Saturday, February 28, 2015

Scotch Double winners-2015

1st place men-Chet Johnson
1st place women-Deon Spangler

Deon and Chet have the trophy.
from Left Darlene Jansen,4th-Carol Kapke,2nd-Chris Sjoblom,4th-Dorral Guzman,3rd-Don Ferrell,2nd-Karl Kapke,3rd

Tom and Judy Lowary's grandson Zach performs "Who I'd Be"

From Shrek

Port of Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville pictures are on the brooker Blog found at

Killer Bee's (ice hockey) Group

Leroy and Elaine Misfeldt sent this picture of them having a good time at the Killer Bee's ice hockey game with a group of their Magnolia friends

Friday, February 27, 2015

Must be Wednesday

I stopped in Allen Hall last Wednesday to talk to Mary Bruun about a favor for me. I needed a new cord in some winter PJ's that I had left in the motorhome during the warmer summer months in Iowa. The elastic went all crinkly and I knew Mary would have a solution to my problem.While there, I found a cheerful group of women putting work in on quilts for the children at Runn Elementary 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tulips! by Kay Voss


I brought some tulip bulbs down with us; kept them in our refrigerator for a month.  Finally planted them in front and now have 2 white ones blooming.   I planted 5....1 came up red, but never grew a stem (?) and did not amount to much.  2 apparently died, so here are the white ones.  Sorry about the "past their prime" picture, but we were gone for 4 days, so of course I missed the best blooms!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

FYI for 55+ Parks

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Younger than 55? You can still stay at a "55+" RV park

If you are younger than 55, you can still stay at an RV park that advertises itself as "55+." You don't really need to be 55 or older.

A federal law says that if a park wants to call itself 55+ it must not rent more than 20 percent of its spaces to people younger than 55. So should someone show up younger than that, the park management can accept them, provided the park is still below the 20 percent "young people" occupancy limit. But they have the right to turn them away if they choose.

"We're a don't tell, don't ask park," one 55+ park owner told me, which was her way of saying "we can take anybody." But what she did not say is that the main reason a park would turn away people younger than 55 would be if they had kids along.

Their residenets don't want kids around. They don't want them riding their bikes, screaming or otherwise making noise. "These snowbirds would rather be around snakes than kids," a friend in the RV industry told me.

So instead of advertising "no kids" on its sign, a park says "55+."

You find these parks mostly in snowbird areas like Arizona. You seldom see them elsewhere.

When I was younger I once got turned away at a 55+ park. I was probably around 40. I didn't have any kids with me. But I did have an old, ugly motorhome, so maybe that was the reason. Whatever the case, I was not allowed to stay and that made me mad.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

One of my best...

for the year.
Taken at South Padre Birding and Nature Center.
Pure happenstance.

Valentine Dancers

Bonnie and Fred

Patti and Eldon

Jan and Joe

Thelma and Dave

Linda and Joe

Black Bean Dip

Kay Stilson's Black Bean Dip
1 can Black beans (rinsed & drained)
1/2 Cup salsa
2 Tablespoons Cilantro
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
2 Tablespoons Lime juice (I used only 1 Tablespoon)
Blend in food processor    Serve warm with chips
Note: I added fresh minced onion & garlic

Bill and Kay went to a new to them restaurant and were offered a black bean dip and they both really liked it. This is Kay's attempt at duplication and she feels it is close.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Senior Olympic Winners

Don Louks and Butch Brooker 3rd place -Pool

  Bob Stavrum and Leo Tschetter 3rd place-Darts

Bruce Scott and Don Harper 4th place-Bowling

 Mary Bruun and Goldie Scott 4th place-Bean Bags

 Myron Van Houweling and Don Knorr 4th place- 500 cards

Myron and Don showed me their better side. Really, we needed a pic of our great shirts. Classy, huh?

Valentines info

It took some time to get the pictures the way I wanted them so you will now want to look at the post before this one as it has more added to it. I think they all turned out well. I have stopped getting prints automatically so if you would like some prints of your picture let me know. There are several ways it can be done. I can place it on a thumb drive for you and then you can take it to a place that develops photos and get as many as you want. I can also send it in an email.
And remember, if you want to see the pictures larger click on them to make them larger and your computer will help you out.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Service at Magnolia

It was a great day to come to Magnolia and have service and to fellowship with others in the teaching of the Word of God... We had a good group of worshipers today of close to 60 in attendance... Today Pastor Stacey brought the teaching from the Book of John, Chapter 13 starting from verse 1 thru verse 17 with the theme of " Love "....This is a teaching that shows that Jesus teaching the disciples that we should always treat others with love and be willing to aid, help and love all with the same respect and care...This lesson is one that is hard to sometimes carry out for most of us at some time or other, but we must always try to remember that Jesus loved and died to rise again for all the world, because he loves us.....Please study this lesson for yourselves as it has great meaning for our lives....

Don't forget to pray for all the sick that you hear of ...Many people don't realize just how powerful prayer is, but know that God is listening for us to pray...See you in church next week.....GOD BLESS ALL......

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ropa Usada (Used Clothing)

When people up north discard their used clothing it can and often does filter its way to South Texas and into big warehouses where it gets sorted and sold for pennies per pound. Many Winter Texans go on treasure hunts in different Ropa Usada warehouses. It is a different form of "American Pickers" if you are familiar with that show.
I purchased a leather coat (yes, real leather), a golf sweater and two princess dresses for $2. It runs at 45 cents per pound, 35 cents if you are a Winter Texan.
Here are a few pictures of the pile of clothing getting sorted at Leo's Clothing.

 Below they had released a new bale and the pouncing begins!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

At the Bluegrass Grass Jam

Every Monday afternoon from 4-6 there is a free bluegrass jam in Allen Hall. Yesterday Joyce was giving manicures and Butch jokingly said he wanted his nails done. So Joyce obliged. She said when he is playing pool today someone is going to say, "Who is that guy with the shiny nails?"

App of the Week

Check out our App of the Week, as recommended by GeeksOnTour:
See the road with Google Maps Street View
You know about Google Maps Street View right? That's where the little Google car with the 360-degree camera on top drives down the road taking photos as it goes. The result is added to Google maps so you can feel like you're actually there, not just looking at a map. What you may not know is how to see that view using your smartphone or tablet.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sunday Service at Magnolia

At last the weather is warming up again in deep south Texas and I think we are all ready for it... Today was a beautiful day to come to church at Magnolia to hear the Word of God being taught and studied...We did have a few members that were not with us today because of colds and other sicknesses so we need to pray for healing for all that were missing and protection for the ones that were in attendance....

For to days teaching Pastor Stacey brought the message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 5, starting with verse 17 with the theme of "Faith and Prayer"...This tells of when Jesus was teaching with many Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by listening...A group of men brought a man that had palsy and tried to get in to see Jesus, but couldn't because of the multitude, so they went up on the roof and tore a hole in it and lowered the man before Jesus... When Jesus saw their faith, he said "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee and the scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying who is this that speaks blasphemies....This is a great lesson that teaches and shows that Jesus is the Son of God and has power to forgive sins...After this Jesus told the man to take up his mat and go home, which he did glorifying God all the way....This shows the power of being faithful...We must always strive to be faithful and remain in constant prayer on the matters  of our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters....Remember that God Loves us all...You must read the lesson for yourselves and study to grasp the power of God's Word...

Remember to pray for all the sick that you hear of and for any you may think of during the week ahead....See you in Church next week....GOD BLESS All......


I am sorry that I have not taken care and made certain our readers and followers had something interesting to read about Magnolia Park. So today I am checking my candid photos to see if there is something worthy of posting.

 Aha, I ran across one! Joyce is giving Jay a trim. This is a happening in various places around the park including ours

Daigle's Duo- Myra and Mira

Garage Sale Photos
The garage sale was a success. It has been quite a while since I have seen so many shoppers in Allen Hall on garage sale Saturday.
                                 Linda Bleess and Pat Hahn
                       And below is Geneva towards the end of the event taking a break.
 Mary and Shirley ask Lillian what she might like.
 And here we have a group you often see in the same place-From the left is Char Nigh, Vera Salmon, May and Al Gehman.
 Chris Pearce had a table of her craftings. The Baby Doll Purse and the Pop-top purses are both popular items

 And here is another group that can frequently be seen in the same location.
Hollie, Tom, Judy, and Erv.

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