The recent mild weather, with more of the same expected, is welcomed by local cattle producers as the spring calving season is about to begin. There have been a few early arrivals reported but for many producers the rush begins later this month when the idea of a full night of sleep becomes nothing more than a fantasy. Weekend guests at the home of Pastor Dan and Paula were daughter Leah and three grandchildren who visited from Fernie. A few days of Grandparents time is a nice interlude in the Hendrickson’s busy lives.
Karen MacMillan reports that one of the guests at the baby shower which she hosted in January left behind a striped cardigan and that the owner may claim it by calling her at 823-7736.
Birthday greetings this week go out to Olav Pallesen who continues to be active on the farm at Dalum and to three former Dalum girls who we are always happy to hear from; Sharon Mulder (n. La Berge), Janice Hawking (n. Holmen) and Diane Fillman (n. Axelsen). Happy Birthday to all. Another birthday which is remembered at this time each year in Rasmussen homes is that of my father, Hertel, who was an infant when the family arrived here from Michigan in 1920. He was a great story teller, well known and well liked with a circle of friends which extended well beyond the community of Dalum. Time rolls steadily on and even though eighteen years have passed since he left us, warm memories remain.
Monday, February 8, was the beginning of the year of the Monkey on the lunar calendar and is the 4,713th Chinese New Year. The Chinese lunar calendar is divided into twelve blocks of time, each represented by an animal and those born in the year of the Monkey are said to be mischievous, playful and clever. Chinese New Year was special at Fred and Barney’s restaurant in Drumheller and a great place to eat any time of the year but now only a vacant lot remains where a bustling atmosphere and friendly hosts welcomed their many patrons. With next Sunday being Valen- tine’s Day there is still time to think of some way to remember your loved ones. Candy, flowers or a dinner date are favorite gifts but a phone call with a kind hello to friends, near or far away, might also be welcomed.
The Fiftieth Super Bowl came and went with the usual excitement, some directed at the game, some for the commercials and, perhaps, less for the half time entertainment. While he was non-committal when asked if it was his final game, Peyton Manning is likely to conclude his long and glorious career with his 200th victory and second Super Bowl championship. While I expressed some interest in the game and was pleased with the Denver win, Maryann shared the opinion of cartoon character “Acid Annie” who feels that a super bowl is a self-cleaning toilet.
Best wishes to Uncle Bob Turner who is currently a patient at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Bob underwent a successful kidney transplant on Saturday, February 6 and is quickly recovering.
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