The Crow's Nest

I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter. The weather was wonderful—sunny and bright. The “Olson” family held their annual afternoon of kite flying on the church parking lot. Allen Sorbo is usually manning the kite, but yesterday it was Jeremy Johansen. It is fun to watch as the kites fly in the wind.

Springtime brings all kinds of weather to the area. We have had beautiful weather and then some that is not so beautiful. Last Friday it started hailing here, but that was nothing like the stormy weather they had in the Bismarck area. They had about 8 inches of wet, wet snow that brought road closings and power lines to fall. Today’s paper said a big part of south central Nodak is still without power. I guess we can live with a little hail!

There are signs of spring all over. All one has to do is to listen to the sound of dirt bikes, motorcycles and 4-wheelers revving up their engines and driving around town. There is also the smell of charcoal as residents are outside on their patios or decks barbequing. We have enjoyed the return of the robins. It is so great to watch them digging for worms in the soil. For those of us that live in this frozen tundra during the winter months, spring is a “BIG DEAL”. I hope I speak for everyone when I say it just makes us “happy” to enjoy warmer weather.

Spring has come very early for us in the Edinburg community. This last week we have enjoyed temperatures in the 60’s. Flooding is always a concern with those who live near rivers. Fortunately flooding has not been too bad this year. I talked with a friend tonight who had tried to cross over at Oslo, MN and could not because of high water.

About a week ago we spent time in Minot with our daughter and family. O, but do they ever have the snow out there!!! They have SO much more to melt. We are so far ahead of them as far as snowmelt. It is a fun, fun ride out to Minot from Edinburg on Highway 17. There is absolutely NO traffic and we drive a highway with lots of bumps and such. It is worth every mile of bad pavement. We go by the town of Wolford where recently many, many wind turbines were placed. I counted 88 turbines and then lost count as they were all over the hilly area. The landscape is so wonderful with many hills and valleys. There is lots of water also out in that part of North Dakota. It is just a wonderful area of the state to drive through.

I went down to Grand Forks this past week and lo and behold, if there wasn’t a combine out in the field combining corn from last year!!! Is that a sign of spring or what!!!

It won’t be long before the farmers will be out in their fields spring planting. I watch Bob Kertz drive by many times a day so I know he is getting machinery and such ready. It is great to see activity on the streets of Edinburg. Pretty soon all the golf carts will be up and running.

I try not to make the “Crow’s Nest” personal as I know readers do not want to read about my family. But, please allow me this little glimpse in to a very personal happening. Our twin sons, who are 41 years old have very dear friends they’ve known since high school in Lansing, KS. Bill and Ruth have been married a little over 20 years and they just gave birth to their first child, a new little baby girl last Wednesday. Congratulations Bill and Ruth on your new daughter Alexus Tegan.

Our sympathy goes to Rose Denault and her family on the death of her dad, Linden (Bud) Tischman. He had been living at the Good Samaritan Center in Park River for the past while. Rosie, you are in our thoughts and prayers as is Jessica, Jared, Morgan, Alicia and Bruce.

Have a good day and we’ll talk later.

 

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April 5, 2020

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More Uses for Coffee Filters

1. Protect fine china by separating your dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

2. Protect a cast iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

3. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

4. Use a coffee filter to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in when putting in soups and stews.

5. Use coffee filters to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the filter, place the seeds inside, fold it and place into a plastic baggie until they sprout.