Unfortunately, when I arrived in Belmond, Iowa on Sunday evening, I managed to slip on some ice and sprain my ankle. I was unloading my car, using the handicap ramp. Iowa ice got me. I was able to limp in and settle my belongings in the hospitality suite but that was all. I knew before going to bed that I would not be able to drive the next day. Lucky that Glenn and Kathy were staying overnight in Albert Lea, so I called them and asked that they pick up Dad and Ev, and possibly me, to drive in Des Moines for Uncle Chris's funeral.
After a sleepless night, and being able to just barely move the three steps to the bathroom, I knew I could not go to Des Moines.
Well I can't tell you how disappointed and sad I am that I missed the service for Uncle Chris. It was such a dumb deal, ice on the handicap ramp, slipped and my food slammed down hard, but lucky it didn't twist or roll. I could put very very little weight on it until afternoon so coming to Des Moines was impossible. I sat with ice on it all morning. I was able to walk a little bit very slowly by afternoon and managed to drive home last evening. One of the very worst/miserable days of my lifetime to be sure. I was very glad to get home safely and get my foot up with ice bag.
Good riddance 2012, welcome 2013. I hope you bring good luck.
So, on a lighter note, as I was driving into Belmond on the 30th (BSA - before sprained ankle) I took a couple of shots.
|Main street Belmond is really decked out for the holidays, trees along the roof line on both sides of main street.|
|The sunset was a beauty, looked like the sky was on fire.|