We just returned from a quick trip to Minnesota to help celebrate the 100th birthday of a family friend.

A 100th birthday, while becoming more common, is still something to celebrate. I don't think I have ever been to a birthday party for someone that old.

The hosts of the party were uncertain how many would be there. After all, most of Ina's friends are gone. But the turnout was great. Lots of relatives and many friends were there.

Ina's late husband was one of 15 children and even though they never had children of their own, they had many nieces and nephews and then had many children. There were at least 150 people in the activity and dining rooms for the party.

What made this unusual was that Ina has a sister who is 90 and they shared the same birth date so Margie was there and celebrated as well. There were lots of cards for both of the women.

We enjoyed seeing Ina and so many friends and relatives at the party. There were five cakes, and only one left after everyone went home. One of Russell's cousins baked the cakes. She said to me, "I baked four cakes and one flop."

One of the cakes sank a little so she held it back and then didn't have to cut it. That was good because she was going to take it to a church dinner that night.

Ina, of course, didn't recognize everyone because there were so many faces, but she seemed to be having a very good time.

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We saw some wonderful crops between here and Minnesota. The corn looked great, the wheat was outstanding and the soybeans were all sticking their heads out of the ground. When I see beautiful crops like these, I fully understand why many men want to farm.

Unfortunately, there was major flooding which was playing heck with many fields. The weekend before they have 11 inches in the area so many lows spots were flooded.

On our way up, we had to detour around Sioux City, Iowa, because the Big Sioux River had crawled out of its banks and spilled over Interstate 29. We got an unexpected tour of northeast Nebraska on the detour. It was a lovely detour and we got to see two Lewis and Clark campsites along the way.

But the detour was hard on the little state roads because of all the interstate traffic, especially the many trucks on those little roads. Imagine, if you can, I-44 traffic being diverted to Highway 86 here in Southwest Missouri. It was interesting with all the trucks on those small roads. Highway crews with patching materials were stationed at every main intersection working to minimize the damage.

But overall, a very good trip.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.