Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Back To Normal.....

Tuesday September 20- It was good rolling out of my own bed this morning. I know I'm not going to do too much around here. I have my duties as a campground host but other than that I'm taking it easy for a few days. Those kids really take it out of you. I did start sewing together rows of the quilt I started. That's not work to me, that's fun. Our campground loop has been kind of busy, but they are men working at a near by plant. They are gone most of the time.

Wednesday September 21- Not much happening here today....we went to town and did some errands. I continued sewing on my quilt. We visited with some campers that we have got to know in the area that are here camping. We went in after supper to Justin's so Jeff could practice a song on the guitar. He is going to play a song with them during there show tomorrow.

Thursday September 22- It was a rainy rainy day. We had some friends come up from Palo to look for a place to park there camper. There has been so much rain up north that it looks like this area is getting hit with a flood....again. It could really be bad. Usually if you are going to flood it's in the spring not in the fall. We noticed a lot of others showing up looking for spots for the same reason. They are predicting the water to rise by the weekend, with a crest on Monday or Tuesday. We might be stuck out here because a lot of the roads could close. We went in to get Hailey for gymnastics and got to watch her do her thing. She is so fun to watch and gets better every time. After dropping her off at home we went to The Blind Pig to watch Wellstrung play. It just poured on us driving here. I think that's why the crowd is smaller. Jeff was kind of happy it wasn't so crowded, he is a bit nervous. We had a bite to eat there and the food was really good. Jeff got up and played his song, it went well but you could tell he was a bit nervous. He didn't make any mistakes though. It was an early show so we stayed until it was over and then headed back. The rain had stopped for now.

Friday September 23-Woke up today and it's raining. Not only is Palo preparing for a flood so is downtown Cedar Rapids. They are just now getting there downtown area back up and running. They had a terrible flood in 2008 that wiped out the downtown area. The flood this time isn't quite as big but it's still high enough that the downtown would be effected. They are being very proactive this time with sandbagging and building berms to protect the area. Jeff went down to Palo to help out with the sandbagging down there. These people aren't taking any chances this time. We have company coming today. Our friends Ron and Barb, who we met in Jonathan Dickinson but live in Burlington Iowa are coming for a visit. They arrived and we got together to visit, and had dinner. It has turned a little chilly so I made some soup. We were suppose to attend a concert tomorrow at the Paramount. With this flood predicted they have postponed the show. They are removing all the seats in the theater. This is the venue our son and daughter in law just got married at. It's beautiful and they spent plenty to restore it after the first flood. We hope it doesn't get effected with this flood water. Not going to let that ruin our time with our company. We spent the night catching up with each other. It was a good time.

Saturday September 24- Our park is all a flutter with people looking for some place to escape the rising waters. We are full up. We went to town for breakfast to start the day. Then us gals that like to quilt went to the quilt store while the fellows visited in the vehicle. I almost got out of there with no fabric but that didn't happen. I spotted some fabric that was calling my name and I couldn't resist. We made a few more stops with one being at the grocery store to pick something up for supper. Since our show was postponed we decided to make our supper and spend it here at the campground. It's not always what you do, it's who you do it with. We missed The Fab Four, but we had great company to spend the evening with. 

Sunday September 25- Ron and Barb came over for coffee before heading home. They had talked about closing a road and they wanted to avoid that detour. After coffee they left for home and we left for church. The road we take to church is one of the roads they say they will be closing. We could see the water rising as we went over the bridges. Church seemed a little less crowded, I bet they are working with the flood prevention. We had a meeting with the park manager, the campground host in the 2nd loop has left so we had to come up with a plan to watch and clean the shower house. It is still fairly busy around here with the flood and traveling workers for the plant. It is busier now then it was during the summer. We are suppose to be slowing down, but nope. 

Monday September 26- The weather is a changing. It really cooled off, definately feels like fall. I like that because it has been a really hot summer. Monday I usually get a lot done, like laundry and cleaning. That's just what I did today.Down in Palo the flood water crested today, it wasn't nearly as bad as they anticipated. Everyone was happy about that. There still was some damage done. The sewer system was down. What was so nice was how the community came together to help out each other. They had the time and used it to prepare for the water. With the flood waters there are lots of roads closed in the surrounding areas. It makes it tough to get to town so we just stayed around here today. I used the time to finish the quilt top. I'm feeling a bit crafty and decided to start on my Christmas ornaments. I'm doing something different this year. I have been saving wine corks and decided to do something with them.

The good thing about these ornaments, pretty quick to make. I'm way ahead of last year, normally I have to mail them back. This year I'm giving them before we leave.

Tuesday September 28-Another cool morning. We haven't seen many hummingbirds around here lately. I took down a couple of the feeders but left one up just in case. We have started on some tasks that are on the list to do before heading south. The flood water crested today in Cedar Rapids at 22 feet. That was lower than they first thought. Again there was damage done but because of all the preparations they made not nearly the damage that could have happened. The people of Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities really came together to prevent what could have been a major incident. 

Friday September 30-This morning we helped our park ranger with a project in our shower house. It's still pretty busy around the campground. Now we are adding weekend campers in the mix. We went in to watch the Roughriders play hockey tonight. It seems they have a pretty new team, you could tell they didn't play that well. It was a big loss. The company on the other hand was great.

Saturday October 1-It was a rainy cool day. The road opened up to get to the vet, we needed to get Belle's dog food, so we made that trip. Another thing on our to do list checked off. Neither of us wanted to hang around here all day so we did some running. Our final stop was Collins Road Theater and we watched a movie, well a documentary. It was a Ron Howard film about the Beatles called Eight Days A Week. It was really good

 Monday October 3-It was a very foggy day this morning. Jeff had made a list of things he wanted to get started this week. I had a list of things I needed to get in town. I have decided to make the grand kids there Christmas pajamas this year. We have a tradition of getting them new pj's for Christmas. Ashton is getting too big for those cute pajamas so I'm making them. I wanted to find some flannel for them. I wanted something festive but not to cutesy. I think I found the perfect fabric. I got everything else on my list too. When I got home Jeff was washing the rig. He also got some of the things he wanted to do done. Successful day. With it being Monday we had to get Hailey and take her to gymnastics. We are going to miss this when we travel south.

Tuesday October 4-Jeff had a doctor appointment  today. Good thing about that is the office is right across the street from Kathy's Pies. The best pies EVER. So guess what...we bought a pie. We also went to the Paramount to return our Fab Four concert tickets. We purchased some more tickets to Get The Led Out. Just what you think....a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Made a few more stops before heading home. When I got back I got started on the kids pajamas. Hoping the finish them before leaving. 

Wednesday October 5- The big news today...I finished the kids Christmas pajamas. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I just hope they fit them.

Thursday October 6- Big day for sure. It's Hailey's golden birthday. She is 6 on the 6th. We had plans to take Ashton to his hockey practice tonight. His Dad usually does that but he is out of town on business. Katie had to take Hailey to gymnastics so we were off to the ice rink. Well Katie called in the early afternoon to say she had a problem, could we take Hailey to gymnastics and drop her off and she would be there as soon as she could. Well it all worked out we got her there and it wasn't long before Katie showed up. We left to go to get a quick bite before going to the ice rink. It was the first time we got to watch this year. They just started practicing. I'm glad we got to watch some before leaving. It's really fun to be able to help out and watch the kids doing there activities.

Friday October 7- Busy day indeed. Hailey is having her birthday party on Sunday and I make the cakes. She is having a party with her friends from school and gymnastics. I made a sheet cake, a giant cookie and a couple batches of cupcakes. Hailey likes Shopkins so that's what the cakes will look like. They get to pick every year. My best friend Judy is coming up for the weekend too. One more get together before we leave. After she arrived we met Justin and Molly at the ice rink to watch the Roughriders play. We hoped for a win, it didn't happen. They started off close but it just blew up from there. It was still fun to be with those you love.

Saturday October 8- It's very fallish so we started the day off with a campfire. A good morning to sit outside and visit. After lunch went to town. Judy took us to Sam's and we made some purchases. We went in for potato chips and I came out with a new jacket. They also had samples today so I had my dessert there.

We decided to go to a movie Deep Water Horizon, it was really good. We picked a good one this time. Came back home for soup. Then I got busy frosting cupcakes and the birthday cakes. It took me til bedtime but I think they turned out OK.

Sunday October 9-The big day! We took Judy to church and Justin was there. We have been inviting him since we got here. That was a great surprise. Service was great. We came home and I made brunch. Judy headed for home and we went to the party. Hailey was extremely excited. Then when all her friends showed up the excitement just built. So fun to watch. They had a pinata, gifts and cake and ice cream. I think everyone had a great time. Hailey did I know for sure.

She was so excited with her gifts, a couple times she said "I have wanted this all of my life". She loved every gift she got.

After eating cake, cookie and ice cream the party let up and we went home. We didn't stay there long because we had one more activity tonight. We are going to The Paramount for Get The Led Out. It is a tribute band to Led Zeppelin. That was the first concert Jeff took me to when we were dating....Led Zeppelin that is. I think I was 16 and it was quite a show. Tonight the show was very impressive as well. Both of us love The Paramount for concerts. There is not a bad seat and it's not so huge. We loved the show and called it a day afterwards. Oh boy what a busy weekend but it was great fun.

That band brought back a lot of memories....what a show......