The Crow's Nest - April 29, 2020

It is fun to look out the window, or better yet, go outside and see how the grass is greening up.  I look at the trees and there is a suggestion of leaf buds on them.  The birds are either doing their mating dances and/or building nests.  Ah yes, this must mean spring is here.  It has officially been spring for over a month, but you would not know it considering we had a measurable snowfall April 13th!

This has been a tough month for Edinburg.  Not only are we battling the many effects of COVID-19, but we also lost two very important people from this community.  Larry Pewe died on April 8th.  He had a stroke 5 years ago and was not able to converse much.  He enjoyed daily coffee time at the Table of Knowledge and was always so happy and smiley.  With the help of daughter Kim, Carol was able to have Larry home during those 5 years.  What a trooper Carol has been as she was diagnosed with breast cancer and is going through chemotherapy.  Larry taught school in Edinburg before becoming manager of the elevator in town. 

Two days later, Oscar Byron died.  Oscar taught school in Edinburg for many, many years.  He was so jovial, and we all enjoyed his laugh that put everyone in a good mood.  Many students of his posted fond remembrances of him as their teacher.

Of course, there was no way during this time of social distancing to share sympathy close up with either of the families, so Ken Seim and Gary Monsebroten organized drive-byes for each family on different days.  We had at least 60 vehicles each time drive by the respective homes with signs showing love and support for Larry and Oscar.  It really was an awesome sight to see so many people pay their respects to the Pewes and the Byrons.  Our love and sympathy goes out to both families.  Funerals will be held when gathering together is once again allowed.

I cannot imagine what it was like years ago when people were quarantined without the many amenities we have today to keep ourselves occupied.  O yes, we complain about social distancing, but I think how lucky we are to be able to keep in touch with family via Zoom or FaceTime and other means.  People have been so creative in so many ways with artwork, music, cooking, baking and then posting their projects on the internet for everyone to enjoy.

The heart of these troublesome days comes down to the thousands of people who have died from coronavirus.  The dedication of the medical communities throughout the United States and the world is phenomenal. A huge debt of gratitude goes to all the workers in so many different occupations who are on the front lines daily making life livable for all of us.  My heart hurts knowing the suffering and loss of so many in this world of ours.  When we once again can all come together, I hope the thoughtfulness and caring will continue to express itself.

I received a call from Chuck Troftgruben the other day.  He and Sharon are wintering in Arizona.  He called to let me know that Stan Nygard had died.  Stan grew up out by Odalen church.  Sympathy to Stan’s family and to Helen Nygard Bakke (Stan’s sister).

A belated Happy Birthday goes out to Curtis Mecham.  His birthday was April 11.  Curtis is a great follower of everything that goes on in Edinburg.  He lives out in Washington state.

I apologize for this being so disjointed.  I cannot seem to get my mind to work well.  O well, have a great day and we will talk with you later.































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April 29, 2020

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Inspirational Quotes to think about during this stressful time.

1. What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

2. The wound is the place where the light enters you.

3. Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

4. The last of the human freedoms is: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

5. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.



stained glass

Chuck needed something to occupy himself during this time of staying home. The weather was not nice enough to be outside, so he decided to make a piece of stained glass to hang in the window down at the grocery story. It is 19X32, so it is fairly large. It looks nice in the window.



This is what my camera caught when the afternoon sun hit some of my Swarovski Christmas ornaments. I was SO surprised to see the black background in the picture!