I am traveling to Kansas City for my niece's wedding on Saturday. After some travel delays due to a strong storm system between Rochester and Dulles in Washington, I made it to Kansas City and then drove up to Clyde to visit Sr. Paula. I had a lovely afternoon visit with her and got to see the damage from the horrific storm that struck the area a week ago. They had 1 1/2 inch hail along with 100 mph plus winds. While most of the damage had been cleaned up, you could still the evidence of the violent weather. Fortunately no one was injured. They are busy filling out insurance claims and completing the clean up. Their friends and neighbors have been gracious in coming to their aid. A group of Benedictine nuns from Atcheson KS have traveled each day this week to assist. You can see some photos of the damage on my Picasa site by clicking here
This photo shows the extent of the hail and wind damage to local crops. This is a corn field right next to the monastery property that would be tall, green, and full of ripe ears. A week after the storm, it looks like a combine has been through in October. Nothing to do but plow this under and take the loss on the entire crop.
Fortunately, as you can see, Sr. Paula is just fine with her deeply spiritual sense of humor fully in tact. We had a wonderful visit including a walk around the monastery grounds. She is feeling well and is loving her Kindle, a gift from some friends. One of the nuns told me that Paula is their technical wizard at Our Lady of Rickenbach, their independent living facility. Apparently this means she knows how to load, play, and unload their DVD player!
Take a look at the photos of my visit.