The Crow's Nest - April 28, 2017

I was positive this was a sure sign of spring----I polished my toenails!  Boy, was I off-base on that thought.  Since the rite of polishing took place, we have experienced the craziest weather.  We have had snow and then more snow along with cold, biting temperatures.  The poor tulips and daffodils look so forlorn trying to stand straight when they are covered with snow.  Also, my rhubarb has a few leaves and beginnings of stalks above ground.  I checked with numerous “people” (Google sites) to see if the rhubarb would be okay.  Consensus was it would be fine, just pick off the shriveled leaves.  I guess I should add that the weather seems to be on a warming trend now.

Tomorrow is the huge Rummage Sale in Edinburg sponsored by Trinity WELCA.  The proceeds from the sales will go towards the Roofing Fund for the church.  The sale is taking place in Harold Flom’s big, red shop down by Cenex.  I stopped in to check yesterday and my goodness, but there is “stuff” everywhere.  I wonder if every home in Edinburg is nearly empty because every table is full, full, full of donated items along with lots of furniture.  Loretta Monson has to be thanked so much for the many, many hours she spent getting the sale organized.  I realize countless others helped also, but I know the brunt of everything fell on Loretta.  (I think there is a star in your crown, Loretta), as our aunt Cleo used to say.  I hope that it will be well attended and that people will find real treasures to take home.

I’ve been complaining for the last 2 month about having to use a cane.  The other day I decided I just had to get out of the house so I went down to the “Table of Knowledge”.  The guys were all sitting there along with Carol Pewe.  I could hear the fun loving, never-know-what-he-may-say Mike Spanier talking a mile a minute.  Something evil came over me and I goosed him with my cane.  All of a sudden, he lurched forward and spilled his coffee on his jacket and pants.  O my, I could have croaked.  I felt awful, but Mike in his good nature, just accepted a hug and an apology----and then kept talking and laughing about it for the rest of the coffee time.  I may not use my “goose” for a while.

Bernice Flanagan is once again having her “Customer Appreciation Day” tomorrow beginning at 4 PM.  Bernice will have lots of opportunities for people to browse around the store during the day.  The fun starts for Bernice at night when the Dakota Dutchmen will entertain the crowd with polka music.  Bernice loves to dance so I know she will be out on the dance floor dancing up a storm.  There will be food also for everyone to partake in.  Plan on having a fun time tomorrow night at the Edinburg Community Center.  Proceeds will go to the Edinburg Community Club.

On a bit of a somber note, the other day I was having a conversation with a lady in Grand Forks.  We were talking about small town living versus living in one of the larger cities in North Dakota.  We talked about the convenience of being close to medical facilities, shopping, event happenings and such by living in let’s say, in Grand Forks.  She loved living there and I totally agree with her reasoning.  Then, she asked how I liked coming back to my hometown after living many, many places in the states and abroad.  I told her it wasn’t easy to put my feelings of Edinburg into words.  I don’t want anyone to take this in a wrong connotation, but I told her in one aspect it was very hard to live here.  We came back 26 years ago to lots of people of my parent’s generation living.  As the years have gone by, these people of my childhood passed on.  Suddenly I was the oldest generation.  When a love for a community runs deep, that is very hard to deal with.  We all are tied together one way or another whether it be by blood, school, church and/or friendship.  This strong tie is not everywhere in larger places.  But, after all is said and done, there is no place on earth that I would rather be than right here!  Edinburg and the surrounding area leaves me always with the knowledge that everyone cares about each other.

Physical therapy is a constant for me every week.  Others from Edinburg who join me at the hospital in Park River are John Bjornson, Harold Flom and Judy Geir.  The staff is wonderful and hopefully we all are improving.

Illnesses, surgeries and hospitalization has hit many people in the area.  I think of Debbi Johnson, Colleen Langerud, Judy Geir, Mary Seim, Wilma Gemmill and Tammy Olson.  All of them are in my prayers for a speedy recovery.  I also send sympathy to the family of Donna Lea Haug on her recent passing.

Thanks to whomever sent me the postcard from JL Beers.  If I knew who you were, I would love to meet for lunch.  I enjoy those cards so much and they are fun to get.  Have a great day and we will talk later.


This is a request from my daughter Kris who is head of corporate relations for the Norsk Hostfest held in Minot.
RECIPES WANTED:  Do you have a great Scandinavian recipe?  Maybe one handed down from your great, great grandmother?  Norsk Hostfest is looking for your recipes to include in its 40th Anniversary Cookbook.  To submit your recipe (and photo of the dish if available), please email to  or  mail to Lea Ann Mellum, PO Box 1347, Minot, ND  58702.  For more information go to   Thanks for your recipes!  They are looking for Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish or any other Scandinavian type.

















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April 28, 2017

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1.Husbands and lazy-boys

2. Cupcakes and sprinkles

3. T-shirts and jeans

4. Churches and stained glass

5. Laptops and Starbucks

6. Snowy nights and fireplaces

7. Misery and company

8. S'mores and campfires

9. Shampoo and conditioner

10. Oreos and milk


inas tree

Ina Levang had her husband Mike create a fairyland cottage for little ones in a tree outside their home. It is so charming.

snow on patio

This is what spring looked like a few days ago.