Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back to Normal?

     Yesterday brought the conclusion to our soccer season with a beautiful day in Karlstad, MN, the host of this years soccer tournament.  Our junior players played hard and won the first game in a 1-0 shut out but must have been tired and lost the next game 0-5.  As it turned out the win was enough to bring about a three way tie and force a shoot out.  unfortunately we lost the shoot out and ended up in third. On our way home we treated the kids to French silk pie - thanks to my oldest daughter and than to DQ for Chicken strip baskets and blizzards.

     With soccer over I can put all my soccer stuff and soccer thoughts away and get back to normal which at our house is still crazy.

Friday, October 5, 2012


     This past week has been a week of opposites. Last weekend we had the air conditioners on trying to cool down the house.  This weekend the ground is covered with snow.  Earlier in the week we were under red flag fire warnings and two days later a winter storm warning.

     As for the fire warnings - there were several fires in northern Minnesota.  One of them happened west of us near Karlstad and brought a postponement of what was to be our last regular season soccer game.  The team was on it's way but the fire decided to burn into town and part of the town was evacuated.  Needless to say, they had more important things to take care of than a soccer game.  Friends of ours in the town lost a building and their neighbor lost their house.

     Another of the fires was south of us and Tuesday night we were able to see the glow of the fire from the end of our driveway.  I heard later that the fire we were able to see had almost been contained before they pulled everyone to the Karlstad fire.

     As for the snow - some areas received up to 14 inches.  We had several at our house and the kids have been having fun making a snow fort.  The snow storm extended our soccer season as well.  Our tournament was to be in Karlstad this Saturday but while the soccer field escaped harm from the fire, it was buried in snow.  On the plus side, I may have my missing players back from their sister's wedding in NY.