The rain this morning seemed somehow to reflect my somber mood. Just have a case of the blahs the past couple of days. We just returned from our trip to Alabama to see my mom and sister. We brought my mom’s two beloved cats with us because she will soon be moving to a special unit due to the Alzheimer’s Disease. The cats are old and confused too. I can’t help it! When I see them, I feel a little sad. They are isolated in a spare room until they hopefully acclimate to their new home which includes two cat friendly dogs! Actually, the female cat has always been somewhat antisocial, and hides out. The friendly orange tabby, Chester, just lays on the daybed. Poor thing, he seems so confused and sad. The only option besides traveling to Arkansas with me, was euthanasia, and I just couldn’t do it. Not many people want to adopt a senior animal, and Tuscaloosa is overrun with homeless pets due to the recent tornado.
The rubble to the left of the Hobby Lobby store was Big Lots. It was flattened. What amazed me was that the major hospital in the city was missed by a few feet. Cars in the parking lot were damaged, but the hospital miraculously was unscathed.
I knew it was going to be bad, but nothing can prepare you for the devastation of a tornado. Tuscaloosa, is slowly cleaning up the mess, but where do you take all the junk?
Despite all the devastation all around, Tuscaloosa is a nice town with the beautiful Black Warrior River meandering through it. Fortunately, my sister’s neighborhood was not damaged at all. We brought home some of the bounty of her beautiful garden.
We had squash for dinner last night! This is the squash from her garden! Perhaps I’ll post my mother-in-law’s recipe for her amazing, delicious squash casserole soon! Yes, I will!
These red potatoes, boiled and seasoned with just a little butter, salt and freshly ground pepper were delicious!
Despite everything, we had a wonderful visit with my sister and her family. The grandkids swam in her neighbor’s pool, and my daughter and her cousin were able to reconnect and had a great time catching up! My 7 year old grandson met his cousin for the first time and they were inseparable. They speculated that being cousins was so great, they might become great friends too!
We drove to Birmingham one evening for some great barbecue, and got to see my niece’s lovely new house. On the drive there, my husband spied a beautiful double rainbow in the sky. It reminded me that mourning may last for season, but joy will come in the morning.
This is the rainbow we saw while driving to Birmingham.
Just feeling a little blue, but families truly are forever! Little Emma Rose in my arms is turning one year old tomorrow and we will be celebrating at the Purple Cow restaurant. I suspect Emma will be having some purple vanilla ice cream with her cake! Happy Birthday, Emma!