Monday, September 11, 2017

Safe

  Well, I can't believe it... We were able to make it to our house today to check things out, and we actually still have a house! I was fully prepared for Hurricane Irma to destroy our mobile home that is older than I am, but it still stands with roof, windows, and walls intact. It may not be a pretty sight, but it's a good sight to see.


  On the trip down and back, we saw lots of damage to homes and businesses. Signs are blown across the highway, roofs are peeled back like sardine can lids, I saw a semi trailer overturned, and the local bowling alley burned down. Our home surely could have faired worse, and we are so thankful that it still stands.




  Our carport obtained some minor damage, and we're missing (and I mean completely missing) a shed. It's just... Gone! All the stuff that was in it still sits in the spot where it stood. There's a travel trailer out back that was obliterated, but we're just glad that our house didn't suffer the same fate.

  Now, the cleanup begins as we wait to have electricity again. I'm glad to be at Dad's with a generator, but we only run it occasionally to save fuel which is still in short supply. I don't have long to be online, so I'll leave you with a short post. If you're interested in seeing any more of the pictures I've captured of the storm or aftermath, you can hop over to my Google plus profile to see my latest posts.

  I can't say it enough... We're thankful to still have a home to return to once power is restored. Our hearts and thoughts are with those who can't say the same.

Happy Crocheting!

*UPDATE*
  I would like to start by saying we're still thankful for being safe. We continue to appreciate Dad's offer to stay for a while. And we're glad to see the cavalry of electric workers and cleanup crews working to get the area back to normal. Highlands county suffered a 99% power outage, and tonight we're down to 90%.

  Eventually, gas stations will have fuel again. At some point, the grocery store will have bread and ice. Possibly, people will pull their heads out of their butts and learn to treat the non-functional traffic signals as a four-way stop... No, maybe not, because the police have now put up stop signs that still go unnoticed by many.

  But as for us, going home won't happen after all. Today when I walked in the door, I was met by a horrible stench and a grey film on the floor. Black specks splatter the windows and blinds like mud kicked up from a tire. And then I found the daisy caps that line my ceiling broken on the floor.

  The house was damaged more than we thought with the first quick inspection. Spots of the ceiling are stained by water and sagging. Okay, so we need a roof, right? We began moving things away from the water-damaged edges of the floor, and discovered a split in the bathroom wall where it blew in. On the opposite side of the house, the metal of the outer wall is missing almost all its screws; some that remain are twisted in the wall. These are all things that could be repaired, but it will cost more than the house itself is worth.

  As for it still standing? Yes, four walls and a roof exist. But we also found that the frame of the house is no longer sitting flat on the supports at one end. Between all that and the mold that already took over every room, living there could be a death sentence.

  So, now what to do? I'll be leaving ten years, my buried cat and dog, and a lot of memories behind along with many belongings contaminated with mold. Tomorrow I'm going back for the yarn stored in plastic bins, with hope it's not full of mold as well.

  Unless I can figure out how to make this blog pay like a full-time job, you'll be seeing less of me and my crochet. We have no insurance (can't get any on a mobile home older than me) and we never got the land contract we had been promised. It's a total loss. 

  But hey, phone service came back today! The first thing that came through on Rip van Winkle's phone was a text from the landlord... He wants to know when we'll be paying the rent. For the first time ever, I don't really give a damn.

  We'll make it through this somehow, I just haven't figured out how yet. But we can still be thankful that we made it through the storm with our lives, if not our material things. 

Thanks for being here. I'll be back someday soon enough.

8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you and your family are okay and that your house has survived! I told my husband (while we were watching the news about Irma) that you had to leave your crochet and yarn and that I hoped it was still there when you returned :-) What a relief that the damage is not so bad! Really, I've been thinking of you a lot the past few days! My husband and daughter looked really strange at me that I was so nervous about this storm, but when I told that I had a few bloggerfriends overthere (you and Alexandra), they understood :-)
    I'm glad to see that black cat on one of the pictures, because I was thinking about the animals too, the animals without a home or shelter.
    Let's hope there won't be a hurricane like this anymore! Glad to read you back!!
    Take care, Sigrid

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    1. Thanks so much, Sigrid! I wanted to keep everyone up to date, but I never meant to cause you worry. I was upset about having to leave Jump Steady behind during the storm, but many people assured me that animals have the instinct to make it through these things, and I'm glad he did.
      What's horrible is seeing things on the news about dogs that got left behind, locked in cages out in the weather in flooded areas. Animal control and police are working hard to rescue as many as they can. The local humane society was getting ready to take in pets from Houston/Harvey, and it's good they didn't get here yet. Many of their kennels were damaged during the storm.
      As for my house: Not so good after all. I'll be updating this post with an explanation soon.

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    2. I'm so sorry to read this update!! It must be terrible, horrible! I wish I could buy you a whole new house, but I can't. I will share your story and send you lots of good luck! I don't want to miss your crocheting :-(
      I hope, with all my heart, that there will be some help soon.
      xxx

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    3. It will be alright, Sigrid! What I wish is that we could buy ourselves a whole new house... We've already been looking, and every potential place in our price range has also been damaged by Irma. But, we will be okay. And crocheting will continue soon - I have my yarn, and I plan to use it to help us get through this.

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  2. Sooo glad to hear you're OK! The hubby kept me updated on Irma cause he knew I worried about you. I do hope the damages to your home aren't too bad. I keep my fingers crossed the electricity will be restored fast and that supplies will reach you again. Take care and keep safe - all of you!
    Big hug,
    Marjan

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    1. Thank you, Marjan! Electric crews are working hard to get us back to normal, but there's still so much cleanup to do before they can fix things. What's worse is driving down the highway with no traffic lights... People just speed right through them without stopping sometimes, and it's crazy scary out there.
      I'm sorry to have caused you worry over the storm; that's my job! ;) The anxiety before the storm and the cleanup after are always so stressful... But I've lived in Florida my whole life, and it's nothing new. We usually make it out okay in the end. As for the house, I'll be updating this post soon.

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    2. Oh no, how devastating that your home has been destroyed and so many of your things too! You seem so positive and strong in the face of all this awefulness. I hope you find a new home soon.

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    3. Thanks, Stella, I do try to be positive. But it's hard not to break down in tears every time a cashier at a store asks how I'm doing. Still, I know there are those that got it worse than us, and it will get better someday. The house was ugly anyway, so maybe through this I'll find something nicer. ;) One can hope.

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