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A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I apologize for being SO slow in posting a new “Crow’s Nest”. The holidays, family visits and travels put me way behind in updating the website. I think I am now ready to spend time at the computer.

Over the holidays the weather was bitterly cold. The last few days we have really enjoyed an old fashioned “January Thaw”. Temperatures have risen into the 30’s so the snow has melted off the roads and the huge piles are sinking a little bit. I wouldn’t mind if the rest of the winter was like this.

We just got back from a few days spent in Las Vegas. Allegiant Airline flies non-stop from Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck to Las Vegas and also to Phoenix. We flew out of Grand Forks on a Sunday and came back the following Thursday. We had a 17th floor corner room at the Paris Hotel that offered us a spectacular view of the Bellagio’s water fountains and the Paris’ Eiffel Tower set against the backdrop of Nevada’s mountainous landscape.

We walked so much my legs felt like jelly as each day ended. I did enjoy the walking, but got very annoyed with all the “snappers” on the streets and the “time-share hawkers” inside the casinos. We even watched a turf fight between snappers. Security quickly quelled the disturbance. We went to see the ventriloquist, Terry Fator at the Mirage. What an outstanding show he put on. He won the television program, “America’s Got Talent” a couple of years ago—I can understand why, as he really was good!

One morning we drove to Hoover Dam. What a beautiful and awesome sight that is. It is just a short drive from Las Vegas and well worth the trip. We had our tom-tom along so it was easy to get where we wanted to go. Just wish Ms Tom-Tom didn’t have such an annoying voice! Guess I am being a little on the snooty side. The Fremont Street experience and the Liberace Museum were also fun places to visit. Next time I want to fly to Las Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon. We lived in Arizona for 2 ½ years and never visited it. I am deathly afraid of heights and falling over edges. I think it is time to try and conquer this fear and visit this wonder.

It is surprising how fast time will go these next few weeks. Our Community Club is planning another “Community Brunch” in March. A lot of work goes in to it, but it also is such a fun time for those of us involved in the planning and preparation. We are looking forward to this event.

Harold and Alida Flom are spending the winter in Arkansas. They travel from there to North Carolina and Minnesota to visit their children and grandchildren. Harold calls occasionally to hear how everyone is doing in Edinburg. Everett Seim is at home. He goes down for blood transfusions as they are needed. I suppose most everyone in the area has had their H1N1 flu shot by now.

Anderson’s Café served torsk and fried chicken last Friday night. The place was full when we were down to enjoy the food. We eat breakfast and lunch there 2-3 times a week also. Marlene is known for the great pies she makes.

Our sympathy goes to Joann (Hall) Swenson and family on the death of Bernice. Bernice’s funeral was held in Edinburg last Monday. She had been residing in the twin cities for the last few years. Bernice was such a wonderful, caring and giving lady. She is missed by many.

Our hearts and minds go out to the country of Haiti. The vivid pictures on the television screen shows so much destruction and death. I hope everyone can somehow give in some small way to help the people of Haiti. Donations can be given through UNICEF or the Red Cross. It is hard to imagine what devastation there is in that country.

I am on my way down to see Barb Brandvold for a haircut. I was going to get one in Las Vegas but the price at the “spa” at the Paris was $155.00 for a cut and I just didn’t know at that price if I could be assured of getting a great haircut like Barb gives me! Have a good day and we’ll talk later.


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Coffee Filters

(Who Knew??)

1. Clean windows, mirrors and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they will leave windows sparkling.

2. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

3. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing on soft fabrics.

4. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

5. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

Also good for making coffee!!!

(provided by cousin Mary from Seattle)