What a difference a few days makes.

Three days ago, this was the forecast for Hurricane Ike:

And that would be San Antonio, right in the middle of the path that was forecast. We stocked up on supplies, local weather guy was predicting 100 MPH winds, and it was general doom and gloom us.

Of course, we all know how difficult it is to predict the track of storms, as has been evident by all of the doom and gloom that just didn’t come true this year.

This is Ike’s current track:

At this rate, it looks like Mom and Dad may get more rain out of it than we will. I’ve been watching the skies all day, and we’ve had some beautiful high clouds, but that’s it. No rain, no wind.

I hope we get some rain tomorrow, but with as far off as the forecasts have been all week, I won’t be surprised if we get left high and dry from Ike. It’s a lot like Rita a few years ago…pouring rain in Houston, just three hours east, and not a drop of rain here.

An unexpected trip

So, as most of you who read this blog already know, my Grandma Jean (mom’s mom) passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. This, of course, prompted a flurry of activity on our part in order to get up here for the memorial service on Friday.

Since trying to find airfare last minute is a financial nightmare, I decided to go with a “last minute” deal that you can find on certain websites. Unfortunately, this last minute fare had us leaving from Austin at 6 AM Friday.


That wasn’t the bad part, though. The weather had a little winter in store for us, and flying into Chicago turned out to be a bit more tricky than planned.

The reason we left Illinois

Luckily, we did make it, just 30 minutes late, which gave us plenty of time to get our car and drive to Geneseo. The memorial service was wonderful, and Mom made it through her speech about Grandma without too much trouble. Afterward, we had cookies and lemonade in the church basement, then went over to Grandma’s house to say goodbye.

(Thanks to Aunt Linda for the pictures from Grandma’s house)

Friday night, we hung out with the rest of the Laleman clan at Grandma Betty and Grandpa Al’s house. Since they’re in Florida, we had a house party and Rachel got totally trashed.


We’ll be in Illinois until Monday…enjoying this lovely weather.

Yo updates and stuff

It seems that I have a case of the Sarahs when it comes to updating the old Laleblog lately. I just haven’t had the time or the energy to get on here and tell ya’ll about how we’ve been doing.

Maybe it’s been the cold cool, rainy weather we’ve been having. I’ve heard folks around here complaining about the lack of sunshine after two days and I was all, “You ain’t seen nuthin’ till you’ve lived up north, where it’s cloudy, dreary and cold for three freakin’ months.”

So yeah, it’s the weather. I’ll blame it on the weather, which works really well as an excuse because the last couple of days it’s been sunny and in the 70′s which would then explain why I’m writing again, because I’ve gotten my happy dose of sunlight and warmth.

Anyway, it’s been an adventurous week around here. We had quite a little debacle with Rachel at a restaurant last week. We’ll just say that she was one of those children. You know, the ones you see and you say to yourself, “I’d never let me kid behave like that.”

Then Friday we found out that we had a blockage in our sewer line – the hard way. Which means we spent Saturday morning bleaching the bathtubs and the floors of the bathroom. Fun times!

Rachel updates and new pictures coming soon!

Hot and cold

It looks like it’s finally trying to be winter around here. We woke up this morning to a chilly 38 degrees.

Of course the high is supposed to be 71. Saturday is supposed to be 82.

And so goes December in south Texas. Just a taste of winter. Just enough to get you into the Christmas spirit, then it’s back to shorts and t-shirts for the weekend.

Best part – no shoveling snow, no scraping ice off the windshield.


Fall has finally arrived in San Antonio.


We’ve spent the last 36+ hours with the windows open on the house, and despite the fact that it made it into the upper 80′s yesterday, the humidity has been so low, that by the time the inside of the house warms to being uncomfortable, it’s already cooling off outside. And next week, we’re only supposed to have highs in the 70′s!

By the dawn's early light...

Rachel has been sick again this week with a bacterial infection, so Monica took the day off work yesterday to take her to the doctor. She dressed her warmly for her 8 AM appointment, as it was in the upper 50′s yesterday morning, and when they got home around 8:30 (yes, I said 8:30 from an 8 o’clock doctor’s appointment! I love our doctor…I’ve never had to wait more than 20 minutes) she took pictures. Lots of pictures, some of which are posted here, but some of which I’m holding onto until the 17 month post.


Comfort Food

Tuesday evening, there was a chill in the air.

OK, maybe mid 70′s isn’t a chill, but around here, it’s a break from the usual.

Anyway, it felt a bit more like fall. Overcast all day, cool(er) damp, air. The kind of weather that made me feel like cooking something. Not something on the grill, but something in the kitchen that would (ack!) warm my soul.

Monica was at class, so Rachel and I went to the store, we bought veggies and egg noodles. Monica had already defrosted the chicken, and when I got home, we started on dinner. I made us steamed broccoli, zucchini and carrots, chicken with a cream of mushroom sauce and noodles. The kind of meal I used to love having in the dead of winter. The kind of food that made me gain 20 pounds when we lived in Chicago.

But it was good, and it did warm the soul.

Then on Wednesday, it was over. Sunny, humid and 90.

So goes October in South Texas.


Just in case ya’ll were wondering, yes, we did get slammed with Tropical Storm Erin today. Since the center of the storm came on shore south of San Antonio, we got the rainy side. It started raining today around 6 AM and didn’t stop until late in the afternoon.

Luckily, I had taken a half day off since Monica and Rachel are both not feeling well, and I came home from work at noon. The worst of the rain hit early in the afternoon. Overall, we got somewhere between 8-10 inches of rain. Other parts of the area got well over a foot.

It’s funny, actually, because I’m not used to warm rain, but the rain today was warm, like a lukewarm shower. Usually, when it rains around here it’s because a cold front is moving through and the rain is chilly.

These pictures are from Culebra Creek, which runs close to our house (but not too close). Normally during the summer, it’s a dry creek bed. Maybe a trickle of water running through. Today, it was way out of it’s banks. The houses in the background are about 15-20 feet above the lowest point in the creek bed. The trees in the middle are fully grown.

Culebra Creek after Erin

And this road has been flooded out so many times this summer, I can’t even count them all anymore. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the water this close to the barricades, though.

Low Water Crossing

Everyone here is OK…our house sits about 100 feet above the creek (and almost a mile away). Just a lot of water, but the winds had died down by the time the storm had made it this far inland. We had some gusts, but nothing too big.