After the adrenalin-draining last three weeks of watch and warning, wind and rain, fluster and bluster, the north breeze ushered in as  Ike’s backside swept across the Midwest and Northeast brought a sense of closure to this busy part of the hurricane season.  Mama celebrated her 81st (or 82nd?) this morning with Daddy and other family in Covington.  The parents’ smiles in the photo, though perhaps masking the grim realities of aging with its attendant physical and emotional trials, brighten this Monday as we emerge from our bunkers and storm shelters to face another week.  Life goes on!