Sunday, March 17, 2019

Life: It Goes On - March 17

That image looks like some kind of joke (Sorry, folks, Nebraska is closed). Sadly, it's not. Two days last week the entire western half of the state was closed down due to a massive blizzard. Even as that was happening, rapid melting and heavy rains caused catastrophic flooding that has washed out roads, stranded entire towns and destroyed others, and resulted in significant loss of livestock. Amazingly, only two people are known to have died, so far. Where we are at is unscathed but even here, there are a number of highways leading out of town that are closed. It will take years to recover from this.

In the first column, the 2nd and 3rd pictures are of Offutt Air Force Base; in the 4th column, that is ice that has washed down the river and stranded on land; the bottom right picture is the route I take when I go to the town I grew up in, a town that is now completely isolated.

Last Week I:

Listened To: I finished Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry and am nearly down with Tara Westover's Educated. I'm hoping to finish it in the next couple of days then I'm on to Tara French's The Trespasser.

Watched: Um. Some college basketball. Bill Maher's show. The Voice. I've been home alone a lot this week and have had the t.v. off as much as possible.

Read: I'm reading this month's book club selection, How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.

Made: Ebelskivers, reubens, fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches. Nothing fancy here this week as we try to adjust to some schedule changes that are impacting meal times.

Enjoyed: Spending time with my parents this afternoon. I've hardly seen them since Christmas what with our snowy winter.

This Week I’m: 
Sandra, Elena, Sonia, and Ruth - gifts
from my sister in their temporary
home. How cute are they?!

Planning: On finishing up some painting projects, finding homes for some new things I've gotten, doing some painting in Miss H's room, and getting at least seven more bags out of my house as part of 40 Bags In 40 Days.

Thinking About: All of the Nebraskans impacted by the blizzard and the floods.

Feeling: Cranky.  I came home from work on Friday to find that my garage door wouldn't go up. Or down all of the way. Finally got a guy out this morning and spent $400 I could have found much better ways to spend.

Looking forward to: Book club on Tuesday and possible a couple of days off this week.

Question of the week: Have you ever volunteered to help after a natural disaster?


  1. We were with two couples from Sioux Falls on Wednesday evening. Both of their basements back home were flooding... it seemed like the entire town was flooding. What a tough winter it's been up there. Sure hope it ends soon! What didi you think of Asymmetry?

  2. I feel so bad for those affected by the terrible weather you've had - awful. Sounds like you have been keeping busy and involved in lot's of different things. Our book club meets next week - "I Am Malala" is the book we are discussing. I'm still listening to her story.

    BTW - We always watch Bill Maher as well - love his show.

  3. I saw some of those images on social media and it's hard to believe the destruction, isn't it? Mother Nature is majorly pissed off.
    I can't say I've ever officially helped after a natural disaster. After our big quake I was too affected by it to lend a hand. Lost my job and was homeless for a little bit. I was still employed but the building I worked in was red tagged so technically I was on call. I think I would like to be trained for disaster recovery though here at the university but the training is several days long and I can never take that much time off from my job to complete it.