The Crow's Nest - September 23, 2015

Welcome to autumn!  Today is officially the start of the season.  Those of us living in this part of North Dakota have had a magnificent close to the summer season.  The weather up to this point has been beautiful.  We have been experiencing sunny, warm weather with temperatures into the high 70’s during the day.   Ironically, today we woke up to much cooler weather.  That is okay.  I know the farmers need the cool weather for the harvest of beets and potatoes.

Early morning walks have been glorious with the cool, crisp smell of autumn in the air.  It is so quiet around town before dawn.  The only sounds I hear are geese honking, Lori Sapa’s rooster crowing and the constant sound of birds chirping in the lilac bushes next to DuWayne and Melissa (Pritchett) Pewe’s home.  I hear the sparrows at all times of the day.  I finally decided that the singing must be coming from some type of a sound machine.  But no, it is real live birds nestled in the bushes. 

It is a good thing I hear the sounds of wild life during the early morning hours as I guess I don’t hear much else.  Case in point:  Chuck worries about me walking before daylight so I promised I would walk around the church, which is well lit.  A few mornings ago Shelly and Larry Schuster walked by with their dog, Toby.  We waved and then went on our merry way.  I was rather perplexed when I didn’t see Shelly and Larry walking on the street toward their house.  When I got home Chuck inquired about my walk.  I told him it was great.  He asked me if I knew that Shelly had taken a different route and followed me around the church.  You have to know Shelly to realize what a fun person she is who always has a twinkle in her eye.  I am sure she thoroughly enjoyed following me without my knowledge as I sashayed around the church.  Chuck let me know I wasn’t quite as secure as I kept telling him I was.  Needless to say, the ear plugs and music sit inside our front door when I go for my early morning forays around town.

It seems most of the gardens are nearing the end of producing great vegetables.  Most everyone I talk with has finished canning and freezing produce for the coming winter’s use.  Dan Olson and his daughter Elizabeth have had a big production line outside Dan’s house preparing tomatoes and jalapenos for salsa.  Dan has a garage absolutely full with ripe tomatoes.  I wonder if I have ever seen that many in one place before!

I know I always seem to have some dumb story about all my foible’s, but; I have to admit, I seem to be a natural at doing the most stupid things at times.  Chuck and I go down to “Gramma Joe’s” restaurant in Park River about 3 times a week for breakfast.  Of course, we most always sit at the same table.  The other morning we drove down in separate vehicles.  Chuck got there ahead of me.  I walked in and sat down in my usual chair.  Suddenly I heard a familiar voice ask, “Aren’t you going to sit with me”?  Without thinking OR looking I had walked in and sat with another man who just happened to be sitting at OUR table.  Chuck was at another table.  The poor guy I sat down with looked utterly flabbergasted.  Of course, not being a bit shy, I promised him I knew that I would have really enjoyed having breakfast with him and maybe we could do it again some time!  I have NO idea who the individual was.

Get well thoughts go to Elmer Pederson.  Elmer plants a huge garden in Edinburg every spring.  He makes countless trips up from Minneapolis to tend to growing plants.  This summer Elmer has been in and out of the hospital and nursing home with heart problems.  Doctors finally removed his pacemaker.  He is back in a nursing home for another five weeks to recover.  He calls often and is always in a great mood.  He promises to be up here in October some time.

Last week we had 2 funerals at Trinity Lutheran Church.  One was for Christine Hall who was 106 years old.  The other was for Julia Lee who was 102.  It is hard to phantom what both of these ladies experienced in their lifetimes.   Funerals are sad times, but they also allow many of us to visit with friends we rarely see.  It was so fun to reminisce with many after the funerals.

Also, it was great to see and talk with Bob Westberg last Sunday after church.  He was here visiting with Nick and Maxine Sveen.  He said he had lived in Arizona for 20 years but now resides in Seattle.

Chuck said he would NEVER get and iPhone – he did.  Now he is hooked up with Facebook and must have 400 friends.  I just smile.  Have a great day and we will talk later.














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1. The first Jack O'Lanterns were made from turnips.

2. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

3. Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

4. Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by 3 stomach punches.

5. The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada.



UND dance team

This is the Dance Team from the University of North Dakota. They are an awesome troupe!



What a darling pumpkin! This was grown for us by DuWayne and Melissa (Pritchett) Pewe with lots of help from their daughter Alyson.