picture...It sure looks nice and big...I am sure they will enjoy it..

New Trailer in the Park

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Another Update for Naoma Pratt

I just received this E-mail and thought I would share it with the Magnolia Family...

Hi just a quick note, Mom is doing great she ended up with 4 bypasses.... She is sitting up in a chair already and had a few bites of solid food,... She probably will be walking a little yet today.... She is in pretty good spirits!.. Also I wanted to let you know she can receive e-mails here at the Hospital at ... She has received a few already, and when we go in to see her she shows them to us right away.... Thank you for the prayers! God Bless!

Love Sherri & Eugene

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I thought I would give you an update on Bill Saubert...We talked to him and he said that while we were gone he had to go back in the hospital...He was there 7 days...They found that he had a ulcer in the lower part of his stomach and cauterized it...All his other tests turned out just fine....He said that Don Howard took him to the hospital and visited him every day, then brought him home when he was released...He says that he is doing just fine, but he still looks very thin...I told him that he needs to eat more to gain some weight...He just laughed and said that he would try...Keep him in your prayers...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back in the Park

Well we're back in the park and will post some news now and some latter when I get some pictures.

DON, This is Gavin Alt. I'm the son of Lester and Helen Alt.

Now the NEWS..Friends of the Magnolia Park gathered in Lena, Il. on Aug 13, 14th. 4 campers were at Le-Aqua-Na State Park, with visitors from the area...All enjoyed a cookout on Thursday night.Friday noon a luncheon was enjoyed at "The Rafters" with 22 in attendance....An enjoyable time was then back to the campground for another cookout on Friday evening.... Let me say this, there was NO shortage of food and it was all delicious, 18 in attendance....Plans are in the making for next Aug..

Lester and Helen Alt

Helen Alt is recuperating from having a hip replacement on July 28th. I'm in re-hab and all is going good.

Zucchini Recipe from Kay Stilson

Zucchini Casserole

3 large zucchini (cubed with peel on)
1 large onion (peeled and chopped
16 oz. shredded cheese
1 can cream of celery soup
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups bread crumbs
1 stick margarine (melted)

Cook zucchini and onion just until slightly
tender in enough salted water to cover.

Drain and add next 5 ingredients and mix well.
Pour into 9x11 pan. Stir margarine into bread
crumbs and sprinkle over zucchini mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From Naoma Pratt


I just wanted to let you know that I am going in for heart bypass surgery On August 27. They don't know how many they will repair until they get me open but I have 6-7 blockages. They rarely do them all.

Take care,
Love Naoma

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I received this E-mail news and thought I would share it with all the Magnolia family...

From Kay V.
I have talked to Bernice Moritz.....she is now happy to be home from the hospital. She had her spleen removed, and had spent most of two weeks in hospitals---Sioux Falls and Spirit Lake. I think she would like cards and e-mails from her friends. Kay Voss

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Season Starting??

With a few people coming back from up NORTH, they wanted to start Tuesday coffee and rolls again so here we are...HA HA..Not a large crowd but more than there has been...It was great to hear about some of the summer activities that has happened to some of the Magnolia Family....

As Marilyn and I are going on a little vacation, I will try to bring a couple of updates for you before we go...Bill Saubert is still in the hospital as of today(Tuesday)...He has had a couple of tests done...One thing is he doesn't have a ulcer in the stomach...They have a quite a time trying to do a colonoscopy but finally he had it today....When I went this afternoon to visit him he still hadn't heard what the results were or when he would be able to go home..Please keep him in your prayers...

Bonnie Peterson is home and doing very well from her hip problem....She is able to get around slowly with a walker, but at least she is home with her dog (buddy)...Both of them are happy...Also keep her in your prayers too...

If any of you send me something by E-mail about the park or of some of the Magnolia Family I will try to get it on the blog...I will try to keep up with my own blog as much as I can...Every one keep safe and healthy....We will be back in a couple of weeks or so....

Tuesday Morning Coffee Started Again

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The Rest of the Coffee Crowd

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Magnolia News

Thought I would bring you up to date on Bill Saubert...I went up to the hospital this afternoon to see Bill and find out any report...When I got there Bill told me that he was scheduled to have a colonoscopy Sunday morning and was not looking forward to it...I told him no one would be looking forward to any kind of hospital tests but sometimes it's the best thing we can do...He did seem in good spirits, but was ready to come home if he could have...I told him to just let the doctors find out what the problem was and then get it taken care of and maybe Monday he could come home...That seemed to help settle him down and relax him at least for a while....Please keep him in your prayers....

Today I received a note from Eugene and Naoma Pratt...It was so good to hear from them...They are doing well, but I think they were trying to rub it in on me cause they were talking about how cool it's been there...They have only used the air conditioner just a few days....Down here we run the air 24/7 and are glad we have it...HA HA....Naoma said that they went to Derby and Bernice Pratt a few days ago and they were doing well....It's good to hear that they are doing good as I miss them in the park during the winter but understand that they need to be closer to the family at this time in their lives...Keep well everyone...

Friday, August 07, 2009

News for Magnolia Family

I got this E-mail this morning and thought I would share it with you..

Thought I'd write and tell you about our little get together we had in Newton, Iowa at Joe and Lucy Uruas' home, on Wednesday, August 5th....The guest were all winter Texans and there was 8 couples from Iowa and Jasper County!!...Jo and Bill Brooker, Gary Hearl and Linda Smith, Kenny Beaderstadt and Arleen Beach, Max and Dorothy Rayburn, Janet and Jim Rader, Larry and Mary Lamb and Susan and Myron Van Houweling.....It was good to see everyone and we all got caught up on what everyone was doing after leaving Donna for the summer.....We all agreed we were looking forward to being back in Donna and see all the rest of the Magnolia family....So this was our mini Magnolia reunion and we did have lots of laughs and fun!!...With A Smile,,,Susan

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Needing Prayer

This afternoon as I was watching TV I heard a knock on the door..I answered the door and it was Bill Saubert..I asked him how he was and he ask if I would take him to see the Dr. tomorrow morning to get some papers and then on to the hospital...He said that the Dr. thinks that maybe he has a ulcer, but needs to do some tests to find out for sure...Bill said that the Dr. didn't know just how long it would take to do the tests and he would be in the hospital for X number of days maybe...I know that Bill was worried about it by the way he was talking...Maybe it will amount to nothing but you never know and I wanted the Magnolia Family to know and start praying for Bill cause you can never do too much of that for anybody..Will write more on this when I find out more.....

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

People Coming Back Already???

Can it be that this is the start of the new season?? Don and Barbara Howard came in today...They said that they heard of a few others that were going to be coming in the near future...I am not going to say just who I heard cause I don't want to spoil the surprise for them....Don and Barbara are looking good and all smiles...Barb said that she couldn't keep Don away any longer so here they are...I know that Don can take the heat but I hope Barb can...All she has to do is stay in the air just like the rest of us...HA HA..More when it happens...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Magnolia News

Well there's not much new to write about but I will give it a try....I noticed that this morning they were working on the air-conditioner for the office and later saw that they put a brand new one in...I heard that the old one wasn't doing the job so a new one was in order...I just hope that they realize that the one in the little hall isn't the greatest either....I guess we just need to have more people down here and utilizing it so they can hear that it needs replacing also...Just have to wait and see I guess...

I received a note from Harold Shelden by way of Dorothy Wendt so I will put it on for you to see...

I would like to thank all my Magnolia Family for all the cards, thoughts, and good wishes and also those who attended my open house..You made my 95th birthday very special and on I won't forget...Hope to see you all in the winter...Harold Shelden

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Lazy Days in Magnolia

The days are just lazy and hot in Magnolia Park this time of the year for sure...The residents are just looking forward to the fall when the rest of the Magnolia Family comes back from their vacation up NORTH...They will tell us here about how COLD is was up there and we can tell them about how HOT it was down here....At least by then maybe it will rain so the air will be cleaner and some of the allergies will be washed out of it...

The card players are still at it though on Sunday , Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, so at least something is going on...Raul came home on Saturday...He came to my house and got his mail and gave us a report on his health...He's doing great and is able to start walking when ever it is cool enough in the morning or late afternoon...He is just happy to be home...Bonnie Peterson is in the Westlaco Rehab Nursing home on 18th St. in Westlaco...She is having a hard time of recovery(pain)...We are going to try to go and see her some time this week and will report more when we do...

Keep praying for all of the Magnolia Family as we never know just who may need it the most or when...

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