Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Busiest week of the season

The busiest week of the season is coming up:
Tonight is Bingo
Thursday is cribbage in the afternoon, then potluck followed by a dance.
Friday is getting ready for the garage sale
Saturday is Garage sale and Bingo in the evening
Sunday is Show and Tell in the afternoon followed by the Ropa Style and Talent Show
Monday is Association Meeting followed by the annual election,
Tuesday is back to normal with the coffee hour at 9:30 AM

I know there are events I have overlooked such as cards and pool, however, I am working on my memory and we all know how that can fail. By Tuesday many people will be ready for a nap. Everyone pitches in when the need arises and it will be very necessary this week.

Let me know about errors, please.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What color is a giraffes tongue?

That was one of the trivia questions last Sunday night so imagine my surprise when I saw this picture on Facebook of Bill Brooker's daughter in law Pam Brooker feeding a giraffe.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 25th Trivia Champs

Trivia is gaining in popularity each week. Sunday night we had 6 teams who participated in much conversation and laughter. This week's winners were Team 69 and holding in 1st place followed closely by Team Duck, Duck, Goose.

Team 69 and holding

Do you know the answer to this question? John F. Kennedy was one of how many children?
Join us for trivia at the next games on March 11th, Sunday at 6:00 pm in Allen Hall. For the answer ask one of the members of the 6 trivia teams. I bet they know it now.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Strong passwords made easy

I have used lastpass for years as a password But just like the article below, I know most of you will not do that even though it is becoming a greater issue than ever before. The article gives you options and tips despite not using a password app.
So read up, my friends and try to protect yourself as best you can. *Barb*

Strong Passwords Made Easy
We have preached and preached about using a good password manager like LastPass (or pick any good password manager) to create and manage passwords,. But we have finally realized that many of you are still not using a password manager and you’re never going to.

But we can’t begin to tell you how important it is that you use strong passwords and never reuse passwords on any site that deals with money or sensitive information (Social Security number, credit card numbers, etc.).

We have been around the computer world for a long time, so we know exactly why so many of you use simple passwords like sandyb1831 or reggie48… and we know why you use the same passwords over and over. Why? Because you can’t remember strong complex passwords and it’s a pain in the neck when you can’t log in to sites because you can’t remember your passwords. (These are all good reasons you should use a password manager like LastPass! )

So, for those of you who don’t want to use a password manager, here are some tips on creating easy-to-remember, but strong and complex passwords from your old uncle TC and auntie EB.

Let’s say your favorite movie is Gone With the Wind.  You can make a strong password from that, you know?


That’s one way to do it. Notice the E’s are 3’s and the capital I in WITH is actually a lower case L. And the asterisk at the end adds a symbol to create a very secure password. According to  it would take a hacker 4 quadrillion years to crack that password. That’s longer than even EB is going to be around.

Or “Gone With the Wind” fans, try this one:


It would take a computer about 4 UNDECILLION YEARS to crack that password.

What if your wife has nice eyes? And her name is Meg?


You are in luck. Even though that password is fairly short, it would take 400 years for a computer to crack that password.

Or what about your license plate, last 4 digits of your cell number and your first name. You can remember those things, right?


His Nebraska license plate is OU812, the last 4 digits of his phone number is 4419 and his name is Dan. As you can see we used asterisks to separate them and the @ sign for the a in Dan. Oh so clever!  And Dan, you’re pretty safe… according to it would take a computer one trillion years to crack that one.

OK… now we’ve given you some ideas on how to create some pretty strong passwords that are easy to remember and almost impossible to hack. If you don’t want to use a password manager like LastPass, at least put our easy-to-use password tips to good use! After all, it’s for your own safety.

Let’s see what I can do with Darcy’s name…


429 billion years to crack that one, EB!

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Guest Stacy at Exercise class with Aunt Pat

Virginia waiting for Exercise Class to begin

 Front-Mary, Carmen, and Reggie. Back -Pat, Audrey, Marianne, Lavon and Mariane's daughter

And the shuffler's they are shuffling.
Dave, Keith, Mike

Mary, George

Shirley teaching guest Darren

A thrasher thrashing on the Gordon's roof.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Patriotic event 2018

Each year we recognize our veterans with a song, celebration, and a flag ceremony. These are the photos I took at this year's event.

Deon is trying to get Chorale group organized...
                           And she does!

Nelson Zoet

The people standing are veterans.


Veterans from our sister park Shady Acres came over for our event.

Mike Jordan, Marine.

  Don Knorr

 Fred Rabe


 Flag folding

Presenting a lap quilt, made by our resident quilters, to our oldest veteran Mel Stavrum, 93.

Ken Pavelka, a veteran, plays Taps for the last part of the celebration.

"Pancho" otherwise Tom Rietveld

Tom celebrated his birthday in Mexico.

Paint Class

Pat Jordan

Patti Reddick

Susan Van Howeling

Monday, February 19, 2018

Donald E. Mueller Obituary

Donald E. Mueller, 88, of Clinton, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Stephenson Nursing Center - Freeport, Illinois.
Funeral Services will be 4:00pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Visitation will be from 1:00pm at the service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Chris, Melissa and Jimmy Lundquist, Kyle Kennedy, Kenny and Mike Mueller, Jason and Joshua Mueller. Burial will be at a later date in the Springdale Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at
Donald E. Mueller was born on November 13, 1929 the child of Helen (Jamison) Mueller Brondyke. He was a 1949 graduate of Fulton High School. He later enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 until being discharged in 1953. He married Vivian Pearson on September 2, 1949 in Clinton; she died August 5, 2004.
Don was a custodian at Harding Elementary School for 18 years before retiring in 1998. He also farmed in Albany. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed spending time outdoors especially camping, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed going out to eat and spending winters in Texas.
Don is survived by two sons: David (Jenny) Mueller of Clinton, and Robert (Marilee) Mueller of Clinton; two daughters: Jane (Matt) Lundquist of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, and Karen Mueller of Clinton; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a special friend: Edith Bauer of Stockton, Illinois, two half-sisters: Jane VanZuiden of Morrison, and Beverly Vite of Racine, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one half-brother.
Memorials can be made to the family.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Blast from the past

This is a post from February 15, 2008 and a mock wedding was part of the fun for Valentine's day. I was looking for something else and ran across it and decided to post a blast from the past. Notice his 7 carrot necklace! Click on the link above.

I tried to "improve" the picture. Photographic technology has come a very long way in 10 years!!
Here is my feeble attempt. There was no fixing it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


William Florian formerly of the 60's group The New Christy Minstrels.

William told us he will be touring the Midwest this summer. We are so lucky to have such talented entertainers here in the RGV at a fraction of the cost when they tour up north in the summer.

Marty Tank sings along with every song.

Evie, sister of Larry and Duane Ergen is also a talented singer and she joined William in a song or two.

Beautiful day in the Village

Bill stopped by to say "Hi" to Roy as he was working on his flower beds.

Notice the pattern in the street? It looks like the feathers of a bird to me. There have been some work vehicles in the park working on street repair and I sure this was made by their tires.

Here come Randy and Myron giving Indie a run. Daisy was in the cart. Note the building in the background? It actually is much further away than it looks. Must have been my camera settings.
Indie loves this run.

And pictured here is Jack Kraft, the cutest of puppies. Jack will be undergoing surgery sometime next week. He will never be a father.

Wingerts have a very different looking handrail. I thought some of you might like the idea.

And one thing we know about Kay is that she likes to bake and she does a great deal of it for various park events. She is living proof you do not need a big space to cook. I am sure there are cribbage players on Thursday that wouldn't miss it because of Kay's cookies.

This mornings walk...

Peggy and I started on our 10:00 am walk and I stepped into the pool hall where the guys are getting lessons from the master in covering pool tables in the most professional way. Don Louks is the master. Magnolia has the reputation of having the finest pool tables in the valley and that is not a joke. It is, however, an honor the guys would like to ensure for the future. Seated in the foreground is Don Louks and from left to right around him is Jim Spangler, Don Farrell, Dick Cleveland and Butch Brooker. Jim Rader was in on it the day before. I sure hope I didn't miss anyone.

 This what a pool table looks like when it is naked.

Shenanigans in the pool hall

Dick C. giving Edna N. advice on how to play her hand. I didn't recognize Dick right off because of his new headgear.

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