In the neighborhood

Nov. 29, 2017

Reminder: Students of Janice Johnston will entertain family and friends at their annual music recital Dec. 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The event will be held in the Rippey Community Center and all are welcome to attend.

Dale and Nancy Hanamam traveled to Superior, WI, to spend Thanksgiving with Sarah and Benji Pearson, Steven, Elizabeth and Andrea. Others joining them included Matthew Hanaman and Heather Lee from Eau Clair, WI, Adrianna Hanaman, Duluth, MN, and Adyara Hanaman of River Falls, WI. While visiting in Superior, Dale and Nancy also celebrated with Andrea Pearson for her 11th birthday.

Virgene Morse hosted Thanksgiving Dinner in her home. Joining her were Diane and Terry Ostendorf, Ben, Michaela and Madelyn along with Sam Van De Berg and their dog Scout. Also spending time there were Kevin and Delores Blanshan and Kelsey Blanshan. Regrets were sent by Eric and Dana as well as Annika Lewis. Grandma made her traditional Thanksgiving meal and games were played by everyone to create more holiday memories.
Jean Borgeson stopped in to chat and see everyone on her way home from Thanksgiving Dinner.

Thanksgiving traditions: Philip and Toni Roberts thought they would “eat out” this Thanksgiving for a change of pace but when a free turkey was available with the ham they bought, plans changed to a home cooked meal for just the two of them (after all it was just a 12 pound turkey)! Well, this twosome soon became seven when daughter Wendy and husband Tony Burkett and girls Josie, Addie and Lily of Winterset accepted a late invite to come for dinner.

Grandma Toni soon learned that a change from the traditional stuffing to a new recipe for dressing would not be well received so she made both to satisfy everyone. The adults politely tasted the new dish once but it was the turkey and stuffing everyone wanted plus Grandpa’s famous “refrigerator mashed potatoes” with gravy and pumpkin pie for dessert. Wendy supplied the ubiquitous green bean casserole and a family recipe for cranberry Jello salad. Lesson learned-don’t mess with traditional family meals!

Later that afternoon the group enlarged to 12 with daughter Lori Bardole of Rippey and grandchildren Cassie Bardole of Jefferson and Schyler and Lauren Bardole of rural Churdan with their dog Bentley! Son Matthew of Jefferson even got to come for a few hours between his EMT shifts. It was such a beautiful day that Schyler and the younger girls had a good time playing Frisbee outside. What a day full of blessings!

For Jean Borgeson, a simple visit to Phyllis Gannon on Wednesday afternoon to deliver a birthday card for Phyllis turned into visiting long enough to enjoy a bowl of chili with her and John. She was expecting a full house for Thanksgiving and also they were able to celebrate her 91st birthday that day. It’s always an estimate when she is asked how many attended her family gatherings, but she lights up when she talks about them.

One Christmas, Robert and I were at loose ends and took a ride to Paton to
see cousin Judy Wilson and on the way home, we stopped at Phyllis’s to visit with that crew. It was several minutes before she noticed I was in the room and she never did see Robert! It’s fun to be an observer in that loving family!

Jean Borgeson enjoyed Thanksgiving Day with Al and Ann Frederick and their families. Those attending were Bob and Hazel Frederick, Bret and Lizzie Pierce and daughters Laura and Allie, Bill and Melissa Frederick and Alan and Sarah Borgeson, Kane and Kale and Jenna Beyers. Regrets were sent from Jerry, Mary and Taylor Hinton. Some enjoyed watching Al and Kane work off their meal with a little contest of shucking corn by hand into a wagon. The rest of the younger folks played a board game, while Hazel and I visited. We were pretty sure the game they were playing required too much thinking for us. As always, it is a day full of laughter in the Frederick household with much to be thankful for.

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