We have spent the last week in Clarksville, TN visiting our son Robert who is stationed at Ft. Campbell. We’ve eaten good food and accomplished several things at his house. In general, we’ve just had a great time being with him. This is the first time we’ve spent more than a few hours with him since his last trip to Iraq and he’s been home since last fall.
Sunday evening we spent time enjoying the beautiful deck he and LeRoy built a couple of years ago. The grill (with the help of the humans) provided steak and corn on the cob and I fixed baked potatoes. We even had ice cream and fresh strawberries for dessert. Then it was time to kick back and watch the fire in the chiminea.
Don’t we look like a well fed group? And Robert’s hand placement? Well, it’s an inside joke.
Today we checked out the weather channel and radar online from several sites before we decided to just brave the elements and head out. No matter what route we took, it looked like we were driving into storms, so we stuck with the original plan. We drove in beautiful sunny weather and the only hiccup we had was a bridge closed across the Mississippi which required a minor detour. We did see a lot of water but it was all at ground level, not falling from the sky. We are staying in Mountain View, MO tonight and they have rain in the forecast. We’ll see how that turns out and tomorrow we’re headed to Carthage, so will be going right by Joplin where there has been unbelievable destruction. It made us think of the Greensburg tornado in it’s ferocity. LeRoy ran the landfill for that cleanup for a couple of weeks and he’s very aware of what lies ahead for the residents in Joplin. A few weeks ago we were just a few days behind a tornado in Alabama and now here we are following the one in Missouri. Our prayers go out to those folks!
Tomorrow’s mission is a furniture shopping foray. Hope we find what we want! If we do, I’ll post pictures.