If you are a mother I hope you enjoyed your special day. I am not officially a mother, as my children have had fur and four legs but I am godmother 4 times. I have been called the favorite aunt, been a babysitter many times over the years and do this all with no regrets. When the children get cranky I can simply go home. I am thankful to have at least 3 mothers of my own. My real mom who gave me life, Kathleen Goldsmith of Ward AR has always been supportive and very proud of us kids. She is never judgmental, she never tells us what to do (most likely because she knows her children are as stubborn as she is). Mom is always happy as long as her 3 girls are happy. My step-mom Mary Goldsmith may only be less than a decade older than I am, but she has always been patient with her 3 stepdaughters and blended our family together well, bringing us another sister and a brother. I had to wait 20 years to get a brother. Isn’t it ironic that we are so much alike! My 2nd mom Phyllis Murdock has been in my life since I was in first grade with her daughter Vicki Lou Ann Zajda. I am surely blessed to have a best friend for that many years and to gain 2 more great parents in the process. Thank you to all 3 of my mothers for being the best I could have ever hoped for in this life. I love you!
Congratulations to Mike and Brooke Klawitter of Berlin who recently traveled to Murfreesboro, AR and successfully found 5 notable diamonds at Crater of Diamonds Park. They registered 5 diamonds in one day, finding a 10-point brown, 2 point yellow and 3 white diamonds. Avid digger David Anderson of Murfreesboro, AR found a 1.4 white diamond in the same week. I am pretty sure a return visit is a must in my future. I will put it on my ‘bucket list’ and hope to fill that bucket with precious rocks. Maybe the Klawitters will let me hitch a ride on their next trip to Crater of Diamonds Park.
You know turkey season will be a challenge when you drop a bird with a good shot, kneel down to take him home and watch the bird get up and run off into the woods. Another day my dad Roger Goldsmith of Newton watched coyotes fighting in the woods and of course no turkeys came by. It is a good time he buys a tag in more than one season, as the turkeys are really starting to run around now. If his luck doesn’t improve Thanksgiving dinner will be yard bird and beef or lasagna.
Are you interested in traveling with a great group of folks from Harrisville? The Dorff Travelers will be headed to Bayfield and Door County September 9-13 this year by motorcoach. The trip embarks from Harrisville, where your personal vehicle can stay for the duration of the trip. For further details please call Paulene Petersdorff. Of course the Dorffs will keep you entertained on the road. Pete missed his calling as a comedian, but he sure makes a great Bloody Mary!
Vicki Zajda of Harrisville enjoyed being a chaperon for her son Zach’s class last week Thursday. They traveled to “Cave of the Mounds” by bus and had a great day.
Happy birthday to my great-aunt Marge Danner of Wautoma, to my cousin Kim Goldsmith of Edgerton, Audra Byczynski of Coloma, Sandy Wruck Fowler of Harrisville and Amanda Wells all celebrating on May 16. Dawn Grits Albright of Harrisville enjoys a May 20 birthday, Kris Wenzel of Wautoma celebrates on May 21. Just don’t ask her husband Mat how old she is. He cannot count properly. Dennis Hoffman of Neshkoro has a May 22 birthday. Best wishes to all!
My mom has joined a walking club called the “Cabot Cruisers” which consist of walkers, joggers and runners. They recently took part in a 5K walk around Little Rock and mom completed the course in 1 hour and 15 minutes. She was so proud and happy with her progress. Good job!
Dawn Smith of Ozark, AR stopped in to give our mom some pretty roses for Mother’s Day. Dawn was on her way to Ft. Chaffee, AR for her 18th annual training for the National Guard. Both of my sisters look quite stunning in their military uniforms and I am proud of them for their military service.
Doug Bethke of Germania stopped in to say happy Mother’s Day to his mom Shirley on Sunday. Daughter Roxanne Delfosse of Oshkosh was up north at their cabin and daughter Lisa Schild of Colgate had to work so their wishes came by phone. Don and Shirley have been enjoying their fresh Lawrence watercress in salads and sandwiches, many thanks to mayor Bob Weiss. Shirley assures me it is good with peanut butter. Tuesday the Bethkes did some shopping at Countryside Greenhouse by Dakota. They enjoyed all the beautiful plants and vegetables. They have been shopping here since it opened and have gotten to know the children of the owners quite well. Hard to believe how time flies by and children grow up so quickly. They dropped in to south Dakota for some refreshing drinks as the sun had really warmed up those greenhouses that day.
Wednesday the Bethkes joined Dr. Don and Marlene Nelson of Wautoma for dinner at Blader’s Dakota Inn. They all enjoyed the new Wednesday night specials very much. Thursday Don and Shirley went back to the greenhouse as Don decided to try his luck with a peach tree. The trees were full of pretty pink blossoms and the bees were feverishly working them over. Shirley says many orioles are visiting their yard but she had yet to see a hummingbird. Bill Tagatz called from Arizona to check on things in Germania. Bill has been enjoying fresh vegetables from his garden, sending pictures of his gorgeous yard and rose bushes, even a family of quails that is nesting in Bill’s yard. Shirley is enjoying her peeks of sunshine and good weather. Don and Shirley did find some fresh asparagus ready to pick in their garden and had many god meals of it already. We hope the frost avoided their yard on Sunday night.
Roger and May Goldsmith of Newton, son Garrit, Tara Logan and Bradyn Hamilton of Westfield met Kristina Dehling and her son Treyton, Chris Dehling and Ariel Bloss and Debbie and Gary Dehling, all of Coloma, for dinner at Zinke’s Mecan River Inn of nor Dakota on Sunday. They celebrated Mother’s Day with pizza and loved it. Thank you Mary for my Mother’s Day cookbook. Maybe next year I will cook dinner for you with the new recipes I find.