“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.12.2008

Here comes the rain again

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . .

Lordy. Ike looks to be much worse than Gustav for us Texans. About 100 buses pulled into town last night, full of evacuees from SE Texas - Red Cross shelters & motels are full; an old, empty WalMart building is being opened up to house people. I topped off the gas tank in my Jeep last night when I heard stations in Nacogdoches (about 65 miles down the road) were running out of gas. Good thing, too - Joe just stopped in to say there was no gas between Frankston (25 miles away) & us & we just pushed Michael out the door to get his Jeep filled up. I stopped in at the grocery store this morning to get ice, and there was almost none left. It was 9 a.m. & the parking lot was full. I bought cokes & ice, bread & cat food & some Hostess Streusel Cakes. When I leave this evening, I'm headed to the drugstore for Pepto-Bismol. And feeling stupid about it. But better to have it & not need it than the other way around.

One of my brothers was admitted to the hospital yesterday for some kind of lung problem & when my mother stopped by this morning to check on him, there was a line of ambulances from who knows where waiting to drop off patients. Traffic is busy, busy, busy & heavy, heavy, heavy. People passing us by headed even farther north or west to find shelter from this storm.

The image above is from a couple of weeks ago - we're just now starting to get a few sprinkles today. The sky is full of grey clouds & the tv & radio are full of warnings. It's hard to comprehend (once again!) that we're facing high winds & water when we're this far inland, but this is a big storm - as big as the state.

And me? Once again, concerned about possible flooding. I've been lucky so far, and hopefully that luck will hold out. Nonetheless, I am prepared to start stacking furniture if need be.

7 comments:

  1. Good luck getting through the next few days - I'm from Louisiana - and remember so many nights playing cards by candlelight and keeping our food in a cooler so we didn't have to open the fridge - during soooooo many hurricanes.

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  2. I've been thinking about you as I've watch the storm grow and head towards TX. Wondering if you're far enough away at least to be safe. How surreal it must all seem to be happening again so soon. You and the rest of Texas are in my prayers as Ike hits the coast and beyond.

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  3. Just want you all to know, up here in New England all of our thoughts are with you guys.

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  4. Peace, Love and Hoping you stay high and dry!

    Rhonda

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  5. Many thanks to you all. We fared very well - things not nearly as bad as originally expected. The folks south of us have it pretty bad though, and we still have lots of evacuees - 6000 or so at last count. 1600 of them in that old WalMart building. My heart goes out to them.

    Again - thanks for all the
    thoughts & prayers & well wishes!
    It means way more than y'all could
    ever know.

    Love, Debi

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  6. Wow...it's amazing how quickly we can start running out of things that give us comfort and stability huh? When a storm hits or earthquake etc. Because I live on an island, I worry all the time that if a huge quake or tsunami hits this chunk of land, there will be no way off, and probably no supplies being brought in. Makes you feel rather vulnerable at times. But I love the island so much, I can't imagine ever leaving....unless a big wave sweeps me off!

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  7. Jaime - I felt quite paranoid about the ice - I could actually live on ice, truth be told. And now I feel a bit guilty because they don't have enough ice in Houston, and I know how crazy that would make me.

    :0 Debi

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