Monday, August 28, 2017

Update; Hurricane Harvey

Hi! So our week has been sort of weird.

Here's a picture of Raylan attacking the caterpillar version of his mother.  That's Raylan's caterpillar tunnel, and he was amused when Amy got in it, but he also clearly wanted his tunnel back.

"You're hilarious, Mom!
Now get out."
We also had a water pipe break under our street this week, which required a city repair crew to come out and fix the street.  Raylan went crazy when he saw a dump truck and a backhoe pull up in front of the house.  The kid is bonkers for construction vehicles.  He was out in the front yard, hanging on the fence and jumping up and down with excitement.
I asked the guys if we could take a closer look, and they actually let us climb up into the cab of the backhoe and honk the horn.
Our water repair line guys became celebrities that day.
Our water was turned off that night, but back on by morning.

Raylan was sort of overwhelmed when we actually got to climb up
into the backhoe.
Too real!!!
This weekend Hurricane Harvey blew into Texas.  What a disaster for all of the people on the Texas Gulf Coast.  Houston is still flooding as I write this, and Rockport and Port Aransas have suffered massive, massive damage.
Amy was actually supposed to fly out to visit her family in Arizona this weekend, but her flight was cancelled, and she had to re-book it.
The news reports were saying we could have wind gusts up to 60 or 70 miles per hour.  Fearing the likelihood of a power outage (our lines are on poles in a tree-filled neighborhood) and the possibility that we could have tree damage to our house, we packed up and went out to my parents' house (with fewer large trees and underground power lines).
The storm was pretty intense, even in Austin.  The wind was howling and whistling its way around my parents' house for at least two days, and the trees in the valley below their place were whipping back and forth in the wind.  The rainfall wasn't too bad.  It was fairly steady, and the wind had it blowing in sheets, but it wasn't heavy enough to accumulate in dangerous, floodish ways.
We spent a lot of time reading, watching TV, and playing with Raylan.  Mom made us some good food, and we all kept an eye on the weather, worrying about people that we know in Houston.

Amy got in some much appreciated stitching time.
Amy woke up not feeling very well at my parents' house on Sunday.  We decided to head home, but leave Raylan with Mom and Dad so we could get some errands done before they brought him back to our house.
By the time we got home, though, Amy was feeling even worse.  She took her temperature and it was 101.  I ran to the grocery store to pick up some food, and by the time I got back her fever had climbed to 103.
Our house seems like it fared okay, mostly.  We had a couple of sort of medium-small tree limbs on the roof, but, astonishingly, the power never even went out (our power regularly goes out in even small storms, so I was sort of amazed by this).

Mostly the grocery store was the same as usual, but there were a few things
people had been stocking up on for the storm.
Raylan stayed with Mom and Dad Sunday night.  He's still there today.
Amy is still sick, but went to the doctor this morning.  She woke up with a fever.  The practitioner thought she had the same infection that gave Raylan pneumonia, and he gave her antibiotics.

Raylan is still with my folks.
I'm not clear on exactly what they're up to, but they're sending us occasional photos...

"Grandma, we're on the Fun Train!!!"

So that's us, at the moment.
August has been sort of a weird month.  A dental surgery, two family members with pneumonia, a hurricane, a couple of water outages on our street, and a lot of busy-ness with foster care trainings.
It's just been a little wacky.
Life is good, and especially after watching coverage of all the Harvey damage, I certainly don't want to complain, but I wouldn't mind if things would slow down for a beat!

Hope everyone is doing okay.
Our thoughts are with those impacted by the storm.  Stay safe!

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