The Crow's Nest - May 10, 2015

I had planned on starting The Crow’s Nest with the wonderful statement  that we don’t need to use our remote starters, seat warmers and steering wheel warmers any longer with the great weather we were experiencing.  Now I am not so sure!  This weather we are having is just plain crazy!  This past week has been cool, but today it is miserable.  The low was 32 degrees this morning and as of 2 o’clock this afternoon the thermometer has climbed ALL THE WAY to 37 degrees.    It is raining out, but that is okay as I know we need moisture.  I heard reports of snow in the south west part of North Dakota and into South Dakota.  It was hard to decide what to wear to church this morning! 

On the good side, the leaves have appeared once again on tree branches, forsythia has bloomed and there are blossoms on the lilac bushes.  Spring is a very special time of the year.

From what I have heard, many of the crops have been planted.  I don’t know if the potatoes are in yet.  I thought Dale Sondeland said they only had beans left to get in the ground.  Many fields along the highways and by-ways are green.  I know this is pessimistic, but it seems it is “in a blink of the eye” and fields are beginning to turn color.  Summer just flies by.  I wonder if there is any other place that looks forward to spring and summer like we do around this area.

Many of the birds are back.  I have grape jelly and hummingbird juice ready to go.  Now it is a waiting game until they return.  It should be any day as they arrive anywhere between May 8 and May 13.  I’ve got a jelly bowl setting out to entice the orioles.

Edinburg has been a sad place the last few weeks.    The middle of April our friend Larry Pewe had a bad stroke.  He was in Grand Forks but now is in Park River.  Yesterday he was very alert and even shook Chuck’s hand.  He has a long road ahead, but hopefully with therapy, improvements will happen.  It probably won’t be as fast as everyone wants it though.  During the time of Larry’s stroke Larry and Carol’s daughter Kim had back surgery in Fargo.  Kim was able to come up to Edinburg to recuperate.  She is on the mend.

The end of April Beverley Hall ended up hospitalized in Grand Forks with a stroke.  She really bounced back and is at home now.  Her daughter Connie came from Boise to be with her.  Connie is a physical therapist so she has been a wonderful help with Beverley and Larry also.

Then Muriel Paulson fell and broke her right arm.  She is hospitalized at First Care Health Center in Park River also.  It is hard for her to feed herself as using her left hand is not so easy.  We keep all these people close in our hearts and prayers.  When sad things happen in such a little town as Edinburg it affects everyone.  Edinburgers care about each other.

Lastly, Mike Olafson passed away April 24th.   He was 94 years old.  Mike left quite a legacy for all.  He was an active community member in Edinburg, Gardar and Mountain and was especially proud of his Icelandic heritage.  He visited Iceland many times and was instrumental in getting many Icelandic dignitaries to visit the Gardar-Mountain area.  In 1999 Mike was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon in recognition of his efforts to preserve the history and culture of Iceland in America.  He will be missed by everyone.

I hope this finds everyone well and all you moms out there are having a wonderful day.  Have a great day and we will talk later.










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1. It is celebrated the last Monday in May.

2. Several town claim to be the originators of Memorial Day but in 1966, Congress declared Waterloo, NY to be the birthplace of the holiday.

3. The holiday originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861 - 1865)

4. The holiday now homors those who died in amy war while serving with the United States.

5. It is also called Decoration Day.






Connie (Hall) Simpson was home to visit her mom. The ladies got toether for coffee at Cenex. Pictured are Connie, Lois Otto, Eunice Evenson, Beverley Hall and Mary Seim.


triple trioJust look at this FINE triple trio! This was taken in 1959 during high school graduation. Left to right: Rosalie Christianson, Loretta Windingland, Lois Solberg, Bonnie Berg, Rita Monson (behind Rita is Linda Gire), Ann Marie Brevik, La Vaughn Nygard and Thelma Rike. Thank you Carol Kadlec Howe for sending this picture to me!