Sunday, August 31, 2008


Well, Rose and I are sitting here waiting for Gustav to fly by. The outside furniture is roped down, plants are in the garage, food is grilled and in the fridg, batteries are on the counter and bathtubs are filled. The only thing to do now is count down the hours. Apparently he's going to arrive sooner than expected. By this time tomorrow we'll be in the middle of it all.

We lost three trees during Katrina-I'm going to try to find some of those photos to put on the blog-and this one is going to be worse here than Katrina was. I spoke with my cousin this morning- Sarah, who lives in Mobile. She asked to come on over but the truth is, it's too late. Contra flow is in effect and is working well. If we left we'd have to go north. They can't come here, either. Hopefully we won't lose power but fully expect to.

My pastor changed his sermon this morning. He changed it to "The Perfect Storm". You should be able to hear it soon in the Parkview site. Very good and timely sermon.

I stopped by the grocer's on the way home-dumb move. So did everyone else in this neighborhood. I just wanted to make sure we had enough junk stuff-not that the pantry isn't overloaded as we speak! Don't tell anyone, but I LOVE Snyder's Buffalo Wing Pretzels. So I added to the supply. I bought two new books because if worse comes to worse, I can read by flashlight. I pulled out a very old piece of needlework-"Love Song" by Fouroaks Design. It will pass the time very well and I plan to have a little -very little- written acknowledgement of Gustav on the sampler.

I like what the mayor of New Orleans said: if you stay, you're on your own. If you stay to loot, you will go staight to Angola. Who can forget the video from Katrina? Republican that I am, I didn't vote for Bobby Jindal. But I have to say that he's done a great job the last few days. And our mayor, also. They both have earned my vote in the next election.

So, here we are. The only thing left to do is say our prayers. And if anyone out there wants to add his or hers to ours, PLEASE feel free. It's going to be a long few days.........

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I've been a bad girl! But so much has happened in the last two months. First things first:

Mindy: hope you're doing better! That ache wasn't a pulled ham string after all. Hurry and get mobile and come back to orchestra.

Mrs. McL: Welcome home from Alaska. There you were-cool as a cucumber while the rest of us were sweltering in the heat down here.

Football season starts today. The nerve of Franchione to do color announcing for my team. ROLL TIDE ROLL.

Gustav: Don't you have anything better to do than come bothering us? We're ready this time. It's the waiting that is so bad. So here we sit with lots of munchies, water and batteries. We thought about going home to Tuscaloosa to ride it out. That would be like going from a Cat 3 to a Cat6 or 7. So we'll be here. I'll post some pictures as I can.

Since I was here last DH and I celebrated our 40th anniversary (8/24) and David celebrated his 64th birthday (8/25).

My friend John, husband of good friend the late Carolyn, had successful cancer surgery. I'm glad because Sunday mornings aren't the same without him around.

Good friend Arthur went to the Olympics in Beijing and then returned safely last week.

David bumped his head in June-no blood, no stitches, just a bleed in his brain. He spent a few days in the hospital and we were relieved that it sealed itself off and no surgery was necessary. July 4th he was outside doing what he shouldn't. He fell. Messed up a rib, an ankle and a rib. Here we go again! Some one said age was a state of mind?

John and his family moved to Houston. He emailed yesterday, saying that he would ask us to spent hurricane time with them but they might be in the same position as we are. Michael has received his emergency orders so he will have to stay regardless.

I've finished lots of needlework and will publish pictures as I can. And have read a few books, most of which weren't that good.

Well, such is life for the last two months. I would say that it is better that being bored to death but I need to think on that one. I promise to do better. See ya'll later!