News and musings from the vicinity of Fox Street and Willow, Long Lake, Minnesota... the Johnsons at home and away. That's us.


To Sir With Love

Filed under: General,Who's News by HelenJr on 1/26/2005

Mom and Sir Last summer, I spent a week at ‘La Maison du Patchwork’ in Chateauponsac, France. My mother and I had a wonderful time, good people, good food, good conversation. A special member of our group was our hosts’ English bulldog, Sir. Sir was wonderfully friendly and enthusiastic. He would leap with gusto at every opportunity to join us; and he’d shiver with delight when he succeeded at becoming the center of our loving attention. It was always such a pleasure to see him smile.

But Sir was fragile. He suffered from epilepsy. Though we did our best not to, there were occasions when our attentions caused enough stress to trigger a seizure. It was difficult for all of us to witness that struggle.

Today I received sad news that Sir has died. We send our sympathies to Graham and Isabel Sunderland. Sir will always have a special place in our hearts.


Who’s News?

Filed under: General,Who's News by HelenJr on 1/20/2005

Betsy Merritt Elizabeth Merritt, born 1-22-1955 

Betsy, Happy 50th Birthday.

You’ll always be an historic treasure to us. On this important day, we send lots of love from all of your friends and family.

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I’ve always wanted to try this

Filed under: General,Weather by HelenJr on 1/17/2005

Frosty Air When the thermometer hits the “below zeroes” and the weather reports are full of dire safety warnings, haven’t you ever wondered “just how cold is it, really?” For instance, is it cold enough to freeze water in the air, before it hits the ground?

In fact, as you can see here….yes, it is. Our test produced a great poof of frozen mist. Very impressive. I’m not sure of the science behind the effect, but given the right situation, you can try it, too:

Outside temperature… really darn cold (-10F for us). Water… a half cup, boiling. Action… Give it a good, sweeping fling for full effect.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go find my hat and mittens.


Carl Schraubstadter

Filed under: Family Tree,General by HelenJr on

Carl Schraubstadter Carl G. Schraubstadter (1827-1897) – Born in Dresden (now in Germany). Came to America in 1854. Settled first in the Boston area. Married Augusta Stern in 1864. Moved to St.Louis with his wife and children in 1874. Type foundry. My great-great gandfather. I have quite a bit more. I’d love to hear from anyone interested.



Filed under: General,Weather by HelenJr on 1/13/2005

Today is going to be cold here in Minnesota. I have friends who are experiencing their first winter. They have been feeling sure that they have seen the worst. But all they have really had is a little discomfort and inconvenience. Now it will plunge to far below zero. It will be more than uncomfortable. It will be dangerous. I hope that they will all be safe.