Hello from cold, rainy Minnesota!
My usual good luck with flying ran out on my way north.
This is what the sky looked like in Minneapolis when I finally arrived.
I say 'finally' because ...
we left the Carolinas headed north.
After three hours, when we were supposed to be landing in Minneapolis, we were circling, tossed around by significant turbulence, 900 miles off our route, nearly out of fuel, and headed to St Louis, MO. We bounced into the St Louis airport to refuel, thrown from side to side by crosswinds.
We also needed a new flight crew. Ours had been flying a long time and needed to rest. Long story short, the crew wanted to get to Minneapolis and got permission to fly the extra hours, and after another hour of sitting on the plane we took off again. There were still tornado warnings out for Minneapolis but we were able to fly in from the west 20 minutes before the storms hit again from the east.
I could have flown to London in the time it took to get from SC to MN!
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But here I am, staying with my daughter, son-in-law, and four grandboys and tonight my sister arrives for the weekend. And the temperature, 90 when I left SC, has been in the low 40s.
The older boys are in school but this guy and I had the day together yesterday.
Here he is showing me 'tricks' with his fidget spinner.
You don't know what a fidget spinner is? Just the latest craze with elementary and middle schoolers!
Called "the original stress reliever," I should have had one on the flight north! (I can't spin it on my nose yet, but I have mastered balancing it on my thumb.)
Aren't second grade baseball players
the cutest thing ever?
Notice the clever spectator on the far right, prepared with a shelter from wind and cold with a clear plastic viewing area, also known for its use by ice fishermen!
I have to go now.
The second graders are giving a poetry reading this afternoon, my guys have all written poems, and I'm going to hear them!