The Crow's Nest - June 24, 2012

Here we are on the fourth day of summer. O how I wait for this time of the year. I love being able to sit outside at night on our patio. The city sprayed for mosquitos the other night, but I had almost forgotten they even existed!

The city is quiet this Sunday afternoon. Even though we are a small village, it seems the town empties out on the weekends. Many residents own campers and go to Renwick Dam up my Cavalier or out to Devils Lake to spend the weekend. Vera Brandvold is in London with her sister Verna. Vera travels often. Harold and Alida Flom recently returned from Nevada where they attended a wedding and Larry and Carol Pewe are off somewhere in their camper. I think Larry wanted to get away from me because I told him I was going to report on the Crow's Nest that one of his favorite pastimes is reading obituaries from the different funeral homes on his computer. Please don't tell him I told you all. I just cracked up when he was telling the "Table of Knowledge" about this. Larry is one good guy!

Brandon Kartes in now down in Minneapolis going to a camp to learn how to live independently as a blind person. Suzie says he just loves it and is learning and doing so much. He is taking self-defense classes along with cooking classes, etc. Suzie said all of the training staff are blind also. There is not a sighted person in the program. Chuck said Brandon is learning to rely more on his stick to help him move about. Suzie and Chuck are in the cities this weekend visiting Brandon.

II know it is a reoccurring theme with me, but my early morning walks do set the tone for my day. Most mornings I see the dew glistening on the grass, smell newly mowed lawns and floral fragrances all around town. Often I meet Orlyn and Sharon Nygard and Vera Brandvold as they walk. Sometimes Rose Denault has her dog out for a walk as does Mary Burkett. I can count on Jim and Joe Kertz passing me as they leave for their work in Grafton. Yesterday I stopped and visited Mark Olson (he is home from Boston visiting his mom Bonita). At 6 am he was out on the lawn practicing his golf swing----and he was dressed like just stepped out of GQ magazine. Wow! He looked nice-----I was frumpy in my oversized Sioux sweatshirt and pants.

Speaking of the Olson's, last night we attended the wedding of Marlie Johansen (daughter of Randy and Jan and grand daughter of Bonita Olson and Ronnie Johansen). Marlie married Asher Kingery. The wedding was at Trinity was beautiful. Marlie was a gorgeous bride and the music was wonderful. It was a special night for the young couple.

It has been a couple of weeks, but grief is still very raw for everyone over the sudden death of Pam Berntson. Paul and Pam have been attending Trinity for about 3 years and Pam was so involved with many of the women of this community through book club, golfing and quilting. She is dearly missed by everyone.

Also sympathy to Leroy and Betty Nelson on the sudden death of their 2 year old grandson Jayden Andrew in Arizona. Jayden is Wilma Gemmill's great grandson. A memorial service is being held today at Grace Free. Our thought and prayers are with the family on such a tragic loss.

Hope everyone has a great day and we will talk later.

 

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June 24, 2012

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Why You Will Like Retirement!

1. Rubber bands last longer when they have been refrigerated.

2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

 

hope lane

My grandson Lane and his girlfriend Hope returned from a ride on Hall's Yellow Buzzard (2 passenger 4 wheeler) totally covered in mud with windswept hairdos!