The Crow's Nest - December 27, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas all rolled into one greeting.  I am the first to acknowledge how long it has been since I last posted a new Crow’s Nest.  We woke up this morning to big time winter outside.  Most of North Dakota is shut down.  Interstate 29 is closed from the South Dakota border to the Canadian border.  Other highways are also closed.  Snowplows are working all over town despite the snow and the windy conditions.  I am so glad our son Dave and wife Nadine left for Kansas a day early.  They sure would not have gotten out today to get back to Kansas City.

Last time I wrote, fieldwork was almost finished, and yards and gardens were being readied for winter.  Thanksgiving was enjoyed by many as families got together.  Once again, we are seeing the onslaught of this horrible COVID with the omicron strain and how it as affected Christmas celebrations in so many ways.  Hundreds of flights had been cancelled by the airlines and Dr Fauci requested families and friends be careful with gatherings.  It had been about 30 years since our children had all been with us on Christmas Eve.  I was so concerned it may not happen this year also.  Thank goodness after COVID tests and precautions, our whole family gathered around the Christmas tree to celebrate.  It was such a marvelous and happy time for all of us.  We also spent time after Christmas Eve church services with Greg and Ruth and their family plus David and Loretta (Ruth and David are my siblings).  The cousins have such fun when they are together.  They don’t see each other often, but when they do it makes for some beautiful loud laughter.

In a few days it will be time to settle down for the winter season.  Quilting will be starting over at Trinity Church and weekdays the Farmers Union will “host” the different coffee groups – one group of just men meet every morning about 7:30 for coffee and then the “Table of Knowledge” group has coffee about 2:30 six days a week.  All the problems of the world are solved daily.

This will probably be my last Crow’s Nest.  I think it has outlived its usefulness.  I started writing this in 2004 so it has been for quite a few years.  The Dreamweaver program I use is so outdated and I don’t want to have to purchase a new program as this has been a volunteer project of mine.   I possibly will post something sporadically, but I don’t think there is much more that I can write about!  I have so appreciated the kind comments I have received from many of you over the years.  That has meant so much to me.

I wish everyone the best and hopefully we will talk later.



Older sister Gianna was so cute as an M&M for Halloween. Loved having the kids come by.



It was so much fun having all 3 of our kids and their spouses home for Christmas.




























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A Very Merry Christmas to everyone. I pray for a better 2022 and that the COVID pandemic can be conquered. It has been a tough time for so many.



I'm not sure what great nephew was representing (I once knew), but he sure looked cute for Halloween!



Couldn't resist posting a picture of sweet great-grand-daughter sitting in a bowl of oranges.


landry,halloweenSweet Landry was all dressed up for Halloween also. Landry is always smiling.