Thursday, July 18, 2019

New Fence and Misc. Other Info

I have received some photos of the new fence that is going up at Magnolia Village. My first thought was, this isn't very secure. As I understand it, they have now added a 4' high woven wire fence behind the new vinyl one, It looks very nice but I would still wonder what would keep anyone from stepping on the rungs of the vinyl fence and hopping over it. I think even I could do that. Getting back out might not be so easy however. They are also replacing, or perhaps are done by now, the railroad ties (I think that's what they were) which were kind of on the north corner of Allen Hall. I'm not 100% clear on what it is, but what came to mind was big white slabs or something similar but I could be way off base on that.

Unfortunately I also have a picture of the overflowing dumpster again but see no reason to put that on the blog. It would seem there should be more than one dumpster with all the people who are now residents of Magnolia Village. I do remember, back in the day, not all that long ago when we had two dumpsters. I don't remember when it went to just one, but for a long time there were two.

I also do know that a lot of people are taking a kind of wait-and-see attitude but at the same time are actively checking out other parks. The RV restrooms and showers are closed as they are every summer and I do know that the sign that was put up about that had to be in both English and Spanish. It stated that this is now the off-season and those restrooms are just for RVers.

Friday, July 12, 2019


I was looking through some of my Magnolia Park photos and I thought it might be kind of fun to put some photos from the past on. I most likely will do this off and on, just for a change of pace. As I looked at these they brought back lots of good memories.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

4th of July Potluck

I received these photos from Cindy Peterson today. They had a potluck up in Little Hall but she said the gathering was small, 22 adults and three children.
It's not too late to say Happy 4th of July to everyone. We've just been watching the Capitol 4th on PBS and now we are watching the Macy's 4th of July celebration. Lots of fireworks!! 

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Health Updates

I've been checking with most of the people who have had health procedures or issues that I am aware of and just thought I'd give you a few updates.

Bernie Nagle is having more tests as I understand it. This has been a LONG ordeal for the Nagels and we wish him well.

I checked with Susan Van Houweling yesterday and she told me that Myron is doing okay. They take it one day at a time. I thought he was looking good in the last couple of pictures I've seen of him at the Misfeldt party. For those of you who don't know, Myron was a farmer before he retired and farmers, unfortunately because of their occupation, often will run into respiratory as well as other health issues. I've often said that I could never be a farmer. You are totally subject to the weather over which you have no control. This season here in Wisconsin as well as most other mid-west states the weather has been absolutely terrible. Here it is July and we have fields around here that have not been planted and hay that has not been cut because it is just too darn wet. We do have other farmers or retired farmers in the park and I wonder how they are doing this spring, and now summer in this year with so much rain.

Connie Dziuk told me that her knee is doing okay but she does still have the infection. That's a bummer. I hope that clears up real soon.

Cindy Peterson is undergoing therapy and it's going very well. She said the whole journey wasn't as bad as she had anticipated. That's a good thing to hear, much better than if it had been worse than she had expected.

Don Harper is also doing therapy and Marty told me he is doing very well but gets tired. I would think that probably all of these people are finding that their procedures took a lot out of them. I hope they are all being sensible and not overdoing it.

I am thinking that Anita Nelson is doing okay as well as I have not heard anything to the contrary and I am also presuming that Pecan Bill is also still doing well.

We are all rather like a family as a lot of us have been saying for a long time and in spite of all the changes that are going on in the park, we still can keep in touch with and be concerned about our fellow residents.

As always, if you have something you'd like posted, just let me know. My email is in the directory or texts work as well.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Misfeldt 165th Party Group Photo

Today Susan Van Houweling sent me this group photo taken at LeRoy and Elaine's birthday bash. It's a great photo and includes people some of  whom I have not seen for several years. It was nice to see Judy Jensen, Kay Voss, Dorothy Wendt, Erv & Holly Hagen, Shirley Wiese, Pat Leber, and Spike & Elaine Wingert. There are four or five people that I do not know. Look at the smiles on all their faces. They were having fun, that's for sure!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

A few more Pluses & Minuses

I had no intention of making another blog post tonight but I had a phone call this morning that lasted an hour and a half and I want to make a correction or two to what I posted last night.

Apparently the pool service people do drive into the park, stop and look at the pool and then leave. The word I have is that "the pool is a train wreck." Apparently it is absolutely filthy and you cannot see the bottom. It sounded as though the circulating pump may not be circulating but that is perhaps just a good guess. It's too bad it isn't winter and Pat Kent could take a look at it. That is his business but then, he is like the rest of us, just a tenant and no tenants should have to figure out how to keep the park running smoothly. If I were the owners or managers I would be quite worried that someone might get sick after being in the pool as I understand it is in pretty bad shape.

Apparently there is still a lot of "stuff" blowing around down there that was left from when the dumpster wasn't being dumped and several of the residents are going around and picking it up.

One thing that I have been trying to find the answer to is the fact that on the site where these units are listed for rent it says dogs welcome, cats prohibited. I have been told by a couple of people that all people who were residents and have cats, are grandfathered in. I did wonder about that because I know there are several winter texans who do have cats and also some of the "year around people" as we have always called them so apparently that is a non-issue.

They are going to have a 4th of July gathering up in Little Hall and everyone is invited. Bring a dish to pass and meet and greet your neighbors. It does sound like fun.

The positive things that I want to pass along concern the new residents. It has been reiterated over and over to me by several people now, that most of these folks are very nice hard working people who have jobs and actually, yes there are kids, but they do not seem to be a problem. There have been a few issues around the pool with people gathering there later in the evening and maybe being somewhat noisy. I think it's very clear from what people are telling me is that there are no community rules for the park and no one is actively out managing the park. There have always been community rules that we were to follow but either they no longer exist or people have not been made aware of them.

I came away from my conversation this morning with a somewhat positive feeling that it's entirely possible that things may not be as bad as we have all imagined they might be but that would entirely depend on what the owners or managers do in the next few months. One person has told me that it's possible 90% of the 55+ people will leave but that would be mostly due to the management or lack thereof.

Let's keep an open mind and see what develops in the next several months.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Pluses and Minuses

As I understand it Magnolia Village bears little resemblance to the park we all enjoyed last season as it has transitioned to a family park instead of a 55+ park.

There are some pluses as the dumpster is being emptied regularly, the pool is being maintained by a pool service which comes twice a week to service it and at least up to this point the lawns have been mowed. The office area and front of Allen Hall have been painted and the office modernized. Those are all good things for sure.

There are, however, more people with for sale signs in their yards and others who are thinking of moving their units out. Marge Soole and DA & Kathy Baustian have for sale signs in their yards and I imagine they will be going to the same place, wherever that might be as DA is Marge's son.

There are lots of kids in the pool which is only to be expected especially in the summer. Do keep in mind that when the Winter Texans return school will be back in session so that will be a somewhat different scenario.

I think that most of the people who have had health issues or surgeries are recovering and some are in rehab which I imagine could be a long process.

There was a heck of a storm Monday night and I believe the Donna/Weslaco area received around 8 inches of rain but the park did not flood as badly as it did last summer thank goodness.

If any of you have news or a "happening" you would like to share with your Magnolia friends, please let me know and I will be happy to post it on the blog.

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Sign of the Times

This is what the sign in front of the park used to look like.

This is what it looks like now. You will note that the 55+ is now missing. That should make it abundantly clear that Magnolia Village is now a family park.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Park Update

I have been getting a few updates from different folks in the park and also from the Winter Texans who are gone from the park at this time of the year.

First of all, we have several folks who have various and assorted health issues and I will mention the ones I know about and have permission to put on the blog. Cindy Peterson is doing well after her rotator cuff surgery and will soon start therapy. (I'm thinking, I know a few people who have gone through that and it may not be a whole lot of fun but it will surely help in the long run so she regains full use of her arm and shoulder.) I'm sorry to say that Bernie Nagle needs six more months of therapy before he can return to south Texas. I'm sure the Nagles might appreciate a friendly card just to remind them that they are in our thoughts and to wish Bernie well. Cindy Dziuk had a knee replacement and as usual the insurance told her how long she could stay. From the hospital she went to rehab for two weeks and had an allergic reaction to something in rehab but because of her insurance was sent home on Saturday. Sunday she was back in the ER and then in the hospital with an infection in her knee. She was hoping to go home yesterday. She said the knee itself is doing okay. Don Harper had knee replacement surgery today and Marty told me he had a few blood pressure issues but late this afternoon, he was sleeping and had a little food in him. As I understand it knees and shoulders are worse than hip replacement so I do wish all these people a speedy recovery.

I have also had park updates from several people and will just hit the highlights here. A lot of the units have been rented, there are kids now living in the park, the dumpster is being dumped on a regular basis, the office has been remodeled and looks quite nice as does Allen Hall which was painted.

As I understand it, however, there are other issues with the park. I think all any of us can do is just try to stay tuned in to the happenings as I put them on.

Please understand, I can't and won't put everything I hear from various and assorted people on the blog because some of the things I'm told kind of contradict each other. I believe there will be a couple of Winter Texans visiting south Texas in the month of August and I also expect to hear from them.

As always, feel free to contact me and I hope you are enjoying your summer. We went on a short road trip today and saw fields with corn up about 2 inches and other fields about 6 inches. The old saying is knee-high by the 4th of July. It's going to have to grow some to reach that I'm afraid!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

LeRoy and Elaine's Birthday Bash

LeRoy and Elaine Misfeldt celebrated a combined 165 years of birthdays and from the looks of the pictures it was a great party. Thanks to Jan Panos and Pat Jordon (for those of you who don't know, these two talented ladies are sisters) for allowing me to share their photos on the blog. Lots and lots of familiar faces, some of whom we haven't seen for a few years and it was great fun looking at all these photos.

The Birthday Couple, LeRoy and Elaine

Yorgo (George Panos) and LeRoy

Mary Pierce and Bonnie Froseth
Deral & Linda Rogers

Elaine's son Blaine & wife Jennifer

Mabel Zoet and Max Pierce

Max Pierce

Wayne Bruun (looks just like his brother Dave who is off square dancing)

Susan Van Houweling had just tossed Max some popcorn and he was trying to catch it in his mouth.

 Susan Van Houweling and Lil Droogsma

Susan and Elaine

Max & Mary

Pat Jordan and Larry Ergen

Lil Droogsma and Tom Rietveld

Larry Ergen and Bonnie and son Terry Froseth

Elaine & LeRoy

Don Kiel and Mike Jordan

Erv Hagen

Mary Pierce and Nelson Zoet

 Elaine and her kids, Blaine and Vickie

 Mabel & Nelson

 Terry and LeRoy

 LeRoy and sister Leota

 Pat & Mike Jordan

Lil & Ray Droogsma

Don Schmaltz, Tom Rietveld and Margaret Schmaltz 

Susan & Myron

Jan & George Panos

Joyce Rietveld and Noreen Ergen

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