With planning for my Mom's 100th birthday celebration this past week, I was beginning to wonder how we were going to be able to pull this off. The weather reports weren't looking good in a number of ways. We had our family arriving on different days, some of which were days that were forecast for storms including snow and freezing rain. Some of the family was driving and others were flying. We were picking up and taking people back to the airport on different days. The weather report kept changing as to what days the storm(s) was going to hit.
|I felt a little bit like I had the deer in the headlights look as I was trying to prepare!|
|100th birthday cake|
|Mom on the day she turned 100 years old|
There was a day when I took our daughters and a granddaughter to go browsing in an antique mall in a small town that I thought was about a 45 minute drive from our house. About the time I realized I must have driven right by the turnoff, because we weren't that far away from the coast, we all decided going on to the coast was a great idea! A few minutes later I saw the turnoff I'd been looking for, but by then we were coast bound for sure. Then I was doubting my sanity of having to drive over the coast range where the roads still had some icy/snowy stretches, not to mention the curves. We do not have the studded tires that perhaps would have made driving easier. We made it safely there, saw the ocean, ate a mid-afternoon meal, and headed back to the valley. It was quite warm (48 degrees) compared to the near and below freezing conditions in the valley.
|Sea gull and Pacific ocean on a beautiful sunny day in January|
|The snow storm that hit the day after everyone departed.|