Archive for October, 2017

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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