Saturday, May 30, 2015

Marion French

Dorral received a phone call from Alan French and he told me our friend Marion has brain cancer. Can say no more was very hard for Alan to talk. Please send your prayers her way.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Floyd Foote passed

Obituary will be added later

  • Lindstrom Funeral Home
  • Riceville Iowa

Floyd Foote

Birth date: April 16, 1913
Death date: May 28, 2015

Floyd was born April 16, 1913 in Howard County to William and Ella (Kleiboer) Foote. Floyd married the love of his life, Eva May Nicoll in Logansport, Indiana on February, 20, 1937. Together they farmed their entire lives until 1978. At age 18 Floyd started hauling cream with a horse and sleigh, he continued to haul cream and milk until 1972. In 1939 he bought a new John Deere A tractor that was his pride and joy for many years, the tractor is still in the family. In his spare time Floyd enjoyed following boxing and high school wrestling. Floyd and Eva wintered in Donna, Texas for 37 years and returned to the family farm to live every summer until entering the Cresco Care Center in September of 2011.

Floyd is survived by four children: Elinor Taylor of Ionia, IA, Roger (Donna) Foote of Lime Springs, IA, Connie (Roger) Ihrke of Elgin, MN and David (Vickie) Foote of Fate, TX; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren. Floyd was preceded in death by his wife Eva in 2012, a son-in-law, Rod Taylor, a daughter-in-law, Carol Foote; a brother Howard Foote and a sister, Morna Lewis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Lime Springs United Methodist Church.

10:00 am on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Lime Springs United Methodist Church.

11:00 am on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Lime Springs United Methodist Church.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lime Springs followed by a luncheon at the Lime Springs Community Center.

DYI Bike rack For RV Ladder

RVing Tip of the Day
Nifty do-it-yourself bike rack saves money
by Jim Twamley
No need to spend wads of cash for a commercial bike rack for your rig. My friend Ed Grabman used a little imagination and made this bike rack out of some 2 x 4s, bolts and screw-in hooks. 
Simply cut two pieces of 2 x 4 that will span your roof-access ladder. Temporarily screw them together and drill two holes that will match the diameter of your ladder sides. Also, make sure you drill the holes so they match the width of the ladder sides.
Lay the boards down and drill two holes for the retaining bolts and two holes for the retaining hooks. Make sure the holes for the retaining hooks are smaller than the diameter of the retaining hook screws so they will fit snugly. Remove the temporary retaining screws and paint or treat the wood so it will resist weathering. 
Next, assemble the pieces on the ladder. I would mount the rack on top of a ladder rung to prevent it from sliding down. Screw in the hooks and hang up the bike. Secure the bike with bungee cords, straps, ropes or a combination of these. Be sure to tie off the front wheel to prevent the handlebars from flopping around and gouging or scratching your RV. As an alternative, you could make two of these ladder mounts and hang your bike vertically. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RVing Tip of the Day

RVing Tip of the Day
Looking for deals? Check out the visitors bureau
by Bob Difley
When you're traveling by RV, you cover a lot of ground — and you can spend a lot of money. Who doesn't want a discount now and then to ease the wallet? Nearly all area attractions at one time or another offer either discounts, free days, two-for-ones or other incentives. How can you take advantage of them?
Always check at every tourist bureau and visitor information location you find and ask about your specific interests — as well as some things you may not have an interest in at present and yet you may find interesting and entertaining.
The city of San Diego, for instance, sells a Balboa Park Museum Pass that is good for a week and offers admission to 17 museums in the park. With this pass, you could visit museums that you might not otherwise choose to, and surprise yourself with the enjoyment of it. 
Many restaurants offer early diner, senior, or two-for-one discounts. Ask the attendant for coupons. If an attraction offers a deal, the tourist bureaus and visitor centers will have the information — and the discount coupons — so these are must-stops. Check for senior and off-season discounts, as well.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


My friend Donna from Rio Valley Estates posted this picture of the storms ya'all been having in the RGV and I loved this one in particular because it looks like a person curtsying. If you want to keep up with Donna and her blog, it is among the list under "LINKS" on the left-hand side of this blog. Many of our Magnolia family keep up with her because she posts what is happening all year long and it keeps us all in the know. Thanks, Donna!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Looks Funny

From Linda Kraft: "picture of tree removed at corner of Pecos and Magnolia.  It looks so different without that big tree there! "

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Vera S. sent this site

I thought these pictures were amazing given they are ~75 years old. They are so clear and vibrant one would think they were recently taken. Amazing. I loved them all.

Real Americana!

Erma Cleaveland will be 97!

On May 12th Erma Cleaveland will be 97 and she sure would like to hear from her Magnolia friends. It would be nice if we could give her a small flood of greetings!

Her address is:
Erma Cleaveland
737 N Highway, 
Oakland, IA 51560

Roadrunner RV Park in Oklahoma City after the storm

This park is located very near Interstates 35 and 44. Many of us Snowbirds go through this area every Spring and Fall. This is a tornado-prone area. One suggestion from a Facebook RV Tips section is to get in your truck/car and fasten your seat belt if you find that you are out of time to get somewhere safe.
That would be a very bumpy ride, but then the Oklahoma roads are similar.

Storing inkjet cartridges

This question comes up on occasion so when I saw this tip I decided to pass it on. The computer lady is from a website She has been a source of info for me for many years.

Dear Computer Lady,
I want to know how to preserve my cartridges if I leave for six
months from my desert home.
Thanks, Dee
Dear Dee,
There is nothing more frustrating than finding your expensive
inkjet cartridge have dried out and are no longer working.
If you can afford it, I would suggest that you get a laser printer.
The toner is not liquid based, and won't dry out over time like
inkjet cartridges. 
In the meantime, I did a little research and found lots of
information about storing your cartridges. Lots of people suggest
things like wrapping the cartridge in damp paper towels and sealing
in a zip lock bag, but touching the metal on the cartridge and
leaving them wrapped in a damp paper towel seems like it could cause
HP has directions for storing cartridges on their website at:
HP says to store the cartridges with the nozzles up in a plastic tub
with an airtight lid. Don't allow anything to touch the cartridge
Put a damp cloth next to, but not touching the cartridges, and seal
the container.
I would add that it wouldn't hurt to put that container in your
refrigerator while you are gone.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Kenneth Sikes Passed

Kenneth Sikes lived on Cherry Street in Magnolia Park. He was found dead in his RV last Wednesday, April 27th.

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