A Southern Fried Mess

Insanity is a southern necessity…

The other side

And God said. ‘ let there be light’ and there was light… and it was good. ”  That’s how I felt when the power company turned the power back on again yesterday.  PRAISE GOD!!!…THANK THE MAKER (and the power company dudes)!!!

Four and a half days  in extremely humid weather without any hot water  or air conditioning to speak of…not to mention contaminated (drinking) water and a house full of  sweaty, bored-to-death-kids, and a husband freaking out because he can’t play on the computer or watch TV,  will drive any self respecting, southern woman nearly crazy.

I missed my washer and dryer to the point that I was almost in tears. And I also missed my vacuum cleaner. Blasted leaves! They were everywhere in my  house because we had all the doors and windows open. The stupid wind kept blowing them in faster than I could sweep them out. Have you ever tried to sweep carpet…in the dark??!! Let me tell you, honey…..

To cut the drama short, we made it; all in one piece and with most of our sainty in tact—there was just that one tiny little incident with the push broom and a fallen tree branch, but we shant speak of that. Besides, I don’t think too many of the neighbors saw me anyway.

We didn’t have any structural damage to our house, just some large limbs from our live oak out front blew down. I had  prayed over my pecan trees (before the storm this time—I actually got out in it during Katrina and prayed over them), and they stood firm. Go ahead and laugh, but my trees are still standing. What can you say? I like my trees—that and the chainsaw isn’t working.

The barn lost a few of it’s siding pieces and a piece off the tin roof, but the chickens were fine. The tree next to the barn, however, didn’t fare as well. It snapped in half and landed in the road behind our house, blocking it entirely. The neighbors were nice enough to cut it up for us and remove it.

My mother came out alright; no damage to her house. She’s now providing the entire block with coffee in the evenings. Come to think of it, I’ve never known her to not have coffee ready at 4 in the evening—even as a child. Sort of like the post office—“come rain or come shine, we shall have coffee!

Hubby is singing my praises too. For like mother like daughter, I had a way to make coffee also. I had an old percolator that you put on the stove/BBQ pit and brew. It was delicious and if  you weren’t careful  and made it too strong, would put hair on your chest.

He was also singing my praises for all of my ‘over shopping’ before the hurricane. Seven people can consume a lot of groceries—especially kids when they’re bored.  We used just about everything I had bought. He apologized and gave me a kiss.  Awwhhh….how sweet.

But, I must stress that getting through the hurricane is usually  the easy  part. It’s the aftermath that’s hard. People get impatient, short tempered, and   cranky. And really, who could blame them? Having to wait 45 minutes in line for gas or a 25 minute stand in line at the only grocery store open  in the heat can weigh on a person’s nerves. Plus, EVERYTHING has risen in price—sometimes doubled.  They aren’t supposed to do that, price gouging, but people do. It’s a  shame, and really you are at their mercy until things get back to normal.

Our generator cost us two hundred dollars more than it should and the loaf of bread a dollar more. Gas has risen in price too—if you can find any.

Every year, every hurricane, it’s the same song and dance. We all know it’s gonna happen, and we deal with it. It’s just one of those things. You just try and prepare better for it next time while you remember and repeat the the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill…“, over and over in your head. Sometimes out loud if necessary.

Anyway, all is fine here now. I’ve finally heard from all of my friends and family that were involved in the storm and everyone is alright. (thanks again, Barb)

Thank you  all for your prayers. I will try and post the few pictures of the storm and damage  that I took when I get a chance.

Later!

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September 5, 2008 - Posted by | family, food, humor, kids, life, religion, Television, Uncategorized |

4 Comments »

  1. Wow..Incredible..Thank you for the update.I would love to see pictures. Like I said before, I have never been in a hurricane, and don’t even know anyone who has. May the Lord bless you. You sound very strong and accepting. I wish I were.
    Much love, Barb

    Believe it or not, hubby to took more pictures and video than I did. When I get a chance I will post some of mine and his.
    As far as being in a hurricane, well it’s just like being in a big thunderstorm is all….Only it last for a long, long, long time…and the huge wind burst tend to mess up your hair more.
    Barb, from what I know of you, you are strong. Be blessed girl! 🙂

    Comment by 6justmyopinion | September 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. Scottie, I don’t know how, but you make even the stupid hurricane funny. You are a tremendous blessing and a treasured sister in the Lord.

    Sometimes you’ve got to laugh at what life throws at you. If ya can’t you’d might as well just give up.

    Thanks girl!

    Comment by Eirene | September 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. Glad you made it through without killing anyone. I guess having no AC, hot water and lights (along with no computers) is a good test for any family.

    I would just start beating them in the morning, stop for a lunch break and continue the beatings until we all collapsed!

    Oh, yeah…someone who thinks like I do. 🙂

    Comment by morethananelectrician | September 7, 2008 | Reply

  4. Glad to hear that you’re all alright and there wasn’t too much damage to the house. I probably would have gone in under my covers and let everyone fend for themselves. But that’s just me.

    Thanks Blue. I actually did take a nap during some of the hurricane. I told my family to wake me only if the house fell down or if there was a fire. 🙂

    Comment by bluesuit12 | September 8, 2008 | Reply


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