The party actually ended up being nice. Freezing, but nice. I ended up in the house with the MIL, SIL (from out of state), and visiting friends… and both my boys and their spouses came. We had a nice visit, good food, and minimal contact with either the host or hostess. Even the minimal contact was civil, so all was good. We were the last ones to leave and I paid for it the next day by being tired. (Son's race got rained out, so that became a non-issue.)

Saturday I went to my MIL's house and had a lengthy visit with all the out-of-towners. At one point my MIL and SIL left to help return chairs and tables that were borrowed, and the visiting friends and I got a quiet moment. Some enlightenment occurred when the topic of my MIL came up – as this woman has done some traveling with MIL and also sees a different side of her than we do. MIL is generally on her absolutely BEST behavior when she is around this couple and it is frustrating for Hubs and I to see how phoney she can be. Silly me… I should have realized this woman was smart enough to see through the act and although she accepts MIL can be this way, she still is kind enough to tolerate her.

Sunday we made the cemetary run. It was hard. The weather was nice, for the most part. Gloomy and hazy the first half, turning sunny and humid and very warm (almost 90 degrees!) by the end of the day. We kept an eye on the sky, as storms were predicted, but they didn't hit until after we'd gotten home. Youngest daughter went with, as she usually does, and we had some good talks… as we usually do. At one point we were standing next to my mother's gravestone in southern Iowa, having just put out the flowers, when Em made the comment… "How strange to think Martha used to send money every year to  have us put flowers on these stones, and now she's there saying 'hi' in person." It caught me in one of those laughs that borders on a good cry.

Finally, home to pick up a pizza… a hug from Hubs… and settling in to play a little WoW to relax. It wasn't to be. The skies opened up and my i-net went down and I ended up reading a bit, then getting caught up in the news reports of a small town in northern Iowa that was destroyed by a tornado earlier in the evening. Parkersburg residents said the tornado was a mile wide! I guess they aren't sure yet what class of tornado it was, but considering it tossed around semi-trucks and fork-lifts like styrofoam blocks… leveled the high school, and totally obliterated most of the houses, it's probably going to turn out to be a big one. As of last night seven people were dead. They say it just popped up out of nowhere. That's the thing I hate about tornadoes. Hurricanes, you get a lot of warning that they're coming. Tornadoes? Not so much. My heart goes out to those poor people. It pretty well destroyed the town. 

Today is going to be a quiet day, I think. I have tons of laundry to catch up on, some "girlie" things to do (nails, color hair, etc.) and I'm hoping there is a nap in there somewhere. Here's hoping your weekend is going well.

Published by


Middle-aged. Anti-social. Mom. Grandma. Town-raised farmer's wife. Iowan. Want more? Come read the blogs.

8 thoughts on “Recap”

  1. I wondered why I was missing you on WoW this weekend. After last weeks creative flurry and the local weather change, I have been not sick exacty, but run down and exhausted. I spent my entire weekend in a well executed correography of two hours on WoW, two hours in front of TV, two hours reading, and two hours sleeping. I performed three shows daily all weekend. The audience was lacking but for those two paid seat warmers Chaos and Nutmeg. Reviews are still out…

  2. I guess no matter where you live, we have our share of weather or natural stuff that can wreak havoc. In CA it was earthquakes, here its snowstorms, nor’easters and flash floods. The midwest has tornados and the south hurricanes. The only safe place is Seattle…but then you have the Mariners, so best to stay put.

    Hope the weather’s settling down a bit out there!

  3. They are rating that storm an EF-5. We had one 8 miles north of us this weekend that was a EF2 or 3 – simply amazing how it hits one house, and leaves the next.

    Glad you had a nice weekend.

  4. Happy to hear that the party was better than expected. I know you were not looking forward to it.

    And what’s the deal? Do you have like a ‘load a random’ template software or something? It seems like everytime I come here, your layout is different.


  5. Glad to hear your weekend was good after all. My associate grew up in Pburg and her folks still live there. They are okay with some damage to their house. She & her husband are headed back up there tonight for the weekend to help out however they can. The devastation is unbelievable.

  6. I’ve spent the past two weeks dodging tornadoes right and left. I feel horrible about all the people who have been affected by these ghastly storms.

  7. Even though Seattle has gray skies and rain, it doesn’t really threaten our livelihood. Or when it does, it’s far more rare than the catastrophes people have to deal with in other areas.

    Doesn’t it feel a little better hearing the validation from MIL’s friend?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Security Code: