I drove down to Janesville on Friday afternoon, leaving directly after school- actually almost beating the students out of the parking lot! I "can" leave at 3:30 and Friday, I did. I am reading the book, "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff for our book club selection, and since I was not getting it read at home, I decided to download it and listen to it on the way south.
|Very engaging book, disturbing subject matter- at least to me.|
Great idea on my part, because in spite of being very tired by the 3rd hour of driving, the book kept me engaged and the trip went quickly. I stayed with my darling son Jon, and my delightful d-i-l Sarah, at their very cute house! They already have some good garden growth in their tiny little garden! There is garlic, onions, beans, tomatoes...
|Barely visible, yet there!|
|Tomatoes and teeny strawberry|
Saturday, though it started off raining, we were able to walk over to a shopping area where I got $1 flip-flops and a nice, big, luscious cup of Mocha Light from my favorite big chain store coffee shop- Starbucks. Let's all give a little thank you in our hearts for Starbucks..... mmmmmm.
From there we strolled through the neighborhood where there was a city-wide garage sale day! What fun! I found one little set of cups, saucers, plates and tiny little bowls decorated with thistle imagery. So cute! I plan to hold onto those bowls, maybe the cups and who knows what will happen to the rest-- Lola has an idea, though. She has been reminding me of my promise for a companion almost daily. Patience, my dear!!
|Lola in the late afternoon post storm sun|
|Grandma and the grandkids|
|Momma and me|
|Yeah, baby- watering cans from Greg (left) and the Barber (right)|
|The Mad Accountant doesn't think I should plant perennials in this!??! From Greg|
So after Greg showed me some rummage sale finds that HE got- some of it for me- we were all off to the game. I had to laugh at the precision and single minded purposefulness of the people parking in that lot and setting up their little party areas! It was quite an amazing thing, suddenly there was a parking lot full of grills, chairs, tables and many, many coolers. I am still visually amused by it, can't describe it very well. And my children were right in there with the best of them! We had really great brats, chips, fruit, etc. and of course the beer.
|Jon trying to use the "bottle opener" on his sandal! Not so good.|
I adored being in that parking lot, it was a hoot. AND it managed not to rain. I love the pix I got of the park and its incredibly interesting roof. We proceeded into the game and had seats that were just to the right of home plate a bit, sort of tucked under something- another level I guess. We sat down and eventually struck up a conversation with people who were next to us and in front of us- one group from Medford and one from Wausau! Funny! We all managed to be nice to the Medford people and not make fun of them- you know, for being from Medford. Not that we have anything in particular against them, just a school rivalry thing.... Things never change, even if they are no longer in our conference.
So the Brewers WON- YAY- and there were a couple home runs and it really was exciting for a baseball game. The margarita I had was pretty darn good and the secret peanuts (you'll have to ask Sarah about that) were wonderful. I think it was the atmosphere that made them so good.
|And the cleanup pitcher cleaned up! WIN|
|Jon and Sarah|
|Sarah, Greg, me and Jon|
|Greg, me Jon and Sarah|
And the Brewer's hot dog won the sausage race! Even though the Chiorozo led the entire race- might have been rigged!! :)
|What is not to like about racing sausages?|
So after a good night's sleep and a mostly pleasant drive home, I got a text message just as I entered Price county- severe thunderstorm warning! (Thanks to Channel 9) So I drove purposefully home and beat the storm by about 5 minutes. And it was pretty vicious out there for a little while, more trees down in the woods, power out around the area, but it is all calm and intermittently clear.
I found some little surprises around the yard- including amazing clouds, baby leaves and miniature irises.
|Amazing cloud formation through the baby leaves|
|Funny barrel man!|