The Crow's Nest - February 14, 2015

A Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!  It is a day for love and caring.  I hope you are enjoying those parts of this special holiday!  We are in Grand Forks for the weekend taking in University of North Dakota hockey.   I was at the game last night, but decided to stay at the hotel and watch the game as I worked on the website.  I also had a bit of an ulterior motive.  I know there will be a few proposals on the big screen.  My biggest fear is that “Kiss-Cam”.  I just hate it and tonight it will be working overtime.  I warned Chuck that if it came around where we sit he should NOT kiss the guy who purchased my ticket!

Our UND Hockey Team beat Denver last night.  They are #1 in the NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) and 2nd in the US Collegiate hockey standings.  Coach Dave Hakstol had his 20th win last night for the 11th season—ever since he took over the coaching position.

I woke up about 10 days ago and walked into our sunroom to see that my beautiful bay leaf tree was dying.  I started this herb tree from a small 2 inch plant.  It now stands about 4 feet tall.  It seems to be dying in front of my eyes.  I have harvested many leaves to use.  Ina Spanier sent me great information on the “whys and hows” to help this plant.  I guess if it completely dies I will just start over.

“Giving Hearts Day” was celebrated last Thursday in North Dakota – possibly country wide.  North Dakotans pledged almost $7,000.000 to causes around the state.  What an accomplishment.  First Care Health Center in Park River was raising money for equipment for their Hematology Department.  My understanding is they raised about $54,000.  What a giving community!  We are so fortunate to have such great medical care so close by.

NEWS FLASH!!  There is an epidemic going around the area – at least a mini-epidemic.  It is gout!!  Kent Laxdal suffers from it; Greg Erovick from Park River told us the other morning that he has it.  This past week Rose Denault and my Chuck were both diagnosed with it.  What’s up!  Doc Johnson said it was a rich man’s disease and is caused by drinking too much red wine and eating too much red meat.  I can’t speak for the others, but I know Chuck does not like red wine and I don’t fix very much red meat.  I know it is painful, but I do see a bit of humor in it.  Of course, I’m not the one suffering.

North Dakota weather has been so fickle these last couple of weeks.  Mother Nature tempts us with temperatures going up into the high 20’s then the next minute the temps plunge to 35 below.  Moving the state down south is sounding more and more fun all the time!  I know our snow-bird friends are enjoying great weather.

There has been quite a bit of activity around town lately.  Margarette Haave’s home has been sold as Margarette moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Park River.  Michael and Caitlin Evenson have moved into their new home which was previously owned by Doc and Lana Larson.  Ken Olson also has moved from his farm west of town into the home Bill and Janice Loftus owned before they moved to Arizona.

John Sveen is now the manager at Cenex following the retirement of Randy Johansen.  Also, John Oihus, Superintendent of the Valley-Edinburg schools is retiring this spring.

I just found out I earned my “Redwood Badge” for climbing 25 floors.  Do you realize the tallest trees on earth CAN NOT top the height I’ve climbed!  This according to my FitBit update.  Pretty impressive stuff, huh!  Have a great day and we will talk later.  AND—a happy birthday to Ron Ulberg who lives down in the cities.

































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1. Marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

2. Housework can't kill you, by why take a chance?

3. The best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out.

4. I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want them to move out.

5. The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit out in public.

Courtesy of Larry Pewe




bay tree

This is my sad bay leaf tree. It truly is under duress.


cupboardThis child-size cupboard was made for me in 1948 after our house burned to the ground. Edroy Troftgruben built it. It even had a pull out bread board. 3 generations of kids have played with this as the inside is full of dishes. What a beautiful gift this has been in my life.