On Sunday, I saw lots of cousins at Wanda’s 90.5 birthday party. She recently got a diagnosis of Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer, has elected no treatment, and didn’t want a birthday party but was up for seeing everyone at a picnic. The turnout was great and she dropped her head and cried when we all sang Happy Birthday to her. I learned that she sang and played guitar and stand-up base for the Goose Island Ramblers, a local Madison polka band, starting when she was only 16. Mike and I followed that band back in the mid-80s and later on, they went on to record their tradition folk and polka music for the Smithsonian Institute.
I went to see Mike’s brother Tom and his wife Karen on Monday and had a really nice visit with them. We sat on their covered porch and had sandwiches from Fraboni’s and watched the sky turn gray off in the west. Violent storms passed through and did lots of wind and hail damage to parts of Madison, but missed Monona. Some areas were out of power until the next day (temps rose up to 97° on Tuesday).