|Volume 15 Issue 5
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Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
The biggest event of the year for Jubon Juweelen is now history. We had a good festival this year. We actually opened our little store on Wednesday because Orange City has a big car show from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. that brought many new people to our community. We had a prime seat because the car show went up and down main street (right in front of our little store). Thursday was a pretty nice day, but didn't seem too busy. Friday was cold. Most people didn't dress warmly enough. I had three really nice sweatshirts for sale that were beautiful, but expensive. I wasn't sure they would sell because of their cost, but they were so nice I thought at least people could see some nice Dutch items. They were gone before I could turn around on Friday. (I'm sure they were very warm, too). In fact, one man from Texas saw someone wearing them and when he found out they were sold out, asked me to order one for him because he thought they were so nice.
Saturday, was another story. It was BEAUTIFUL. One of the nicest days I've ever seen. Not too hot and not too cold. I heard that the cars were parked almost from one end of our city to the other. I was never that aware of it before, but now that my husband has trouble walking very far, I'll bet some people could make a lot of money if they would go up and down the streets in golf carts willing to take people into the heart of the festival. It maybe doesn't seem like a big deal to younger people who can walk well, but when you get older, even a few blocks can be a bigger challenge than they can handle.
Anyway, from all accounts the festival was a big success. Most of the tulips were in their glory, which is always a plus for the festival. It is always fun trying to figure out what to have on hand and how to arrange it. Some of the real success stories were the wooden tulips (it was fun watching many children picking them up and smelling them), key chains with wooden shoes on are always a success and this year I went out on a limb and purchased some nice cloth purses from the market in Minneapolis and sold everyone. It is a very tiring three days because I do have help in the Straatwinkel, but none of the help knows how to use Square (the computer application on which I record sales), so I really have to be there the whole time (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.) However, when it is over, it always seems worth it and I would like to thank everyone who helped make our festival a great success.
Tribute to Dr. (Doc) Neumann
One of our very best friends passed away just before the festival. Lee (my husband) and Doc have been good friends for several decades. Doc lost his wife nine years ago and we told him that he was always welcome to share Sunday noon meal with us. Well, for nine years with few exceptions he joined us for Sunday meals -- until he had to go to a nursing home a few months ago. Doc would have been 97 in a few weeks. Renae Vande Scaaf wrote a book about him, Get Up and Get Going, which documents some of the events in his life. He was a remarkable man and one of the most knowledgeable horse doctors in the world. Before his wife died he used to travel to different veterinary colleges and teach their unit about horses because most did not have anyone on staff with anywhere near his knowledge. He set up the Belgium horse registry in the country of Columbia and the continent of Australia and wrote for a horse monthly publication for years. He still had people calling him about how to care for their horses when he was in his 90s, especially Amish people and people who farmed with their horses. May he Rest in Peace.
Disc Golf Adventures of Jim and Juliana
Juliana and Jim flew back to California to play the west coast tournaments for several weeks. Up until now they were traveling in a van that Jim had and they customized it to carry all their discs, clothes, etc. for traveling the disc golf circuit. They left Juliana's Subaru at her brother's house in California also packed with discs, clothes, etc. for the western tour. The first event was in Santa Cruz which is a loved location and course for both of them. Juliana finished 5th, shooting well but not scoring that well which is kind of a trademark of play at the historic DeLaveaga course with its rugged and sometimes treaturous terrain. It was Jim's weekend to shine as he played in the open division. He shot well enough during the first round that he was on the second card for round 2 in a field 100 people deep. It is fun to tell his cardmates (who are around 40 years younger) that he shot under his age (62). The fast greens and exposed roots played a little more havok with his second and third rounds so he slipped down to 25th, which is still extremely impressive.
To round out the beautiful weekend, Juliana was awarded with the Steady Ed Memorial Trophy. Named after the Father of Disc Golf, Ed Headrick and awarded by the Disc Golf Association (DGA), the Steady Ed Memorial Disc Golf Trophy has been presented to an individual or group who best exemplifies ‘Steady’ Ed’s code of conduct for the sport of disc golf.
Juliana played in the Beaver State Fling in Estacada, Oregon this week and tied for 15th in a field of 44 with some of the best players in the country. Next week both Juliana and Jim will be playing in the Tim Selinske US Masters Dic Golf Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Then on June 1 they play in Portland, Oregon. Then to Missoula, Montana; back to Estacada, Oregon; then back to the midwest and Emporia, Kansas after which they come back to Iowa where I can watch her play.
Jewel by Brett Lott.
This was a very enjoyable book. I love when I can feel that I am part of the family of the people in the book and this was one of those books. It was also a choice of Oprah's Book Club. It is a story that takes place in Mississippi. This couple have a tag along baby in 1943 (I was born in 1943 so that peeked my interest already). It turns out that the tag a long is a down's syndrome child. The story takes you through the life of this couple and how the special child changes their life and some of the conflicts it causes in the family. The book has a copyright of 1991. The author, Bret Lott, is a professor of English at the College of Charleston. He has written 14 books and his book "Jewel" has been made into a movie. He has received too many honors to list in this newsletter, but it was an excellent book. I have one copy, it is soft cover and sells for $3.00.
Two Cents to Save America by Perry Johnson.
This was a book that I received free in the mail. Perry Johnson is a wealthy business man who is running for President of the United States. I do like to read a variety of books so I did read it. He has a lot of good ideas, but it was more like reading a text book than an entertaining book. The copyright date is 2023 and anyone who wants it can have the book free, just by paying the postage it would cost to send it to you. It is hard cover with many illustrations. Mr. Johnson has written six other books, but they are mostly about business.
The Sin Within Her Smile by Jonathan Cash.
This is a Lovejoy Mystery (there were 24 in the series) and was a little hard for me to understand because he is from the United Kingdom and uses so many English phrases that are not familiar to us in America that I really had to put on my thinking cap to interpret some of them. If you enjoy antiques, you will enjoy this book. Jonathan Cash is the pen name for John Grant. It is also the basis for a TV series that aired from 1986 to 1994 for a total of 73 episodes. The author is also a doctor and between 1971 and 1988 he was director of bacteriology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London. He is a prolific writer as well as a well known doctor. I have one hard cover book by him and it sells for $4.00.