The Crow's Nest - October 31, 2013

I cannot believe it has been over a month since I wrote a Crow’s Nest!!!  Time has just slipped away from me.  Winter is definitely “settling in”.  Most all the leaves are off the trees and in our yard.  Chuck has mowed often and bagged all the leaves and clippings.  I think he has finally given up and winterized the John Deere.  I just hate to see the trees look so bare and lonely.  I guess we have to be positive.  Carol Pewe mentioned the other day it would not be that long until December 21st (the shortest day of the year) and how days will get longer.  Chuck did say he read we would lose 1 hour of daylight during the month of November.  Yes, days are short and dreary, but coming out on the other side will be great!

These last 10 days have kept me on my toes.  I had cataract surgery on my left eye October 21.  I was a total basket case when I went in to the North Dakota Eye Clinic.  O my, how I dreaded this procedure.  As long as I can remember I have had such a fear of someone or something touching my eyeball.  Let me tell you, it was a “piece of cake”!  The worst part of the whole procedure was having 3 different drops put in my eye 4 times.  Dr. Gaul spent about 10 minutes removing a thick cataract off my eye.  There was absolutely no pain or no time of being uncomfortable.  I (fortunately) heal quickly.  Rather than waiting the normal 2 week span between surgeries, Dr. Gaul removed the cataracts from my right eye a week later (October 28).  I get fitted for glasses next week.  O boy, this surgery was wonderful.  I keep gushing about it; but, I never realized I had a purple bathroom!!!!  Yes, I know that was the color I had chosen, but to me it looked a dull green.  Everything I look at is SO bright.  In fact, do you realize now I CAN SEE CANADA FROM HERE!!!!!  I know all of you who have had cataract surgery will most likely agree with me.  To me this was life altering.

Temperatures have been in the high 20’s each morning.  A couple of days we have not even seen the 40’s.  Driving around the county I see lots of corn fields still not harvested.  Moisture has played a big part in the late harvest of crops.  The forecast for our area seems to be for dry weather the rest of the week.  I know that is important to the farmers.

I would be SO remiss if I did not thank Jan Nygard for ALL the time she spends in our little Community Library.  A Lending  Library was started a couple of years ago in the entrance to our Community Center and Post Office.  Shelving was brought in and people brought their old books.  For a while it was a total mess until Jan stepped in.  My gosh, she has cataloged all the books and has them in an alphabetical order.  They are so neatly stacked in the shelves.  Jan, thank you so much for this volunteer service to our community.

Life took a quick turn in the Edinburg-Gardar-Mountain area October 16th when news came that Jean (Olafson) Levang died of an aneurysm.  This was a shock to the community.  Jean was only 60 years old.  Her funeral was held at Trinity. 

At the same time, Anna (Troftgruben) Windingland died.  Anna was in her 80’s.  Anna had such an impact on SO many people.  She was a non-stop quilter both at Trinity and at First Lutheran in Hoople.  I remember Anna as being such a stalwart of Odalen Church out in Tiber Township.  Before Odalen burned Anna would spend days out there making sure everything was dusted and cleaned.  Anna was a gem to all.

The deaths of these 2 ladies will always be etched in our minds. It was a week we will always remember.

Congratulations to Morgan Ellingson on her acceptance to Concordia College.  Morgan, how did you grow up so fast?

It was SO much fun to have Cousin Keith and Marlys Sorbo here with us during UND Homecoming.  These 2 are very dear to both Chuck and myself.  We spend lots of time talking about things of the past.  Is this a sign of old age?

Also congratulations to David and Heather (Foseide) Torgeson on the birth of their son Ryker David.  He weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 ozs.  I know Grandma Laurie is excited!

One last congratulation-----this goes to LeRoy and Louise Pederson on their 59th wedding anniversary today.

Have a great day.  We will talk later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 31, 2013

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THE "PERKS" OF BEING OVER 60

1. Your eyes won't get much worse.

2. Things you buy won't wear out.

3. Your joints are more accurate metorologists than the national weather service.

4. There is nothing left to learn the "hard way".

5. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

 

bernice rustan

The home that once belonged to Harry and Bernice Rustan was torn down the other day. No one has lived there for years. It was owned by one of Marianne (Nelon) Eisenmann's daughters.

 

Katie Adrian (a Red Hat Lady,) Mara Jonasson (a jailbird) and Marji Jonasson (a nun) posed for a picture on Halloween.