The earthquake was followed by a hurricane. How weird is that? But, thank God, the hurricane did no damage for us. I truly believe it's a miracle how much area was covered by both, and yet in most ways how little damage was done or lives lost.
I don't think the preparation I did was a waste of time, I take it as a trial run, and I learned a few things. First is that it doesn't have to be expensive. I made use of things we already had - like 10 gallon buckets to put water in if we needed it to flush the toilets. I used an empty milk jug to fill with water and freeze to put in an ice chest, and filled some baggies with ice from the freezer - might as well put the ice maker to good use - and then filled other baggies partly full of water and froze them to use in smaller ice chests. We've got 4 good flashlights and a bunch of candles. I even finally bought fuel for the coleman camping stove we bought back when I was hoping Y2K would happen!
But it's nice to know that our house and neighborhood have done so well during all of the weather events of the past couple of years. Although I have to remember not to get into a false sense of security the next time a big storm rolls around.
In Noah news. He's never phased by any of it, and I hope it stays that way. He's an army/navy dude and hopefully will always be able to sleep through anything.
He's also getting closer to walking. He finally thinks it's a blast to hold our hands and walk around the house, or tonight it was the mall. It's so cute! He still shakes his head "no" at strangers who talk to him. What's funny to me is that they all shake their head "no" right back at him and say "no?" But, he says "uh-huh" all the time, and sometimes even means it - like when you ask if he's ready for lunch! And even though he can't talk yet - he sure can argue with me.
Life is good and I'm so grateful for all of it.
My grandmother passed this week. She was 92. I'll never know a more content, serene, giving person. I truly know she's finally in heaven, and that makes me happy for her instead of being sad.
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