It started raining around noon today, and hasn’t stopped since. That didn’t get in the way of any play time, since Rowen was helping her parents all day either at home or at the store; and I was helping out at home; babysitting with Alicia this morning while Mom and Violet did all of the running around to pick up everything from groceries to dry cleaning. At least they beat the rain getting that done, but we weren’t so lucky with helping our guests bring luggage in when they got home.
We first ended up sitting around for two extra hours before Violet’s family got to Witch Falls. The rain made for a miserable trip for them; with accidents slowing them down all the way from Woodvale. It took them over two hours just to get through the snarled highways in and around Crystal Springs – and they’d left home early! Dad, Violet, and I all helped out with unloading Uncle Rick’s SUV, and Grandpa Richard’s car; and we all looked like we’d jumped in the river with our clothes on by the time we were done.
Dawn and I decided that visiting with everyone else could wait; and we took turns with some quality Jacuzzi time before going back downstairs for what ended up being a little bedtime snack and round of hugs before we came back up to my room and decided to just go to bed. She and Mandy are already sleeping, but I wanted to check my email and write this up. It’s funny that I wanted to get to bed early so I’d be ready for the big game in the morning; but there’s basically zero chance that we’ll be playing now. Even if the rain stops by morning, it’s a safe bet that the ball diamonds will be flooded – and it’s supposed to keep raining for most of the day on Saturday.
The farmers would have loved to get all of this rain if it had been spread out over the last couple of months; but we’ve heard that most of them are worried about losing crops that are close to harvest. It’s hard to believe that they can battle drought all summer, and then end up having their crops flooded out. Compared to that, rescheduling Championship baseball games – or even having most of the holiday weekend events moved indoors or cancelled seems trivial.
While we have the Rice family staying with us, Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne have Grandpa Duncan, Grandma Mercy, and Aunt Deborah’s parents, brothers, and their families at their house. Uncle Blaine, Aunt Alison, and their kids are with her family this weekend; and the rest of the Johnson family, and all of the McEwans, had other plans too.
Our big, summer-ending holiday isn’t exactly off to a great start, but even if it rains all weekend, I’m sure we’ll have fun together. The sound of the rain is lulling me to sleep now too, so I think it’s time to wrap this up and call it a night.
Live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!