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.