The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on February 19, 1986 · Page 16
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February 19, 1986

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 16

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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise- Wednesday, February 19, 1986- Page 1B IMAGE Seguin Flavor Artistic flavor colors LaBrache family life By J AMIS TURK [Staff Writer • Jeff and Cindy LaBrache have that unique Seguin "flavor" to their lives, and it's an artistic flavor that spices their lives with creativity and beauty. Cindy, born in Austin and formerly of Idaho, is an independent graphic artist, mother of two, and wife to Jeff, who is a senior supervisor at the Motorola plant in Seguin. Her artwork has been recognized and sold to many people over the years, along with original logos for businesses, and it is apparent in her lovely home that Cindy certainly has a flair for beauty and all that it constitutes. "I have always drawn," explained Cindy, "I couldn't tell you just when it started. I've always done it. Even as a child." Talent like Cindy's doesn't come about every day, and though it is surely a gift she posesses, she works constantly at her craft and often experiments with her artistic style to expand and improve it. "I have just recently been trying to experiment with my drawing style and it is really changing. I used to do only very detailed work that went very slowly. Now I am intentionally trying to use as few lines as possible in my art, and make it more direct AN ORIGINAL drawing by Cindy LaBrache shows here her marvelous talent for reproducing beautifully the images seen in artistic styled, antique photographs. Ever attentive to beauty Cindy's drawing,"The Man With One" shows that beauty in detail. This image is taken from a photograph that may be seen in the Seguin- Guadalupe County Library. and simple. It is really exciting to see the differences in my work, and watch my style evolve!" exclaimed the young artist. Cindy's art is what is called "rapideograph," which is a type of pen and ink drawing. "I especially like portraits. I work mainly from antique portraits, these days," explained the talented young woman. Her house displays much of her work on the walls. One of her works shown here is taken from a photo taken in 1905 by Edward Stichen, an artist "back when photography wasn't even considered an art form and people were simply trying to reproduce an image with a picture. I really admire Stichen's art. There is a book of his art in the Seguin Library," explained Cindy. Her two sons, Daniel and Adam, appreciate their mom's talent, and they often lay on their stomachs beneath her drawing table and color while Cindy works on a drawing. "Adam already draws pretty well," Cindy commented. Adam is six years old and a first grader at Jefferson Elementary. "He is very smart and kind of shy — and extremely sensitive," his proud mother remarked, "And Daniel, well, he's the outgoing one who likes everyone he meets.'' Everyone likes Daniel and Adam immediately, too. Jeff and Cindy have also raised Jeff's older children, Sadie and Lonnie, and they both come to visit often and enjoy the company of Adam and Daniel. Daniel is four years old. He and Adam really enjoy playing outside with their many pets. Cindy and Jeff are real pet lovers. "We are a foster home for the Austin Humane Society. I take in AN EXAMPLE of the new, more simple style Cindy's art has taken, is shown in these adorable Teddy bears Cindy has drawn for her two little boys, Adam and Daniel. pregnant dogs and take care of them till the puppies are born and weaned, and then I return them. The fatality rate is so high with puppies born without proper care and a home," Cindy explained. The LaBrache family has had as many as 23 dogs at one time, though right now their S. Erkel St. home has only room for two dogs and one cat that live the yard. Cindy also owns a horse. Jeff and Cindy have lived in the area for four years now. Before moving to Seguin they had a lovely home in Geronimo where the dogs and cats and the horse had more room. The house they now live in is cozy and warm, and full of the magic of the two happy little boys that give their parents such joy. Their home is decorated with sea shell, and Cindy's art, wicker room divider screens, and big overstuffed chairs and couches. The LaBrache family has many antiques of sentimental and historical value in their home that is so wonderfully reminiscent of the gracefulness of the country homes of the late 1960's. Cindy is often very busy taking care of her little boys and her artistic pursuits, and yet she always manages to find time to try a really good recipe if she comes across one. Here is a favorite that is easy to try. Twice Baked Potatoes 8 medium baking potatoes 2 tablespoons butter or margarine '/i teaspoon of salt 1 can (11 ounces) condensed Cheddar cheese soup 1 tablespoon chopped, dried chives Paprika Bake potatoes until done. Cut potatoes in half, lengthwise; scoop out the insides leaving a thin shell. With electric mixer, mash potatoes with butter and salt. Gradually add soup and chives; beat until light and fluffy. Spoon into shells. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a 2 4 quart shallow baking dish (13x9x2) at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, or until hot. Makes eight servings. Hospital purchases fetal monitor from auxiliary funds The Guadalupe Valley Hospital Auxiliary fundraising efforts for 1985 have resulted in the purchasing of a fetal monitor for the obstetric department. 'Several fundraising activities were responsible for the collection of over $8,000 necessary to obtain the monitor. In September, a style show and luncheon raised $1,800; the "Pink Ladies" Christmas Card project, over $5,500 and a contribution from Mrs. Lucille Darlick, chairperson of the March of Dimes, for $3,500 put the collection effort "over the top," according to Ruth Sonntag with the auxiliary. At the December meeting, auxiliary president Lesley Hurley presented administrator Don Richey with a check in excess of $8,000 for the monitor. The GVH "Pink Ladies and Gentlemen" wish to thank all of those who contributed to this proji5cT"With" : ' the exception of $500 which will be used as a scholarship award in May, all monies raised will be used to purchase hospital equipment. Homemakers learn about sodium A NEW FETAL MONITOR has been purchased by the Guadalupe Valley Hospital Auxiliary's fundraising efforts. Auxiliary members (from left) Martha Hansen, Lesley Hurley, Don Richey,Jean Neumann and Lorene Nitsch examine this new device. (Staff photo) Stationery art can make child's day great Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet And soare you! Valentine's Day has come and gone with all its frilly hearts and flowers. It seems strange to be sending out lacy hearts and flowers when you look into the origin of this day. Valentine's Day can be traced way back to an ancient Roman festival or name day of several of the early Christian martyrs who were named Valentine. The sending of valentines has nothing really to do with these martyrs, however, and no one really knows just where or how this custom began. But, did you know, that in the beginning of the tradition of sending pretty, frilly valentines, the sender did not sign his name and would disguise his handwriting. So, however you decided to send your valentine, its message still said, "I love you" and that is what it is all about: love for one another. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours, you are loved. These cold, damp, wintery, gray days lead many kids to whine, "What's there to do, I've got nothing to do!" Bend a little closer, mother, and let us whisper in your ear a really neat idea for fun and education too. You can show your bored little one how to make his very own original stationery designs. All you need to make this very personal, personalized stationery is a set of fine point and wide tip markers, plain paper (typing paper is great), a box Carol Springs CAROL'S CORNER of plain envelopes and a pencil with a brand new eraser. Now tell your little ones to put on the "old thinking cap" and think of a stationery design that uses circles, such as flowers with round petals, caterpillars and other little cute bugs, and so on. Tell him to choose a marker color and ink the pencil eraser tip with it. Then press the eraser down flat on paper and he will have his first perfect circle. Tell him to make as many circles in this manner as he wants. To switch to different colors, just have him erase the color he is using. When the eraser is pink again, he can ink it up with the next color that he has chosen. Then he can add details like eyes, antennae or stems and petals by hand with the fine point markers. Tell your child to make them dance around the paper or draw a flower pot in a corner and let the flower grow up the edge of the paper and across the top and even down the other side if he wants. It's fun to make your own stationery and when you are all finished with your neat creations you can write a letter to someone. Won't you be proud when they ask where you got the neat and pretty stationery'? Decorate the envelopes to match the stationery and "presto" you have a matching set that can't be beat. Have fun on these "inside the house" gray, damp days and surprise all the aunts and uncles and cousins by the dozen, as well as the grannies and the grandpas with a newsy letter on stationery designed by you! Have you been by the One Seguin Art Center lately to view the lovely fiber arts exhibition of woven and hand dyed natural fibers by Darlene Maske? The One Seguin Art Center brings many and varied art displays to our attention and they are most interesting. We are most fortunate to have the Art Center, it adds much to our learning and education. We visited with Carolyn Westerholm the other day and she shared with us the news that the members of the choir from Decarah, Iowa College were in town to perform at the Emanuel's Lutheran Church, and choir members were guests in many homes throughout Seguin. She and Kermit were blessed with four of the young men and did, indeed, enjoy their visit with them, as well as their singing. Charlie Hartenstien has been wooed by the Chicago White Sox baseball organization to be the pitching coach for the minor league team during training. They are homebound in Norfolk, Va. It seems just like yesterday that Charlie pitched Seguin High to victory. Can't believe he is about to Club leaders Helen Hamilton and Grace Crow showed members of the Elm Creek Extension Homemakers the "Secrets of Sodium" at a Feb. 12 meeting. In their presentation they helped to answer the question, "What are the Secrets of Sodium?" They showed foods found in most pantries and used the foods consumed by two members in an average day to prove their findings. The most common source of sodium in the diet is salt. Sodium is a mineral element that is found in most foods and in our water. We all need sodium to maintain blood volume, cellular osmatic pressure and in transmitting nerve impulses. It is estimated that the average daily sodium intake per person is between 2,300 to 6,900 milligrams (l to 2 teaspoons or 6 to 17 milligrams of salt.) Our body needs for sodium are not great. We need only 1,100 to 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day to be safe for an adequate supply for a healthy adult. Excess sodium in our diet may contribute to high blood pressure, kidney disease and heart problems. The delicate balance of a healthy body may be changed by medicines or disease. Most people consume more sodium than we need, and for good nutrition everyone should learn to eat less sodium. The taste for salt is a learned habit. To help everyone to control the sodium in our diets they gave each member a booklet, "The Sodium Content of Your Food," a list of those foods that are considered especially high in sodium and some tasty recipes that use herbs, which are sodium free, for seasonings. The meeting was held at the Kenneth Haas home. This is the home of the daughter of the hostess, Annie Mae Boecker. Refreshments of assorted cookies, punch and coffee were served preceding the business meeting. President Ruby Jaraszewski presided at the business meeting. Sixteen members named a food high in sodium as roll was called. Rosemary Smalley read "Importance of Time" for devotion. The plant and bake sale to be held March 29 was discussed. Members were urged to start plants now so they would be ready for this event. Texas Extension Homemakers Association chairman Helen Hamilton passed out pledges to buckle up for safety for members to sign. Each member received a copy of "Links to Safe Living" provided by the Texas Coalition for Safety Belts. Another item under discussion was the District 10 meeting to be held April 10 at Washington on the Brazos. Plans are to get a bus for transportation. There are many historical places in the area, and tours are available. This may be interesting, as Texas is celebrating its Sesquicentennial year. Helen Stein, state committee chairman of cultural arts and international understanding, read a letter from Phyllis Klem, Jamestown, South Australia. Phyllis Klem is the international officer for the South Australia Country Women's Association, which is their equivalent of our Extension Homemakers. Australia is also celebrating its Sesquicentennial. Seguin's sister city, Millicent, is near Jamestown. She was interested in learning more about life in Texas. The Elm Creek Club will provide program materials, reports and other pertinent information to help promote a better understanding between the women of the two countries. Clubs are open to all homemakers regardless of race, color, religion, handicap or national origin. Romance rekindled burns marriage Dear Abby: I am a 30-year-old divorcee. I married Larry (not his real name) when I was 10 and left him (like a fool) for another man when I was 18. 1 never reali/ed what a jewel Larry was until it was too late. Larry got married and now he has three children. In the meantime, I've been living with this other guy, "Barney," for six years. We have a child but we're not married yet. We plan to make it legal in the near future. I have always regretted leaving Larry and have prayed for a reconciliation, but after all these years I never thought 1 had a chance. Well, I ran into him two weeks ago in a parking lot, and it was like our very first meeting all over again! We have seen each other a couple of times since and now he wants to leave his wife and marry me. Should I leave Barney and go back to Larry? Let me know soon. Barney and I are booked on a cruise, and we'll lose our deposit if we don't cancel by March 10. Thank you. Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY isn't thinking about his family obligations, he should be. You also have a child to consider as well as a six-year relationship. Don't do anything without considering the consequences very, very carefully. Go on the cruise you've planned with Barney and try to get your head straight before you go off the deep end. near Abby. letters in your about snoring stock answer: 1 have seen many column complaining bed partners. Your "See an ear-nose See Carol's Corner, Pg. 28 Dear Libby (Not My Ki'iil Name) Slow down. If Larry doctor for a possible minor surgical solution." I have a better idea. My husband was the champion snorer of them all. Then one day we figured out his snoring might be caused by breathing through his mouth, so we bought some paper "tape" 1 inch wide, and he began taping his mouth closed every night before going to sleep, i He would say, "No more talking, I am going to tape up now.") Then he would press his lips together and tape them shut. After sleeping quietly all night long, he would peel off the tape in the morning. (It peels off easily.) This worked for '20 years. 1 have told others. Some say this will stop their breathing. Not so. Mrs. L.P. in L.A. Dear Mrs. L.P.: It sounds too good to be true, but I wouldn't recommend it for others without suggesting that they run it by their doctor to make sure it's safe for thorn. Another suggestion: Buy one of those machines that drone on endlessly to drown out street noises, snoring and other disturbing sounds that interfere with sleeping. They are available at sleep shops, hardware stores and listed in most gadget catalogs. If you try either of these suggestions, please let me know if it works for you. Pleasant dreams. i Problems 1 ' WriU' to Abby. Fur a personal, unpublished reply, send a self-addressed, slumped envelope to Anhy. 1> O Box 38923. Hollywood, t'alif DiXMS All I'nrrespondem-e is

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