Jeanne was a family friend

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Yes, I am actually back for two weeks in a row! I am

determined to keep my promise to my Nana and do my best to do my

column every week.


We have really been lucky so far with our winter

weather (knock on wood). I really thought we were due for a snowstorm

or lots of ice, but so far, so good. I am actually tempted to hang

my sheets on the line on a day when it's sunny and breezy

because even though it isn't 80 degrees out, they should still dry.

With the warmer weather, dear little Sparky has actually

ventured outside on occasion. In his younger days, he would

challenge any cat that dared to come into his yard, but now he heads for

the security of his house, especially when the younger and much

more energetic Stella is outside. He quickly devoured his

Christmas/New Year treat from Grandma and Grandpa: a can of tuna. He did

not stop until it was completely gone, and the next day he looked at

his dish of cat food as if it were below him to eat such a thing.


Many people are saddened by the passing of Jeanne

Hansen. Jeanne has long been a friend of our family and of many

other people. She was a very energetic person and donated much

time doing things for the city of Snoqualmie, as well as

donating to good causes. She worked on Snoqualmie Days for many

years and donated lots of ice-cream cones to the pingpong drop

every year. I'm certainly going to miss her friendly face, and will

always think of her when I see everyone enjoying ice-cream cones

during Snoqualmie Days.


"Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view



It happened this week: Batman premiered on TV in

1966 with Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as

Robin. In 1962, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" hit the charts at No. 1,

and in 1949, RCA introduced 7-inch, 45-rpm vinyl records. The

first one made was "Gaite Parisienne," the famous cancan dance.


In the mood for some dessert? How about a Kahlua

chocolate trifle? Bake one chocolate cake mix in a 13- by 9-inch pan

according to package directions. After cooling, poke holes in the

cake and pour 1 cup of of Kahlua over it. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to assemble trifle, whip two small cartons of whipping

cream. Mix 3 1/2 cups of milk with two boxes (3 1/2 ounces each) of

instant chocolate pudding mix, and beat according to package

directions. Cut cake into cubes. Layer (in a glass dish or bowl)

one-third of each ingredient as follows: cake cubes, pudding, whipped

cream and crushed chocolate covered toffee candy bar. Repeat the

layering two more times, ending with the whipped cream and

candy bars. Enjoy!


What do dogs teach us? Sometimes you have to speak up to

get what you want and be willing to learn new tricks. What do

cats teach us? A little peace and quiet will calm both you and your

soul, and will conserve your energy for when it counts.


Take time to sit back this week, rejoice that the holidays

are over and have a Kahlua trifle! See you next week.

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to: Donna, P.O. Box 604, Snoqualmie, WA 98065.

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