Cold and lots of snow! Br-r-r! this year we are really having a winter to remember. Heard a report from south of Baker that the road from Alzada to Ekalaka was drifting shut. It hasn't been snowing so much but with all the snow on the ground it doesn't take much to get things going and turn ugly.
Today was my first Sunday serving Savage and Skaar parishes. The folks at Skaar called and said not to come because of driving conditions. Bowing to their long experience in these things, I said, "See you in two weeks!"
Savage First Lutheran was hosting its annual Lutefisk Dinner. So worship was kind of a 'fly by the seat of your pants' affair. Next Sunday will be better. They have a delightful Sunday School. I watched them practice a couple of pieces to sing. They were really looking at me. I was a new and different face from Pastor Nell who had been their pastor since before some of them were born.
Since I missed the Lutefisk Supper at Zion Lutheran in Glendive this year it was great to get in on some of the things I missed -- lefse, lutefisk, meatballs, veg, potatoes. These folks serve their lutefisk with a white sauce and/or mustard if you like. They still had melted butter. I have heard this is the way the Swedes like their food -- with a gravy over the top so I tried it. Probably a recipe from a different part of Norway than where my ancestors came from! It is like different kinds of Chinese food, or Mexican food spiced differently depending on where you come from so how you eat your lutefisk might be a cultural indicator. Huh! Who knew??!!
They also served sud suppe or sweet soup which is a favorite of mine. You can add a heavy cream and many like that. I like mine just plain. So feeling very satisfied I headed home. A new adventure -- new folks, new way of doing things. Important to have an open mind even when eating your lutefisk.