Mother Nature throws a tantrum
MOTHER NATURE THROWS A TANTRUM....
WEST BEND, Iowa - Mother Nature must be going through 'the change' because she sure was throwing a tantrum today.
Temps soared to 92 degrees with a heat index of 112.
Headwinds were also strong at 25 miles per hour. It was the type of wind where flags stood at attention, fellas hung onto their hats, and birds opted to walk.
Made it 78 miles from West Bend to Rockwell.
SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa - Kay Kelly is my new 81-year-old B-F-F in Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
I was directed to stop at Kay's house and she would be able to give me the green light on whether I could stay at St. Joseph's Church for the night.
Kay lived across the street from the parish. With her children grown, her husband lost in a farming accident - Kay was a good servant to the church and a great caretaker.
"You can come over to my house for dinner tonight," said Kay. "I'm going to put out what I've got and that's what you're going to get, see."
Kay talked in rapid fashion; she also ended every sentence like Jimmy Cagney - "see."
She was adorable and her latest fixation was the Internet.
"My son got me this computer and if I break it Fr. Al comes over to fix it and I give him homemade peanut butter cookies, see," said Kay.
Hard to believe Kay was in her 80s, she had spunk and was active in her church and community. Everybody knew Kay.
"My granddaughters saw I had this computer and they said 'Grandma you have to get on facebook.
"I said, why do I need that and they told me I had to write on their wall.
"Write on their wall....." said Kay laughing at how ridiculous that sounded.
When Kay laughed, her whole body reacted. She'd drop her head almost entirely into her lap and then come up all rosey cheeked and still chuckling.
We had tuna salad sandwiches for dinner. Kay also made coleslaw and opened a can of peaches. There was a small tray of peanut butter cookies for dessert.
"I asked Fr. Al to join us so he could meet you and he said he was too tired," said Kay inviting me to breakfast the next morning as well.
The next day at 7 a.m. Kay already had coffee brewing, the table set for two and a couple glasses of orange juice already poured.
"I found you on the Internet last night," said Kay admitting she was more of a night owl than a morning person.
"I usually don't have company but I have my computer sitting over there and when I take a break from that I have my TV or my crossword puzzle..
"It's like my little entertainment center, see," she said.