This blogs sole purpose has transitioned to one of keeping in touch with each other. Over the years it has been primarily for letting everyone know what is happening and also for promotion to add more folks to our Winter Texan family. The core of things has changed and we must change along with it. We still want to know what is happening with our friends no matter where they may be located. So continue to let us know where you are and what is on your plate.
I asked Kay V. about her canning jars and she was kind enough to answer me. I am sure there are people out there who will find it interesting so here is her answer.
Ha. Well when we leave for Tx in the fall, I usually have canned at least 800 to 1000 jars of food. Some is dehydrated and I do not count the freezers. Probably another 500 jars that are empty. This all includes what our 2 girls take and what is stored in Tx. Jim stacks boxes of jars in the barn and in the garage....we brought 7 boxes of empties home from Tx and there are 3 big boxes still there.
Jim also bought pressure canners at auctions....we have 30! I finally put my foot down....we have all sizes and styles. Most are WW2 era, they are the heavy ones. Victory gardens were important, so the government let canners be made....other items were rationed during the war.
I use 2 that hold 21 pints each. One is my mom's. The rest line shelves in the garage. Neither daughter has much interest in canning, but 15 yr old granddaughter has learned and enjoys her own "basement grocery". Kay
"Mom will be 90 this year, so let's get together to celebrate with her. She did say she doesn't need a party, but she's not going to get away with no celebration at all, so we are just calling it a special bingo day. We will have a light lunch and there will be a dj (who has a volume control) Come help us celebrate Mom's 90th. I don't have facebook names for everyone, so please, if you do, please invite them."
I am back on my good internet connection so doing a bit of catching up. I will be relying on all of you to send me items to post on the Magnolia blog. Keeping up this one and my personal one is more of a challenge when we are in our Iowa home.
Below are two baby Kiskadee's. These are the little tikes born in that cactus home on Texas street. I was privileged to see their first experiences with water. They took turns skimming the top of the pool and it did not take them long to be proficient. The cactus nest remained empty from this day forward.
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Obituary Michael Lee Key, age 71 entered into rest April 13, 2017 at his Festus residence. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator at Millstone Banger and was a member of US National Guards; he enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Born May 4, 1945, in St Louis, Missouri, to the late William and Mabel (Gillam) Key.
Survived by his family which includes his wife: Dorothy "Dottie" (Ware) Key; sons; Michael (Anita) Key of Park Hills, MO, Matt Key of Fulton, MO, Jason Key of FL and Donald Hurtgen of Dittmer, MO; daughters: Lisa Key of Fulton, MO, Shelly Key of Cape Girardeau, MO, Jessica Key of FL, Pamela Hurtgen of Festus, MO and Debbie Redwine of Festus, MO; brothers: Frank (Gensey) Key of FL and Edward (Pam) Key of Festus, MO; sister: Ruth Ann Meyer of Festus, MO; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son-in-law: Mark Redwine; brother-in-laws: Frank Meyer and Paul Sperry; and great grandson: Oliver Caldwell.
Kiskadee's have taken up residence in a cactus. From all the activity my guess is they are feeding babies.
Bird of Paradise-above Kiskadee-below
Great Kiskadees are a treat for bird watchers who visit south Texas—and the birds won’t keep you waiting. They’re boisterous in both attitude and color: a black bandit’s mask, a yellow belly, and flashes of warm reddish-brown when they fly. Kiskadees sit out in the open and attract attention with incessant kis-ka-dee calls and sallying flights. Despite their small U.S. range, this is one of the most widespread flycatchers in the Western Hemisphere.
Butch's cousin Dick Jorgensen and his wife Joann came to South Texas for the first time. It was such a great time for them to come here as we had all the time in the world to show them around. It gets hectic during the season so this worked out extremely well. Joann had a bout of "Travelers Disease" but once she recovered we resumed our tours.
Here are some photos of the past few days.
Carmen's cat, over on Aspen, would often be out when I would walk by. I think this is probably the most unusual looking cat I've ever seen and really enjoyed meeting up with it. Sometimes Carmen will take it for a walk in a stroller and I don't know who enjoys that more, Carmen or the cat.
Madison Elwood Walker, 92, of Macon, formerly of Mexico, died at 4:30 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Keeling officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until service time. Burial with Military Honors will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Walker was born on August 8, 1924 in Toledo, Ill. His parents were Berle and Effie Herren. On October 5, 1944, in Mexico, he married Dorothy Davidson who preceded him in death on May 25, 1984. On July 23, 1996, in Mexico, he married Joann Jennings who preceded him in death on April 26, 1998.
Madison graduated from High School in Stoutsville. He was a veteran having served in the US Army during World War II. He had worked several places including Oliver Trucking, Holsum Bakery, A.P. Green, A.B. Chance, and for the City of Mexico.
He was a member of Centennial Baptist Church, Lions Club, Moose Lodge, and Mexico VFW Post.
Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Ratliff and husband Cliff, of Shelbina; one brother, Bob Herren and wife Mary Lou, of Peculiar, Mo.; three sisters, Betty White and husband Jerry, of Moore, OK, Jean Stoy, of Wellington, KS, and Moeta Escareno, of Eureka, KS; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren.
In addition to both wives he was preceded in death by one daughter, Dorita Donaldson; two brothers, Bill and Morris Herren, one sister, Doris McCarty, and one great grandson, Bryson Jones.
This is a porch kitty stray that was rescued by Kathy Ferrell and transported to Wisconsin. She was in danger of losing her life and now she is alive and well and enjoying her Wisconsin home. Peggy and I called her Portia.