The past week has been a busy one for us, and because of that I have not gotten back to my blog. After our son Dan and his wife left last Wednesday, to return home, John and I started packing for a flight back to Missouri. Our most beloved brother-in-law Jim Schifferdecker had passed suddenly on December 30th, which necessitated our trip to the Midwest. After the funeral on January 4 we had plans to return home on the fifth. However, the polar vortex changed those plans and we were stuck in St.Louis for three days waiting out the storm and for planes to start flying again. We have not been happy with how cold it gets here at night, now we have a different idea about what feels cold. In St. Louis the past few days we experienced single digit and minus degree temperatures. That is cold! Needless to say, we are happy to be home.
Our last day of sightseeing with Dan and Amanda was spent a San Diego's Balboa Park. Before entering the Botanical Buiding we happened upon this very large fig tree. These trees have become a common sight for John and I here in California, but Dan and Amanda were rather amazed at the tree's size. The Botanical Building was a beautiful place to visit. Built in 1915, it contains over 2,100 permanent tropical plants, along with the current floral display of poinsettias. The park also has 15 beautiful gardens, some of which we visited after our tour of the Botanical Building. Thank goodness that the polar vortex did not exend into southern California! Many beautiful gardens would have been affected.