Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Rain, rain, rain!!!!

It started raining Monday night … the temperature dropped ten degrees in less than an hour and we got an inch of rain over the night. What a wonderful, wonderful day, yesterday! The heat was fairly high – still 86º for a high and 98º heat index, but moisture, blessed moisture! And it rained again last night.

We got another inch of soaking rain overnight, so the plants and the crops are very happy.

Now, I need to finish my story of the trip. We were going to spend the night at Decorah and tear down our set-up on Sunday, but Norm, as he sat melting in the 105º heat (index), said “let’s tear down tonight and find a motel with AIR and SHOWER!!” I said it was the best thing he’d thought of since he decided to marry me!

So, despite the heat, we tore down – took “only” two hours and we persevered, knowing it would be hotter on Sunday. We said good bye to friends (they all finished about the same time as us) and grabbed a Subway sandwich before heading out. I felt so tired and hot that I couldn’t finish my six-inch sub (now, THAT’s pretty bad!!). We drove a couple of hours to New Hampton, found a Super Eight that had a nice room and collapsed. Showers, air and peace and quiet made for a restful, wonderful night.

The next day, we headed home. We had planned on going through Northern Iowa and seeing new sights. We started by driving into Mason City (home of Meredith Willson … “Music Man”). Just by serendipitous happenstance, we drove by the street that Wilson had lived on – saw a sign saying “Music Man Square.”

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The top of the museum had the lyrics all around it.

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After we spent a while looking around (place didn’t open until 1:00 and it was only 10:00), we headed out. We WERE going to go through Northern Iowa, like I said, but missed our road and ended up in Minnesota, so took a different route home. It was along country roads and ended up to be shorter than the Interstate.

We got home to blessed air conditioning, put ice in the chicken’s water and melted into naps for the afternoon.

Now, today, it is 81º and sunny, breezy and wonderful! The heat is going to stay down for a few days, at least. It is a beautiful day; you have a beautiful day!


Carla Lynne said...

What a great trip you had, Grandma! Norm is pretty smart to get to a hotel during the heat wave. Think coooool thoughts for me- 115 today.

Let's try to talk this weekend?

Carla Lynne

Candy Duell said...

I know what your talking about the heat. I have had it for the last 3 days. I hate it so hot and humid. I am glad that the two of you got a hotel, and cooled off. I am glad that the weather has cooled off for you, it is just starting to here. The statue of the music man makes me think of the very first superman, George Reeves. Nice pictures by the way.