The Crow's Nest - February 26, 2018

Whew!  I don’t know if anyone was wondering when a new Crow’s Nest would be posted, but I know I was a bit concerned.   Once again, I experienced problems with the website.  I needed to add a new 2018 folder to the program I use to publish the site.  I struggled for a couple of weeks trying to figure out how to add the folder for archiving.  Finally, a very nice individual at the Valley-Edinburg High School helped me.  Pete Thingelstad is the “tech guy” at the school and he was so willing to help me.  I am very appreciative for his expertise.

I am sure Loren Moe has wondered what has happened regarding the website.  He sent me quite a bit of information on the place and the activities they take part in during their winter stay in Apache Junction, AZ.  From what I can gather, Loren must be president of the association for the mobile home park where he and Debbie stay.

I get tired just reading all the activities that are available to the members.  Loren sent calendars for both January and February and it seems every day is filled with things to do.  They have potlucks, pancake breakfasts, coffees plus hikes, line dancing lessons and many games to include shuffleboard.  They also have exercise classes 5 mornings a week.  I think Loren and Debbie will have to come home to Edinburg just to rest up!

Winter is still in full swing in our part of the world.  I know I am really waiting for spring to come.  I think many others feel the same way.  It has been a long, cold winter.  The days are getting longer so that helps.   In fact, these days the sun doesn’t set until about 6:10 pm.

“Giving Hearts” Day was February 6th.  I know many people took the opportunity to give back to the community with monetary donations.  First Care Health Center was foremost on my list as the hospital and personnel have been so wonderful to us.  I don’t know what we would do without the availability of such great medical care so close at hand.  From what I read, First Care broke records as far as what was given.  That is terrific.

Like many, we watched the winter Olympics.  It was great to watch the USA teams do so well.  Of course, because Chuck’s brother Jon is so intimately tied with curling we were very excited when they came away with a Gold Medal.  Jon was inducted into the Curling Hall of Fame a few years ago and still coaches an under 18 team from Bismarck.  He knows all the players on the Olympic team very well.  It was exciting also to see the Norwegians win so many medals.  I suppose that has something to do with my heritage.  I applauded very quietly as I live with a German!

Yesterday we were over in Hoople to attend a benefit for Janet Gritz.  Janet has worked for the Hall’s for many, many years.  She was diagnosed with cancer recently and is undergoing treatments.  Just a few months ago Janet had a heart attack, so she has had her share of medical issues.  Janet is such a sweet lady and a very hard worker.  Everyone in town should know Janet as the gal that whizzes around town on a big riding lawnmower.  She has always been one to not let grass grow under her feet – no pun intended.

Once again, the Edinburg Community Club is busy planning a spring brunch.  We haven’t had one for the last couple of years, but find our coffers getting a bit low.  We are responsible for maintaining the flowers on Main Street during the summer plus other needs that may arise within the community.  It is a fun event always attended by many home folks along with people from the neighboring towns and countryside.  We label our brunch as a “Kick It Up A Notch” event as we try to make everything very special.  The ladies go all out to make the dessert table a destination for everyone.  The brunch will be held April 15th so if you are in the area we hope you will come out and enjoy lots of good food along with all the visiting that will take place.

 I go in next week to have my right knee re-opened to scrape out scar tissue.  I have not been able to bend my knee more than 90 degrees since having knee replacement February 2017.  There is a 50/50 chance it won’t help but I will never know unless I do it.  Once that is healed then I can have the other knee replaced.  Getting old can be tiresome sometimes!

Have a great day and we will talk with you later.


























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February 26, 2018

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1. Going out is good----coming home is better!

2. You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.

3. You notice everything they sell in the stores is sleeveless!

4. What once were freckles are now liver spots.

5. Everybody whispers.

An excerpt taken from an article named "AND THEN THERE WAS WINTER".


ironing board

This is the wooden ironing board I still use almost daily. I remember as a child my folks using this board. When I took off the cover and looked on the backside it was dated April 4, 1926. I think this must have once belonged to my grandma Monson. It probably came to my folks to use after our house burned to the ground in 1947.

ironing board info

This is the information that was under my ironing board. It is in bad contition but thought it was worthy enough to keep.



It was Carol Pewe's birthday the 12th of February. Carol was at the casino with friends so we celebrated her birthday at the Table of Knowledge without her. Kim took home a cupcake for her though.