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11:20 pm: Irene Brings Memories of Mother

This is a completely different form and I don't like it.


The news is always showing people who don't have power and they're all whining, angry, and vicious (one tried to kill a guy he didn't know with a live wire). But my mother, who was a master teacher and loved fifth graders, always made things fun. On the way to Guam, our Tiger started losing parts so we landed on Midway and slept on cots in a hanger for a few days while it was repaired. Many of the other women & kids (my father was the only man there, and he was just there because smallpox didn't take on me, so he couldn't leave with the other guys) were just as upset as these people now, but Mother made games for us and we laughed and had a lot of fun.

After Typhoon Karen left Guam a bit smacked down, we didn't have water for a week or power for a couple of months. Again, we did a lot of things we liked, all because Mother helped us with them. And then coming home on a troop ship, we still had lots of fun -- a lot of word puzzles -- and we got kids crowded around Mother to participate.

I was online forever last night and got all the bed linen washed. I got off at 6:30am and read part of 8/23's paper and went to bed at 8am. I had a coupon from On the Border that ended today, plus Peapod delivering. I checked online and Peapod would come between 7:30pm and 9:30pm, and I was trying to think if I should try to go to sleep and get up without enough time, go eat, then come back; or if I should go then, because I read until 11am. I ended up doing neither -- I set the alarm for 6:30pm and got up then. While I was dressing, sitting at the middle of the bed, Junie stole Loki's ball and then came to sit next to me. Loki jumped up and they had a snarzel. I smacked each on the head and said "Hey, stop that" and Loki jumped off. Junie kept growling and then fell backward off the end of the bed with her claws still in the cat blankie. I got them out for her and they both went in opposite directions for a while.

I'd planned to vacuum in the computer room, particularly around the computer with the wand thing, but started hurting too much. I've read the rest of the 8/23 paper and the Peapod delivery guy came at 8:30pm. He wasn't very wise at loading the bags. He did get the cold things all together, but I had coupons and they had the Pepperidge Farm cookies on sale, so he had one in a bag by itself and one each of the other two were in bags with four 64oz cranberry juice bottles. They're a little smushed.

I plan to get to sleep earlier tonight because I still have the trash & recycling to take out. We'll see.

From Soon Lee: Where's Wall-E?

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From:tavella
Date:September 2nd, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
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Your mom sounds like she was pretty neat.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 2nd, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
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In that kind of situation, yes. But she and my father and their parents, and on up believed in a strict evangelical fundamentalist religion where she was not allowed to stop our father from hurting us. Even though it's the religion she believed, I think that was wrong.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 3rd, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Your mother sounds like an amazing woman and I am so glad you have such good memories of her.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 4th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
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She was good like that, but if our father had told her not to do it while he hurt us, she would obey him -- it was their religion.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 4th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
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My neighborhood got flooded. Over 3 ft down the road along side our house. Water in everyone's basements. The water was coming in faster then we could bail. My husband realized that the water in the basement wasn't going to go away on it's own, but the flooded road was going to recede fairly quickly and probably would never flood as deep again. So he hauled out the rowboat, found some boards the kids to use as oars and sent them off to have an adventure. They now have wonderful fun memories of Hurricane Irene and our neighbors got to enjoy the sight of the kids playing. Several neighbors actually told me that seeing the kids having fun helped them deal emotionally with the damage the flood left. My motto has always been try to make the best of a situation. So whenever we lose power, the kids know we will be doing some sort of fun thing.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
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Oh, that definitely sounds like fun! I hope your basement recovers soon.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 5th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
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Our basement is all dry and clean now. We got about 3-4 inches but 5 hours with a wet/dry vac and then 2 days with a dehumidifier going non-stop and its nice and dry now. We didn't even lose anything of any value. Two houses over lost power for a day, but we never lost it. We did lose our cable/phone/internet but it was only for about 8 hours. And since we had to deal with the basement, we hardly noticed it was out.
This was definitely an unusual storm for our area. Places flooded that never flooded before and a few places that normally flood, didn't.
Glad you were safe.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 5th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's great! I don't have basements these days (I refuse to have parts of houses that I can't go into), but that was a lot of work.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 5th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Ida,
You were a lot better off than my in-laws. They lost power for days and their basement flooded badly - they lost everything in there (freezer, washer, dryer, water heater, heater etc. etc.) and with no flood insurance, it's all on them. Glad your kids have good memories of Irene.
Doris
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 5th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Doris,
We know how lucky we are. My friends just a few blocks over also lost everything. One friend only bought the house in the Spring and was not required to get flood insurance, she not only lost everything in the basement, but the first floor and her car too. If you head towards the River, you get the distinctive smell of swamp mold coming out of all the houses. Its gonna take a long time for this area to fully recover.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
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That really sounds awful for her. Vermont has lost 300 bridges & roads, though, so they're getting food dropped by National Guard helicopters. Different versions of awful, I think.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's really too bad. One of the former SFF editors had the same thing happen, but he also lost almost all of his books and CDs.
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