The Crow's Nest - November 22, 2013
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas---everywhere you go”. I probably write the same thing every year, except it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!! The snow started falling about 1 PM last Wednesday. There was a bit of a wind, but the flakes came down so delicately. Maybe my perception is a bit off as this is the real first snowfall of the season. At this time the snow is SO beautiful and exciting in its own way. Come next March the snow will not be all that welcome. We truly have a few months of winter ahead of us.
I believe most of the harvest is over. Combines were out in fields last week taking off the last of the corn. I know some farmers will not be able to harvest everything. The late spring rains caused a few problems for area farmers.
Speaking of farmers---what would we ever do without their contribution to all of us??? Their work and crops sustain us all. This past weekend our niece, Sarah Mielke and her boyfriend Chris spent a night with us. Both Sarah and Chris are attorneys that work within our State Department. They live in DC, but are assigned elsewhere. Sarah goes to Afghanistan on a regular basis and Chris is assigned to South Sudan. Anyway, they brought me a cookbook from the North Dakota owned restaurant in Washington, DC called “FOUNDING FARMERS”. This restaurant is owned by the North Dakota Farmers Union and is a very popular restaurant. They use “farmer to market” ingredients so everything is so fresh. The recipes are traditional along with some very updated versions. I made a Chicken Pot Pie recipe from the book last Sunday evening. It was SO good!!
Katie (Monson) Knoblach and children Axel and Greta are up visiting Grandpa and Grandma (Dave & Loretta) Monson. Loretta and Katie are busily sewing. Katie has become a wonderful seamstress. I just marvel at all the clothes she makes for herself and her children.
We just returned from a wonderful weekend in Fargo. Chuck’s brother Jon was inducted into the United States Curling Hall of Fame. It was a very BIG deal with people coming in from all over the country to be in attendance for this award. There were about 40 plus family members that came from all over the US to be a part of this. Of course we had a more than great time being together. There was a reception after the induction ceremony and I am sure there were at least 200 people there. Jon and his wife Carol also are foster parents. Over the last many years they have fostered many, many newborns and young children. They are special people. Their daughter Sarah, as I said before, is an attorney with the US Government. Their son Matt is a doctor doing his residency in Minneapolis. They still find time to take in all of these little ones who truly need a loving home.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of his death. I was eating a noon meal at the Delta Zeta House on the UND campus. Everyone was just stunned! I headed over to my 1 o’clock Shorthand Class in Merrifield Hall. Our instructor was a big man in stature and looked like a strong athlete. He stood before our class and just wept. He told us to go back to our dorms as there was no reason whatever to have class on such a sad day. President Kennedy had just visited UND about a month or so before his assassination. I remember going downtown Grand Forks and buying a new sweater and skirt to wear to his visit.
It is so real how we remember milestones in history. I remember going down for the mail September 11th, 2001. I had KFGO 790 on the radio and as I rounded the curve by Cliff Hilde’s home a bulletin came on the radio telling about the plane crashes in New York City. I remember stopping my car right in the middle of the road to listen intently to the radio. Once I finally got home I was glued to the television. Events in our history such as these will always be imbedded in our minds.
Edinburgers are traveling like crazy. Vera Brandvold and her sister Verna Severson just spent time in Ashville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate. They were there last year also. They traveled to Dollywood at Pigeon Forge, TN and also Gatlinburg, TN. Vera said they had a wonderful time. Ruth and Greg Hall just returned from a week in San Antonio, TX. Ruthie said they really walked and walked visiting various areas in the city. She said they enjoyed the River Walk and The Alamo.
Katie Hall along with a couple of friends are leaving for Las Vegas tomorrow to take in a Michael Buble concert. Katie thought she should see if Michael would come to Edinburg to entertain us at our Community Christmas Party. Wouldn’t that be fun!!
David and Loretta Monson are also leaving for Thanksgiving. They are flying to Arizona to visit Dale and Helen Bakke. I know they will have a great time. We are also leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday. Chuck and I are going to Las Vegas. Isn’t that where everyone spends Thanksgiving??? We are joining our daughter Kris, husband Jason and grandsons Cole and Lane there. They are going to see many different shows and with kids in college it is hard to find a window when everyone can go. They asked us to go along so we are doing that. We are looking forward to a great weekend. My mouth is already watering for the onion soup that is served at the outdoor restaurant at the Paris Hotel.
My sympathy goes to the family of Martha Troftgruben. Her funeral was held in Edinburg over a week ago. Martha’s generation is quickly ending. I am now a part of that older/oldest generation! That gives me lots to think about. O well-------Life is still wonderful.