raised in tornado alley
Saturday, September 27, 2008
i got discouraged here. i did it to myself..... i got tangled up in thinking that i need to be more for other-people. i suck at that. i can only be me.
i used to try to wish myself away as a kid...... wish it all away. you do what works when you are a kid.
and then ike came along . i am tired of traveling and i want to go home. i might have a home i can go to in another week. the fema-man wants me to show it to him on saturday. i haven't looked at it yet. my hero husband has been an important part of keeping evil at bay both at our local hospital and at our home.
keith went to our house to see if it was still there a couple of days after the storm. forgot his key the first trip, but could tell the outside of the house didn't look bad. the gianormous tall window at the front of the house that faces the gulf was still whole. good sign.
the next day, keith saw the inside of our house and first thing emptied out the fridge. next time we pack a cooler and take it with us. our floors were wet. we only got the wind driven water and what seeped in the house from being pushed through with all the water flooding around and down past our house.
the back end of the property is placed like our side is on a grade, so all the water runs to the center and supposedly down to the street on a good-day. ike was not a good-day. our garage filled up with water.
i can't mourn too much about pieces of water soaked furniture. i will mourn, but it can't be for too long.....
i just wanted to tell you good spark-people that i am still around and i'm doing alright. my emotions feel like they are alright for having to go where they have been.
did you know that if you go to a grocery store, you can buy fresh food in the right amounts for one meal at a time? only problem is that it costs much more that way. cleaned and smaller portions of fresh food costs more than a can of something filled with fat, salt and processed chemicals.
we have chosen to eat well and make the most of it anywhere we can on our many-faceted adventure.
we've been to waxahachie texas and to taylor texas and somewhere i can't remember and then on to round rock texas and austin and next to waller texas.
we've had kidney infections that turned into blood infections in waxahach and bladder infections coming back in round rock and drive shafts throwing themselves in the roadway in a snit...
we've met beautiful and kind and compassionate people. everywhere we go.
waxahachie has our friend merle in it. her family is our hurricane-go-to-people. and since it seemed as it might be a month or so till i could get home and not having internet access, when my friend in waller made an invitation to us to come stay with her, me and lolly and hannah and 3 cats came this way.
and the car broke. she calls it a truck. it's a nice, easy traveling tourage. that keeps having big expensive dumb things happening to it...... all under warranty, but 3 major fixes in 3 years.
i want to go home. my bed did not get wet. and our good wood is still good and drying out. the soft compressed "plastic-wood" furniture is hosed. our sitting down furniture is on stubby legs.... so it's in fat sassy shape. not a single outlet wetted.
lots of folks can't even find a wall of their home, much less an unwetted socket.
going home will be a shock. i had to stop watching the coverage after the 3rd day.
well, tomorrow we travel again. just a couple more times. we need to put some stuff down and leave it somewhere. the car/truck is filling up. merle gave me a very nice metal colander. yeah.