Archive - 2006

August 28th

August projects

Spent the day on the Cat loader scooping out peat from the swamp in front of the house and moving it on shore where I am building an earthen ramp along-side the swamp. The ramp will be for observation of birds on the pond. I think it is already almost ten feet high at the apex.

Things go well early in the day before the soil wears out. As the day goes on, things get more muddy. Finally, about half-way through, I got good and stuck. Because I was behind an immovable stump, it took a little finagling to get out.

August 26th

Rejection is painful

A week or so ago, a woman called inviting me to get a Discover business card. She claimed that I would get 2% back on all gas purchases, so I listened instead of hanging up on her as I usually would. I decided to let her sign me up.

So, she asked a bunch of questions, including, "When was your business established?"

I said, "1937," and she said, "Whoa, congratulations!" I guess she doesn't deal with many businesses that have been around that long.

August 25th

Gardens in evening

When I checked Channel 641 only to find that the Twins game was at 7:30 instead of 7:00 p.m., I decided to head up to the gardens for a few photos. Above are the lewd amaranthus, lording over all else, including the white nicotiana, or tobacco plant.

Superb game

Heaven for a Twins fan: The Twins rally from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 in the ninth in front of a screaming crowd in Chicago. Solid defense. Great relief pitching. Drama to the end.

Radke had to leave after only two innings because his arm was falling off, so the bullpen had to do its thing. Neshek gave up a home run to former Twin Pierzynski, but otherwise the bullpen was perfect.

August 24th

Summer winds down

Ah, the lazy days of late summer. Harvest in the nursery business is in the spring. By fall, we are winding down. So, I have the luxury of spending the day as I did today, putzing on the Cat loader doing improvements in infrastructure. I hauled rock, firewood, and muck from the swamp.

Ten days from now, there is a Bergeson family reunion at the nursery. Over 52 Bergesons (including attached others and offspring) will covene. One of the parties will be at the Swamp Castle. So, I am trying to wind up some of the messier outdoor projects by then.


Weblog reader Kent, chiropractor to the stars in the Los Angeles area, visited today with his two children Ryan and Brett, and his nephew Zach, right.

Kent spent many summers in Rindal while growing up, and he returns frequently. He checks in here for news of the Rindal area.

August 22nd

Olla and Florence pay a visit

The Cat loader got fixed today. Diesel is now flowing uninhibited into the engine, and we're not sure why. Whatever, we'll take it. And I immediately started cleaning out parts of the swamp.

When I drove back to the yard for a break, I found that Olla and Florence had driven out. Florence, 91, picked up Olla, 95, at the Fertile Hilton and they drove out to visit the gardens.

August 21st


Took some pictures in the gardens yesterday. These daisies combine with some lavender to create some deep textures.

The rubdeckia with a wide angle lens look like they're arching towards the prairie sky.

Amaranthus, otherwise known as pigweed, contrast with the dark-leaved castor bean.

August 18th

Win some, lose some

When the mail came today, I got a letter forwarded from the Grand Forks Herald asking its editors how long they were planning to carry the "childish rantings" of "that Eric Bergeson." The letter was in reference to a recent column I wrote about going to a Twins game in which I wrote disparaging remarks about Boof Bonser (who did fine tonight, by the way).

"Haven't you ever had tough times, Eric Bergeson? Think long and hard about that! Some people aren't always perfect like you!"

The letter was anonymous, signed only, "A GF Herald reader of 45 years."

Clouds and rain

We haven't had many overcast, rainy days this summer. In fact, this probably is the first one. Such days provide a nice respite from the heat. In addition, they create a welcome change in mood--welcome, at least, as long as it doesn't last for a week.