Homeschool Day at the Houston Children’s Museum
Homeschool Day at the Houston Children’s Museum
*_Things Ike taught me_*
Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill.
Hot pockets taste pretty good deep fried on the outdoor cooker!
My car gets 23.21675 miles per gallon, EXACTLY (you can ask the people
in line who helped me push it).
*He who has the biggest generator wins.*
There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.
*TV is an addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are painful.*
A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz Budweiser’s to a drinkable
temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14 lb. turkey frozen for 8
*There are a lot of dang trees around here.*
Flood plain drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong..
*People will get into a line that has already formed without having any
idea what the line is for.*
Cell phones work when land lines are down, but only as long as the
battery remains charged.
Hampers were not made to contain such a volume.
If my store sold only ice, chainsaws, gas and generators… I’d be rich.
Waterfront property can quickly become someone else’s fishing hole.
Tree service companies are underappreciated.
I learned what happens when you make fun of another states’ blackout.
MATH 101: 30 days in month, minus 6 days without power equals 30% higher
electric bill ?????
*Drywall is a compound word, take away the ‘dry’ part and it’s worthless.*
I can walk a lot farther than I thought.
A MUST for all blackouts with kids… GLOWSTICKS! Cheap, fun, no mess!
A skateboard and a sheet make a great “sailboat” before the rain starts.
It is a great time to teach the children the fine art of gambling (penny
You can never have too many gas cans!
*If you fill the bathtubs with water, the water will not go off.*
7 dogs that do not normally live together still do not get along during
a hurricane. They have no comprehension of sharing.
5 gallons of sweetened iced tea a day is not enough for 9 teenagers.
*Neighbors are much more sociable when they are sharing a generator.*
Two-year-old canned beets taste better than you’d think.
Just because it is dark and you are in the privacy of your bedroom
doesn’t mean we can’t hear what you are doing in there because our
windows are open too.
*What looks acceptable by candlelight in your bathroom will scare you
when you look at yourself in the mirror at the office.*
Coffee is possible without Starbucks.
*Rather than campfires, you find families huddled about tiny
battery-operated televisions to watch The Simpsons.*
Peanut butter and jelly is a perfectly acceptable meal for breakfast,
lunch and dinner in the same day.
*Don’t shun those who use Tylenol PM or Advil PM to get through 11-hour
*That neighbor who knows how to use a chainsaw is your new best friend.*
Ice is a form of currency.
It’s OK to let the kids keep their stick fort until the debris-pickup
crews start rolling in.
Coming home from work with a pizza and a charged-up laptop so the kids
can watch a DVD makes you a hero.
You run out of things to barbecue after Day 2.
We don’t want to hear rehashes of ball games we missed or be reminded
that we may miss the season premiere of Dexter at 8 p. m. Sunday on
Hair can dry without a blow dryer, but it may not look the way you planned.
The storm treasures your kids are finding really belong to your neighbors.
When George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM returns to KTRH’s late-night
lineup, we sleep better.
*Baseball caps go with any post-hurricane ensemble.*
*You can’t train yourself not to flip on light switches when entering a
Lukewarm is the new cold.
You have neighbors.
It’s easier to ignore a dirty floor when you can’t see it.
*A new opening phrase when seeing someone: “Got lights yet?”*
September was awash for this blogger. Did you notice? Now if you are in North Texas, you were just enjoying the rain and the beginning of the Cold Fronts coming through. You were jazzed about the Homeschool Days and Educator Open Houses while getting those free State Fair tickets for the kids. Yes, in North Texas, life was good. In Lubbock, you were flooded which gave you a small taste of what other Texas towns have experienced, quite unusual for the high plains.
But along the South Coast, we had Dolly slam into Brownsville, then Gustav aimed for Texas, but swerved east to LA the last couple of days. Right after that, we had Ike slam into Galveston taking whole neighborhoods with it. We survived having the eye pass within 10 miles of our home, got the generator going to watch TV. They said that 4.1 million people were without power and it would be 4 weeks before power would be restored. We packed up, gave the generator to a neighbor to use, and headed to North Texas to start our vacation a day early.
But in the mean time, everyone on the South Coast got to *practice* their hurricane skills such as:
There are parts of SE Texas that still have no power. But it’s under 250,000 people now, 4 weeks later. Think *camp out* in your own home. There are still over 50,000 people whose homes are no longer there. And for the towns along the Bay and south of town, it will be a year or two before they get back to normal.
So if you are enjoying the sunshine where ever you live, do consider allowing your dear husband and teen a weekend or two to come down to the South Coast to help rebuild homes and churches during the next year. When you have extra curriculum you don’t need, consider contacting THSC to see if they know a family who could use it. And most of all pray for the healing of the hearts of the families on the South Coast.