The Crow's Nest - JULY 23, 2013

Prince Baby Cambridge has finally arrived!  It seems like the news media has been outside the St Mary's hospital in London for a very long time.  I had CNN on when Prince William and Kate brought their new son out to greet the press.  They looked very happy.

Well, Chuck and I had our last meal at “Out to Lunch” café in Park River this morning.  The place is closing July 31st.  We have enjoyed many early morning breakfasts there.  I didn’t even have to order, as they knew what I liked—rather boring and predictable I guess.  We always enjoyed visiting with Park River’s version of the “Table of Knowledge”.  I wish the Johnson’s the best.  The closing will leave a hole on Briggs Avenue.

We had a many days string of hot, hot weather.  The last couple days have found temperatures to be more like September weather.  The fields are heading out and some are beginning to turn in color ever so slightly.  I always dread it when I see grains ripening.  That means fall and winter are not that far away!

Gardens around town are producing lots of wonderful vegetables.  We have enjoyed meals of peas, beans, beets, asparagus, potatoes and cucumbers.  I have already frozen 25 pints of peas for winter use.  It will be just a matter of days before pickling time will be here.  It seems like we just planted everything.

O my, the annual Rib Cook-Off was a huge success.  I am guessing there were at least 300 people who came to eat great ribs and all the other foods available.  The weather was perfect with lots of sunshine.  Those in attendance seemed to really enjoy the day of good eating and great company.

The craziest thing happened to me the other night.  I suppose it seems crazy to me as I was half asleep.  About 1:30 in the morning I heard these chirping noises.   At first I just “blew” the chirping noises off.  Around 2 AM the chirping was still going on.  I thought “WHAT A PERSISTENT BIRD”!  It would chirp 17 times then stop for a few seconds.  This routine kept on until 5:30 in the morning.  I knew this had to be a serious mating call of some unknown bird.  Finally I woke up enough to get out of bed and go to the sunroom door.  I opened it, but could not hear anything.  I then walked to the top of our stairs where the chirping was quite loud.  I got scared so I woke Chuck up and told him we must have a big bird down in the basement and I was not about to go down to find out.  Would he please go down and see what was going on.  After a couple of grumbles he went down.  After a few minutes he comes up carrying an old, old fire alarm that had been sitting on the shelf in his workroom for many years.  Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the “chirping” to stop.  I needed a nap that afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane (Tveit) Pitcher and family on the death of Diane’s husband Duayne last Sunday.  His funeral is at Trinity this Thursday.

Welcome home to Harold and Alida Flom.  They just returned from a vacation in Mexico with their son Matt and his family.  They said it was a wonderful trip.

A special Happy Birthday to grandson Cole on his 21st birthday and to brother David on his 67th birthday.  I know you both celebrated in style.  Cole is at camp as a counselor so I suppose many campers sang Happy Birthday to him.  David, if you were home I would come and sing Happy Birthday to you.  (We will sing to you this Thursday when we all meet in Seattle for our Monson Cousin Reunion).  Get ready.

Have a great day and we will talk later.














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Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?

If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00 nobody will be able to hire outside help at their stores.

Who would have thought that gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon?

People are afraid the Volkswagon car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

courtesy of the internet



jill,brianJill, Brian and Noah Troftgruben took 2nd place for their ribs. Their son Carter was off playing when the picture was taken.



Here we are - the judges for the RIb Cook-Off. Left to right: Tony Buckholtz, Josh Swenson (from Park River) and myself (Rita Mielke).