The Crow's Nest - September 30, 2020

The transition from summer to autumn has taken place.  It seems every year it is hot one day and the next day cool temperatures have set in.  We were up in the Langdon-Walhalla area about 10 days ago.  The colors were just beautiful.  Unfortunately, it was so foggy and hazy out taking pictures was not a good idea.  We went back up to the area 4 days later and could not believe how fast the leaves had lost their color!  It was a fun drive even without the vibrant tree leaves.  We took back, back roads home.  It was so fun to drive in places neither Chuck nor I had ever been before.

COVID-19 has made for many changes in so many of the venues that take place during September and October.  Our annual Turkey Supper at Trinity Lutheran Church was cancelled.  The Bible Camp Lutefisk and Meatball supper was held, but not in the usual way!  Foremost, lutefisk was not served.  People could pre-order it uncooked by the pound.  Ham and meatballs with all the trimmings were served, but it was only take-outs from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Park River.  And then, First Care Health Center’s annual Harvest Fest will be held the end of October.  The usual auction of wonderful items will be held, except everything will take place via internet.  Everything will be on-line! 

Just a little cautionary story to tell you:  Last week I was going to Grand Forks to pick up medication.  Chuck usually goes with me but decided to stay home.  I started the dishwasher before I left.  Chuck went into our office to do some work.  He came out to the kitchen to find the floor flooded.  Apparently, the shut-off switch did not shut off!  He finally got the water off only to find the basement ceiling and floor wet also.  It was a huge mess to clean up.  The moral of the story is: it is not a good idea to turn appliances on when you leave your home.  We were so lucky Chuck decided not to go with me to Grand Forks! 

During this time of uncertainty due to the pandemic, the local food pantries are trying to meet the needs of many families.  Our Trinity WELCA decided to raise money to donate, so we put a quilt up for bids.  It was decided WELCA would match funds up to a certain amount.  The quilt sold for $350.00 to Marji Jonasson.  With the matching funds we were able to divide the $700.00 between the Pembina Emergency Food Pantry and the Walsh County Food Pantry.  It was a great feeling to be able to do this for our communities.

Many of us were saddened by the death of Elmer Peterson.  Elmer would come back every summer from Minneapolis to plant a huge garden in town.  Elmer was known to plant about 1,000 onion sets on Peppermint Hill south of Edinburg.
Elmer had a good heart.  Every year during our Spring Brunch and our Fall Turkey Supper he would send Chuck money to buy tickets for 10 or so individuals to enjoy a meal.  He usually wanted to stay anonymous. 

Also, the death of Derry Peterson also brought back memories.  Facebook had reconnected many people with Derry, so sadness prevailed when he passed away.  Sympathy and prayers to both families.

Bernice Flanagan’s General Store looks so “spiffy” after Dave Olson and crew painted the white on the outside.  Looks good, Bernice.

Will talk with you later and Hartley Troftgruben, I really enjoyed visiting with you the other day.  Thanks for calling.
































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September 30, 2020

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1. A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer's good-by wave.

2. Autumn is a second spring when every leaf becomes a flower.

3. Anyone who think leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

4. Life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall.

5. Autumn, the year's last and loveliest smile.




This is the quilt Trinity WELCA took bids on to benefit the Food Pantries in Pembina and Walsh County.