Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Clear
Temperature
56°F
Dew Point
29°F
Humidity
36%
Wind
SSE at 14 mph
Barometer
30.29 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:07 a.m.
Sunset
07:45 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 56 to 63 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 17 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Saturday
63°F / 43°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
65°F / 44°F
Light Rain
Monday
70°F / 36°F
Scattered Showers
Tuesday
54°F / 33°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
43°F / 33°F
Light Rain
Thursday
57°F / 43°F
Light Rain
Friday
52°F / 29°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 63 to a low of 43 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 18 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 60 to 47 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 10 and 16 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 47 to 43 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 10 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 65 to a low of 44 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 2 and 13 miles per hour from the eastsoutheast. 1.14 inches of rain are expected.

Together at last

Jan. 17, 2013 | 0 comments

For the third time we set a date for everyone to get together for Christmas.

On Christmas Day Rachel's family ended up staying home in Madison because Arianna had become ill. Our poor little three-year-old granddaughter had a fever and spent the day with a bucket nearby. It was not a fun Christmas for the Giblins.

The rest of our family came to our house on Christmas Day, but there was a big hole in our celebration. Arianna and Eli and their enthusiasm for everything were greatly missed - Rachel and David were also missed, but they are not quite as cute as their children.

Since kids bounce back from illness quickly, we set up a second date. Christmas on Sunnybook Farm would be Saturday, Dec. 29. Russell and Cynthia didn't plan on coming because they would see the Giblin family in Madison.

Food had been bought for our second feast, but I never took it out of the freezer. Snow arrived and started accumulating. Rachel, David and the twins left Madison not suspecting that the further north they went driving conditions would change for the worse.

Rob, Ethan, and Seth were giving it a shot, too. They only had a one-and-a-half hour drive to get here. Rob figured if he took it easy, he might arrive in two hours.

Within five minutes of his departure, Rob called. "We're turning around," he said. "I hardly left home and was driving slowly when I slid and almost hit a truck."

By this time, Rachel and her family were up to Beaver Dam. I called and told them to turn around. No use risking lives on slippery roads. The second party was canceled, so we set up a third. That date, Jan. 13, would include Christmas and Bob's 70th birthday party so everyone was coming.

Looking at the weather for that weekend varied from day to day. First it was good, and then bad, and then good again. When the day came it was cold, but the roads were clear. Also, everyone seemed healthy.

The lunch I planned was going to be finger food, munchies, not the ham and lasagna meal we had on Christmas. I thought this would have been easier, but was mistaken.

Rebecca and Rachel took over the kitchen and managed to get the multiple-pan meal moving. I wasn't much help, except for giving them the frozen food that needed heating.

Before lunch, I saw our children with their heads together whispering. I suspected that something was up for their dad's birthday.

Later, Rob asked for a bed sheet-for sure something was up. They had to have gotten him something that couldn't be wrapped. A pony? Nah. I was being silly.

Bob didn't have a clue anything was happening. Everyone was singing Happy Birthday and Bob just sat there, not looking around. Just to his left was a large sheet-covered box.

"Happy Birthday, Dad!"

Bob just smiled.

"You have to unwrap it," Rob encouraged his father. "Pull the sheet off."

Finally, Bob got the idea and tugged off the cloth. His children and their spouses had gotten him a new TV. Surprise!

We had been considering buying a television, but didn't know what kind to get. There were too many choices.

For help with this decision, we first talked to Rebecca and Andy. (I never noticed them giving each other panicked looks, but they must have felt panicked. Getting the TV for their dad was already in the works.)

"It's better to wait until just before the Super Bowl. TVs go on sale then," said Andy.

"You could also email Russ and ask him what brand he'd recommend. He was just researching TVs for himself."

The secret was saved and Bob and I didn't randomly buy a television. We'd get more information from our son, the engineer, first. Russ said he'd bring a list to the party - a list we never got.

Our old set was moved and the new one set up - which was also part of the gift. Bob and I would never have been able to figure it out alone.

The rest of the day was spent munching, seeing Arianna and Eli excitedly rip open packages, and watching football on Bob's gift. A super day, with a super family. Happy Birthday, Bob.

Susan Manzke, Sunnybook Farm, N8646 Miller Rd, Seymour, WI 54165; Sunnybook@aol.com; www.susanmanzke.net; http://www.facebook.com/susan.manzke.

Post a Comment

Limit of 2000 characters,  characters remaining

Preview

Discussion guidelines | Privacy policy | Terms of use

Please login to post a comment.

Page Tools

Search

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement