Good morning everyone:
It is a beautiful moonlit morning here west of Minneapolis. A whopping +27F. It's a tropical heat wave.
Today we will be journeying to the airport for Betty's GOES interview. Now she will be able to bypass the Customs and Immigration lines at the airport. I've had mine for about a year. I did my interview, last February, in Warroad, Minnesota while on a fishing trip. The GOES program is great if you travel. The last three times we've come back from Mexico and Europe I just went to the kiosk, answered three or four automated questions and went right through, while Betty stood in line. I had the luggage collected and sat waiting each time. I did her application in August but with traveling and the backlog at MSP she had to wait until today for the interview. Of course it interferes with her women's group, so I'm on the naughty list.
I had a small adventure yesterday. We were on our way into town when a mini-van zipped past us on the local road. The roads still have snow on them and numerous icy spots. We were doing about 45 MPH and she passed us doing between 55 MPH and 60 MPH. Well, sure enough, a mile later here's the mini-van, on its side, in the ditch. We stopped and trudged through thigh deep snow to help the woman inside. She was yelling: "Get me out! It's going to catch fire!" The vehicle was in no danger of catching fire but she was at a 50 to 60 degree angle and could not get the door open. I was able to get the door open and help her out of the car. The problem was that she was about eight inches shorter than I am but weighed about twenty pounds more. My back is still hurting. The woman is just fine. She was "late for work" and thought her All Wheel Drive would keep her from losing traction. A misconception that can kill you. We called the police and they came in just a few minutes and off we went to do our business. People really need to pay attention on icy, winter roads. 4 wheel drive or AWD won't help you once you lose traction.
My sister arrives tomorrow and she, her husband and two furry kids will terrorize us until the New Year. It will be nice to have the dogs running around the house. Tomorrow we also have to take a four hour round trip drive to the funeral of my sister-in-law's Dad. He was 95 and passed away last Friday.
Donna: Don't get snowed in and watch out for the ice. Don't end up like the woman I met yesterday.