Labor Day

Small business owners, retail workers, even some city workers do not get today off. Yes, it’s Labor Day! I will be working for 4 hours. I’m going to do laundry and bake a cake while I’m over there. It keeps me from going insane just sitting there.

Woke up to realize that I am out of energy drinks. Since I’m broke, I will not be buying any either. I’m having a Pepsi instead. SO not the same though!!! I prefer Full Throttle. It tastes like Mountain Dew and works well. Everyone gets on me telling me that I shouldn’t drink them. I’m sure those people will be happy now! So I have my Pepsi, I ate flavored rice with cheese for breakfast (yes, I know that’s not a normal breakfast), and now getting moving to go over there.

I looked at my calendar for this week and I have one job a day. That’s one more a day than I had the past week and a half so I’m okay with that! My man needs to come over and fix the commode. He thinks it is leaking due to a broken ring. I think it’s just a cheap toilet (only 2 months old) that only cost $80 and it’s broken somewhere underneath that we can’t see. I guess we will find out!

My son has another week off school. He is now supposed to go back on September 11th. I see irony in that. Let’s change that date into a good thing. Yay for school starting!!! His school district here has flooding at different schools and therefore will have to crowd the other schools so they can start. The state gave us 4 days and we will have to make up 6. My son is worried that it will cut into his next summer vacation. 😂

He had a friend over yesterday. They watched videos, ate, and seems like they had a good time. I hope the kid wants to come back. My son, with his aspergers, loses friends at times. The kids Mom said thanks for having her son. I think that’s a good sign!

Harvey victims are still cleaning up here. We are having other cities come in with garbage trucks to help get rid of all the water damaged property people are cleaning out of their homes. We as a city thank all others for everything they did to help. Y’all have a good day and I hope you’re off!

Is it really over???

The rain stopped around 10pm last night. Thank God! Maybe it’s finally over for Houston! Now we have to pray for Louisiana since the storm went that way. Hopefully they will not get it as bad!

I woke up to sunshine. A VERY welcome site! It was at 7:21am today that a “Mama” woke me. I jumped up, ran into my living room, and saw my son is still asleep. The man is still asleep as well so where did that come from??? Maybe the cat meowed and I thought it was Mama? I don’t know but it woke me right up!

I have someone checking to see if I can work tonight. I want to be able to take my 95 year old to his country club like any other Wednesday evening, plus I haven’t worked in a week and am broke!!! I still have to pay the bills, even in a disaster. We all do. We need to work. If it wasn’t for bills piling up, I would relax about it more. I heard people can apply for lost wages during this time and I hope it applies to me too. I only need what I would have made this past week, not much. I haven’t done it because I don’t want to take money away from others that have lost everything! It’s a moral dilemma. I probably won’t do it though. I have friends that don’t have a home and they need help more than I do.

My ceiling is fine. My neighbor is ecstatic that it stopped raining! We are now waiting for our property management to have someone come out and fix everything. That could take a while. She has covered her ceiling with plastic so she can stay there and stay dry.

My friend went to the grocery store at 7am today. She waited as the 15th person in line for the store to open at 8. When she got in, they had no regular bread but had fresh baked, only a little milk, and not much else on the shelves. I think I will avoid going to a store for a few more days. It will give the stores time to get supply trucks in and for us to eat all that I cooked too. My clients son asked me about his mom going to the store. I told him she should wait a few days. I wouldn’t want to see an 86 year old trying to get food and wait in line just to see there’s not much available. That would break my heart! She just had her birthday yesterday too. My plan was to make her a cake but, you know, Harvey. So, as soon as I can get eggs and milk again, I will bake her the best birthday cake ever! I will make it even better than the one I made for little man for during the hurricane!

So that’s it. I am going to shower and then try to venture out for a bit today to check on people and see how our entire area fared as well as check on my mom. Talk later!

Cooking

Well, I was so stressed that I ended up making a lot more than I thought I was going to.

Biscuits – Pillsbury canned ones

Cornbread – From a bag

Banana bread – recipe on AllRecipes

Brownies – from a box

Burgers (one neighbor gave me a purple onion and another went to Whole Foods and brought me a jalapeño and a bell pepper!) – I put my recipe in another post

The spicy cheese crackers (OMG they are SO good) – recipe in this mornings post

So yeah. I was a bit stressed today. Thankfully my man is cooking the burgers, I just put them together with all the ingredients I like. I also did laundry. The line of water on my ceiling has dried mostly so it’s just a round circle now. I guess that means my neighbor has controlled it, yay!

By the way!!! There is SUN outside now! Woo hoo!!! Now if it can just stay that way, we will start getting back to business here!

The grocery stores opened today at 11am. There was a line around the block of each store starting at 8. They would let 2 people in at a time. We walked down to Valero and even their shelves were sold out. No chips, barely any candy, lots of beer though! Now hopefully trucks can get through and refill our stores. We don’t need anything. Hell, I cooked enough for a week. People here are in need though, bring it in!

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. Now it’s time to hope and pray that we don’t get any more rain for a while! It’s usually 100 degrees here in August so having temperatures in the 70’s is nice. I’m sure it will get hot and muggy tomorrow though. I’ll take that over rain!

Day 4 of Harvey

Well crappola. All this rain has not only devastated so many people here, it keeps coming!!! Wtf?!? You know that song “Rain, rain, go away”? We are singing it all the time! We are safe, we are dry, I am even cooking right now (cheesy pepper crackers).

My house, eek! My toilet started leaking a few days ago. Last night, my neighbors ceiling collapsed.

It’s now twice as bad and we are having a hard time controlling the water coming in to her place. My ceiling this morning started showing water stains and a little bowing too.

We are working on her place so hopefully no more water will come down here!

My window started leaking yesterday as well. I contacted the management company and of course they are no help since everyone in this city has problems. We are stuck figuring it all out on our own. Thank goodness for Google!

My man went home yesterday and hasn’t come back. His entire bathroom is flooded in his tub but nothing else yet thankfully. I wish he would come back soon though. It worries me that he is across town in his Jetta trying to drive here!

So I’ll keep y’all posted. I’m a bit nervous about my ceiling and feel so bad for my upstairs neighbor with her mom and 2 year old nephew being there in that mess! We have to stay here too and make sure our places don’t get completely devastated as well. This is nerve racking!!!

Thank you AllRecipes for the great ideas!

Day 3 of Harvey

We are still here, safe and sound. Last night a couple of my neighbors invited me to a hurricane party and I got a bit drunk and probably said too much (I tend to do that when drinking). I had some awesome Louisiana boudain too so it was a good time. We watched crazy people try to drive through the water and watched the rain bands as they rolled through, all while under the carport sitting at a table with the grill going.

My man decided to drive to his place yesterday to check on it. He only took Westheimer. It took him over an hour to get there (20 minute normal drive time) but he did not go through any high water and stayed safe. I was going crazy while he was gone with worry. He finally made it back after 3 hours and told me basically his house is ruined by water. It did not flood in his neighborhood, the ceiling just started caving in as a result of all the rain.

Houston is definitely devastated. Some freeways are completely under water. The news even called one of our main thoroughfares Lake 288. It is that bad in places here. No, we did not evacuate. We were told to stay at home. Nobody could predict how bad the water would be. Harvey did not hit us but it has caused chaos in this city. We have had more rain here than Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 which devastated the city too.

I have checked on my friends, family, and clients. Everyone is safe. That’s the main thing for me. Everyone needs to stay safe. I am worried for anyone that has water in their home or surrounding their home. One of my friends had to be boated out of her neighborhood because the water was up to a foot inside their house. Thankfully they were able to get out and get to safety. I feel for the thousands of people here that have now lost everything. I hope people will open their hearts and wallets to donate and help the victims here. Our convention center opened for victims of Harvey and they are completely packed. Thankfully our city always comes together like no other to help each other. It’s one of the good things about being here.

Everyone else please stay safe and if you can, there are tons of places to donate to help everyone here that needs it.

Red Cross

Salvation Army

United Way

Pet shelters too! Can you imagine how many people have lost pets right now??? I don’t know what I would do if Amber got out in all this!

Day 2 of Harvey

Well, we are flooding all over the city.

My man and I walked down to the closest bayou to check on the water level. Yesterday it was maybe 6-12 inches (normal height). Today, well, look for yourself!

My street flooded last night but it went down overnight. We walked from my house down to the major intersection just to check on everything. No problems walking. Whataburger was packed. The local gas station had a few people and they are completely out of gas.

It started raining hard so we walked back to my house. We shall see how the rest of the days go. We finally got internet back and only lost electricity for about 30 seconds yesterday.

I saw the news this morning where they are having to do rescues of people with a foot or more water in them all over so if you live here, PLEASE stay safe!