The Crow's Nest - September 28, 2018

Bbbrrrrr, this is the type of day that makes me know for sure winter is “just around the corner”.   Today it is cold and windy with a biting sting that goes right through my jacket.  The leaves are tumbling off the trees and flying through the yard.  Maybe I am all wrong, but it seems we go from warm summer weather directly to cold weather.  I would love to have days just cool enough where a light jacket is needed----not a parka.  I also would so appreciate the opportunity to sit for a couple hours at night by the firepit where you could enjoy the warmth of the flames.  Maybe I am a dreamer.

The annual Trinity Turkey Supper has been put to bed for one more year.  We served 400+ people.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the supper and made comments on how great everything tasted.  The work involved is getting more difficult every year as we all are getting older and have lost people who no longer can help.  I think this event will take some serious discussion before we try to host it again next year.

I have posted a picture of my grandson Cole and his girlfriend Kristeena on this website.  They recently moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand.  They plan to live and work there at least for 2 years.  Kristeena already teaches English to Chinese children and Cole is hoping to do the same thing.  On their first morning in Bangkok they ordered breakfast without really knowing what they would get.  Cole picked a winner!  He had ordered an oyster omelet.  Now, he is an adventuresome eater, but, he was not overly excited about his choice for breakfast.  It is so wonderful to be able to FaceTime and/or Skype with them.

I know I have a penchant for dwelling on old age and achy bones and joints.  It seems like every gathering I’m a part of the topic of conversation inevitably turns to these old age problems.  I know I complain as loud as anyone.  It amazes me how many hip and knee replacements have been done or will be done in this community.  I Know Ina Sigurdson is having a knee replaced next week and I hope to have my 3rd knee surgery in February.  I am sure there will be many more replacements that will take place between now and then.  I wish Ina well.

Grain harvest is over I understand.  Possibly some beans left to be combined.  There are lots of trucks on the roads hauling potatoes and/or sugar beets.  Harvest time and cooler weather conjures up so many childhood memories of the busyness of the season.  I remember hauling grain from field to granary and of mother spending from morning to night making meals to bring out to the fields.  I remember sitting in the stubble as those nasty stems jabbed me in the legs and other places.

Got an email from Wally Nelson the other day.  He lives in Oregon but has fond memories of living in Edinburg when his mom and dad ran the Edinburg Hotel.  Wally graduated from Edinburg High School in 1955.  He was wondering if it was possible to have another all school reunion once again.  I just don’t know if that will happen.  Those of us who organized the last reunion do not have the stamina to carry out such a task.  It would be fun if some younger people would consider it.  I know we were so busy at the last school reunion, we did not get a chance to visit with those who came from afar.

How many remember the old bandstand in the park?  Over the years it has deteriorated, but now it is being completely renovated.  Brother Dave Monson has done a lot of painting on it and husband Chuck has put polyurethane on the new pine ceiling that was installed.  Jim Drevecky from Adams has been the “person in charge”.  New shake siding is ready to go up.  A deep barn red has been chosen for that.  It will be reminiscent of the color of the bandstand years ago.  This will be a wonderful update to the city park.

To let readers know:  Beverley Hall has been in the hospital in Park River after a bout with pneumonia.  Orlyn Nygard also has been hospitalized.  Sympathy goes to the family and friends of LaVaughn (Nygard) Cernik.  Vonnie recently passed away.  She was living in Fargo.  A “Welcome Back” to Richard Mecham.  He said he came from Washington to attend the Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at Park River Bible Camp this weekend.  He could be pulling my leg!

We have enjoyed a lot of company these past few weekends. It is always fun to have family and friends to visit with. And----it was great hearing from Mike and Ina Spanier. We sure do miss them in Edinburg. Mike kept the "Table of Knowledge" a lively place to visit each afternoon for coffee.

Have a great day and we will talk later.




























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1. Out of sight out of mind----but absence makes the heart grow fonder.

2. The pen is mightier than the sword----but actions speak louder than words.

3. What you see is what you get----but don't judge a book by its cover.

4. Birds of a feather together----but opposites attract.

5. Many hands make light work----but too many cooks spoil the broth.



Some of the 8 roasters of dressing we made for the turkey supper.


Cole & Kristeena visited a dog park of some kind in Bangkok.


orlandos pickup

This is a picture of a pickup belonging to Orlando Gryde years ago. It sat for a long time in the coulee by the Gryde farm. Daughter-in-law Nadine took a picture of it than painted this picture.