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#1 ShawMJ

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 07:49 PM

Well my husband and I had to evacuate AGAIN (Hurricane Rita 3 years ago).This time our oldest daughter and husband and grandchild took us to Houston to our youngest's house.A trip to Houston from where we live here in La.is about 3 hours.It took us 7 hours to get there and that was before mandatory evacuations were announced.We arrived at 6:10 and all went to bed and didn't get up until 3 that afternoon.Its so hard when you don't feel good my poor husbands feet were so swollen I wound up giving him my Lasix.It helped him.My son-in-law is a chef so next morning we had eggs.sausage biscuits,fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh strawberries and cantaloupe.My daughter would fix my bath water for me and make sure I got in and out safely.Made me feel good that I had raised them right.It just took the wind outt of my sails though I don't travel well anymore and doon't go too far anyway.We were given the okay to come home and made it back in 5 hours and we traveled at night so it was much cooler.I hope the others stay away.WE had a lot of downed tree limbs and were without power for 3 days while we were gone but it was restored the day we got home.Still not good for so many others though here and I hope you'l keep them in your thoughts as they are going through a lot right now.I'm glad to be home and safe though and hope all of you are doing as best as you can.Love and hugs,Mary

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:30 AM

Mary, I am glad you are home safe and sound with only tree limbs to clear away. Rest up while you can and have a bag ready to leave home as quickly as possible. Tis the season! Having a chef in the family must be wonderful. You made me hungry this morning. I am glad you had a chance to see your youngest daughter, disregarding the reason why. It is always good to see our childen.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 05:26 AM

Mary,
I'm glad to hear that things weren't too bad this time. We were thinking about as you know from a previous thread. I know travel is hard but it's better than what you would have to deal with if you had stayed. My nephew lives in Baton Rouge which, as you know, got a lot of wind. The roof was blown off his house. Thank goodness the rain was minimal so his house didn't have a lot of water damage as well. I still haven't heard from my friends in New Orleans. I know they evacuated, but at least we all know they didn't lose their house this time. They did lose it in Katrina and had to rebuild. I love the Louisiana coast as I know you do and have considered moving there or along the Texas coast, but every time a hurricane moves through - we rethink it.

Sounds like you have a lovely family that took real good care of you. You did raise them right. Welcome home safely.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 05:28 AM

Hi Mary,

Oh I am so sorry you had to evacuate, but better safe than sorry. Your daughter and son in law sound like keepers!!! I'm so glad they are taking care of you.

I hope your home goes without damage, I'm really sorry - it must be hard to live in an area that has natural disasters like this so often.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:24 AM

Welcome home after such trying circumstances. I feel so sorry for all of you that have to deal with these hurricanes. It sounds like such a nasty season for them this time around. I know we can't even begin to imagine what it's like for you but sure felt bad watching the long lines of cars trying to get out of harms way. It sounds like you couldn't have stayed at a better place. It's nice they pampered you. Please get some much needed rest and I hope that you won't' have to do this again any time soon!

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:25 AM

Glad you made it through without too much problem. Living in FL, we also are very anxious at this time of the year. We lucked out with Fay, but Ike is knocking at our door and right now is predicted to come directly at us come the early part of next week. I evacuated to central FL to my mom's when we were supposed to be hit with Charlie. Well Charlie followed us directly to central FL and I was stuck for days, but am glad I'm still here to talk about it.

Think I'm having biscuits and saugsage this weekend! ;)
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:31 PM

ShawMJ,

What an adventure you've had! I hope everyone in your family is safe and sound back at home. Nothing beats being tucked in your own warm bed but I am so glad your extended family took such good care of you. I also got very hungry after reading what your son-in-law prepared for you. Scrumptious!

We got a lot of residual rain and wind up north these last two days. I hope everyone living along the coast gets through this hurricane season safely! I will be thinking of all of you!


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Posted 06 September 2008 - 01:52 PM

Hey all of you thanks for your nice replies.I tell you though that trip really ;took it our of me.I just can't seem to bounce back from the trip,guess being that it was so long and so stressful I watched my daughter have to fight traffic with some people that just don't seem to have 'common sense'.They just try to cut you off first chance they get.I forgot to mention that we also evacuated our pets as well.Now that was funny.My daughter and I rode in her car with the two cats in their own little 'pet taxis'and my husband and son-in-law with our two little dogs.And then my daughter that lives in Houston has 2 cats and a dog of her own so it was an interesting few days.My little teacup chihuahua takes nothing from no one no matter how big they are.my daughter has a miniature greyhound and if he came around her she would fuss at him and he'd go hide! Very funny.but they all figured out one day I guess that we were there for a while so they'd better get along so they behaved.I forgot to also mention one night my son-in-law prepared steaks for all to their liking with potatoes and onions and then we had cake and ice cream for dessert.I told my daughter who is petite that its a good thing she doesn't gain weight,if I ate like that all the time I'd be a lot bigger and I'm big enough -too much as it is! it was good to indulge though.Janey mu grandaughter lives in Baton Rouge also and I still haven't heard from her how her house is.She bought it just last year and she gets married in December is attending LSU on a full scholarship so needless to say we're very proud of her.She also works 30 hours a week,and still maintains good grades! Don't know how she does it but she's young so I guess thats part of it.Hope your friends home is okay as well.hugs to all and lets hope for better weather soon.Like in December maybe lol.Mary

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 04:47 PM

Sorry you had to evacuate, and glad that you are back and snug in your home again. This hurricane season was promised to be an active one and wouldn't you know it - for once they were right about something?

I don't doubt traveling took quite a toll on you! Especially under the circumstances. At least you had a wonderful destination. It is such a joy to see our kids under any circumstances, but you had the pleasure of seeing your daughter as a loving and nurturing adult in her own home, offering you comfort and love. You have to feel very gratified. All that hard work that goes into raising a child really culminated in a wonderful loving and giving woman, who created a very special family who opened their hearts and home to you. Yes, the circumstances were awful, but she stepped up and cared, and that says a lot - you did good. There is a silver lining to that hurricane!
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