UPDATE -- Jett Freeseman visits his grandparents
Jett freesemann from Burnsville, Minnesota, spent a few days with his grandparents at Hope, North Dakota. He was so good to entertain himself with the farm set his mother and older cousins played with through the years. He also spent time in the playhouse, which was built for his mother in 1973. Upon arriving, he always runs to the machine shed to get out the jumping horse and brings it to the house so it is handy to jump on at any time.
We were invited for a noon lunch to our friends' cabin on the lake near us and there he made a new friend, Daniel. After lunch they jumped off the dock and had so much fun together.
UPDATE -- Sue Wright welcomes new granddaughter
I would like to introduce my new granddaughter.
My daughter Amber and her husband, Bryan Booy, arrivned here in Orange County, California, on July 25th, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with their newly adopted daughter, Eleora.
Eleora (Ellie) Marije (Mariah) Booy was born on February 18th. She was met at the airport by many family and friends, along with her two new sisters, Audrey (13) and Halina (10).
UPDATE -- painting the barn
We recently hired our barn painted and were so satisfied with the job, as the painter scraped nearly all the old paint off. He used only a long ladder for painting.
UPDATE -- renewing a friendship
Just what can be nicer than to pick up an interrupted friendship and renew it with zest? Don and I were so thrilled to have company from Missouri! Well, Michael is from the Twin Cities but his mom, Kellie, was here to visit him, and she is from Republic, Missouri. So to be more correct, we had company from "here and there."
This all happened last Saturday, July 31st. When we heard they were coming, we invited them to noon lunch and had Donna and our Great Grands come in, too. We didn't want to be selfish, as Donna knows them from the time she spent with us on a visit to Springfield while that was our home. And besides, Donna could help her dad with the meal and Caity could be the photographer! And perhaps you have heard the song "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" -- but we didn't have to -- they picked up a frozen cake and brought it along for dessert. NUMMM!
It was such a lovely time. A lot of catching up to do! It was fun catching up on present jobs. Maybe Michael will tell us some about one of the jobs he has in the area where he lives. (I want to hear all the details, too.) He tells me he is an UMPIRE. Can you beat that for an interesting job? Kellie has told a couple snippets from her teaching job, but I surely find it interesting to hear more about what is going on in my field -- education -- so would enjoy hearing more.
I call this the opening of the 60th Wedding Anniversary festivities, unofficially that is, as Kellie and Michael hand delivered a lovely card from the whole family. Michael's two brothers didn't make the trip north this time but Ryan and Jason are close friends, too. They were piano students of mine for several years when we lived down there. I hope they will make the trip here sometime, too, as seven years or so have gone by since I have seen them. Jason is to be a senior in high school this year -- quite a change from the elementary student I left behind. I hope to see a photo of them soon, too.
And I do love it to see and hear about all the friends we made in other places we have lived. They join all the ones we have here in our hearts and minds. We are hoping to see many of you soon.
There's A Critter Under There
Harry the dog's been occupied for several weeks with some critter under the floorboards of the old granary. He's done a lot of scratching at the boards -- and barking. We can hear his scratching way up at the house. But lately he's just been hanging out there -- less scratching and barking, more worrying.
Click here for Harry's story about his discovery on LTD's Storybrooke Ripples blog.
UPDATE -- rain and more rain
Our exceptionally rainy July has continued into August with shower after shower after shower. The mushrooms have been popping up ... well, like mushrooms ... and the weeds are so luxuriant that Miss Jerrianne almost didn't recognize the chickweed that engulfed the marigolds in the park.
She has been battling the birdvetch that climbs up into trees and and shrubs and smothers them, pulling it down with a rake and chopping it up with a weedwhacker before it goes to seed. She's taking pictures to help others identify weeds and help subdue them. Butter 'n Eggs is pretty, she admits, like miniature yellow and orange snapdragons, but she says it must go, before it takes over the gardens.
The pretty little orange mushroom that popped up in the clover is harmless if you don't eat it, she said, so she let it stay.
I've really enjoyed seeing kitties in The Bulletin again. Sophia looks like a winner and she doesn't take any nonsense from that dog. There's a cat story this week, too, but you have to look for it.
Day to Day R
The Matriarch Speaks W
Celebrating 60 Years Of Marriage
Don & Dorothy Anderson
Let's play a guessing game: we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
Last week's Guess pictures
Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type ... generally in the order we receive them, so the first guess received is on top.
I will send in my guess for this week's guessing game. I think the one on the left is Kierra Ostendorf enjoying a cool treat and the one on the right is her sister, McKenna. McKenna is coloring a picture for Grandma Donna's fridge.
Mavis Anderson Morgan
I think I recognize the subjects of this week's "Guess Who?" pictures: my nieces, Kierra and McKenna Ostendorf. As for the second question ("What's going on?"), it appears to me that they are entertaining themselves while waiting for their food to arrive at a restaurant -- Kierra by trying out this new "straw" technology rather than her usual sippy cup, and McKenna by carefully plotting her coordinates on a map. Or maybe just coloring, hard to tell.
This week's photos are both of my girls! Kierra on the left, drinking out of the straw, and McKenna on the right, as she colors at the restaurant.
Lori Chap Ostendorf
I might insert my GUESS for the pictures right here, as who would miss that being Kierra, after seeing her on the phone in the previous picture? I think the other little girl would be McKenna. The pink dress gives her away, and was she coloring in a restaurant on their trip to the Cities?
Betty Weiland Droel
This week's Guess picture
A series of recollections, of the five years when Bill and Lois Dake and their family lived in Minnesota, began with the episode in Bulletin 343. It's too soon to tell just how many parts there will be in this series, just after World War II. In Bulletin 349, I told more about polio (once called Infantile Paralysis) via two links, Polio and Sister Kenny, to minimize disruption of the narrative flow. Both documents are posted as a series of scanned images. We can't edit them or correct typos and they will not respond to font changes or printer settings as regular Bulletin pages do.
A New Beginning
Our school year has been in session for two months. The "Pinore Prison" inmates have learned to fit in. We have done things together: several even had a picnic and bonfire together at the granite pits (the abandoned ones); a couple of us joined the girls' choir; we have been on several excursions up town, and they have all met my friend Lorraine and have accepted her as one of us. Finally, I am caught up enough to tell about some of the events.
The Babies arrive
The stork has finished its 1949 deliveries to our families. We are really thrilled to have another nephew ... Blanche and Jim now have a son, Steven Warren Miller, who arrived while I was away at school. I guess Gert will probably end up being the involved one in his life. I do think he is cute as can be. Right off hand, I do not know the statistics as to size but he surely looks just fine to me! He was born Wednesday, October 5th. Dr. Greenfield did the delivery and Vonnie assisted. And to think I missed out on all the excitement!
Our first cousin Rollie and his wife, Marcella, have their new baby son now, too. He was born in the Cokato Hospital but delivered by Dr. Roholt (who is my doctor, also) -- and what do you know -- Vonnie assisted at that delivery! He was born on Tuesday, October 18th. Now this little dark-haired cutie has Tom for an older brother. You remember, I told you once that I helped Grandma Mellon babysit him in the spring of 1946.
Do you think we will ever get to meet all of this 1949 crop? Judy McCalla, Stanley Dake, Steven Miller, and Daniel Mellon ... maybe even get their siblings in the picture, too ... Stanley's sister Carol and Danny's brother Tom. That would be a fun picture to own!
My School Assistance Chore
Last spring, I had asked for a job working for the school to help earn some extra cash "to make ends meet." The people who do the appointments had called me into their office and tried to fit a job to my capabilities. They chose to have me work at the Riverview Lab School. My duty was to be assisting with the noon lunch. I would be eating my lunch with the little kindergarten children.
The first week of school, I (with several other college kids) attended a workshop. There, we learned that what we were to be doing was a part of the education of children (and of the teachers who would be working with them). We had these expected goals: teaching skills in conversation, in manners, and in proper diet. We ate at tables the right size for children. There would be a teacher and three children at each table. We would have the same children for a month and then change to a new arrangement the first week of each month.
I want to tell you about a day with Phillip, Peggy, and Gloria.
Here is what I think describes them; Phillip is a conversationalist -- he truly would rather carry on a good conversation than eat! Gloria is a "peacemaker" -- she is HAPPY to please her teacher (and everyone else, for that matter). And then there is Peggy, who really enjoys her eating and is very pleasant, but can argue a point if she thinks she is correct..
It is a rule that I ask a question of each during the meal. We must all listen to the answer and be polite. It is also a rule that the children must taste everything they are served (and, really, that is not hard as we have good cooks and simple meals). And the last rule seems the hardest (especially when you are at the table with Phillip). You may not have your dessert until everyone has eaten at least a teaspoon-size bite of each food served to them.
Today, Phillip had whispered to me to ask him the question about what they had learned today. I know that is dangerous, as he really has a good memory and we might never get our dessert. But worse than that lay in store. On our plates today the main attraction was a soufflé, or maybe it could just be called "scrambled eggs." At any rate, after Phillip had recited the planets from the sun out, he still hadn't touched the eggs. The girls were ready for the lovely looking pudding with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry on top ... and Phillip was still eyeing his unrecognized egg dish. It was only after all three of us hassled him that he finally took his required bite. Worse luck ... he immediately cleaned it all up and then very politely announced, "Miss Dake, I just love that soufflé thing -- may I please have another serving?"
We did, finally, get our dessert. And I must say I really enjoy this well-run class in this really nice school called Riverview.
A Trip Now and One to Come
One of Barb's parents' regular riders is not riding this weekend, so Lorraine and I will get a ride to Cokato and Gert can pick us up there. We are going to go to see Lois and the new baby with the big sister when we get into town. I hear that Carol is anxious to meet Lorraine and to tell us all about her special privilege of getting to hold baby Stanley on her lap (on a little pillow) ALL the way home from the hospital. Of course, I did hear that little report once before ... but Lorraine hasn't, you know!
Then, on Saturday, Lorraine and I are going to use the folks's car and she and I are going to go to Hector and stay there in the bunks at our Hector gathering and be there until Sunday after lunch. Mom has said Lorraine and I can leave our laundry and she will do it for us on Saturday so we can have this special privilege. I have written this to my pen pal, Dorothy Heyer, so we will have some time together, too. I want to get a nice picture of some of this activity. I am going to use the Eastman Kodak color film that I bought back a while ago. I have been told you need to keep the pictures out of the light as they fade easily. I do love colored pictures, though.
When I told Lorraine about this particular invitation, she mentioned one that she has planned, as she wants to get her invitation in early. Both of our schools are not in session from Wednesday noon before Thanksgiving until Monday morning of the next week. So she wants me to go with her by bus to Wahpeton, North Dakota, and I am to visit her folks who live on a farm northwest of the town. She wants to have me meet her family -- Mom, Dad, and two brothers. Oh, no ... Wally and Roger are both younger than I am ... but they sound like fun anyway.
She tells me she has some young folks she wants me to meet, too! Just wonder why she emphasizes that? I guess we shall find out before too many weeks go by. At least it is not dull around here!
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Birthdays
This Week's Anniversaries
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August Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox
Dear Miss Hetty:
Thanks for the cute card! My birthday went great as I didn't even feel a year older. We're hoping to harvest this week. Doing a lot of spraying and preparing for harvest, along with having some fun with side activities when we can. Thanks again.
Thank you very much for the birthday greetings. Really neat!
Keep Us Posted!
Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?
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No Little Beeps this week?
Mom let me listen to her CD and it is great! I'm hoping there will be some available for purchase on the 14th as I don't think I have the smarts to win one.
Congratulations to Eric Shockey -- good job!
Muriel Wold Rodriguez
That was a nice picture of Willis and Glenda in The Bulletin today. Also, Mavis and Tom's family picture was nice, matching colors, etc.
I missed Doug's question! Waiting for the next one...
Elaine Anderson Wold
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
I hadn't thought that it was the blossom of the chives that was on the first picture as it was really a beautiful, unusual flower, but it was. We have some out in the garden, too, but somehow they didn't look that beautiful.
The butterfly, bigger than the flower, was a good example of the Quotation for the day about the butterflies being self-propelled flowers.
We would have missed a lot if Mavis and Tom's daughter Char hadn't taken time to send in the pictures and the story of the Morgans' annual lake reunion. The excellent meal pictured was a sample of feasting, as well as the fun they had.
I can't even imagine the thrill of water activities. Takes some daring nerve and a lot of strength, plus practice.
What a nice picture of the family! Not often you get all of them looking so pleasant all at the same time.
Well, Gert, if we ever did drive by, we surely would stop in. But not too much of a chance for that. We stay at home most of the time, and so glad to just be "home." The years pass, and the time comes, we are finding out, that there is no place like HOME.
Nice you had visitors, though, and thanks for sharing the pictures with us. Finally, we have a picture of a cat again. It's been awhile. Lots of cats that belong to The Bulletin families.
Wouldn't that be a great feature article, to have a picture and a very short introduction to all the cats in the family from N S E and W? I'm sure Miss Kitty would be happy to organize it.
Then, Donna Mae came to the rescue with her Update and pictures or we would have had a pretty slim one this time. We keep meeting new people all the time. This time Inky and Mandy Evenson.
Also, Caity sharing one of her many friends from a camping trip to South Dakota. That would be way too hot to enjoy much outside at 100 degrees.
Bitzi has been busy again, it looks like. Butterfly must be the subject of our Bulletin #424.
Then Sarah with her Basil Walnut Pesto. I wonder if those tomatoes were from her garden? Yum Yummm.
I wonder when a cute little boy like Levi transforms to a handsome young man? It's for sure he IS not only handsome, but a unique, very cute little boy.
I gasped at how leisurely LTD was writing about his camera being chewed up under his chair. I wonder if he is testing our memory with the same picture in this week ... or was that because the camera got chewed up?
Donna Mae can make a fun time out of anything, anywhere it seems like. A trip to the Cities with the children would be eventful, to say the least.
I am thinking of the upcoming celebration, almost upon us, with the 60th anniversary open house August 14th. That would be one occasion I would love to attend. My dear friends from so many years ago are having a much deserved acknowledgement of 60 years. It wouldn't be an easy life from a wheelchair, but the love of such a devoted and caring husband would make it all possible and worthwhile.
The Memory Lane was totally different this time. The story of Pinore's Prison was humorous, as well as written very cleverly so we could imagine being right there at that tea party.
I loved the mention of Lorraine Slotten. A dear and life-long friend to so many. I hope by now Louella Smith Williams will have read The Bulletin where she is mentioned on her wedding day.
The Little Beeps had a lot of folks scrambling for answers, but Eric Shockey had the first right answer. Congratulations, Eric. No Little Beeps in The Bulletin this time. Not easy to dream up such difficult puzzles. Keep trying, Doug.
I was so shocked to see that picture in the CHUCKLES this time. Ethan and Carrie have grown so they were almost unrecognizable anymore to us Bulletin readers. Thanks, Jennie, for giving us the-up-to date picture of those two.
I want to thank our Editor, Dorothy, the Matriarch, and Jerrianne, the Photo Editor, for the undaunted pursuit of having another Bulletin there in the inbox right on time. We are so spoiled, but we do understand, too. Thank you once more ... 424 is a lot of Bulletins to have sent.
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