Isaac ending

We got power on the 30th around 2, but it only lasted a few minutes. Stacie and I both called the power company to let them know a line was down between us and the nursery. By 5 there were several trucks here working. They worked until after dark and at around 8 we had power again, followed shortly by a tornado threat. Lightening hit somewhere really close. I thought it hit something in the office and could have as the UPS to Terry’s desk has a red light on that isn’t on on mine…but everything works so if that is it, I am live with that.

Whoo hoo, the power is still on, internet is working, 2 of 3 phone batteries are charged and the 3rd is charging. I woke with a raging headache, got up to check the office as we thought lightening had struck something in here right after the lights came on. It may have, because the Uninterrupted battery supply for Terry’s desk has a red light on that mine doesn’t have, but all seems to be working fine.
Anyway, I have taken something for the headache, did some updates—all data used between midnight and 5a.m. doesn’t count against my package for my internet–on satellite internet we are allotted a certain amount we can use a month or our connection is slowed considerably.

Today, I need to start washing the towels used to soak up the water from the chimney and under the side door; go to the church and do what I need to do there, run to town for some groceries because Judy and Robert are coming up.

I have shade cloth off the fern house, #2 and the west shade area. That will simply have to wait for Terry and Robert and fix Saturday. I know there are plenty of limbs to be picked up…so am going to try to get back to sleep.

Isaac 9:09am

So far still holding on good, with power and not a lot of scary winds. Occasionally we get some swirls of wind, a constant rain, but not torrential as of yet.
We fixed a late breakfast-grits, eggs and toast. Just as we started Terry got the call that there was a tree on the road. He managed to eat a bit of his breakfast before Jack arrived to pick him up. I see a pecan limb lying in the yard to the west of my house. There is a pecan tree there. To the east of the house is the big oak tree. katrina leaned her to the south. I was hoping that the winds of Isaac might would lean her straight for me, but they are mostly coming from the east. This means that if my oak falls it will fall on my patio.
It is my prayer that none of the trees fall on my house. I do see that facial siding has blown down from the store, but it has always been an iffy…the hardest stuff to get to remain secure. We finally paid a neighbor man, who was doing siding work, to secure it up there. Hmm, seems as though he didn’t do too great a job. Such is life.

Isaac 2

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Well, it’s a hurricane now. Around 3 we had our first band of showers, knocked out the satellite and internet for a while. 5 P.M., sun is shining, wind has died down….lulls one into believing there isn’t anything ugly, ferocious and mean churning away south of us.

Internet and satellite tv are back on for the moment. I don’t expect to have either, including electricity by morning. I will not complain if I do though. It will be one of those blessings I can add to my list.

Lordy that thing is ugly to see.

Isaac

Well here we sit, the eve of Isaac, almost 7 years to the date from Katrina. I am a bundle of nerves. According to our local weather channel this is what we can expect

Widespread trees/power lines, trees on homes, power outages, 5"-10" of rain:

  • Adams
  • Franklin
  • Lincoln
  • Lawrence
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Covington
  • Walthall
  • Pike
  • Amite
  • Wilkinson

Here are the counties impacted by high winds in the WLBT viewing area:

30-40 mph sustained winds with gusts of 40-50 mph:

  • Adams
  • Copiah
  • Simpson
  • Smith
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Lawrence
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Covington
  • Walthall
  • Pike
  • Amite
  • Wilkinson

I am Walthall county. Today I put gas in our two cans, filled up the Mule, made sure the car and truck were filled up with gas. I ran into town and picked up some canned goods and Ana some Easy Mac. I consoladated the food in my two freezers, getting the majority of the most precious items (corn, peas and beans) in the larger freezer in the house. We maybe can keep it charged up with the generator. I don’t know about the peanuts and peppers that are in the freezer on the patio and that wouldn’t fit in the one freezer. I took the stuff out of the side by freezer, hoping to only have to worry with one freezer, but maybe we can keep the patio freezer going too. *sigh* I just don’t know.

I have buckets and containers cleaned and ready to fill with water tomorrow. I will pick up some gallon jugs of water tomorrow too if there are any left, if not I will fill some containers with water for drinking.

They predict this thing to hit New Orleans around 4 tomorrow evening. it is a huge storm, a slow moving storm. I expect we will be without electric so I intend to write daily of the events and what happened so I can journal it once power and internet is restored.

I am a bundle of nerves..did I say that already?

But I know God is in control and He is my Pilot.

jelly and junk

I spent a good portion of the day making jelly. I made Christmas jelly. With the help of a bit of food coloring, I now have 16 half pints of red/gold/green jelly. Of course it has some flavoring…some hot flavor. I used cayenne pepper and red food color for the red layer; yellow tobasco and yellow food color for the gold layer and jalapeno and green food color for the green layer. I made a batch at the time and poured a third of a jar. then by the time I made the next batch, that layer had jelled and I poured my new batch and color on top of that. I plan to give it away as Christmas gifts.
I also had to have my washing machine worked on today. It has been whining loudly for a few weeks. I called the repairman 2 weeks ago and he listened to it on the phone and agreed something wasn’t right. After that phone call, the machine stopped with the loud unusual noise for a several days. Then last week it started again so I called him and he came up, but of course it wouldn’t make any noise while he was here. He told me the next time it began to whine, to stop the machine and call him. I did, he came and found a long piece of wire stuff in the gears. He said it looked like something that would come off a bearing. I figure it came out of Robby’s pants from back when he lived here or TA’s son’s one. Anyway, that piece of wire cost me 83 dollars and change. Jimmy, the repairman says he doesn’t know how things can get down between the tub and the frame and worked their way into the moving parts but they do. He said one time he pulled a t-shirt from between the tub and the housing.

We have a good time when he comes. We tease each other a lot. He was asking me about what size load I was washing and how many. I told him I had a load of mine and Terry’s work clothes on last night and this morning put on a load of sheets. He said, "you had Terry’s work clothes on washing. You don’t have any work clothes on." I said, "Are you saying I don’t work or that I don’t wear clothes?" He cracked up laughing. It’s always something like that going on.

Stacie came down this morning right after I had eaten breakfast. She didn’t say much, just sat there while I took my vitamins, tended to laundry, called the repairman and such. she said she needed to take her bike to get an estimate on it. Finally I told her I had to go water, so off I went. Eventually she walked up to the nursery and watched me water some of the ferns and talked a bit; then she disappeared.
I finished all my watering, locked up, went home and as I came up to the door she came walking up from the other direction. I don’t know if she had gone home and just walked back or not. She came in, watched me gather up jelly making stuff, laughed at the repairman and myself as he joked around with me, fixed her something to eat, decided she would let her dad take the bike to get an estimate, then suddenly left with no goodbye, not kiss my hiney, nothing. Strange child!

Terry did take the bike to get the estimate; the guy will call Stacie tomorrow when it’s ready. I guess I will take her down to pick it up and take it to the insurance company.

We had a finance committee meeting and a pastor search committee meeting…meeting together to try and trim the budget so we can afford a pastor. We didn’t accomplish a thing. Some don’t want to cut the mission giving, others don’t want to give to missions at all, some want us as a search committee to throw out a figure and I, as treasurer, can’t get them to understand that throwing a figure out won’t help IF the money isn’t there to back up the figures. With the turmoil in the church, giving is down and so finances are tight.