Monday, March 31, 2014

Phone Call about Eula

Char Nigh called to tell me she made it home in fine shape and that the weather feels like Spring up there. But she also told me that Eula also made it home but with a nasty cold that has now developed into pneumonia so she is hospitalized.
Her address is:

Eula Henderson
509 E Monroe
Apt. 4
Corydon IA 50060

I am sure she would enjoy hearing from us.

Don Harpers Neck

From Marty:
For those wondering...
Don was given pills and will be getting injections in his neck for now . If that does not work then Dr. will do surgery.

Hustle and bustleless!

The most noise these days is from the birds. The streets are fairly empty and quiet. The pace has slowed. The highways and byways of the Rio Grande Valley are very different this time of year. I like it when it is busy with many activities happening but I also like it when the pace slows. The grocery store aisles can be navigated without incident. Being the small town girl that I am, I appreciate the change to a more laid back way of life. Variety is indeed the spice of life.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Service at Magnolia

Well it's that time of the year when the season ends for the winter Texan to start heading for the NORTH country for the summer....As we have had a very unusual winter ( up and down in temperature every few days), I would guess they will have some stories to tell their families when they get home... I would also guess the families will have some stories of their own to tell as it's been an unusual winter no matter where you were at...

Also today was the last Sunday that we will have services at the park until next fall when the new season begins...It seems that the time just flies...I have been told that is a sign of getting OLD...HA HA...The Pastor brought the message today from several passages in the Bible with the theme of "Forgiveness".....He told of how we must learn to forgive those that have wronged us and Thu learning forgiveness we will grow in faith and gain peace in our souls....We just need to realize what Jesus did for us to be able to have forgiveness from God the Father for our sins....This is a lesson and teaching that gives us much to study on....There are many passages in the Bible that talks about forgiveness and how God would have us act upon this in our lives....Please study any passage that talks about forgiveness and you will see how important it is we learn how it affect our walk with God...

Remember this summer to pray for any sick that you hear of and also for any that come to mind as they may need prayer at that time...We will be looking for all in the fall to return and join us again at Magnolia...God Bless All....


Feeling a little like leftovers as many of our friends and neighbors have headed northward. It certainly changes things as the park empties.
The pool has been getting major use this past week and it is about the only thing that has lately.

Pretty flowers

I couldn't resist taking a picture of these Amaryllis flowers at Joe and Cheryl Raleigh's mobile!  (209 E Pecos)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Beauty Spots

This beautiful cactus bloom is at the Kim and Bob residence on Magnolia street.

The pretty little poinsettia bush at the Stilson's has been a bright spot all season and is still going strong.

Corral your RV shelves

Many of our fellow RVers have left the park already but I know they check in on us and this is for them.
Hope this posts okay. I am posting this tip because it features a trouble spot for us in the RV. Our doors stay shut but when we open them it can be quite a juggling act. I think this is an excellent solution. Easy to do and inexpensive.

RVing Tip of the Day
Stop flying objects! Corral your RV shelves
by Jim TwamleyA fulltime RVer I met, John Evers, had a real problem with his traveling medicine cabinet. When he'd "drop anchor," he'd find the find the stuff from his fifth wheel medicine cabinet had blasted out.He thought about using an expandable curtain rod, but it wouldn't effectively keep the small bottles in place. Instead he used two thin pieces of wood about four inches wide as "fences" to hold his stuff in place.He uses two pieces because they will easily slide into place, then he secures them with a large binder clip you can get at any office supply store. This is a simple yet effective way to secure the small stuff. Thanks, John, for another great RV idea.
Shutting the door to falling objects —Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing

Thursday, March 27, 2014

For Kindle Fire Users

Judy Lowary told me about this great website for Kindle Fire users and I have to
 agree. You will need to subscribe but it is a painless process. Enjoy!

With the Kindle Fire being "The #1 best-selling product on

Amazon"* there's a real need for a friendly, easy-to-use website

about these tablets.

Some changes to Blog

I have made some changes to the blog settings. One of which is the ability to post comments. Years ago I used to have it set so anyone could leave comments but then some unsavory characters left inappropriate comments so I changed it so they were not shown. So now I it set to allow comments but you are required to be a registered user. So look in the left column and find where you can join and then be able to comment on a post. I think this will add a bit of pizzazz to our blog so I hope you decide to join and comment. Some of you have joined already so you will not need to rejoin. Also, let me know what you think about the changes.

Monday, March 24, 2014

It is a sign...

Like the first robin appearing up north the appearance of 1015 onions down south is a surefire way to know it is Spring. I used to think that 1015 onions were connected by name to the highway that leads into Mexico but that is not the case. They are named 10/15 because that is the date they are planted.  Thanks go to Jerry Burton. I snipped his photo from Facebook.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Service at Magnolia

Well Pastor Stacey has gotten back from visiting his father back east and was ready to bring the teaching from the Word of God to the  people... I know that he was excited to be able to visit his father and spend some quality time with him, but we sure missed him....Tina has brought the teaching the last two weeks to us...She has brought a teaching from the Book of Job...She told us of how she has studied how the wife of Job was one of her favorite people in the Bible...She has done a great job bringing a different light on the Book of Job for us..

Pastor Stacey brought us a teaching today with the theme of " Counting our Blessings"....Pastor used several different passages to emphasise the importance of how must we should all count our blessings and thank God for all that he has done for us....Many times we tend to think that we ourselves have accomplished the things that are in our lives, but we need to just think about that for a while and realize that without Gods help we would never be where we are or have much of the blessings that we have...Remember to pray for all the sick that you hear of and for all the ones on the road for there are many now traveling back home for the summer...Also pray for any that come to mind as they may need a prayer at that time...God Bless All....See you in Church next week....

Companion Gardening Chart

The gardeners among you may find this chart very helpful. You can thank Janice Cooke.

Cactus Bloom on Magnolia Street

This cactus bloom can be found at Marge Scott's place on Magnolia street. Stop by and admire this beautiful bloom.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last Steak Fry of the season

Getting Squirrely

This picture was taken on one of the first sunny mornings we had enjoyed for a long time.  I would title it, "Squirrels in Sunlight"
Little Bandito!
Speaking of squirrels...Before the
 steak fry Thursday evening, Bill Stilson was in a hurry. He left his pecan sample container on his patio table. He did have the lid on it but failed to put it his storage shed. His neighbor Joe was sitting on his patio and he sees a squirrel with a plastic container in his mouth headed up the tree behind Bill and Kay's place! Halfway up the squirrel dropped it but he came down, retrieved it and headed back up the tree, successfully this time. How he got the lid off no one knows but somehow he did and then enjoyed a feast. The picture above just shows him munching away but in the two below you can plainly see Bill's container and the blue lid.

Secure your southern home

I visited with Jackie Dobson about what she does to secure their mobile home. They are on the back road where many break-ins have occurred over the summer. Their place was left untouched.
What they do is basically make their place look lived in with motion lights, solar lights, radios and timers set to different times for things to go off and on. They do not put reflective stuff in their windows but they do close the blinds so they can see out but no one can see inside. They place lawn chairs they do not care if they lose on their patio as well as a decorative windmill. They put a radio on a timer in their storage shed. They feel the $9.00 a month this costs them is worth it.
Also the gates were entered in the back by the burglars taking loose the hinge pin side and swinging it back making the locked gate useless. By putting one hinge pin up and one hinge pin down they are then unable to loosen and move it. That alone would be very helpful.
Bottom line- make it look lived in as much as you possibly can.
Thanks, Jackie for these very useful tips.

In talking to my son on this issue he said they were told at his workplace that putting alarm stickers on the windows was one of the biggest deterrents. Burglars, if given a choice, will pick an easier target.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grams and Gramps!!

Need an idea for a different kind of Easter Egg Hunt?

Another experiment!

We snipped a wayward branch from Betty Lewis's rose garden on our walk this morning.  (thanks, Betty)  Jim drilled a hole in a potato and I stuck the end of the branch inside the potato.  We planted it... this is supposed to grow roots and the potato gives nourishment to the new cutting.  I put a glass jar over it to keep moisture inside.   Now to see what happens!   We planted 2 more,  1 in another white potato and 1 in a sweet potato.   This should be interesting.  If nothing else happens, I might get more potatoes!!  We will be here another month to watch for rose or potato growth.

 It sure helps to have a nice fella to dig the hole!

Spring Gardening with Diapers!

 I know many of us are anxious to get our hands in the dirt. Some more than others! I ran across this tip and thought you might like to have a way of keeping those potted plants looking good all summer.

Pinner wrote: When I was in the Master Gardener program we used the water crystals in planters and I knew it was the same thing in diapers, but it never crossed my mind to put a diaper in the bottom of one. Someone else said, "The trick to amazing potted plants - diapers. I did this in my hanging baskets last year and they rocked all season."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Runza Casserole-requested

Recipe:     Runza Casserole        11/9/2013

     2 lb Hamburger
     2    Onion,Finely Chopped
     4 C. Cabbage,Shredded
          Salt & Pepper to taste
     2 cans   Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
     1 lb Mozzarella Cheese,Shredded

[Note: One of my standby recipes. One that Butch is always happy to
see on the  table. ]

Brown hamburger and onion, drain. Put cabbage on top of meat and let
steam for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper. Using one tube, spread
the crescent roll pieces over bottom of a 9x 13 inch pan. Spread
hamburger/cabbage mixture on top. Add layer of cheese. Using the second
tube of crescents, place on top of cheese. Bake in 350 F. degree
oven for 35 to 40 minutes, covering with foil the last 10 minutes to

soften the crust

Last Friday 25 of us went to Brownsville for a Shrimp boat tour.  Picture on the left is Tiger Shrimp;  a rough shrimp that is not a good thing to be getting started.  They are huge and may overtake the shrimp beds.  Below is a picture of the shrimp samples that were boiled for us---yummm.  The bottom picture is a group picture.  We all had a good time and the tour was very interesting, we would go again!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Autumn Apple Salad Recipe

Janice Cooke provided us with the recipe used for Craft treats today. We wanted MORE! It was very tasty They tinted it green in honor of St Pat's Day.  Janice's sister-in-laws served with her, Karen Steil and Linda Kraft. I think both sis-in-laws were back there but to be honest I was not paying enough attention. Please accept my apologies.
Autumn Apple Salad Recipe

Autumn Apple Salad Recipe
 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained

2/3 cup sugar

1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 cup diced unpeeled apples

1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup whipped topping

Lettuce leaves



  1. In a saucepan, combine pineapple and sugar; bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Add cream cheese; stir until mixture is thoroughly combined. Cool.
  2. Fold in apples, nuts, celery and whipped topping. Pour into a 9-in. square baking pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve on lettuce leaves. Yield: 9-12 servings

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 219 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Rugs of Yarn

Doris Nelson is crocheting her red rug.

And Dorral Guzman has a very large ball of yarn to put into her rug.
A long way to go and a short time to get there!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bougainvillea Takeover

May Gehman suggested I look at their tree. As you can see in the first picture the vines from the bougainvillea have extended upwards into the tree.
I have circled the bougainvillea bloom.
And this is a close up of the bloom.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In the Pink

The pool league guys were deciding on which color shirt was the order of the day for their last event. Butch was giving Tuffy a hard time about his indecision and then he asked what color shorts and Tuffy said, "Pink!" Tuffy didn't know that Butch has some pink shorts!

Butch received much tado over his shorts all day. I told him to tell everyone he was comfortable in his 'femininity'! They were a bargain!!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

From Donna Stevens (Ed and Eleanor Piche's daughter)

Hi Barb and Magnolia Family
Mom and dad were visiting us in Thunder Bay this week.  Both are doing very well, although I’m sure they could do without the endless amount of snow and the cold.  I think they may have missed winter somewhat because they have both been keeping busy going to their great grandsons hockey games and babysitting their grand dogs when the rest of the family is out of town at hockey tournaments.  It is warming up here and we know that winter will come to an end.  Take care!
Donna & Kent Stevens 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

From Pat Brenn

Pat says:
" I will use this means to thank those responsible for including Don's name, even tho we haven't been in the park for years.  I have many good memories of our time there.  Because of Don's health we had to stop coming down.  Our family misses him very much.  And I remember you fondly for helping me get my laptop set up. Sincerely, Pat  "

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

8 Ball Men's Doubles Winners

Don Louks and Butch Brooker placed 3rd in the 8 ball men's doubles tournament held at Fast Eddies in McAllen.

Shirley A. Hare Obituary

Shirley A. Hare

Shirley Hare, age 75, from Madison, South Dakota died on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Madison. Visitation with a time of Prayer will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 27th 2014 at Randall Funeral Home in Madison. Private family burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Wentworth, South Dakota. 

Shirley Ann Shaver was born March 2, 1938 at Madison, SD. The daughter of Floyd C. "Shorty" and Imogene (Sterling) Shaver, she grew up on the family farm near Franklin, SD where she attended school and graduated from Franklin High School in 1956. Shirley was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Hare on June 4, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Madison. She farmed with her husband Bob and raised their family on the Hare homestead on the north shore of Lake Madison. In addition to farming, she worked many hours at the family's other business venture renting property to many people over the years on their lake shore property. She also worked at Chaffins, the State Cafe, Burg's Bootery, Madison Livestock Auction Company, and for Doctor's S.J. Christiansen and Doug Caron at Dakota Chiropractic. 

Above all else, Shirley was a devoted wife, mom, grandmother, daughter and sister. In other words her family was her life. Her special place was on the farm on Lake Madison. Over the years Bob and Shirley grew close to the many friends her children brought home and to the seasonal flurry on tenants at the lake. Shirley spent the last several years in The Inn On Westport, Sioux Falls, and most recently at Golden Living Center in Madison due to dementia. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: Robert "Bob" Hare, Wentworth; children: Renee Grayson, Sioux Falls; Rod Hare, Dave (Sara) Hare, Eric (Pam) Hare all of Wentworth; grandchildren: Bob (Becky) Bessman, Becky Bessman, Katie Hare, Kelsey Hare, Tyler Hare, Laura Hare, Ashley Hare and Blaine Hare, and special nephews, Rick (Carol) Shaver, Randy (Kris) Shaver and Dan Shaver. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Floyd C. "Bud" and Sharon (Rentz) Shaver.

These are the people that Bill and Kay Stilson purchased their trailer from.

Magnolia Senior Association Annual Meeting

Our March meeting always includes the election. Our slate of officers and board members for the following year is:

President- Larry Ergen
Vice President-Mary Bruun
Treasurer- Char Wolfrom
Secretary- Irma Johnson
Board- 3 year-George Morgan
          2 years remaining-Ron Pearce
          1 year remaining- Dorral Guzman

Memorial Service 2014

The memorial service is held each Spring honoring those who we have had the pleasure of knowing in Magnolia Park who have passed away in the past year. Today the memorial committee of Blanche Tschetter, Leslie Cleaveland and Marty Tank did a superb job of honoring our friends who have passed.

Here is the list from the past year.

Phyllis Neudorf...  2/28/1930-3/22/2013
Don Stephens ...12/27/1925-4/1/2013
Lois Terryn... 7/1/1929-4/17/2013
Suzanne Stoner ...6/21/1947-4/23/2013
Paul E. "Skip" Holstrom...11/6/1929-4/25/2013
Don Brenn...4/3/1932-5/21/2013
Dick Hannewald...8/6/1921-5/31/2013
Joan Kent...6/1/1926-6/4/2013
Bill Saubert...1/20/1931-7/4/2013
Ray Vanderlinden ...7/18/1925-7/5/2013
Tom Stinar...2/28/1928-8/27/2013
Weyland Hvam...3/16/1931-9/10/2013
Bea Gilbertson...?/?/ 1919-9/16/2013
Bob Toomire...3/21/1934-10/2/2013
Dale Cooklin...3/1/1928-10/14/2013
Herb Jones...10/19/1924-10/31/2013
Don Soole...12/26/1935-12/5/2013
Barney Blaeser...12/25/1923-12/23/2013
Gary Hearl...9/12/1946-1/2/2014
Edna Skuza...11/18/1922-2/18/2014

Craft Luncheon 2014

Lili is snapping photos at the annual Craft Luncheon at Martha's located on Val Verde road. They accommodated all of us in a timely manner and the food was tasty too.

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