Daily Journal - January 8 & 10, 2008
Ron & Liz, Diane and the Bergs went to Seasons 52 for
dinner last night.  They had flatbread (above picture taken in
April at Diane's birthday party dinner).  They are so
extremely delicious, it's unreal.
A sampling of the dessert shot glasses.  This is one of the
best ideas I've ever seen or eaten.  Just enough to satisfy,
but not TOO much.
Inside Seasons 52 Restaurant in Altamonte Springs FL
Kristin, Judy, Me, Sharon and an Olson relative (maybe
Chet's sister?)  at the church that we call the south
church, but the people south of it, call it the north
church.  Those crazy Norskies.
Thursday, January 10, 2008 - This morning, I woke up at 4:30 and
got up at 5 because I didn't want to miss the garbage man and then he
came later than he has been - go figure!  If I was late, he'd be early!!!

I've been working on a page for my dad's cousin
Alvin Berg who died
late last year.  They're going to have a memorial service for him on
January 18th in Florida.  When I started looking through the stuff about
him, I realized that I could go full-blown old family picture time.  That's
always a lot of fun for me.

It's interesting to see all the connections between the people I'm related
to - especially with the Bergs and the Vestas - who are double related.  

In the picture on the right, I'm not sure what the occasion was but I'm
related to three of the four other girls in the picture. The photo is
somewhere around here and I have the names written down.  Except that
I don't know the name of the Olson girl.

I've got to get some work done.....time flies.  see ya later, djb     
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - Yesterday, we had another record
breaking highest temperature ever on that day (since 1907).
According to my outdoor thermometer, it  was 62 degrees here in the
country.   It got up to 65 in Chicago.  Incredible!

At around 2:30, I read about a
TORNADO WATCH for Kane and lots of
other Illinois counties...so, of course, I turned on the weather channel
but they weren't too concerned about it at that point.  Anyone who
knows about warm fronts vs. cold fronts, realized we were at risk for
some severe weather but a TORNADO in JANUARY!!?!?!?  Yikes!

After a while, I was shocked to read there was a
Tornado WARNING
issued for McHenry County.  That was curious to me because that's
north of us so I wondered, "wouldn't that weather have to pass
through here first?"  Not true, and I'm sure glad it didn't.

There was a nasty group of rogue clouds that came out of hades and
headed for Poplar Grove (Boone County) and other cities in western
McHenry County - Harvard and Lawrence.  Capron was mentioned a
few times
(we used to live there before I was 4 years old).  The
Halloween picture of us older kids was taken in Capron in the 50's.

We still have quite a few Berg relatives who live up that way, plus Liz's
mom and many of her relatives live in the town of McHenry.  Ron and
Liz just happen to be at Bergs' house this week for a nice winterly
visit. So, I had to call and let them know what was going on.  They
were just getting ready to go out to eat at Seasons 52.  yummm

Then, on the 6 o'clock news from ABC in Chicago, they mentioned
Oak Grove Road in Harvard....that's the road Larry and Kathy live on.....
which was where the very large tractor trailer truck was blown over by
the tornado or wind or whatever. Today, on the 4 o'clock news, I heard
that it was an EF-3 Tornado
(that's Enhanced Fujita scale).

So, I called my birthday twin, Cindy, to see if she knew anything.  At
that time, they didn't know that there was potentially toxic leakage from
a derailed tanker car
(HAZ MAT ALERT) in Lawrence (where Perry
grew up)
and where Jennifer's in-laws now live.  They'd heard there
was damage but hadn't heard any bad news from Larry or Kathy.

I was hesitant to call Larry's house because that would reduce me to
a disaster-gawker by way of telephonic means.  And you never know
what might have happened out in the wild windswept west.  It's just
very unnerving when you hear about disaster happening close to
people you know and love (especially on the CHICAGO news), and
you hear the words "devastating damage."  very creepy feeling.

But I'm such a weather freak that even though I'm scared to death of
natural disasters, I'm drawn to them like a moth to the flame.  If I were
younger, I'd probably want to be a Storm Chaser.  That'd be a hoot.

Of course, as soon as I heard about the Tornado Watch, I went
upstairs and got Jarrett's yellow in-line skating protective helmet, and
I wasn't afraid to use it.  My little radio had batteries in it and my phone
had been charged -- so I was all set for disaster.  Thank God, the only
disaster I encountered was burning my mouth on a chocolate chip
cookie that was too hot.  Yes, it was quite a good cookie.

Better go.  It's getting dark - time to turn on the lights. bye for now, djb