So I survived another hurricane. Not fun.
The day of, Scott and I both worked, but we knew it wasn't going to get bad until that night.
I was nervous to be at home for the 12-ish hour storm because we live under so many trees, but my boss man was like feel free to go to the office if you don't feel safe. He didn't have to ask me twice. I literally begged my family to join me. It was not ideal, but at least the building itself was secure.
But no. They made me tear up from worrying.
I packed a bag of drinks, snacks, 2 pillows, and a blanket, and off we went.
The night wasn't so bad, but around 4am it got pretty hairy.
I have another video of me actually out in it like a weather reporter, but the language isn't very PG.
Neither one of us slept, so by the time it started to die down, we laid on the floor.
Of the classroom, LOL.
After thumbing through the weather channel, and asking folks back home were the roads clear, off we went.
I didn't take too many pics, I was driving, traffic was horrific, and trees and power lines were down everywhere.
This is when we knew that it was going to be a day or two before we got power.
It ended up being 8 days total, but we had no idea at this time.
So we get home, thankfully no major damage, the house is hot as expected.
We get a heat advisory alert on our phones! Seriously Mother Nature! No power, and you're gonna hit us with triple digit temperatures!
Scott and I spent a lot of time on the porch.
The neighbors saw a lot of our flesh.
Before Laura, if I had to go to my car or check the mail and I was wearing shorts, I would either wait until it got dark or change into pants because of my white scarred up legs.
AND, not even Scott got to see me in a sleeveless shirt.
Yeah......flesh was seen.
The first night I tried to sleep in the house, but with zero air moving, around 3am I got in my car.
I had a nice pattern for 7 nights. I would crank the car, set a timer for 30 min. I would wake up, kill the car, and when I would naturally wake up because I was sweating or couldn't breathe, I would crank the car, and set another timer.
The second night, Scott set up the tent. I did try to stay all night but this was the night I did not sleep at all. It was so hot and humid, there were owls, dogs, everything smelled of dog poop, and I had to put on shoes to go inside to the bathroom.
I ended up back in the car.
The tent though, was nice. Very spacious. We put two queen sized mattresses, a cooler, and there was room for more.
Since I was awake at 5:00am, I figured I may as well go inside before the sun would rise, and try to organize the house.
When I got the text from SWEPCO that it would be 7 days before the power was back on, that killed all morale.
I did try to sleep in the tent one more time, but it was more humid and sticky than the previous night.
Apparently I was the only one having trouble sleeping.
I, however, have become quite accustomed to the car.
With us spending so much time on the porch with the heat warnings, I hung an old COMFORTER to block out the sun.
I have since bought a bamboo shade/privacy screen, but for 7 days, this is what the neighbors had to see.
Callie was confused as to what all was going on. She stayed right under our feet.
When parts of Natchitoches regained power, the lines for gas were miles and hours long.
Luckily we both filled up the night of the hurricane.
We drove around a lot. One, soaking in the ac from the car/truck and two, looking at all of the damage. You can clearly tell the pictures that I took from a moving car, and the ones that someone took standing still from an actual camera.
Many lineman have stated that in all of the years that they have been doing this job, this is the worst damage that they have seen to the lines/poles.
When I started back to work, I saw so many houses with roof damage, missing carports, crushed back porches, endless miles of tarps temporarily serving as shelter. In Gorum, I saw two houses completely demolished.
We were so incredibly blessed, not only because we had very little damage, we were blessed in neighbors, family, and friends. My neighbors offered us utilities, they brought us food, friends offered lodging, generators, gas cans, the outpouring of love was overwhelming.
It became the norm for nighttime to come, and Scott and I say our love you/goodnights, and he go to the tent and I get in the car. I learned on night 3 to take melatonin.
There were many trips trying to find ice. Incredibly grateful to all of the local businesses in our area that provided free ice, water, and food. I don't know why I was so worried about ice, and then I would flip out when it melted.
When it hit me that we didn't actually NEED ice, my blood pressure went down. All of the fridge/freezer food had to be thrown out. And OMG, let's not talk about the chicken sludge I had to clean up out of the top freezer. All the food in the deep freezer survived.
We had many fancy meals like this on the porch.
Did I mention that we ran out of water?
Let me tell you that when it came back on, I took the longest coldest shower of my life.
I didn't even care that I had to wrap up my hair in a tshirt because we had no clean towels.
So we pretty much just sat around in the sweltering heat, drove around, and ate junk food.
I don't think that I have ever witnessed Scott do yard work.
These lovely ladies were going around taking families water and food.
Slowly but surely everyone started the get power back. On the original day that SWEPCO said that it would be restored, they backed it up 3 more days.
I kind of had a meltdown.
With so many offering to help, and my stubborn self kept saying "thank you!!" but yet not accepting their offer, my lovely friend was like "dude, I am bringing you a generator tonight, go get gas".
So I did.
We were able to run two fans, plug up the freezer, and most importantly, my ice maker.
We have an a/c window unit, but I was afraid to plug it in, I didn't want to overwhelm the generator. Yeah....I plugged it in the next night.
When I woke up I had an epiphany:
When my sister got power, I loaded up all of my dirty drawers and towels and headed to her house.
And then.....I got the call.
The power was back on.
I just started throwing clothes into baskets, "Love ya'll, see you later!!"
When I got home and saw my porch light on, I wanted to cry.
I went inside and every light was turned on.
Slowly but surely life is going back to normal. There is still a lot of damage to be repaired in several nearby Parishes, but the community is strong.
I would rather not do this again for a very long time.
I'll say it again, we were very blessed to not have major damage, and I will never forget the love and compassion from so many.
I didn't prepare a blog for March. It was in case, a dumpster fire.
I had to get permanent eyeglasses, we are under quarantine for a global pandemic, there is a nut in Oklahoma with 287 tigers, 2 husbands, and a Prince Albert, and despite thousands of people dying, folks won't stay home.
March 21st was my last day at work, and I have no idea when the state will allow us to reopen.
I don't mind being at home, I have a ton of housework to do, books to read, and shows to catch up on.
I worry about my husband going to work every day and getting sick.
I worry about my family catching the virus.
4, is the number of panic attacks that I have had in the month of March.
I have employers that check in on me to make sure that I am well, and I cannot be more grateful.
I hope everyone stays safe, stays healthy, and for the love of our Good Lord, stay away from others.
You would think being the shortest month of the year that I would be more on the ball, seeing as how I am finishing this on March the 5th.
Negative Space Ranger.
I am beginning the month exhausted and feeling like poo. This is just what my face looks like.
It must be something in the air, because Scott has been sick for a couple of days.
He swears it is not because he eats his steak like this.
At least one of us can catch a fish
Go grocery shopping with your spouse, they said.....
100th Day of School for Lil!
Some days it be like that
Forgive my junky camera phone that blurred everything
It's true, though
So I made a new recipe today. I was going to blog it as I cooked.
This is literally the only picture that I remembered to take.
The meal was a nah.
There was a fatal wreck today in town. Traffic was backed up for hours.
Not healthy, but oh so tasty
I do not believe that there is a more iconic picture
Happy Valentine's Day. I only saw Scott for like an hour, so enjoy this recycled picture from 9 years ago.
Scott and I on are day-late Valentine's Day date.
At an Exxon.
Since I am recycling, this was an LOL moment when Scott was absolutely starving on Christmas morning, and he savored every nibble of this biscuit he hijacked.
Now I am years deep in this decade old album
We acquired a reclining love seat today. For free!
I am too lazy to get up a take a picture of what it looks like in our house.
On a sad note, on the way to pick up this love seat, I dropped and shattered my phone. Granted the speaker didn't work, and it took blurry pictures, I was sad to see it go. I got a new one, and the update is going, uh....well
Word to ya mother
In Louisiana, flooded ditches are picture worthy
Lily having a fashion show
Day off. 3 books in my lap. NASCAR. Scott was grilling outside.
Rebecca, Lily, and I took a trip to Shreveport.
Mainly for food, haha
And we're back at the Exxon...
I close this month on what it is like being married to me...
Get ready....next month I get permanent eyeglasses.....
Welcome to January.
All 97 days of it.
This keyboard. Now, when I was younger I would play all of the time. I would hear a song, and eventually figure it out. I still can't read music, but now, with my old-lady brain, I can play something one day, and then next not have a clue. I have to relearn it all over again.
We hates it.
Now I have been born and raised in the South. I am used to seeing dead animals killed by hunters, Facebook photos of grown up and kids alike posting alongside dead animals.
But....I saw today a picture of a man's tailgate with a dead deer on it. Like...a deer he killed.
The entire tailgate. Since my phone doesn't zoom anymore, all you get is a blurred picture, but I assure you, my eyeballs saw it.
Some days, this is what gets you through.
I know it's in poor taste to follow up a Bible picture with alcohol, but it has been over 20 years since I have even seen a bottle of this stuff. I open the lid.....yep. Transported instantly back to early 2000. Sickest night ever. Don't do it ya'll.
You know you live in the country when you buy a new mattress, and you throw the old one on the burn pile in the backyard.
Side note, I know it's time to go outside and clean the windows.
Happy note, my second driver cancelled, so I got to spend a couple of hours with Rebecca and Lily.
Sad note, it was in the doctors office.
Now I am not encouraging violent behavior, but what woman wouldn't want to burn down her exes house?
I do believe that Scott made the whitest meal every with his little crackers and cheese.
Not a fan of tornado warnings in January.
I handled it like an adult. Sleep meds and Star Wars.
I think we need one more picture of Lily from our car session.
A sure fire way for your football team to advance in the NFL is for me NOT to root for them.
We watched football all day after church.
Zero. Nada. Neinte.
Soooooo you're not supposed to eat the paper strips?
It flooded everywhere today. Several of the streets we tried to drive on were flooded. The driver wasn't nervous, and she drove great, so we just kept going. Until.....
Today is our 15th wedding anniversary. Once we figured out how many years we have been married, 'twas a lovely day.
We didn't take any pictures, so instead, here is a lovely photo of us freezing to death in front of the Mississippi, and me with the worst chapped lips of my life.
Don't mind Scott...he always looks like that when in a picture with me.
New book! I have no idea what it is even about, I saw Matthew Reilly and knew I would have to read it!!
It's no secret that I wait until my gas light comes on before I make a visit to the gas station, but today I pushed it. I made it though!!!!
Y'all. I have been watching The Middle for years. I know it went off the air last year, but I just wasn't ready to let go. I finally finished the series.
Someone was cutting onions in the house.
I am the type of person, if I am at home and I get cold, I grab a blanket. I put on socks. I do not however, turn up the heat. This morning when I woke up INSIDE our house was 47°. It gets so hot in the bedroom that at night we (I) turn the heat off. After an hour of standing on top of the heating vents, I stomped down the hall, into the spare room, and drug out the space heater.
It was so toasty....for like 8 minutes. Then it cut off. Forever.
Sleety and freezing. Bonus day off, once I got to the office, the driver called in, so back home I headed. I finished this book, Murder in the Bayou. It is set here in Louisiana, a few Parishes South of here. 8 women killed, no arrests. It is still unsolved, and the police were implicated. True story.
I also finished Fried Green Tomatoes. I love this book!! It's a rarity that I like the movie better, but this book is still 5/5!
Quick Shrimp and Veggies. Super easy, no need for a recipe. Buy 2 packs of these frozen veggies, 2 bags of frozen pre-cooked shrimp. Cook them separately, then add together in a skillet for about 5 minutes, add the seasonings you like. Done.
This is the seat you need in church when the Pastor says "turn to your neighbor".....
X marks the spot.
Kobe Bryant and 8 other people passed away today in a helicopter crash. I don't believe that I ever watched him play in one game, but he was an inspiration to many, and I pray his, and all of the families involved find peace.
It has been so cold and wet this week. Like deep into your bones cold.
The last time my body has ached this way was 2 (3?) years ago when we were in Memphis for a few days. In the sleet. Wandering around lost.
I feel like The New Day every evening when I dry my hands at French Market.
I only had one driver today at 3, so I got to spend time with Lily and Rebecca.
A Connect Four game, a puppet show, and me trying to color a picture with her taking the crayons out of my hand. Fun times.
Everything is gigglier at 3:00am when you are still awake...
Hey look Ma, we made it!!
Finally, the end of January.
Let's not do this again.
I know that I missed a lotta months on blogging so I am going to try to make up for it.
Here is December 2019.
So maybe I decided that instead of a tree, we'd go with an inflatable dragon this year.
For the first time in my LIFE, I am the owner of a brand new mattress.
Memory gel foam.
I am pretty much a Kardashian.
Today is also my late aunt's birthday.
I cherish all of my memories with her.
Living in Louisiana has its perks.
I don't know if I am honored or insulted that when I play the piano, Callie immediately goes to sleep.
Happy 22nd Birthday to the Starshine of my life!
I for real tried to red out the fact that Scott was in the buff, but I laughed so hard here. He wasn't trying to be comical. He was showing that I was indeed taking up over half of the bed.
My mother doesn't even try to hide the fact that Bailey is her favorite.
I am not entirely sure why there is hot pink powder on the bathroom stall floor.
I genuinely am out of ideas.
In the doctor's office with Scott today. You really don't want to see the nasty infection that has developed on his leg, so here is a pic of me from 1992-ish.
Scott is going to be out of work for at least a week.
He is using a broom in place of a crutch.
I cleaned out my work bag. Maybe 3 of these are mine.
Gonna take my horse the old town road.....
Let it be known that the weird substance on my odometer is on the inside, and I have no idea how to make it go away, LOL
I have been sick for a couple of days.
Mucinex has kept me alive. This is the worst.
I don't mind at all when I have a driver who has never once driven behind the wheel.
When you add in the fact I can't keep my eyes open because of sickness, I feel like I am running a fever, my entire body is cramping up, and then....fog. We literally could not see more than 10 feet in front of us.
Also the worst.
I do believe that someone put soap into the NSU fountain.
You can't wrap presents and NOT watch the Grinch.
You know what is poo poo? We are freezing balls today, and on Christmas it is going to be in the 70's.
Today was Lily's Christmas program.
I am considering taking up photography professionally.
I need a bigger stocking.
I am over this weather. This was the calm before the literal storm.
We ended up getting flooded out at work.
Scott surprised me with an early Christmas gift.
I'll keep him.
Christmas Eve!!!! My second favorite day of the year!!!
We had a good day at home, then cooked and went to my Mother's house.
I didn't take that many pictures, but when Ralphie comes on, we are ready!
Again, didn't take many pictures. Normally I take 50-100. I literally took one picture when we were opening gifts.
Back at work.
This poor girl tried so hard to park straight.
Y'all need to cook this. Buy a bag of frozen grilled chicken, a bag of frozen veggies, I bought sweet potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and Brussels sprouts, saute' some mushrooms in butter. Cook all of this separately, add together in a skillet, and then dump some shredded mozzarella and provolone on it.
You are welcome.
Some little girl is enjoying her swing set!
Someone is 45 years young today.
I forgot to mention on Christmas Day, my mother stuffed Rebecca and I into shirt 3 sizes to small and then said "SMILE!!!!"
And so the year comes to an end.
We rocked out hard, as you can see. We stayed awake until 9:00pm.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
Here is to a happy and healthy 2020.
This year was hard, yo.
I know, I haven't blogged since September when Lily started Preschool.
Well, she's out now!
She loves school, loves to learn, and the days where she likes me are still hit and miss.
Here are a few pictures from Oct-May.
Bailey's NSU Graduation!!!!
I have a ton of more pictures, but I can sneak them into future blogs.
Life is good, work is good, the family is great!
Not much about lately. I started a new job, and it took a hot minute to become certified by the state, and after several classes, a trip to the DMV, and a trip to Baton Rouge, I am now state certified, and ready to start working on a daily basis!
I would like to say that in the extra time that I have had at home that it is in immaculate condition and that my yard is award winning, and of course Scott receives a home cooked 3 course meal every day.
Yeah on opposite day.
I have gotten a lot done, and I also know that staying at home isn't for me. I have always worked, and I am happy that this ball is rolling again.
I do have a new obsession. eBay. I know that is has been around for years, but I was cleaning out my middle room (aka Callie's room) and there on the shelf were rows of unopened movies, seasons of TV that I know I will never watch. I go into to the kitchen and was moving clothes from the washer to the dryer and saw 4 Pioneer Woman place mats that I bought a while back. I can never use them because they are yellow and green/brown and yellow reversible. My kitchen is red, yo. With some blue. IDK what I was thinking. My first thought was to ask anyone if their kitchen was this atrocious color, but then I thought of eBay, and figured that would be a small thing to try to put up to see how it all works. Then I became hooked. I started digging through all 4 closets, and damnhell I have a lot of stuff I have never worn, stuff I know I will not fit into. The Post Office probably believes that I am a drug runner, because I am in there 2 and 3 times a week with small packages.
Guess who started school!!!!!!!!
I think I was more nervous than her parents.
She really likes it, loves Sunday School, and Children's Church.
Not much going on besides that! Alabama has won all of their games so far, the Astros are headed to the Postseason, and the Stars will begin their season in a week or so.
I know it's been a hot minute since I have blogged, so here is 3 months worth of stuff I have accumulated.
Absolutely nothing is in order, as I had to go to my sister's house and bum her super fast WiFi because mine is slow as sludge, and I just threw them all on here.
Enjoy the chaos.
That is all I have for now.
I shall resume to a regular blogging schedule.
You have been warned.
This is going to be an exciting month!
I believe that I have spent all but 2 days since my departure from the hotel with my sisters and Lily.
Lily hasn't been to Kistachie National Forest, so Rebecca wanted to surprise her.
It was such a day. Our Trip to Kisatchie
The next morning I was so tired, sore, and still had sand in my mouth.
I see on my phone, "hey do you want to go to a magic show?"
And then we went to a magic show.
Scott was off the weekend, and we honestly didn't do much besides grocery shop and watch sports.
I went to church on Sunday, and we napped. A lot.
I did spend most of Friday combing through job postings, and submitting my resume.
Monday morning at 8:30am, I got a call wanting me to come in and put in an application.
She ended up giving me my assessment test and doing an interview.
I start tomorrow!
I am deceased.
I prayed so hard for this, and I am praying for strength to be able to do this. It is nothing that I have done before, but I am pretty teachable, so we shall see.
I wish that I would have kept a journal from my first day of working until now.
I am nowhere near where I need to be learning all of this, I have never been in finance before, I had no idea how much legal stuff there was to learn, you have to have a basic business math sense, and you have to be professional and tight lipped about what goes on in your office.
How do I have this job?
I do like it, as I said I have a ton to learn, but it is starting to make a lot more sense.
I did sign a confidentiality agreement, so I can't talk about anything that goes on or who comes in, BUT, I will sneak out that a woman (that I know) came in pretending to be her own (made up) twin sister.
This is going to be fun :) :)
I did have another first this month (as an adult), I got into my first car accident. Nothing major, I was just scared and wanted my mom, lol.
The cop asked for my DL and registration, I was like, is that in my glove box?
I was driving home from work, the Jeep in front of me stopped, I stopped, and then boomshakala, the SUV behind me did not.
She admitted fault, and the insurance check is in the mail.
I don't really have much of anything to tell, didn't get to see the family much, aside from Sundays at church.
Lily makes me proud:
Jacob makes my heart swell.
Scott and I are in an ongoing battle over who should get to put their keys next to the light switch.
We have called a truce, and decided that whoever has to leave for work the earliest gets the spot.
He leaves at 5:30am, I don't leave until 7:45, but his days off rotate, and I am Mon-Fri.
Tomorrow is my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
That is all I have for now!
Send happy thoughts and good vibes to one another.
People need more love in this world.
Granted we never plan things well, the fam and I were going to take Lily to Longleaf Vista, and let her go see the water at the Bayou. Easy peasy.
It was not easy peasy.
We were there for hours, we hiked, we waded, and on two different occasions, I had to crawl upward on my hands and knees.
On the way there, Rebecca asked "are you excited for your surprise?", and Lily goes, "uh mommy, there are just trees...."
We walked the trails, then climbed the steepest set of manmade stairs in the world, then climbed down another trail, only to go up another one of these butte things!
Bailey and I before, and then after the adventure.
After two hours of sweating, walking, climbing, and crawling, it was time for a highly nutritional lunch of kale and grilled chicken.
As you can see.......
We were on the road again!
I was so excited to see her face when she saw the water.
Lily wasn't having it. She didn't like the algae.
I lost count of how many times my flip flop fell off and floated down the rapids.
So we then ventured off to find "the place that Bailey and Dylan go to".
Also, do you see what Lily is doing? On the way back this is relevant. She stops to pick up every stick, run her hands against every branch, and makes little piles in every available pile of sand.
We walked for what seemed like hours. There were trails, there were bridges, and in some places, there wasn't anything. Just prayers and ravines.
Finally....I saw the hill of sand!
There is no graceful way to get down this thing. I consider rolling, lol, but I never would have lived that down. I ended up just kind of digging my heels in and surfing down. Completely exhausted from a) hours of walking, b) being fat and out of shape, and c) I did not bring the first Diet Dr. Pepper, when I reached the "beach" area, I just plopped on the ground. Hard.
I wanted to cry out loud, but I didn't want to scare Lily.
Or more importantly get made fun of by my sisters, haha.
It still hurts 2 days later. I have been having trouble with it for about a month now, I can't lie on my back or sit comfortably on the couch. Straight back chairs for me. And yet I go plopping down with all my weight on the dang hard ground.
I should suffer.
Anyway, we all made it to the water, and Lily loved it.
I told her we needed to make a video of her swimming for her Daddy.
One day I will remember to turn my phone sideways before filming.
Paw prints from what could only be a grizzly bear....
I meant what I said about this hill. There is no way up. When you step, you slide back down. You sink more in. Lily weighs like 40 pounds and made it, but still struggled. When she got to the top, I told her to catch my keys and my phone.
"No!!!!"....and off she ran.
It was terrible, ya'll. I was not only concerned dying here, alone, miles from the nearest road with no caffeine or Cheese Itz, and then I knew I had at least a couple of miles walk to the car.
But I made it.
It was ugly.
Once we all made it, we just kind of stood there, like damnhell, we have to walk all of this again.
When we got to the part after we crawled over the ravine, there was a fork and we could go back the way we came, OR, followed the arrows nailed into the tree. Nothing could have been as bad as the trip there, so I voted that we followed the trail.
So maybe I was wrong.
Maybe it was ALL uphill and we all died.
Maybe Lily stopped 3,333,444,222 times to pick up sticks, and make sand castles.
Finally, we saw the light.
It was the highway. We were a good 20 minutes from the car, but at least somewhere that people could find our bodies.
It wasn't so bad until Lily fell and scraped her knees. She doesn't do blood.
We had it all planned out when we got to the car, we were all going to shake off the sand, change clothes, put my shoes in the trunk.....
We did none of these things. We got to the car, slapped a Band aid on Lily, and high tailed it out of there.
I did manage to get a ton of pics which I will add to my website.
Lily had fun, we got to bond, and the weather was nice!
I give it a TEN!
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