|Volume 15 Issue 1
In this issue
Letters From Ralph
Getting ready for the tulip festival
We always look for a few new things to offer at the Straatwinkel at the Tulip Festival. One of our new items this year will be seven new Cottn Curls bags featuring tulips on them. We will be offering a large Tulips Tote bag for $41.00, a matching Tulips Bookbag for $33.00, (all of the bags are matching) a Tulips Slim Sling for $25.00, A Tulips Sling for $25.00, a Tulips Cellphone Sling for $21.00, a Tulips Wristlet for $12.50 and a Tulips Travel Pouch for $12.50. We didn't order a large quantity so it will be first come, first served. Hopefully we will sell out during the Tulip Festival so that we can bring more new items next year. We also purchased quite a few used tulip items from Centrum Foto who is moving their business from a brick and mortar place downtown to a house business (just like we did). It mainly consists of used wooden shoes, which we will be selling at a greatly reduced price from the new ones we offer. There are some very interesting and unique designs. There is also a nice windmill and ship included.
Still have Snow
Last month I told you how much snow that we had on the ground. In fact, you could barely see our mailbox. We still can't see our front yard, but we did have several days of slow melting and it's only about 1/2 way up the post on our mailbox now. When we post our next newsletter, it will be spring, and hopefully, by then, we'll be able to see our front yard. (Although we are supposed to have another big snow this weekend).
Well, Juliana and Jim began their professional tour a few weeks ago. It began with a contest between Southern California golfers and Northern California. That wasn't posted anywhere so we couldn't follow it, but according to Juliana, Southern California beat Northern pretty decisively. The next week both Jim and Juliana played in age protected divisions in The Old Goats Challenge in Escondido, California. Both won their divisions. This past week they both played in an A-Tier tournament in Pasadena, California. Juliana played in open women's and Jim played in the Mixed Pro 60+. Again, both took 1st place. Jim shot an impressive ten under par in his second round for a rating of 1033 -- the highest rating of the 143 people playing in the tournament. This coming weekend they will both be playing in the Las Vegas Challenge presented by Innova which is an Elite Series event and which will be very competitive. Juliana will be playing in the Women's Pro Open with 59 other competitors and Jim will be playing in the Mixed Pro 60+ with 30 other competitors. This event will be broadcast on Disc Golf Network.
The Hostage by W.E.B. Griffin.
I didn't think I'd care for this when I first started because it has a lot of military terms, etc, that I'm not familiar with. However, I loved it. It was one of the most intriguing books that I've read for awhile. It is a long book (almost 500 pages) and takes place mainly in Argentina. The hero is Delta Force Major Charley Castillo who works directly under the president to try find the killers of an American diplomat. This is a gripping story filled with lots of action. It's the type of book my husband loves, but I liked it, too. The Author is the #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series. More than 50,000,000 of his books are in print in more than ten languages. He grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia and enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. He received counterintelligence training at Fort Holabir, Maryland. He is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, the Armor Association, and the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) Society. His military achievements would take this whole newsletter to relate, so just look him up on the internet if interested in hearing more. We have one copy of this hard copy book and it sells for $4.00.
Facemaker by William Katz.
This was pretty tame after reading The Hostage, but was entertaining. It was also a mystery, but being only 1/2 the size of the previous one, didn't have as much time to develop the characters. It is about a plastic surgeon who is trying to achieve the perfect face. When something doesn't go quite right, he gets rid of the evidence. William Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927 and died in 2019. He was a teacher and his main area of writing was about African-American history. We only have one copy of the book and it sells for $4.00. It is a hard cover.
The third review consists of 8 books and two video tapes. My brother was a master brewer and made his own beer. I don't care for beer, but I have to admit that his was pretty good. He won many blue ribbons when he was alive. He passed away over 13 years ago, but I still have most of his library. The videos are entitled the Michael Jackson Beer Hunter, Video One and Two. They sell for $2.00 each, but I'm not sure anyone has machines that can play them anymore. There are 8 soft cover books; 7 of which sell for $3.00 and one that sells for $4.00. The titles of the books are "Pale Ale", "Continental Pilsener", "Brewing Quality Beers", "Porter", "Lambic", "Vienna", Begian Ales", and the $4.00 book is entitled "Brewing the World's Great Beer". It is filled with recipes and pictures of how to set things up. You can purchase them separately or we'd sell the whole set for $20.00 plus shipping fees (unless you want to pick them up).