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My heritage – Germans from Russia
My heritage – Germans from Russia

My family history has been one of my passions for my years.  I always knew that my Grandma Helen was German.  But I really had no idea anything more than that.  As I was researching, one of my Sayler relatives, shared with me the story of how we came to the United...

Old Settlers Day
Old Settlers Day

Since 2014, we have had a vendor fair at our house during Old Settlers Days.  That first year, it was more of an open house with probably 250 people coming through.  Since we had just purchased the house, we knew everyone would be curious as to what we were planning...

Cheesecake!
Cheesecake!

Do you have something that you thought, was super difficult to do? And there would be you way you could do it?  For me, it was cheesecake.  Many years ago, when I was working with my mom at her catering business, she asked me to make one.  Well, I had this thought in...

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day

Every year, in May, we appreciate and honor our mothers.  Without them, we wouldn't exist.  Yes, it does take two people to create a human.  But, the woman is the one, who has to go thru all the pain to make us happen.  I know that some of us, didn't hit the jackpot...

A Earth Day reset
A Earth Day reset

How I spent Earth Day:  With everything that is going on in the world, it was time for a reset.  Normally, I avoid outside.  You see, most sunny days, give me headaches.  So, why make myself miserable, I just stay inside.  I love a cloudy, rainy day.  Usually, they...

Small town fire departments
Small town fire departments

The other day, the fire whistle blew.  I went to the window to watch for the fire trucks to go by.   As usual, it reminded me of times long ago.  You see, my dad was a volunteer fireman.  It was his passion.  Many Wednesday nights, you would have found him, at the...

The start of my family tree
The start of my family tree

Family history, family tree, or genealogy, no matter how you refer to it, is one of my favorite hobbies.  Most people I know, do not share this passion.  Okay, I am not sure that, none any of my immediate family do either. Over 20 years ago, I was contacted by a 2nd...

Community involvement – leaving my basement
Community involvement – leaving my basement

When I worked in Pierre, involvement in  the community was the last thing on my mind.  I was too tired and didn't have time for it.  After all,  most days, I was gone at least 11 hours.   And let's face it, when I am not at work, I like to stay at home. Even after...

Becoming Involved In My Community – Who Am I?
Becoming Involved In My Community – Who Am I?

  Becoming involved in my community, hasn't been an easy journey.  In life, we each take our own path.   Some people are natural born extroverts, who can jump in and take part in activities.  Well, that was not me.  By nature, I am cautious and unsure.     For my...