Though Miss Madeline's first birthday is not for two weeks, today was her official 'in the park' birthday party. (Queen's are allowed to fudge the dates, of course. Though I don't think anyone stopped the clock until the guest of honor arrived. And, thank heaven, no one held up the party to wait for Gangy and Auntie Fran who were delayed by their forty-five minute balloon ordeal at Wal-Mart. Save money - Lose your mind. ) A splendid time was had by all. Then, as the festivities were winding down, the sirens at the golf course drew our attention to some nasty clouds to the south. Fast and nasty. What an efficient and quick clean-up crew. The rain started just as we were getting into our cars. The hail was a few minutes later.