Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nothing...Just Nothing...

I know it has been a month since I did a blog post but there just isn't any "self sufficiency" going on here. I am sure you all don't want to hear about the 10 tomatoes I have harvested or the 2 jalapeno peppers and several of the hot banana peppers which we don't even seem to use.
We did have another bad storm the other day. I was stuck in the car in the Wal-mart parking lot during the storm, Phil had come before me and I was supposed to meet him in the store. He finally bought an umbrella and came out to get me (he got soaked anyway and I told him that I was fine in the car but he made me go in). Michelle unfortunately was home alone. It is hard to describe to some people how afraid you get of storms here. When the wind started knocking everything off the trees Michelle (keep in mind she is 21) ended up in the bathroom sitting on the floor with all the cats and dogs in there with her, crying...sure she was going to die...and then the power went out on her.
We all lived. Phil and I got stuck in the store for a while but then got worried about Michelle and ran to the car anyway and drove home (45 mph all the way). We had LOTS of branches down in the yard and one big pine fell (after the storm) and the top of it just missed the shed but other than that everything was fine. Several large branches fell in the back yard the next day as well which I cleaned up today.
Mostly I have been working. We had some upheaval at work. Several staff are now gone which left what few of us who were left to try to make the best of it. But that is all over now. Camp is done for the year and we have started our after-school program. A decision was made to have registration all in one day...it sounded good at the time but left the membership clerks (which I am one of) to put in all the children in two days...into two different systems...one of which has to have all their parents put in as well.  We got 121 children. I was done yesterday...4 days...I did good, really good...but I worked a lot of hours too and kept steadily at it.
Now we are back to our normal schedule where I go in from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. I have so much time again that I don't know what to do with myself. I played my violin a good bit today and went out and raked up some of the sticks and leaves that fell in the back yard. I fed the few chickens I have left (6). They haven't laid an egg all summer or there is one big snake out there but I haven't found him yet if there is. Maybe I just need some new chickens next year.
So that is all from here. Just nothing going on.

11 comments:

  1. Becky,

    I know exactly what your talking about when you talk about these storms. We live in OK, have storms all the time and severe tornadoes like last May in Moore, OK. Your daughter did the right thing going in the bathroom with the animals.

    It must be nice getting back to a normal schedule, I'm sure you'll find things to preoccupy your time.

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    1. Yes she did the right thing but this old doublewide would never withstand any tornado or anything like that. It just isn't made well enough. :( I want a storm shelter!

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  2. Becky, I hate storms too. After surviving 3 hurricanes here (Florida) a few years ago, it didn't make me any braver. If anything, I am more afraid than ever! So glad you weren't hurt. Egretta

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    1. We have definitely gotten more afraid of them the longer we live here.

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  3. Life is not always full of excitement. It sounds as if you have done a brilliant job at work. I hope your boss recognises this.

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    1. I hope so too. We have another new one :(

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  4. Hi Becky! It's good to hear from you, even if you aren't canning, gardening, or doing self-sufficiency 'stuff'! I had the girls here since last Friday but they left yesterday, so I know how you feel about what to do with your time! Playing the violin is a good way to use yours! Those storms can be nerve racking at times! They come up so suddenly, one hardly has time to take cover! One minute peace, the next minute a rage! It must be hard for ya'll since you didn't grow up here! It's hard for us sometimes and we're 'used to it'! I hope you have a good year at work, especially with a new boss! Blessings from Bama!

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  5. Hi Becky, so nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear about all the trouble. We all enjoy hearing about your life and canning, recipes and self sufficiency. But, what we all wait for is your everyday life that you share with us. For every bad day you will have more better days.

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    1. Thanks John but I am not sure what to talk about sometimes. Today we did nothing...just rested...I need rest after this week at work but I have nothing to say since we went shopping (nothing new and interesting just food) and then have lazed here at the house all day. Maybe I will actually do something tomorrow but I am not sure it will be anything interesting then either.

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  6. It's nice to see you posting again, I check your blog every day and have learned so much from it.

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    1. Thanks! I try to get on often but just nothing going on for us this year. :(

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