The Crow's Nest - May 20, 2019

I know I sound like a broken record, but this cold weather needs to stop!  Mother Nature, are you listening?  We had a few days of nice, spring weather, but then it turned cold, windy and overcast again.  The fields, lawns and flower beds need warm sunshine to grow.  I’ve had to pull a bunch of rhubarb because the leaves froze.  Both social media and the printed page have warned about not using the rhubarb that had leaves touched by frost.  It is amazing how the tulips seem to explode with beautiful blooms no matter the temperature. 

The magical day of May 13th came with the return of the goldfinches, hummingbirds and orioles.  I have kept journals for the last 30 years at least and it is amazing how these species seem to always return on either the 12th or 13th of May.  Only one year they showed up on the 8th of May.  It is hard to get things done inside when I am glued to the kitchen window watching all the activities of these colorful birds.  So far, the hummingbirds have been very polite in sharing the feeders with each other.  It is the orioles I want to shake my finger at.  There are two males that are vying for dominancy, and they have no qualms jabbing at each other and causing chaos.  If they only realized they would all be much happier and better fed if they got along.  I will miss the daily show once they start nesting, but they will return to enjoy the sugar water and grape jelly.  Thankfully, the beautiful goldfinches stick around all summer.

It was with sadness we found out about the passing of Pastor Erik Heskin.  He served Crossroads Rural Ministry in the early 2000’s.  This comprised the churches of Edinburg, Mountain and Gardar.  He enjoyed helping us in the kitchen when Trinity held their annual turkey suppers.  Pastor Erik was only 46 at the time of his death.  He will be remembered fondly by many.

Please don’t mention this to anyone as I am going to tell you a little secret:  I AM LOSING MY MARBLES!  In the last 10 days I have done at least 3 dumb things.  A week ago Saturday I drove to St Thomas to attend a bridal shower.  Now, St Thomas is about 30 miles from Edinburg.  It is so simple to go north on #32 and then turn east on #16 towards Crystal onwards to St Thomas.  Returning after the shower I soon realized something was amiss.  Nothing looked familiar to me.  I kept driving until I nearly reached Drayton!  I completely was lost.  Logic says if you drove east to get somewhere you would go west to get back.  Not me!  I just went further east.  I was so turned around I had to turn on my GPS to figure how to get back to Edinburg.  Now, that’s silly.

My next dumb thing was:  I walked into our master bathroom the other day, got all flustered, said, “excuse me”, turned around and left.  I was sure someone was in there.  When I gathered my thoughts, I realized Chuck was not home.  I slowly ventured back into the bathroom only to find a pair of blue jeans hanging on a hook – no real live person!  Chuck had put on a pair of shorts!  Now, that was sillier.

The dumbest thing I did was:  Friday morning I decided I would try my hand at waxing my eyebrows.  I had purchased a home Sally Hanson kit about a year ago.  Why not try it so I wouldn’t bother Barb down at Main Hair Care Salon.  I figured it couldn’t be that hard.  Oh, let me tell you how hard it was.  I put the tape on, rubbed it a bit and gave it a good pull.  Well, it hurt like heck, but it did what it was supposed to do – it removed the unwanted hair.  Only problem was it left a whole bunch of tape on my skin!  I tried everything, alcohol wipes, soap and water and fingernails.  My face still stuck to my pillow when I went to bed Friday night.  I had an “aha” moment on how to rid myself of the tape on my face.  Use Goo-Gone.  That is exactly what I did!  Suffice to say, most of the residue is finally gone, plus the top layer of my skin!  Now, this is the silliest thing I have done in a while.  Oh, the joys of aging.

Marshall and Mary Burkett recently left Edinburg to return to the Phoenix area to live year-round.  They will be missed here in Edinburg.  Marshall helped Bernice so often at the General Store when physical things had to be done.  Mary was just a joy to be around with her bubbly personality.  I know it makes sense to live near their children, but I’m a bit selfish in wishing they still were here,

It was a beautiful wedding last night at Trinity for Andrew Evenson and Morgan Ellingson.  The church was full of family and friends watching the two recite their marriage vows.  We wish them the very best.  It is rather special when two young people from the same town fall in love, marry and then will live here also.

Congratulations to Rosemarie Myrdal on her 90th birthday.  It was celebrated today in the newly renovated Gardar Hall.  Many, many people attended to include the former governor, Ed Schafer.  Rosemarie was Lieutenant Governor while Gov. Schafer was in office.  Rosemarie is one special lady loved by all.  What a special day.

A shout out to Dale Sondeland – I hope you get a chance to catch up on the news by reading this.  I know you are busy out in the fields.

Congratulations also to Jan Johansen, Judy Sorbo and Al Durand on their retirement from teaching.  A vey nice party was held at the school last Thursday acknowledging their years of teaching in our school system.  Jan and Al will do some part-time teaching, but Judy is planning lots of quality time with her grandchildren.

Also, a hello to Stuart Skjerven who happened to come upon this website.  He contacted sister Ruth Hall saying he had seen it.  Stuart is a grandson of Lucille Lykken and son of Dick and Carol Skjerven.  I believe he lives in California.  I remember Lucille talking about Stuart and his children often when we would visit.  I hope you will continue to check in on our wonderful little town.

Have a great day and we will talk later.




























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1. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

2. Change is inevitable. except from a vending machine.

3. God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.

4. When you go to court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who were not smart enough to get out of jury duty.

5. The 50-50-90 rule is: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there is a 90% probability you will get it wrong.



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Just look at this beautiful drawing! This was done by David & Loretta Monson's grandaughter, Madelyn. I believe Madelyn is in the 5th grade. She drew a wonderful image of Walt Disney.



This is small town service! The power was out in Edinburg the other day. Aimee knows how much we enjoy the meatloaf sandwiches prepared for noon meals at the Fireside. She obliged by making our sandwiches by flashlight. They were delicious.