The Crow's Nest - October 23, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “When I die, I want to wake up dead.”   As stated by Mike Spanier at the “Table of Knowledge”.  This quote was made after much discussion regarding aging, nursing homes and how one day we all will no longer be here.

I just got back from my daily early morning walk.   It is so peaceful at 6:30 am – it is also quite dark!  The only sounds I hear as I walk are geese honking as they are on their long journey south, nearby coyotes howling and an occasional barking dog.  As I make my way around Edinburg, lights begin to flicker on in many households around town.  I love the early morning solitude and so enjoy watching our little city come to life.  I have heard that everyone can see me as Ken Seim was kind enough to give me a reflective vest that I wear every day.  I also carry a can of MACE just in case I should encounter a skunk or another animal I need to defend myself from.

I also do many dumb things when I walk around town.  Last Saturday it was quite mild so I just put a light sweater on.  During my walk I kept pulling at it as it felt quite uncomfortable.  When I returned home I realized I had put a V-neck sweater on backwards and paraded all over Edinburg in the middle of the afternoon dressed that way.  I am sure someone must have noticed and wondered if I was trying to start a new fashion trend.   I really am not.  I just seem to have a lopsided brain that constantly has me doing the dumbest things.  O well. 

Our autumn weather has been just gorgeous.  I don’t think we could have asked for nicer weather.  Here we are almost to the end of October and we have experienced temperatures into the 70’s and even low 80’s some days.  We really have not had that many mornings with frost.  I am sure this beautiful weather will soon come to an end.   That is how it should be.

Elmer Peterson sent us an update on his health.  He contacted a staph infection the first part of July and has spent many days in the hospital and a nursing home getting his health back.  He finally had to have his pacemaker removed in September.   Elmer seems to be on the road to recovery and plans a trip to Edinburg this fall.  It has been a very tough summer for him.

Larry Pewe is doing so well after suffering a stroke early summer.  Carol takes him to Park River 3 days a week for therapy.  Larry and Carol are at the “Table of Knowledge” most days having coffee and helping to solve the world’s problems.  Everyone should experience one time sitting in with this auspicious group that assembles daily.  The table is open to anyone that comes into Cenex.  There is a lot of good natured ribbing that goes on whether it be during morning coffee or afternoon coffee.  Nobody runs out of things to talk about.

Before I finish “The Crowsnest” I do have to register a complaint.  That complaint is PASSWORDS!!  I know I have talked about them before, but with my befuddled mind I am slowly going bananas trying to remember all of them.  I just received my new Target card – the one with the chip.  I understand they are more secure.  My problem is:  now they want a 4 digit pin number that needs to be used every time you use the card.  UFFDA.  This password filled world is absolutely ruining my life!

Our condolences to the family of Ardelle Throndset.  Ardelle’s funeral was held here in town last week.  She had been living in Maryland for the last few years.

Also, I received a call from Linda (Gire) Bailey today letting us know that Norma had died.  I believe Norma was 98 years old, but I am not certain.  Norma’s funeral will be held at Trinity next Monday.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gire family.

Have a great day and we will talk later.















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1. Less than 1% of North Dakota is forest, the smallest amount of any state.

2. Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US, could fit inside North Dakota 46 times.

3. Quirky city and place names in North Dakota incude Antler, Buttzville, Cannon Ball, Concrete, Flasher, Medicine Hole, On-a-Slant Village, Ops, Three V Crossing and Zap.

4. Comedian Red Skelton once quipped that North Dakota is the "only place I've been where I didn't have to look up to see the sky."

5. In 1887 North Dakotan David Henerson Houston invented a camera. He named it by scrambling the first four letter of Dakota and added a "K" to make Kodak. He later sold the rights of the Kodak camera to George Eastman.



I thought the hedge in David and Loretta Monson's yard was so very colorful.



Michael and Caitlin Evenson have their yard all decked out for the holiday season.