The Crow's Nest - February 10, 2014

Is anyone sick of the cold weather?  Hasn’t it been brutal?  Maybe age has something to do with it, but it seems like I am cold all the time.  The thermometer backs that up!  It seems every morning I get up and it is somewhere between a minus 3 degrees and a minus 20 degrees.  I try my hardest to conjure up in my mind a picture of tulips in bloom and fragrant lilacs wafting their perfume through my kitchen window.  It isn’t working all that easy for me.  How about you?  I guess that some of us caved in and went to warmer climes for a few days (some lucky ones just take off for the whole winter).  We aren’t that fortunate as we stay in Dakota so we do not miss any of our beloved Sioux hockey games. 

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago Chuck and I flew to Palm Desert to spend 10 days.  If you know the saga of our trip, please skip these next few paragraphs.  We left January 22nd from Fargo.  There was a full-blown blizzard raging outside.  Just the trip from the motel to the airport was hazardous.  We were out at the airport at 5 am.  We were supposed to leave at 6:10 am, but did not fly out until 3 pm.  During that time we were out on the runway 3 times having the plane de-iced.  Twice we went back to the terminal.  The 3rd time was the charm.  Of course we missed our connection in Denver.  We finally got into Palm Springs around 9 pm.  Delays that day were 9 hours.

 The Palm Springs/Palm Desert area is beautiful.  It is so easy to travel the wide, well-marked roads.  We enjoyed driving to the Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert.  What awesome beauty.  We went to the “Follies” where every singer and dancer was over 55 years of age.  The oldest was a man of 84.  He was quite a “hoofer”.  The oldest lady was 78.  They put on 2 (3 hour) shows a day.  There was lots of humor, singing and dancing.  As can be expected everyone in attendance was at least 60 years old.  The Follies is closing in May after being a mainstay in Palm Springs for years.  The Living Desert was also a great place to visit as was a local “Date Farm”.  The farm is managed by former Graftonite Greg Raumin.  Chuck golfs with Greg’s dad, Jerry Raumin.  One of the employees is a Mark Goulet, also from Grafton.  Our villa was beautiful with one of many swimming pools just outside our patio door.  I hardly thought about the cold, cold Edinburg weather.

Reality hit when we got home.  It took us a long time to get home though.  We had a 7 hour delay out of Palm Springs due to computer glitches.  We were supposed to leave at 8 am, but didn’t leave until 3 pm.  Of course we missed our flight from Denver to Fargo.  We tried to get re-booked to Fargo but were told the next available flight to Fargo was on February 4th.  This was February 1st and there are 4 flights from Denver to Fargo every day!  We finally got on a flight to Bismarck that landed there at 12:30 am.  We had to rent a car to drive to Fargo the next day to retrieve our vehicle.  It was quite a trip.  The “in-between” time in California made up for the flight frustrations.  It makes a good story also.

I had lots of things to write about and had put them all in my “NOTES” on my iPhone.  Unfortunately, I had to re-boot my phone and every note is gone.  I guess I will have to make a special trip down to the famous table tomorrow to learn more “stuff”.

I know this is universal, but it was fun observing the ladies shopping on the elite El Paseo Street in Palm Desert.  There are lots of high end stores there.  The ladies were so busy looking and buying while their husbands were either just outside on the sidewalk or inside the store door frames looking utterly bored. I know this happens everywhere.

Gary and Toni Monsebroten are somewhere down south now.  They were going to New Mexico and Arizona for certain.  They were going to stop in to see Carol and Larry Pewe in Lake Havasu Falls, AZ.  Harold and Alida Flom have been in Arkansas for most of the winter.  Greg and Ruth Hall are leaving for Disney World with their children and grandchildren.  I bet Greg will be going on more than the tame “Tea Cup” rides!

Congratulations again to Joe and Karen Kertz on their new grand-daughter Corbyn Nicole born to Jeff and Brittany Kertz.  Also, congrats go to Steve and Mary Langerud on their new grandson Charles Julian born to Shane and Jill Waslaski.

Bert Eisenmann has been transferred from Altru in Grand Forks to a hospital in West Allis, WS to be closer to family.  I will post his address on the website.

Passing thought:  I wish I was able to go into a restaurant and order everything in smaller portions.  I wonder how many times I ask for just half of an item and am always told no.  I personally waste SO much food every time we eat out.  O yes, there is the “Senior Menu” but the choices are so minimal.  It drives me crazy to leave ¾’s of my order to just be tossed away.  I feel better now that I have that off my chest. 

Have a great day and we will talk later.















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1."Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.

2. "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it". Confucius

3. "A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams". John Barrymore

4. "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened". Dr. Seuss

5. Be yourself; everyone else is taken". Oscar Wilde



Trinity Church Council-most likely taken in the early 1960's. Front row: Orlin Nelson, John Hall, Rev S.O. Kvaale, Paul Bjorneby and Frank Wylie. Back row: Merlin Fingarson, Joe Bakke, LeRoy Pederson, Oscar Haug and Leonard Jensen.


carWhat a car!!! It was sitting along El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. I don't have any idea what the name of the car is. I told everyone this was our "rental" car from the airport.