Archive - Dec 2004

December 5th

Company Christmas Party

Yesterday's party went well. We had about 35 people participate. We met at the nursery at 2 p.m., and loaded up in various vans to head for Bemidji. We arrived at the sparkling new high school in plenty of time.

(Okay, state and local governments are supposedly strapped for money, but every small town and even the big towns like Bemidji have brand new schools. I don't object, but I just wonder where the money is coming from?)

Bemidji High School has a wonderful auditorium for the performing arts. Very good acoustics, very nice seating.

December 3rd

Crazy Swamp Castle ideas

As we proceed on the house, I get more ideas, many of them nuts. For instance, I have seen those nice tile waterfalls that you can buy so you have a little water trickling in the background. The water dribbles over three tiles.

I got to thinking, why not cover an entire wall with layered tiles and run water down them into a trough?

Canadian Brass

Tomorrow is the annual Bergeson Nursery Christmas party. I didn't know what to do for the party this year. We had so much fun last year when we rented a bus and went to Sander's restaurant in Grand Forks that I didn't know what to do for a follow-up.

Well, there came a pamphlet in the mail advertising a Canadian Brass concert in Bemidji. I bounced the idea off bookkeeper Cindy and my parents, and they thought that would be fun, so we went ahead with it.

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

Elaine, one of the early and most faithful readers of this weblog, is turning 75 tomorrow, December 4. Happy Birthday, Elaine!

Now, I would tell you Elaine's last name, but I have hesitated to use last names on this weblog. I wonder why. I guess I am sort of scared that since this weblog is available to the whole world (whether or not they avail themselves of it) that some calamity could come down upon the head of somebody I mention here in too much detail.

Civil War and the Reformation

I am not implying they are connected in any significant way, except for that I taught about them both today. It is a lot more fun teaching about something I have actually learned before. It has been twenty years since I took Church History from Mr. Charles Herman at Northwestern College in Roseville, but it comes back.

There are so many fascinating human stories in the Civil War, stories which get buried by the textbooks as they race from one event to another, alotting a paragraph for each.

December 2nd

Swamp Castle update

The snow hasn't stopped progress on the house. The prow is taking shape, and now the Kronsch boys are shingling.

December 1st

Visit with Aunt Olla

Yesterday I ran to Fargo to do some house errands and decided to call Aunt Olla to see if she wanted to go out for lunch. That was fine. We went uptown to the Classic Diner in Twin Valley, a completely pleasant place.

Olla has been having problems, which started, she said, when she had a nightmare a couple of months ago and fell out off bed, hitting her head on the bedstand. The fall gave her two black eyes. Since then, her brain hasn't been right, she said, although she sounded plenty good when we were having lunch.