The Crow's Nest - September 21, 2019

Welcome to the first day of autumn.  It does feel different, don’t you think?  My first thought as I looked at the calendar is wondering just what happened to summer?  The saying “where does the time go” and “the older I get, the faster time flies” are spoken every day by many people.  There is much truth to both statements.  As a child, summers went by slowly as I used to spend my days doing whatever caught my fancy that morning.  That could be playing in the dirt in mom’s garden, laying on the lawn just watching the clouds go by as I dreamt of faraway place or going down to the river in the coulee playing alongside the river on the shale banks (the river wasn’t much more than a trickle).  Today at my age, I wake up wondering how I am going to get everything done that is on my TO-DO list for the day.  That doesn’t mean I am so busy; it just means I am much slower about getting anything accomplished.

Our annual turkey supper at Trinity Lutheran was once again a great success.  I am sure it has been held for at least 40 years or so.  We fed nearly 500 people.  That made for a lot of work for the small group we are.  And, most of us are in our 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s.  I think some of the reasons we have such a large attendance is because we are the first fall supper of the year, diners can dish up their own plates, taking as much as they want, and the food really is delicious.  We have diners from throughout the area.  There are times I step out of the kitchen to view those eating, and often ¾ of the crowd is unknown to me.  I did enjoy visiting with George and Patti Berg.  They happened to hear about our supper when they were visiting the museum at Icelandic State Park.  George said both he and Patti were so glad they came.  I think the ultimate compliment regarding the turkey supper came from Larry Olafson.  He said, “This is a supper prepared for 400+ people, but it tastes like it is made for a family of 10 sitting at their dining room table”.  Thank you, Larry for such a great endorsement.

Our weather has really been an example of the transition from summer into autumn.  We have experienced rain, rain, rain along with winds, thunderstorms and cool weather.  Between those times we have had beautiful days of idyllic weather with sunshine, warm temperatures and calm winds.   To me, those wonderful days is a tonic against the days that aren’t so great.

Congratulations to Pastor Mark Antal of Grace Free Church in Edinburg and Victory Free Church in Park River.  Pastor Mark was recently elected National Chaplain for the US American Legion.  He is chaplain for America Legion Post 156 in Edinburg.  This is a great honor for him, Post 156 and the state of North Dakota.

It seems I can never end the Crow’s Nest without some sort of distressing news.  Harold and Helen Sundvor were in a car accident in Grand Forks.  Helen is now out of the hospital, but Harold is still hospitalized with many broken ribs among other things.  He had surgery the other day.  Doris Haug is in the hospital as she fell in her apartment and was injured.  Also, I am keeping Wilma Gemmill, Dale Gemmill and Rosemarie Myrdal in my prayers as they all have medical issues.

It is a great time in Edinburg.  I have retired my canner until next year and plan to see the movie, Downton Abbey this weekend.  Have a great day and we will talk later.































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1. Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are falling like they are falling in love with the ground. Andrea Gibson

2. Autumn is second to spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus

3. Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. Emily Bronte

4. Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature. Fredrich Nietzsche

5. If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour. Victoria Erickson



I had a bumper crop of dill this year. A lot of it was used when I made dill pickles. Others came to get some also. Barb Anderson would get dill to make dill soup. Fortunately, I never seem to run out!



John Monson (Dave & Loretta's son) came from Carson City, NV to visit for a few days. It was lots of fun catching up with him and his family. John said it would take him a few days to process all the conversations that take place at the "Table of Knowledge".