Thursday, September 29, 2005

squeeky wheel gets the oil

and sometimes you just cannot squeek...and the oil still gets there because your friends squeek for you.

thank you friends!!!!!! It would be so easy to slip into a depression right now. It really would. I can see how people just say FORGET IT and move it. it just seems like so much work has to be done.

good news... you know that girl.. and her sisters... that blog I link to.. you know... those crazy girls... so far from home... ? yeah, those... from across the country they have managed to get their mom and I in contact. Guess what? Their mom lives 2 or 3 blocks over from where I am staying!

She brought us lots of goodies! oh how nice it is to have some perfume! To feel NORMAL. and sweet smelling soap! And razors!!! and detergent... ahh, the little things in life.

And all my other friends who have called/written to see what they can too can do... I cannot thank you enough!!!! i am so touched... I cannot begin to explain how much it means to me and my family. My kids are learning a valuable lesson abot life... we have to help each other.

Rich gives this update:

today we discovered the land line works!!!! So... if you are able to call.. (ya know, those free cell phones mins!) feel free to call and lift his spirits. It will do him some good. he says he is trying to prepare me for when I go home... but he don't think I will be able to prepare. It's really bad.

He is very proud of the way our city is handling things! Several small towns now have city water.. our town too, but we have a well. one small town nearby even has electricity!

Today a meeting will be held letting us know when we can expect to go back.

Call came in from Insurance adjustor... so hopefully it won't be too much longer to get things going.

We cannot live in our house. It's totally soaked.

he's slowly cleaning the yard. More stores are opening.. slowly.. we have a ship at the port to help with some things...

word of mouth (and now some land lines) is the way to get information to each other. guy across the street comes daily and he and rich work together in the yards.

My bird and two cats are there and fine!!!

My freezers and icebox (fridge for you northerners) is okay. He has the generator running them... he tossed the icebox stuff, but most in the freezers was good.

He has his good days and his bad days. the town is slowly getting cleaned up.

today i am going to red cross to see what they are offering.

We are truly blessed. some have it way worse than us and some will be total losses... I am very thankful ALL my family is okay...

we will survive...I started married life with nothing and worked my way up... i will start again and do the same.

i can see the light... and It's getting brighter!

time to run... got lots to do!

Take care all...keep those prayers coming.. they are working because i have not broken down yet (I think i'm in denial still).

will update when I can!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

hit and hit hard

Rich is home. It's not looking so good. Extensive damage. Yes, my house is still there - and that is better than lots of people out there - but there is extensive damage. It's just easier to make a list:

Lots of shingles gone and it's down to the wood. Need a new roof.

Water went into the house from the roof.

Living room is soaked.

our beds are soaked.

Ceiling tile down in lots of places.

No tin on the front porch.

Little shed has 3/4 tin missing.

Big shed has major tin missing too.

Fences lying down.

three trees were snapped off right under where the branches started to grow and need to be cut down.

Best part? There is just stuff everyone. he said we have a porch in our yard. An entire porch and he don't recognize it. It's HUGE. He's not sure where it came from. He don't know where the tin for his big shed is. It's kinda pale yellow/tannish and he has looked all over and does not know where it is. Our neighbors mailbox came off the pole and was inside their shed. their rent trailor across the street from them is gone. The neighbor across the street, their trailor is on the ground and off the blocks. rich said there is much stuff just everyone. Looks like a bomb went off. he said it is horrible. the stuff is just... stuff. he said he cannot even begin to explain. I spoke with my neighbor last night and she said they don't even know where to begin. She said it's hot and stinky and horrible and there is so much stuff it lookes like a bomb exploded. Our town has basically no utility poles standing. It's horrible. I don't konw how long before we are able to go back. We had some fruit trees... fruit everyone. I told rich that must have been like missles flying thru the air with 120 mph winds.

In my brain I cannot comprehend this. I don't want to. I cannot imagine having to rebuild my home. it's drenched. I don't WANT to do this. I don't WANT to have to go thru this crap. yesterday i called around to get food - we are fortunate enough to stay with my best friend....but she cannot support us! i've got to do something today. My sister is here in town, maybe we can drive around to churches ... I feel deserted... abandoned... displaced. I know it's not as bad as katrina..and I know we are safe and secure and can stay here as long as we want... but when it's happening to you... it's a whole different story. i already started a claim with my insurance company... and FEMA. I never thought I'd EVER be doing this. my life is on chaos ... my world is shattered. time has stopped for me and yet the rest of the world goes on. I've been forgotten. Or so it feels like.

Diana - i live IN Lake charles. actually I live south of lake charles about 5-7 miles out of the city limits. I live 3 miles north of the cameron parish and Calcasieu Parish lines. I live 1 mile east of the Lake Charles airport. Lots of tornados spun off of that hurricane and did major damage all over our town.

I went with robin to church yesterday... and cried. and cried. It's just to hard to imagine. I saw another evacuee... she was from vinton, la. We just hugged and comforted each other. What else can you do.

keep the prayers coming guys. I have broken down yet and I know that is not good. i'm sure once I go home. Know I know why people just move. It's just too much. It will take a lot of work before our town is back on it's feet.

The national guard is there and there are stations to get water... walmart is opening from 7 to 3 and limited amounts of people can go in at a time. No pharmacy.

My neighbors went back. the women looked around and said there wsa no way they were staying. The men took a window a/c unit from our shed and put in their house window and have a generator to run it and are sleeping in the living room all together. rich has the camper set up and is sleeping there with a generator. We often say we'd like to live in the "good ole days." Welcome to them!

Monday, September 26, 2005

prayers answered!

I made Richard bless our house before we left. glad i did!! I'll write more later.. this is the latest news.

We are still in Shreveport.

our house has wind damage- no broken windows or holes. We do have missing shingles, tin and the fence is laying down.

Rich is on his way home. he can return because he works at a refinery. he is going to clean up some, open windows to air things out (fridge and freezers are icky!) and set up the camper. He has a generator, camper with a/c, gas, food and water to last a week. He'll clean up and then we'll see about going home.

we had a tornado hit the airport and then jump to the road over from us. i'm sure it was ruff. I had 2 neighbors stay.. i cant imagine the fear!

We have MASSIVE wind damage in town. Not as much flooding as they first predicted,,but the wind...trees and power lines down all over. We watched video on line and it don't even look like a town because there are no power lines visible.

It will take weeks and weeks before we get back up and running. Please keep us in prayers. Our town looks like a war zone.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

not going good

i'm watching feed from kplc over the internet. They are doing a wonderful job. winds for 4 hours @ 120 mph.

I don' tthink i will have a house.

i am so glad i am not there. I have two neighbors who stayed.

i'm keeping a written log/timeline of events to relay via text messaging to a cousin who is still in town... she works for the police and had to stay. they have no power...so i'm the source of information.

Airport terminal collapsed. part of roof at st. patricks collapsed.

Friday, September 23, 2005

update

landfall - cameron parish - direct hit.

i don't think i'll have anything left.

i'm gone....

We are in Shreveport... expecting lots of rain here too.

i've gotten in touch with family. Don't know about Rich's family.

notes from back home:

south of town (where i live) has no electricity.

70 mph winds at the present.

Do not drink water.

Expecting 5 feet of water where i live.

will update later.

We are safe and sound for the moment.

keep the prayers coming.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

We keep asking for her name and she won't tell us. Even after a week she has no name! What would you call her?

AND ANOTHER EMAIL!

I received an email last night saying that my friend in Mississippi was safe! Woo hoo! Thank you, Jesus!! I figured she may have left the city - after her last scare with a hurrican - but I wasn't sure.

I'm so glad she is okay!

Just a few more to hear from...

Saturday, September 10, 2005

the email arrived...

I have a friend I met online who lives in New Orleans. I haven't heard from him since before the hurricane. Today I received an email from him. They had gone to Texas well before the storm. I am so relieved!

Now. To hear from friends in Mississippi. I have a feeling they left too. I'll just waiting and praying.


We have been really busy. Between the evaucees, the kids/school and work... I don't know if I'm coming or going. ON top of all this we got a new dog. Those who don't have enough trouble make their own.. or something like that.

Just before the storm we knew the incoming folks would be bringing pets. People and pets crammed into houses already too small would not work. This leads to pets needing homes. It's stressful enough having gone thru Katrina without adding to it with pets and cramped quarters. But, where would this leave pets already in shelters??

Rich started calling around. We discovered that our animal shelters and vets had placed all the pets they could in either foster homes or permanent homes before Katrina evacuees arrived in anticipation of pets needing a place to stay. Smart thinking!!!

Only one vet had a puppy. She must have just been brought in... she stunk!! And was full of fleas... but her spirit.. aww..her lil spirit... she was so tired, but managed to lick us all over when they showed her to us. She had that look in her eye of "I really would be a good dog...if you just give me chance.." I ask you, how can you say no to that????

She has got to be the best dog! Smart as a whip! Cute as a button... spoiled rotten already!

But...she has no name! Nothing seems to fit. It's been 5 days now... nothing.. My Puppy isn't gonna carry her thru adulthood LOL


Tonight I babysat for a friend. Her 14 month old is precious. He is a wonderful baby...but I forget all what having a baby around means!!! He's not a digger - thank goodness because there is lots to dig in around here. My kids are 10,13 and 16... it's no big deal to leave the power drill laying around or the extra screws LOL Clean sweep before he got here and all was fine... he's zzz and I'm just waiting up for my friend.

Guess I better hit the hay. Another day awaits!!