The Crow's Nest - July 24, 2014

I sometimes think that after 50 years of marriage my other half tunes me out at least 75% of the time.  He proved me wrong this morning.  As I was going out the door for my morning walk I hollered “If a storm appears, please come and save me”.  Lo and behold, I was down by John and Eunice Evenson’s home when I heard a rumble of thunder.  Truth be known, I am extremely frightened of thunder and lightning due to a few close encounters.  I quickly turned my iPod off and started heading for Market on Main as fast as I could to take shelter from the ominous weather.  I quickly dialed our home phone and just as it started ringing Chuck walked into the store to save me.  He had heard the far away thunder and knew I would be scared so he came to my rescue.  Today he is my hero!  And, more amazing is that he actually paid attention to what I had said as even I get sick of listening to myself talk all the time.

We returned last week from spending a few days in Glacier Park.  What a fantastic area to visit.  Chuck took a “Red Bus” tour on the Road to the Sun.  I stayed back in Kalispell as another of my phobias is a fear of falling over edges.  I saw how breathtakingly beautiful the scenery was by looking at the many pictures he took.

Our trip out and back took us through Williston and the Bakken Oil Fields.  I had heard stories about the area, but it is just something a person needs to experience to understand what is going on in the western part of the state.  Traffic was horrendous.  Oil wells and flaring are everywhere.  The two story man-camps along highway #2 dotted the landscape.  It seems most everyone drives over-sized white pick-ups.  License plates were from all over the country.  Among all the activity, beautiful yellow fields of canola gave some calmness to the business of the area. 

I was kind of dreading the trip on Highway 2 as it is a 2 lane road from Williston to Glacier.  I shouldn’t have worried about that as once west of Williston there was very little traffic and hardly any truck traffic at all.  This continued all the way to Glacier.  Trains seemed to be everywhere.  I think we saw more trains on this trip than we have seen in the last 5 years.  Many were pulling oil tankers.

Hoople celebrated their 125th Anniversary in grand style.  We were over for the parade.  It was great.  It was fun observing friends and families greet each other as I know many who have ties with Hoople came back for the celebration.

Dakota Animal Care had a grand opening last Friday.  We are so fortunate to have a Veterinary Clinic here in Edinburg.

The weather has really been hot and humid.  That is good for the crops and also the vegetable gardens around town.  Many people are harvesting peas and beans.  We still are enjoying asparagus.  We have been eating that since May.  Asparagus is one of my very favorite vegetables.

Edinburg gets very quiet on the weekends as there is quite an out-migration of citizens who head for the lakes and their cabins or take their recreational vehicles to campgrounds to just “chill-out”.  This beautiful time of the year seems to get shorter the older I get. 

People are traveling other places also.  Rodney and Jan Nygard are leaving for Norway very soon.  I tried to get in touch with Jan to find out who else was going, but I couldn’t reach her.  Vera Brandvold just returned from Michigan and Mackinac Island.  David and Loretta Monson are down in the cities visiting Scott, Katie and kids.  Dave posted a picture of the red toenails he painted on grand-daughter Greta.

Happy birthday to our grandson Cole on his 22nd birthday and to brother Dave on his 68th!  You are catching up Dave.  Have a great day and we will talk later.


















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July 24, 2014

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Market on Main will be getting their Elberta Peaches in this week. Many of us order a case of them. With that in mind, and the peach season in full swing I thought this recipe I found in my "Allrecipes" app tempting and something I wanted to try.

3 tablespoons white sugar

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

2 large fresh peaches with peel, halved and pitted

2 1/2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the white sugar, balsamic vinegar and pepper. Simmer until liquid has reduced by one half. It should become slightly thicker. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat grill for medium high heat.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Place peaches on the prepared grill, cut side down. Grill for about 5 minutes. Turn peaches over and brush the top sides with the balsamic glaze. Grill for another 2-3 minutes.

Transfer the peach halves to individual serving dishes and drizzle with remaining glaze. Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese.

serves 4


vet clinic rooms

Here is a picture of one of the examining rooms at Dakota Animal Care clinic.


A squad

What a fun picture of the "A" 1957-58 Scottie basketball team! Thank you Dave Folson for sending it. Left to right: Loren Kadlec, Bob Solberg, John Brevik, Hartley Troftgruben, Ron Ulberg, Jack Rustan, Chuck Troftgruben and Jim Byron. Marlow Gudmundson was their coach.