Monday, February 20, 2006

He's soo smart!

My husband is the silent type. Never boasting or bragging. Not loud at all. Very quiet. most people ask me if he likes them because he rarely speaks and hardly ever starts a conversation. He's just great listener. (thank goodness because I talk enough for the both of us!) It's not that he doesn't like people.. he'll talk..once you get him started on things he likes. Then you cannot get a word in edgewise LOL

Because he is so quiet, let me take this time to brag on him. I'll allowed. He's my husband.

The hot water tank in the camper is 6 gallons give or take. That's ONE shower or 2 sinks full of water to do dishes and some water to clean up the stove, cabinets and table. Not much. Not much at all when there are 5 of you! Dishes? shower? hmm..

Before the storm we replaced our hotwater heater with a larger one. We insulated it with a hot water heater wrap and taped it all up and it was all set to save us some $$. Then Rita hit. The wall was ripped off the shed that housed the hotwater heater..the insulation has never been found. We still have the gas on in the house and the hot water heater still runs to wash clothes and when the kids take a shower in our bathroom. All that water. Sitting there. Doing nothing.

Rich tapped into the hot water line under the house and ran the pipe to the camper. He connected it to the hot water line in the camper.. voila! 35+ gallons of hot water anytime day or night without having to wait for the gas to heat the tank! I usually turn the hot water take off during the day while we are all gone and at night while we sleep. No reason to heat the water for nothing. So now our propane can all go to heating and cooking. That should cut down on our propane usage.

He's soo darned smart! I'm so blessed!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Half my life

Almost have my life has been spent with Richard. How amazing is that!?

We've been together 19 yrs, 4 months, 2 days!

I dunno how he stood me this long. It's gotta be love!

It's 32 here.. we ran out of propane - we have two bottles - so we flipped the switch and cranked up the heat again. warm and toasty. Rich is cooking breakfast, so that helps heat things up.

I think we are gonna have breakfast, dress and run to Sam's and Acadamy. Cannot work in the yard on a cold, damp day like this. Gotta stay indoors. And we gotta get out and stretch our legs some!

We had a visitor last night.. a guy who used to work with Rich years ago... It ws sure good to see him. Like old folks we made coffe in the late afternoon and sat around and visited.

Ever wonder why people in the south are so passionate about their coffee? ( and food! ) Well, it's because it's so damned good!!

Time to eat!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Life in general

Let's see.. it's been almost 5 months since the hurricane. That's almost 1/2 a year! What has changed? Well..people are building, remodeling or demolishing. Stores are still hiring to replace their lost crews. Walmart is now open until 8 pm! Target and Kmart manage to stay open until 11. Imagine that! Hmmm. I think Burger King still closes by 6? I know by 8 they are locked up tight and all dark. Debris is pretty much picked up on roads. The last pickup is March 1.

We are still living in a camper. That's 4 months in this camper, 2 in a popup and 2 that we were evacuated for. Five months later... and here we are. While our yard is looking better and we have developed a so-called's not a home. It feels like we are camping! Well, we are. Sorta.

Rich is home for the month of Feb. After that he may take a trip out of state for a week each month. He's enjoying his time home and so are we. He's working around here hauling and tearing things up. Cooking. Toting kids around to various things. It's a big help. I'm not so drained at night. I can actually stay up until 11pm!

Insurance is still not lined out. It's a sore subject... but we are working on it. I know, 5months later and we are no closer to settling. GRRR.

The kids are kids.. they adapt to most anything. While they are not happy sleeping all in one room in bunk beds that are too small... they don't complain. They make do with what we have. We don't "want" for anything - except ROOM - but they don't complain.

We are having eggs galore! The hens are laying and we are picking an egg or two a day. may not seem like much, but tonight I counted 15 eggs. We've used some...that's almost 2 dozen eggs for free! And they are soo good. They TASTE like eggs.

I stumbled across a bread recipe that allows for the second rise of the dough to take place in the icebox (fridge to all you non southerners) I don't have to be a slave to bread dough! I can also make it ahead of time and bake it when needed. Perfect timing.

My first batch was a learning experience. I have the second batch in the icebox tonight. Gonna bake it in the morning to have fresh bread for breakfast! It makes 2 loaves. I'm hoping to be able to make our bread and get away from the store stuff. Hopefully the kids will like this batch better. It rose so well this time around. I think I over kneaded it the last time.

I've been thinking a lot lately about organic foods and weaning off the chemicals and preservatives. Last year I started cooking from scratch, stopped buying cokes (sodas), used limited boxed products, limited fast food and eating out in general. Instead, I pushed more water, fruits and veggies on the family. You know what? They lived, and they actually enjoyed it.

We've had a garden the past few years - all my canned stuff was ruined in the storm!!!! Lost some of the frozen stuff too. We're looking forward to a garden and eating our own home grown foods and canning again.

The bed is calling.. actually, the sooner I go to bed, the sooner I can get up and bake that bread LOL


Thursday, February 09, 2006


In 2004 I took a lil trip up north to see the 'gals'. On that trip we hit the mall of america. I'm not a shopper, but I did enjoy that day!

What did they have? A Bare Minerals store. I bought a compact for myself. Whhoo hoo. I don't wear much makeup, but I really like Bare Minerals and so I treated myself to the compact. I used it often.

The hurricane done come and took my compact!! I hunted high and low for that thing and never could find it.

Tonight I ordered some more foundation. While I was on the phone, I asked the girl if they also had the compact. They did! So, I ordered me a new one. It's not the same one.. but it's the same thing and it will always remind me of our trip to Minn.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Hauling and dragging

We hauled some stuff from the house to the road. Goodbye furniture and mattresses!

Hello dragging butt! My knee has been hurting me since last week. I think I twisted it moving furniture.

Still more stuff in the house to box up. I just don't wanna do it. I'm torn between just tossing it all - I haven't NEEDED it in the past months, right? - to going to that's our stuff, our memories! I may regret tossing it out too soon.

We've called several people to come and give estimates. No-shows. Guess they are too busy.

I look forward to the day all this is behind us.

Oh, just realized the new fax/copier/printer/scanner I bought yesterday does not have fax. GRRRR. Now I have to bring it back. I was so looking forward to setting it up and getting some printing done. the kids (jessica) complains that we are the ONLY people who don't have a printer. Guess the school takes it for granted that every student has a computer/printer in their home??? NOT!

Washing clothes, hanging out with the family, and fixing to cook supper. Been a good day. We are having grilled burgers, homemade fries (with the skin on) and I think.. homemade milk shakes if I can find the blender and the recipe for them :) If not, we'll have homemade slushies! MMM

Time to go swap the clothes in the washer/dryer!