Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Blue Moon and a dove

Magnolia's Magnolia tree is blossoming

 Fledgling Kiskadees

For those who might question it, I was nowhere near any of these birds when I took the photos.
Mama Dove and baby.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Repair Clinic Website

Repair Clinic
If you think you can fix it, you probably can. Repair Clinic allows you to type in any appliance (general or specific model numbers) and then will show you ways to repair it at home. Users say this website has saved them thousands. We believe it!

If I had a nickel for every time Butch asked me to find him some obscure part on the internet I would have at least a handful of nickels. So now I can send him on his own internet journey to find a part.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kimberly Hodge Obituary

Hodge, Kimberly
Kimberly Ann Cook Hodge, 55, of Paducah, died unexpectedly at home on March 23rd,2018 in Donna, Texas.Kim was born in Paducah, KY. on November 6th, 1962 to the late Carolyn and Powell Cook. Growing up in Brookport, IL. she was a member of the Brookport High School class of 1980. On June 28th, 1988, she married her soulmate, Craig. Kim was a full-time housewife who loved spending the winters as a winter Texan and traveling to Mexico. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, loved Tony Stewart, Kid Rock, but most of all she loved her family unconditionally.

Kim is survived by her husband, Craig Hodge; sweet baby Maggie May; an honorary niece, Cheslie (Kevin) Solomon of Paducah; Honorary great nephew, Hadyn Gower of Paducah; nephew, Jackie (Julia) Scarborough of Metropolis, IL.; nephew, Jeremy Jones of Temple Hill, IL.; niece, Caitlin Jones, and nephew, Kenneth Jones, both of Brookport, IL.; nieces, Amanda Shelly of Paducah, and Megan Hodge of Charleston, West Virginia; nephews, Justin Hodge and Aaron Hodge of Paducah; mother in law, Kathryn Hodge of Paducah; sister in law, Kathy (DeWayne) Jones of Brookport, IL.; brothers in law, Ricky (Tammy) Hodge of Paducah, and Billy (Anna) Hodge of Calvert City, KY.; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carolyn and Powell Cook; uncle, Howard Cook; sister, Alice Binghamton; brother, Dennis Crawshaw; Father in law, Bill Hodge; and a nephew, Andrew McManus.

Friends may visit the family on Friday evening, March 30th, 2018 at Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah, from 5pm until 8pm. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at Lindsey Funeral Home starting at 10am with Pastor Marty Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Anybody home?

Deon took this picture before she left and then she posted it on Facebook.  I and my trusty snipping tool rescued the picture from Facebook and put it on the Magnolia blog for more of us to enjoy.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Kim Hodge died

Kim Hodge who little more than a week ago won the Women's Pool Tournament died in her sleep Friday. She was having health issues that most of us knew nothing about and as one of our youngest residents at 55, it came as a big shock. This photo of her was taken at a very happy moment in her life as she had just won the pool tournament. Kim also loved playing trivia and was a member of the Rug Rats team. She will be greatly missed by her husband Craig, her dog Maggie, and all of her Magnolia family.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Photo Shoot

These onions were gleaned from a field that had been harvested. They are laid in a single layer to dry so they will last longer. 

Wampus likes to lay out in the sunshine. In his youth, he was very social. Now he seems to have graduated to King status and may not give you the time of day!

 Interesting arrangement of nature.
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Taco! Mighty tasty at the Weslaco El Dorado. Our go-to place on Sunday mornings.

Neighbor Carolyn is not afraid of a ladder. She and her husband Mike have been diligently working on improving their place on Peach street. It is looking fantastic!

Olive blossoms on Cherry street.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck. Taken above our motorhome this morning.

This one was taken on the vacant lot next to our park on the west.

Parrots in Max and Mary's tree on Peach street

This "Lady" hangs out at the laundry.

Easter tree at the Domers on Cottonwood.

Froggy is looking mighty fine after his refurbishing during paint class.

Computer Tip

I too have found that waiting is helpful in some situations so thought I would pass this along. Those pesky updates!!

Just Walk Away Renee…
Now that we have your attention we’d like to tell you something we’ve found that causes a lot of problems after a normal (not version) Windows update. This week, both of us installed the latest Windows Update and we both had similar problems. Or more concisely – what we thought were problems.

After the KB4088776 (OS Build 16299.309) update, one of our computers had a black screen and the other had a black screen with a white box that said “Personalized settings (not responding)”.  Searching for solutions to these “problems” yields thousands of helpful tips including deleting registry keys.

What we’re going to suggest is the first thing you should do, because what we’re going to suggest doesn’t require any registry editing, registry hacks, convoluted settings changes, multiple reboots, or anything like that… it only requires that you just walk away for 5 or 10 minutes. We know it’s logical to want to do something if you see a black screen or “Personalized settings (not responding)”. You want to fix it. Somethings not right, and you want to make it right. But we’re telling you, from our experience, the first thing you need to do is walk away and give it time.  The last thing you should do is get impatient, start rebooting over and over, or look for some sort of answer to a problem that may be solved just by being patient.

It has worked for us many times, and it may work for you. And anyway, it doesn’t require you to do anything other than be patient. Whether it takes 5 minutes or 10 minutes or 15 minutes, give the problem time to resolve itself before looking for solutions and fixes.

The next time you have a Windows cumulative update and your desktop doesn’t come right back after the update, be patient. Just walk away… and come back in 5 or 10 minutes and we’re going to bet you that everything will be back to normal.  And if it isn’t, you can go looking for fixes and solutions.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Molly & Elsie had a conversation the other morning when they met up.

Photo shoot

Reggie is headed for the laundry and Duane is backing her up.

Thrashers on Cactus

Parrots in Park

Moving out

Whenever a change happens in the park it creates a crowd. I think they are also called "sidewalk supervisors". We had one go this week. When those mobile homes move it can seem like it isn't even possible. The people who do this for a living are very adept at it and practice makes perfect.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dresses for little girls in Uganda

New idea for pillowcase dresses made from fabric. The middle size and large one will be going to a Uganda orphanage. L to R Irma, Mary , ??, Shirley, Phyllis

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Craft Ladies Luncheon

We lunched at the El Dorado in Weslaco. We really did have more fun than it looks like in this picture!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Zoets 65th anniversary

Mable and Nelson celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary


Saturday we enjoyed the entertainment of LaDawn.

Here are pictures taken throughout the event.

 Doing the Locomotion.

LaDawns family helped her with a song.

 Babe is interested in what grandpa is doing with all those dials and switches

 Joe and Abe doing a YMCA routine

 Eldon , Gerry, LaDawn and Joe

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