The Crow's Nest - November 16, 2012

 We were treated to a wonderful “wake-up” call to winter this past Saturday morning.  Rain, sleet and snow were predicted for a huge area of North Dakota.  We mostly got the rain and sleet.   The city streets absolutely glistened Saturday morning.  About 3 PM it was decided to even cancel church for Sunday morning.  Many area churches did the same.  This is just a prelude of what is to come.  But, think on the positive side----only 36 days until the days start getting longer!  I don’t know exactly what to think about all of this, as 365 days just seem to “whirr” by way to fast.

Let me tell you a story about getting old.  I do have an excuse for some of the story.  Let me preface this with saying years ago I vowed I would NEVER do things that an old person may do.  O, how I have to eat my words.  A bit ago Chuck and I got ready to attend an afternoon wedding reception.  About 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon we both changed into “dress clothes” and off we went to celebrate this wonderful couple and their marriage.  We pulled up into the parking lot around the Community Center in Mountain (by now you all know this was the reception for Judy Olafson and Richard Geir).  I was about to get out of the car when I looked down and saw I had a black sweater,  black shoes and socks on and NAVY BLUE pants.  I nearly had a heart attack!  How on earth could I possibly go into the reception in this condition?  Let me tell you, I snaked my way through the receiving line and found a table quickly where I could hide my legs.  I was totally embarrassed.  I mentioned my faux pas to Loretta Bernhoft.  She comforted me by saying she went to teach one day with 2 different shoes on her feet.   I guess we all have our foibles.

  For the last 4-5 years I have complained to anyone who would listen that my eyelids were really interfering with my eye sight.  I did not get a lot of sympathy.  I enjoyed grossing my “kids” out by pulling my eyelids out about 1 ½ inches and then they would SLOWLY revert to where they should be.  My family laughed at “my condition”-- they were not making fun of me, it just became a family joke in a way.

I went down to see Dr. Gaul at the North Dakota Eye Clinic and he confirmed I was indeed  a candidate for eye surgery,   I was set up to have eyelid surgery with Dr. Lamb, a plastic surgeon in Fargo.  He had taken out 3 large skin cancerous growths for me this spring so I had huge confidence in him.  Dr. Lamb did the surgery on October 30th.  He DID NOT put me to sleep so I listened to every snip, snip and smelled the cauterization of skin--------but had absolutely NO pain.  Dr. Lamb talked me through every bit of the procedure.  He took over 2 inches of excess skin from each eyelid.  He told Chuck he could make a wallet out of all the skin he removed.  I was quite a sight on Halloween!

I guess I would not write about all this except to say to anyone who has thought about this surgery that it truly is a “breeze”.  At almost 69 years old it is wonderful to see SO MUCH MORE and be able to enjoy life to its fullest.  I never realized how much my vision was being impaired.  The best thing is Medicare DID pay for this.

I have to give a huge round of applause for the wonderful job Jan Johansen did in preparing the Veteran’s Day Program at the High School.  The whole program was amazing.  The high school band and choir did such a terrific job of playing and singing every song  from all the branches of the Armed Forces.  It was a great program. I thank you Jan for such a wonderful gift to the community and to the veterans.

I express sympathy to the family of Darlene (Rustan) Sherek.  Darlene grew up in the Tiber Coulee area where many of us did.  We all went to Odalen church for Sunday services and Sunday Night Luther League Programs.  Life was great back in the “50’s and 60’s.  But, what I remember most about Darlene and her sisters was the wonderful, wonderful time they all had when they were together.  Up until Odalen burned I remember EVERY Memorial Day and the “Rustan Sisters” sitting at a table and laughing and talking with great gusto.   What wonderful memories they must have.

I feel so badly for Lynette Langerud who broke her left arm in just a freak “mis-step”.  How do these things happen?

Also, keep Rodney Nygard , Wayne Nygard and Bert Eisenmann in your prayers.  Rodney is recovering from a farm accident. Wayne is recovering from surgery and Bert just came home from being hospitalized for different medical problems.

On a lighter note, thank you to all who gave me great advice about taking my calcium pills.    I hate those big things.  Think I will take Glenn Ohma’s and Mavis Hogfoss’s advice.  They both gave me the same remedy.

 A couple days late, but a very Happy Birthday to sister Ruthie.-------she is now old enough to get Social Security,  My where do the years go. We will talk later.




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1. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

2. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

3. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

4. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life".

5. John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.


gia in green

O My! Are you really going to take my picture? Gia was all decked out in green and purple the other day.



David and I are ready for our first day of school.