Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paul E. "Skip" Holmstrom Obituary

November 6, 1929 -April 25, 2013 Age 83 of Hastings. Preceded in death by parents Gustav (Eda Carlson) Holmstrom & siblings Linnea (Louis) Pajerski, Clarice (Bernard) Valois, & Kenneth Holmstrom. Survived by siblings Lucille Pike, Violet Borner, Marjorie (Dedrick) Terveen, Verlin (Jenny) Holmstrom, Betty (Loren) Deering, & James (Margaret) Holmstrom. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Funeral Service 11am Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at River of Life Church, 800 Vermillion St., Hastings. Visitation 5-7pm Tuesday April 30, at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home 201 E. 7th St., Hastings, & also one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings at a later date. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses & staff at United Hospital for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. 651-437-9419

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing 
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
1 tsp dill
1 tsp chives
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
Optional: 1 jalapeno chopped
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until mixed well. For a spicy jalapeno ranch, add the chopped jalapeno and blend. 
Store in a glass jar in the fridge until ready to use.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kay V-the busy crafter

Today I finished (except for a ribbon bow to be added later) a rope
basket with fabric liner.  I have 2 dressers that we tossed the
drawers and then painted the dressers black.  I intend to have these
baskets in the dressers.  I used a sturdy cardboard box cut to the
height I needed, then hot glued twine around and around.  (hint--get
larger thickness of twine)  Then used ropa material to make a liner.
It is a project suitable when sitting in front of the TV.   Read the
above about using thicker twine.....I have several boxes to make, so
probably will take me all summer to finish.  Kay


We got a "gully washer" today!  It just poured, lightening, thunder, the whole works.  Then the electricity went off for over an hour.  It just went off again for a few minutes--not good for the old XP computer.  Anyway, the green grass is showing up from the last 2 days of rain and soon the mowers will be humming.

This was taken from my window. It is the backyard for Sam Word and Lonnie

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The lot to our west is flooding

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Notice the water rushing out the drain spouts! Hang on Papaya tree....

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Fred and Bonnie's plus view of new mobile in Park

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View across the Park....

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We need rain gutters for this mobile!

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Looking up Lime street

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Open House for Erma Cleavelands 95th birthday

 We are having an open house for Erma for her 95th birthday?  It is on Sunday, May 12, 2:00 to 4:00 at Oakland Heights in Oakland Iowa.  The address is 904 No. Scenic Drive, Oakland Iowa 51560.   I know she would love to get cards from her Texas friends. 
 Thanks,  Leslie

Cards may be sent to:
 Erma Cleaveland
 904 No. Scenic Drive
 Oakland Iowa 51560

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Voss Home in Texas

this is a picture of my kitchen backsplash....I wanted "tinplate", but
$150 was too steep for a mobile.  So I got texture wallpaper in tin
design.  Painted it lt grey like the rest of house....now have started
to rub black paint on it with my finger.  A slow process to be sure.
I think it will look nice and much cheaper!  Kay

News from Texas

Some of us are still here!!  Next week a few more are leaving.  I took a few pictures for you (no snow)  Kay

Painted couch

Ok, for those that have been watching me "paint" my couch----here is a picture of the result!  We finally have it in the mobile and we are happy with the color.  I would do it again.  The texture is "firm" but not at all unpleasant.  It resembles leather.....here is the website I followed.....www.hypheninteriors.com/chairs

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nest !!!!

Ouch!!!!! The nest is safe, but how do you feed the babies????  VERY carefully! 
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cactus near Mrs. Salmon's place

This is so pretty now, hummingbirds and bees are really busy! 
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the empty lot next to Fred and Bonnie

this is after 2 loads of fill had been packed down..... 
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Harold's trailer going out....

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Consumer Tip

Many of you know that I purchase lots of things online and have since 1996 when I discovered the Internet. But that is neither here nor there. Regardless if you buy online or not you should at least do your shopping online. And once you have made your decision, go look at reviews from others who have purchased the same product. More than once I have backed out of a purchase I was going to make after reading reviews. Most recently on a washer/dryer. We were going to buy a Samsung because of price. Then we looked at LG's. Read the reviews on both. Ended up with the LG.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Suzanne Stoner Obituary

Suzanne Stoner

Suzanne Stoner

  • BORN: June 21, 1947
  • DIED: April 23, 2013
  • LOCATION: Mount Vernon, Iowa
Suzanne Maria Roberts Stoner, 65 of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 9:00 until service time, Friday, April 26, 2013 at Morgan Funeral and Cremation Choices Mount Vernon where the service begins at noon officiated by her son-in-law Ron Sealock.
Suzanne was born June 21, 1947 in Marshalltown. At the tender age of three she was adopted into the wonderful family of Hugh and Iva Gaunt Roberts. She was the oldest of eight children but only two came to Mount Vernon.
Suzanne was a Main Street brat as her parents owned the business of Roberts' Photo.Suzanne was united in marriage to Warren Stoner on October 7, 1967. Warren served in the Navy and together they were able to see many of the States and the World. The couple farmed in the area and enjoyed the outdoors and camping. They especially loved camping at the Iowa State Fair with their daughter, family and friends. Suzanne also loved to quilt and made many quilts for others to enjoy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mount Vernon Alumni Association and the Mount Vernon Football Field Fund.
Surviving Suzanne are her husband Warren and their daughter Carmen, her husband Ron Sealock, and their son Garrett and daughter Hannah from Exeter, Nebraska.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother Barry on December 24, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Suzanne's honor may be sent to: "Save the Field" or "Mount Vernon Alumni Association" c/o The Mount Vernon Foundation, 525 Palisades Rd. SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314. Please designate which fund selected.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Service at Magnolia

Another beautiful day in deep south Texas to come together and hear the Word of God being taught....Our group is getting smaller as more of the Magnolia family heads NORTH for the summer season and it was decided today that next week would be the last service at Magnolia for THIS season....Of course all that are staying in the valley are invited to attend Pastor Staceys church in Donna for the summer until the fall season comes again...

Todays message is a continuation of the study of prayer in our lives...Pastor Staceys theme was "Keep Praying" with the basis of the scripture in the Book of 1st Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 17 where we are commanded to "Pray without ceasing".....Pastor taught that prayer is so important in our lives to build our faith and to keep in touch with God....Prayer does just that if we but think about it...We all can remember when we went to our parents with our wants and for things we thought we needed, well it's no different than how we should make our desires known to our heavenly father...Think about it and you will see....We need to pray for one another for the power of prayer will move many problems out of our way or make them easier to bare....This week remember to pray for someone that you may think of or someone you hear of that is sick or has some problem....We all need prayer at some time in our lives to show us the way or for healing if we are sick.....God Bless All .....See you in church next week......

Lois Terryn Obituary

Lois Jean Terryn

Lois Jean Terryn

July 01, 1929 - April 17, 2013
Lois Jean Terryn, 83, of Salisbury passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. 

She was born, July 1, 1929 in Ludington, MI, the daughter of the late Irven Louis Castonia and Beatrice Augusta Castonia. 

Lois worked as a switchboard operator. She loved to play cards, crochet, bake and cook, dance and garden. Lois always had a very large garden. She was a member of Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Weslaco, TX. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Willis Francis Terryn and infant daughter Suzan Marie Terryn. 

Those left to cherish her memories are daughter, Sandy Buechler (Troy) of Salisbury, NC; sons, Michael Terryn (Sharyl) of Kansas, Rodney Terryn (Pat) of MI, James Terryn (Patty) of MI and Frederic Terryn (Sonia) of FL; brothers, Gary Castonia of MI, Larry Castonia of FL and Kenneth Castonia (Sandy) of MI; sisters, Jean Terryn (Howard) of MI and Nancy Glamzi (Roger) of MI; grandchildren, Anne Toney of KS, Michelle Lyman of MI, Edward Terryn of KS, Lorrie Terryn of MI, Nikole Terryn of KS, Stacie Smith of MN, Kerry Terryn of MI, Jamie Eager of MI, William Terryn of MI, Natasha Terryn of FL, Nicole Terryn of FL, Abby Buechler of NC, Ty Buechler of NC; 13 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

Memorial Service: The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date in Michigan. 

Internment will be at Riverton Cemetery, Scottville, MI. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

From Kay Voss

Last Sat. we went to the car show at Harlingen....Jon and Edy seemed
interested in this one!

Finally finished painting the kitchen--cupboards now have pulls--walls
are a color called "celery".   I was wondering how it would look, but
with my new sewn curtains and a few decorations---we like it.  Looks
clean, shall we say! ha  I am gradually getting the contents of the
drawers where I want them.  It has been lots of work, but well worth
the effort....

Friday, April 19, 2013

New look for Magnolia Park

This is what Dottie used  the $100 to buy. A pleasant and updated addition to the park patio.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our Floyd Foote says:

Floyd Foote

Floyd Foote reminisces about living to be 100.
Floyd Foote reminisces about living to be 100.
By Marcie Klomp
For 55 years Floyd Foote has mixed two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (It has to be apple cider vinegar.) and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of water. That is the recipe Doc Buresh gave him long ago for aches and pains. It must work because Foote is in remarkable shape for a man a century old!
Some wisdom of his own is to heat the concoction in the microwave to dissolve the honey before drinking it. “It’s not the best tasting,” he warned.
Who can dispute his secret that he shares with anyone who will listen . . . that is if they can keep up with him!? “I usually walk one to three miles every day. From Monday to Thursday of this week I walked eight miles. If I’m tired, I don’t walk.”
Foote now lives at Cresco Care Center, but for 91 years he lived at the same place just two miles north of Davis Corners on the family farm.
It was not an easy life, growing up in the country. A person had to work hard or starve, and Floyd and his family liked to eat! His first paying job came when he was just 14.
His brother Howard was working 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. digging ditches one mile east and one-and-a-half miles north of their home place. It was hard work with bogs and water. The company needed another man. “Howard said. ‘He digs at home, and he digs the same as a man.’” Floyd was hired at 50¢ per day.
The way the brothers did it at home was one would dig the top two-and-a-half feet and the other dug the bottom one foot. “We always changed every hour.” After working for a couple days, the boss noticed the youngster on bottom. He wanted to talk to Floyd.
“I thought this was it. I was going to get fired. But he liked what I was doing. Instead of getting fired, I got a raise!” Floyd was getting a man’s wages at 75¢ per day. He dug tile ditch for two years.
When discussing the state of the gravel roads this spring, the old-timer commented, “When I hauled milk, that was the kind of roads we had.” For nine years he hauled cream with horses. He hauled cream for another seven years until the creamery business closed then he hauled milk for 21 years.
“I had good horses. One day we’d go 40 miles. The next day, the route was 45 miles.” He always started at 6:00 a.m. On good days he was done by 4:00. On bad days he was on the road until 8:00 p.m. Throughout his route he would have to feed and water his horses.
“As soon as I left Cresco they knew they were going home. They’d just pull it. I had to hold them back! When I got to the round corners [at Davis Corners], they knew they had two miles to go and they took off!”
He hauled about 300 cans of milk a day. That only took him about eight hours. He went home and had to farm. The family had 30 head of cattle, 30 hogs, 100 sheep and 80 acres. He remembers tenderly, “After we were married [Eva] did just as much work as I did. She delivered calves, lambs, kids.”
At one time the family had to dig in the couch cushions to find seven cents for a loaf of bread!
Floyd proudly said son Roger hauled milk for a few years, first cans then bulk, until he went to work at Thermogas.
Talking about gravel roads reminded Floyd of other roads. Roads that led to the love of his life, Eva.
He met her when she was visiting relatives in the area. She lived 535 miles away, in Indiana. It started off with some letters, and when he got a chance, Floyd would drive to see her for the weekend.
“I’d leave at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and it took 12 hours to drive there. I’d get there at 5:00 a.m. and sleep in the car until they woke me up about 9:00-9:30 after chores.”
He said it wasn’t hard to stay awake. “Illinois had brick roads that were very bumpy. It would keep you awake!” Then he’d turn around and do it again to get home.
This went on every six weeks for about three years. She was 19 when they married, and he was 23 on Feb. 20, 1937. “Her step-brother said it would last two years. We were married 75 years, four months and eight days.” The family lost Eva just last year.
A lot of things have changed over the past 100 years, farming practices, roads, Davis Corners. Who knew there was a drug store at Davis Corners? Floyd Foote. Who knew there was all night dancing at Davis Corners? Floyd Foote. Who knew there was a bowling alley at Davis Corners? Floyd Foote.
That’s right, Davis Corners was booming back in the day. On the northwest corner was the Lutheran Church. There is still a marker depicting where the church stood. There was a dance pavilion about where Davis Corners Auction is located today.
There were all-night dances at the pavilion. The Foote home was two miles from Davis Corners. The dances went from about 6:00 p.m. until morning. They’d be held for a week at a time.
“I’d milk. When they had those dances, I’d tell myself I wasn’t going to go. Then I’d hear the music and have to go. I wouldn’t go all night. I’d go until 10:00-11:00.”
The pavilion had other dances, too. Lawrence Welk even played there one time.
The southwest corner was the most populated area of the “Corners.” There were at least four houses in the area.
Closest to the intersection Floyd remembers, “My brother ran the store for about 15 years. Before that Charlie Zender had a drug store.”
Next came an alley where the state highway had a station for trucks. It later moved to Cresco.
“Tiny Ripley and Leonard ‘Red’ Schultz ran a garage. They were busy all the time fixing farm machinery,” noted Floyd. They also had gas pumps.
Next in line was the bowling alley/dance hall, then a few houses. Vernon Atzen and someone else (Floyd couldn’t remember the name) ran the bowling alley.
Floyd enjoyed attending the local dances, but that’s where his interest in music ended. His dad was the musician of the family. “He would walk 30 miles to Spillville every Saturday. He’d leave at noon with his violin and play for dances at 6:00. He called the square dance and got paid one dollar.”
When looking back on the “good ol’ days,” Floyd recalls, “You can talk about it being bad times, but it was good. We worked hard. The income wasn’t much, but it was good.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

One Month Later, Still Winter!!

We arrived home four weeks ago today. I took these pictures this morning and this is what it looks like in central Wisconsin. We got six more inches, more or less, of heavy wet snow yesterday. It has not reached 50 degrees here yet and the forecast is for more of the same at the end of the week. The motorhome sits right where we parked it when we got home as we haven't been able to move it yet to where it sits for the summer

Pictures from today's walk

Our neighbor Ken Pederson who collects and restores tractors. I know he has over 50 of them.

His current tractor project. Looks like a surgical procedure and most likely it is.

A cat on Wilson street

Leftover snow!!!

Bike trail looking south. Doesn't it look like a lovely day for a walk? Not!!! At least the temp was 55 and not in the 30's that it has been.

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