Hello, friends! It’s your girl, reporting live from a new TJMaxx jumpsuit in a friend’s dining room in Houston, TX. Turns out the tiny bag of motorcycle clothes doesn’t translate well into life as a hurricane evacuee but thank goodness for a debit card and a discount store.
Welcome to another fine Sunday in the world.
This week so many of us got blown around and flooded by Madame Hurricane Ida, and wow she was a doozy. I was just coming back from my most epic motorcycle road trip with Will as I was trying to decide whether or not to fly back to New Orleans to evacuate Tron, or fly back to New Orleans to weather the storm with Tron, or rely on my trusted house sitters and neighbors. As with storms though, you make a decision with the information you have and then the information changes and you have less time to react.
That’s always the way and even still I feel like I didn’t react quickly enough. Tron weathered the storm on his own. My roof held. My backyard might need a cleanup crew with chain saws. I’ll miss this mural. Hindsight is 20/20 and I’m sitting with the lessons. Baton down the hatches, get thy stuff and go.
Here I am in Houston. Thankful, safe, well cared for by Will, his family, and our friends. Tron was cared for my a rotating cast of incredible neighbors before he made his great escape with two people and two other cats a few days after the storm.
Power is out across the city- has been for days but it’s slowly returning. The levees held. The city will slowly come back to life as she always does. I’ll miss this mural. Places outside the city were devastated but maybe you’ve never heard of La Place, Houma, or Jefferson parish. So many parts of the fabric of southern Louisiana were affected but don’t splash across the news like another storm in the city of New Orleans on the sixteenth anniversary of Katrina.
I’m afraid I don’t have links for you this week. I’m writing this very post from my iPhone which is more computer than phone but still not totally idea for this kind of work. My world has felt small this past week with texts about the contentsof my fridge to discard and friends scattered across east Texas and Birmingham. I’m filled with gratitude though!
I did just want to make sure that I said hello and wished you well today.
My prayer this weekend is for everyone affected by Ida. My neighbors in Louisiana and our friends in the north east who didn’t know she was such a beast until it was too late. I pray for fortitude.
Have a wonderful weekend. Take it all the way easy. Oh! Weren’t our guest posts from Toby and Kim the last two weeks just wonderful? Let’s do more of that.
Enjoy the last unofficial weekend of summer. I’ll see you next week with more. We’re going full-on autumn this September. I’m ready for it. You?
My love to you.
ps. Please forgive me if there are more typos than usual in this post.