The Crow's Nest - March 31, 2020

The “Crow’s Nest” will be short and sweet this month considering I have not ventured very far from the house for about 3 weeks.  I am taking this “shelter in place” very seriously!  It appears the world is at a stand-still.  The television networks and social media are inundated with so much news about the virus and most of it sounds very dire.

The North Dakota schools have been closed now for a couple of weeks.  With closures extended for at least another 30 days, I imagine the schools will stay closed also.  I wonder how many times I’ve heard and read how parents are now really realizing how very valuable our teachers are.  They are a group that have not been given enough credit for what they do on a day to day basis.

We at Trinity Lutheran are having our Sunday and Wednesday Lenten services via UTUBE and/or Facebook.  What beautiful services they are.  A huge thank you to the “Five J’s”, Pastor Jessica, Jan, Jeremy, Jackson and Jesus.  The services are done so professionally and enjoyed by so many.  If you are interested in looking in, go to UTUBE or Facebook and look for Crossroads Rural Ministry.

It has been great to see robins in the yard again.  There seems to be an abundance of bald eagles around also.  I saw 5 of them gathered on the ground down by the Bible Camp the other day on a little sight-seeing trip.  They didn’t flinch at all as we drove by.  The snow is melting so it will be only a matter of time before we can be out in the yard cleaning up winter’s mess.  For some reason our willow tree dropped lots of branches this year.  Depending on where you live, you most likely have mowed the grass or planted seeds.  Here in the upper northern reaches of North Dakota, spring takes longer to arrive.  I was excited when Chuck came in and said the tulips have popped up through the ground.

Welcome home Dennis and Bev Hammer.  They winter in Arizona.  Bev said they self-quarantined themselves for 14 days after getting back here.  I’m sure others have returned also; I just don’t hear about it.

I’ve learned a lesson through all of this:  Don’t laugh at other people’s hoarding habits. It may come back to haunt you.  I made fun of people buying toilet paper by the shopping carts full.  I found myself, when the opportunity rose, ordering a box of 96 rolls of toilet paper.  Granted, they are not like Kirkland’s or Charmin’s, but they will work.

The Table of Knowledge has been empty for a few weeks now.  It does get lonesome not being able to see friends and visit with them.  Thank goodness for ZOOM and other techno ways to stay in touch with family.  It is especially fun when we can get many on at one time to chat and mostly laugh.  I am fortunate that I keep myself very busy by knitting and crocheting for the FCCLA group at school.  This has been such a fun, fun project to be a part of.

Have a great day.  We will talk later – and thanks to Chuck for taking the cover off our skylight in the bathroom.  Now I know Spring is officially here.































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More QUOTES from a book by Hoda Kotb titled "I Really Needed This Today".

1. Home of the free because of the brave.

2. It's okay to be scared. Being scared means you're about to do something really brave.

3. Do more of whatever makes you happy.

4. Don't compare your life to others'. There is no comparison between the sun and the moon. They'll shine when it's their time.

5. Impossible odds seets the stage for amazing miracles.

(This book is a great 5 minute read every day. Sister Ruth gave it to me for Christmas.)




This is what I have been doing during the time of self-quarantine. I have enjoyed every minute of knitting and crocheting for the FCCLA group at Valley-Edinburg High School.


singing cousins

This picture is about 65 years old. We "singing cousins" sang together all the time. Here we were on a morning talent show in Detroit Lakes. I think we sang "Mockingbird Hill" or "When You and I Were Young Maggie Blues". Pictured are the host of the show, Karen Loe, Rita Monson, Mary Loe and my aunt, Vivian Loe. The contest was won by our two brothers, David and Mike, who sang "Here Comes Peter Cottontail". It was Easter tme!