Saturday, October 27, 2018

Words to live by

Many of us are between 65 and death, i.e. old. My friend sent me this excellent list for aging . . . and I have to agree it's good advice to follow. The guy who sent this hi-lighted #19.

1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter, and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together

5. Don’t stress over the little things. Like paying a little extra on price quotes. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.

10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.

12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.

13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.

14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.

15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.

16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.

17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.

18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone - apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

19. If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.

20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.

21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!

REMEMBER: “Life is too short to drink bad wine and warm beer.”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Magnolia Future

The rumors are flying thick and fast and people do not know what to believe. The park has been sold, the park has not been sold; the park is going to be a family park, the park is not going to be a family park; the new manager is. . . . . . . take your pick with the names that people are throwing around. As I understand it the manager's name is Ana. If you are really interested you can go to the magnoliarvresort.com site and see her name and her picture.

Rather than rushing to either sell or, if you are an RVer not coming at all, why don't we all step back and take a deep breath and just wait to see what really does happen. It is true that several folks have moved their units out but for some at least, we knew in the spring that they would be gone when we get back for the upcoming season.

There are a few Winter Texans in the park already and I imagine that it won't be long before there will be more arriving. With the weather that we have had here in the upper mid-west I suspect that some folks may even leave sooner than usual. We have been watching the Texas weather and know that it actually isn't so good there either with lots of rain, flooding, and now it's quite chilly.

Our own plans are to leave Wisconsin after Thanksgiving and take our time traveling south arriving in Magnolia in very early December. We wish all of you who will be on the road in the next few weeks and months safe travels and look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Erma Cleavelands OBITUARY



ERMA'S OBITUARY
            Erma Leone Cleaveland, the daughter of Ocie and Goldie (Brundidge) Rollins, was born in rural Oakland, IA, on May 12, 1918. She died October 14, 2018, at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, IA, at the age of 100 years 5 months, and 2 days.


            Erma attended country school until the eighth grade. After the death of her mother, when Erma was twelve, she took on the household duties, along with being a housekeeper for several families. On January 22, 1937, Erma was united in marriage to Berwyn Cleaveland at the Council Bluffs Methodist Parsonage. They rented a farm for a short time before purchasing a farm west of Oakland. They moved into town when they purchased a truck line. Erma worked as the dispatcher and bookkeeper until they sold the truck line in 1960. Erma and Berwyn owned and operated several businesses: a boat shop, an auto body shop, the Sinclair Station, and a feedlot cleaning business. Berwyn died May 24, 2010. Erma remained at home until several years ago when she moved to Oakland Heights Assisted Living.


            Erma was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau Ladies. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and sewing.


            She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers Harold and Orland; and her sister Eileen.


            She is survived by her son Richard and wife Leslie of Oakland, IA; her grandchildren Brad and wife Regina of Council Bluffs, IA, Mitch of Harrison, AR, and Tracy and wife Laura of Oakland, IA; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and her nephew Dale and wife Barb.


            Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 10:30 AM at the Oakland United Methodist Church in Oakland. Interment will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery at 1:00 PM. An open visitation will be held at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home on Tuesday. The family will not be present at any specific time. Memorials may be given to the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland is assisting the family.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Snow Today








This is what it looked like in our front yard today in Neillsville WI. It was a cold, wet miserable day and it rained/flurried all day long. By late afternoon it had started to stick. Hopefully it is done now. I haven't looked outside lately but I did just check the temperature and it has warmed up a degree. It's a whole 34 degrees. This is the 14th of October, for heavens sake! It makes us think it's time to pull that 5th wheel around and start loading. It is a bit early for us but I know that there are people on their way down right now so the Winter Texan Season will soon be in full swing. We are looking forward to seeing our Magnolia friends again and wish everyone safe travels as you make your way south.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Picture Reminder

Just a reminder that before you leave home for the Valley, search through your old photos and find one from grade school or I'm sure any photo of you when you were young (for most of us a LONG time ago). Larry has something in mind to do with old photos and how many of us can be recognized from them.

I'm sure many of you are making preparations for the trip down. Safe travels to all of you. Take your time and get there in one piece!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Marinus Cross Obituary

Marinus and his wife JoAnne lived on the north end of Lime-street, behind where the VanHouwelings currently live.



Marinus J. Cross


MARINUS JAMES CROSS was born on April 9, 1935, to Clarence and Millie (Sexton) Cross in Mitchell, South Dakota. Marinus was raised by his step-mother, Anna (Nelson) Cross, after his mother, Millie, died when he was four years old. Marinus grew up and lived in Mitchell until he was 16 years old. On May 24, 1952, Marinus was united in marriage to JoAnn Vermeer at the First Baptist Church in Luverne, Minnesota. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Leota, Minnesota, Magnolia, Minnesota, and finally, Luverne. To their union, Marinus and Jo Ann were blessed with four children. Marinus was employed from 1952 to 1962 by Peter Kooimann who farmed. From 1962 to 1982, he worked for Pat’s Plumbing and Heating as a plumber. In 1982, Marinus began his own business Cross & Son Construction which he operated until his retirement in 2002. In February 2010, he and JoAnn moved into Luverne and made their home.

On Monday, October 8, 2018, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Marinus went to be with his Lord at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 29 days.

Marinus is lovingly remembered by his four children, Roxy (Archie) Bonnett of Magnolia, Linda (Rick) Bruhn of Magnolia, Kathy Medill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Delwyn “D.J.” Cross (special friend, Terry Ivie) of Branson, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Bunny, Jamie, and Marty, Shawna, Tonya, and Josh, Wesley, Amy and Amber, Brock and Mary; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Ochocki of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and special friend, Judy Ripley of Luverne. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; a great-granddaughter, Montana Honnerman; mother, Millie; and father and step-mother, Clarence and Anna.

Monday, October 08, 2018

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