Archive - Apr 2006

April 28th

"I'm the one who called"

That is my all time favorite greeting from customers who walk through the door. The phone's ringing off the hook, yet they remain convinced that they are the only one who has called all day. Today I heard it for the first time this season and oh, how I had to resist the smart-aleck urge.

The other one is, "are you busy?" as I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

April 27th

Barn with cows

A rare sight these days!

I love old trucks. This one is in Holt, MN, north of Thief River Falls.

Spent yesterday on the road. Spoke to a hospital volunteer lunch in Roseau, which was quite fun. Over one-hundred people. Then last evening I spoke to volunteers at a Lutheran Church in Crookston. Today at noon, another group of volunteers in Crookston. Must be the season to honor volunteers.

April 25th

Pristine Day

What a perfect spring day. Still and sunny. Seventy degrees or so. Difficult to stay inside.

We relish these days of spring because the mosquitoes aren't yet hatched. However, when I pulled up into my yard this afternoon, I stepped out into clouds of the insects. Millions. Conditions must be just right for them. It didn't seem that they were hungry, however.

April 24th

New visitors

Caught this ring-necked duck on the pond tonight. Digital photography makes such a difference. I snapped about a dozen pictures of this little black dot on the pond and then blew the pictures up until I could see what the bird looked like.

Audubon Society

Last night, I spoke to the annual meeting of the Itasca area Audubon Society. I talked about birds. Lance and Leo came along and we were treated to a wonderful meal served by the staff at the South American part of the Concordia Language Village near Bemidji.

April 23rd


Things have been so busy, I don't know which end is up. Friday night, I had the honor of speaking to the graduates of the GED program in Thief River Falls. This picture captures the spirit of the occasion. Diana and Paul's foster daughter Angelique finished her diploma, and they are all thrilled.

April 19th

Little Barn and Surly Clouds

The storm last night made the leaves come out. This morning, the aspen were lime green. Last night, I think there was nothing. I was going to point it out to Leo, but first thing he said this morning was that those things that hang from trees are out!

Twins 12 Angels 10

You don't win a pennant playing ugly games like this one. What a slopfest.

Statistically, the Twins' starting pitchers are now the worst in the major leagues with an ERA of 7.14. That will change, but it just shows how lucky the Twins are to be at .500 right now. They have maintained an even record although their strength has turned into their weakness.


Leo and I were discussing culture last night. One big difference he sees between Brazilian culture and northern Minnesota culture is the level of affection displayed. In Brazil, you hug and kiss when you meet others. Leo kisses his mother and father on both cheeks when they greet. Here, of course, that is not done. You're lucky to get a light hug.

April 17th

Windy and warm

One might expect a day like today in mid-May. It is fun to have one in mid-April.

This morning, I spoke to a women's group in Bemidji. I accepted the engagement last winter assuming that things would still be slow at the nursery. They are not. I should be here now, but I can't very well cancel speeches I have agreed to give.