Well, friends and loved ones, I'm still here but not. Actually, I'm at Joy's right now - we did not return home last night from the River Rondezvous, as planned.
We have been here in the Cities since last Sunday afternoon. There were five days of school tours to get through and a day that was open to the public. We camped in our lovely marquee tent all week and tore down last night.
Because we are so close to Joy's house (actually only twenty minutes), the family came to help set up (thank you, kids) and then Joy and the girls came to help us tear down yesterday afternoon (again, thank you!). We planned on stopping for supper and then heading home last night but the girls convinced their ever-lovin' grandpa to stay the night. Joy and I showed him the reasoning behind staying here.
We WERE going to go home, do laundry, restock the food boxes and the ice box, feed animals and head back to Albert Lea on Wednesday. That would be driving three hours home and then almost two hours to Albert Lea.
Staying here, we have only about an hour and a half to drive down to Albert Lea. Candy has graciously agreed (thank you, Candy - I DO owe you big time!) to extend her chore duty to include the days we had planned on being home. We will do laundry here at Joy's, stock up food from the grocery stores here (which will be cheaper than at home) and head out Tuesday so that we can spend another day camping without school children or public around. We can visit with our friends even more that way!
So I am making a list and checking it twice. While the others are at church this morning, my job is to gather the dirty clothes and start laundry and empty the ice box. Norm will get that out of the van and drain the left-over ice water and dry the box for the next one.
I do not have pictures (sorry) for you - I promise, once I get home next week and get my computer back from the doctor, I will put on a fantastic slide show of all three events.
We had a beautiful week here with rain only a few nights and only one day - Thursday - that had downpouring rain, which was a pretty good record. The weather sounds like it will be cooler but not cold this next week with little rain.
It is going to be a beautiful day today. You have a beautiful day.