Working as a “volunteer” all day

Carnegie Nov. 28 concertTypical Saturday and I spent most of it inside our Carnegie building getting it prepared for the next fundraising concert on Nov. 28th.  Time is of essence as there is MUCH to do to prepare both levels as opposed to just one! Now we will have our guests come in the back entrance and then take the internal stairs.  Usually, we have had everyone approach from the large west entrance.  But now we will be able to have the choirs risers right up against the doors as people would normally enter.  Instead of having to make sure that the stairs are snow and ice free we will have all people go around to the back.

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THAT MEANS to have the back area that has been typically used as a place to put junk and get that to look nice for people to see and get in the Christmas mood of things. We will have Christmas caroling to begin with and then at 7:30 will be one of the choruses, either men’s or women’s.  We will also have the string orchestra (with me playing violin) and the university’s pop chorus.  It should be a very nice fundraiser.

HOWEVER, in the meantime, I have primed the walls that lead to the bathroom and up the stairs and there was a LOT of moving of heavy tables and doors and other things. It was a 2 or 3 person job in some cases.  I’ll go back tomorrow to keep working on things before we have a full crew coming to help next Sunday.

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I should have taken a BEFORE photo of this because it really looked bad before this.  There were wooden tulips and cobwebs and it looked frightful!   I will show more photos later.

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Sunrise to Sunset

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday I could have taken photos of the winter sunset after a gloomy and cloudy day. I had already taken quite a few photos of the amazing sunrise.  Bookends of glory within between of somber moods of cold.  My sister and brother came up to see about working at the shop, helping my dad de-clutter his massive inventory.  They both stayed over night at our place last night.  What was remarkable after they ate a late night meal, was that my sister was trying to help me make the bed for my brother. What happened next started a series of things that wasn’t meant to be!

She reached to the one far corner to tuck in the sheet and boom, the big double bed caved in.  Inexplicably Ken slept through that noise.  My brother was finishing his meal downstairs and he heard the crash just above him. Soon he came up to see what our dilemma was.  We finally took the mattress off, the bed frame apart except one of the pieces because it was stuck.  My brother tried to bang it apart without being too loud, that didn’t work.  Finally the three of us (50% of us siblings in one room) decided that the mattress could go on the floor and my brother could sleep that way.  He did.

Today, my husband who had slept through ALL of the commotion was able to bang out the frame and we put the bed back together. To make extra sure that this over 100 year old bed would NOT fall apart again, he torque screwed the horizontal planks in with four screws.  This old bed and dresser has been in our family for over a century. I hope that others now can sleep in it without any more drama.

So, back to the sunrise. It was a glorious beginning of a day. Today it all ended well.  Sadly our football team we were rooting for in the 30 degree F. temp lost again. 62 – 20.  That is the end of their season where they have lost all ten games, it has to be a real downer for the team players, some of them are my former students.

Anyway, the sun will come up…tomorrow.

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Week has gone

firering

I’ve been challenged to show 7 photos in 7 days that are black and white with no people and no explanation but something I have been doing.  Then I challenge one person each day.  This time I challenged my brother in law who is a good photographer.  Actually, this fire ring was from their place several years ago.  I have been doing LOTS of burning lately of things, textbooks, old papers, correspondence, you name it.  While I can take wheelbarrows full of stuff, I have been doing that. Now it has snowed which makes it a bit more difficult to do.

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The snow lately has been very pretty and I may do a black and white of that since it already looks B&W with the contrast of trees and white snow.  If we get more snow, I’ll be able to cross-country ski which I look forward to doing.

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Enjoy the warmth while you can, it was -5 F this morning when we got up, it will get colder before long.  Happy Day lights savings time!  I saw northern lights tonight for the first time in a LONG time.  It has maybe been about 15 years since I last saw them. I’m in a car when I see them, our trees to the north make it difficult to see northern lights.

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Sunrise and Sunset all in one day!

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We go about our days, every day, and we don’t even think about our sunrises or sunsets, our beginnings and ends of the day. Only if we see in the early morning light the makings of a good sunset. That happened yesterday as I was up not especially early since these fall early morning risers are starting out later every day. I believe this was 8:00 a.m. in the morning.

I went about my day making plum jelly, pizza sauce with our tomatoes and also did a load of laundry and hung the clothes out to dry. I prepared some pork sirloin for my folks and husband for later in the day, they came and we ate our meal and I had a flop of a plum sauce pie…I have to get a better recipe or not have such watery plum sauce.  Not many recipes out there for this seasonal fruit which I had a LOT of this fall.

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So, we made the best of the boiled over plum sauce with ice cream for dessert. Then, the four of us started a game of dominoes.  After game one, I looked out and there was a nice sunset in the making. I ran out with my camera as fast as I could go and got this photo of the sunset.  I think the best photos right now are through the trees and so I should have done that last night, more spectacular than just the horizon with the sunset.

In fact, as I write this, I should run out and get that shot.  I think I will.  Let’s see if my camera does it justice! Well, I got the photos with the sunset at about 6:45 p.m. but my camera did NOT do them justice. In fact, I have a very big memory on my camera and I have to keep deleting the old pictures which I don’t bother to do.  So, it is acting up. Suffice it to say, I DID get some nice sunsets with trees in the foreground.  I’ll add those later.

Here is my new car, which is a Nissan Juke. It has its own style and “comfort.”  My parents or small children are the only people that can really fit in the back seat of this car. We went to Minot last weekend in it, in ONE day. It was a 4 hour drive and we spent about five hours at Hostfest. Oh well. Next year, maybe we will stay longer.

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Norsk Host Fest

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It was good to take my folks to the Norsk Host Fest in Minot yesterday, I believe they enjoyed the entertainment.  It took 4 hours to get there and we left at 6:45 a.m.  Got there at 10:45 and paid for our $40 tickets once we were brought in from the HUGE parking lot by the bus with all their passengers.  For this four day event, it takes 4,000 volunteers to pull it off. They were very organized and knew what they were doing after 40 years of doing this!

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Once inside, we saw the Swedish fiddlers but my main mission was to see my former next door neighbor and friend who had a booth of her beautiful sewing craft. She takes old Norwegian sweaters and changes them into vests or mittens or other things, like purses.  I bought three little mittens that will work on Christmas trees and also some slippers that were made in Azerbaijan. It gives women employment in a place where they don’t have much income coming in.  The website for their things for sale is Azerbaijansocks.com

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My dad, husband and I watched the piano player, Gordon Lindquist do his numbers. I had seen him about five years ago and he pulled out of the piano bench a sheet.  He was going to play “sheet music” which meant that he draped it over the whole keyboard and played through the sheet. Then he put gloves on and played another piece.  Finally, he put on some heavy leather mitts and played again.  For another Victor Borge kind of comedy act, he laid on his back on the piano bench and reversed his hands and played another number. Throughout he had corny jokes to tell.

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I also took in some other old and strange instruments that was from Norway. It was like an autoharp on a strap like a guitar but a bow was used on it like you’d play on a cello. I’ll have to look that up because I’ve never seen anything like it. I also saw and heard a comedy act that has been around for many years, an American Indian guy and a white guy, they were NOT politically correct and that was what was so funny about them.

Much Scandinavian food courts were everywhere. Also, I saw many other booths that were selling everything. There must have been 200 booths at this place with entertainment in many parts of this large complex that also is used for the North Dakota State Fair.

All in all, we were glad that we went and it was fun to see some other friends there as well. Next year we will probably want to stay longer but having four hours to drive back home again on the same day made for a very long day.  Many laughs and lots of smiles which helps to get through our rainy, gloomy day now.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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Sunset on September

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarly this morning I saw northern lights, they were subtle and I had to REALLY look over the northern trees in our northeast bedroom.  I haven’t seen these amazing lights for almost 15 years and when I saw them then, they were very obvious. My husband kept teasing that they were sugar beet factory lights but I knew better, they were the real deal.

We have had a LOT of rain lately which has definitely cleared the air from the ash smoke from Montana with their huge forest fires and also all the combining and harvest debris in the air.  We needed the rain but we do NOT need the muddy roads as a result. I thought it was that the township had put down cheap gravel but it is worse than that, our gravel road needs to be compacted underneath the superficial graveling. Ken’s car does better than mine and so we got into town okay on Tuesday so that I could teach. Today I’ll hopefully be able to use MY car to go teach but we are trading this one in for a 4 wheel drive.

Also, the Ford Fusion that we bought just a year ago is not good in snow which gets packed into the fancy looking tires.  The problem is when you have too much snow in the wheel spokes and then you can not turn your steering wheel right or left. The strangest thing and the only way to get rid of it is to hose down the tires so that the snow melts away. I don’t want to go through that again. I also don’t want to get stuck on the road just on the high grade like I did last spring. Our helpful neighbor came right over to pull my car out.

Last night I captured the sunset but should have gotten out sooner with my camera. The clouds above were spectacular but by the time I retrieved my camera, it was past the peak. You can decide by the photos I have attached.  We do live in very good country where we can breathe in deeply the fresh air, it is starting to be fall like. Welcome to winter with the temps gradually going down. The first snow is always a delight but it IS still September and the earliest I remember getting sloppy snow was October 4th. That would be a week away.  No, too soon!

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Now Irma is taking over in Florida

Yes, I have a sister who is living in Florida so now my attention has been changed from Houston to the whole state of Florida.  My friend and her husband in Houston have moved back into their home. Today, they actually mowed the lawn and it looks wonderful on the outside. They had been nine days away, living with a friend who was on dry land.  They are thankful things are getting back to “normal” but she said that everything else in their neighborhood looks like a war zone. See photo below that shows the mess.

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Meanwhile, people in Florida are bracing for the BIG hurricane that will hit in about three days.  The forecasters don’t know which way it will turn, whether it goes straight up north the eastern coastline or covers over Florida to the west…that is where my sister lives, midway inside the Gulf near Fort Myers.

This past weekend, my brother was up to help with my Dad’s shop more.  Also, my husband and I moved around furniture in 3 out of 8 possible rooms in our house.  The two bedrooms now have twin beds, one is called the Sheyenne room and the other is the Balaton room.  The first is because the headboard and footboard came from my maternal grandparents place in Sheyenne.  The second one was from my paternal grandparents in Balaton, MN.  I don’t have photos of the big changes, but I have one of the HUGE mirror that we took out to create more space in our entry way. The next photo is one of the 7×8 foot Squirt signs that I helped clean up.

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