Fun With Floods!


So, the water keeps rising, and rising……  Since we do home school, it keeps them busy, I have decided to embrace current events.  I have decided that instead of just learning about bugs (always a favorite with the boys) we are going to change the theme for the rest of the summer to ‘Fun with Floods’.  We’ll talk about Dams, Currents, levees, why people shouldn’t drive or swim or wade in flood waters.  I really have an endless supply of material here, so why fight it.  Mother Nature, with some help from the Army Corps, had decided to really put on a show this summer.  Even though the boys are young, I can’t really shield them from what is going on, so we have been trying to talk about it, to help them understand.  I know this will sound bad, but I keep stressing the point to the boys, that, the Missouri River floods every year.  It’s just what rivers do.  We, being the folks along the Missouri, even if we don’t like it, we are pretty well equipped to handle flooding.  Plus, we are very high up, so water won’t get into our house.  They are still anxious.  So, this morning, I think we should walk down to the river and take some pictures, maybe see if we can have a picnic.  Then hit the library and the Farmer’s Market.  Aden is the most fearful.  But, he hears what we talk about and he understands a good deal of what he sees on the news.    Anyway, I’ll post pictures as I get them.  Bill said that the difference in the water level, from the time he went to work yesterday and the time he came home was amazing.  It’s supposed to rise another couple of feet this week.  Oh Joy of Joys:)

 

We are all Set!


According to the news last night, the water should be here middle of next week.  After  2 exhausting days of shopping, I think we are ready.  I hate shopping.  No, seriously, I do NOT like to shop, for anything.  Bill, won’t be needing his cell phone, so I will just keep it.  We have spaghetti O’s out the wazoo, or however you spell that.  I guess it doesn’t really matter since it is not a real word anyway.  Moving on.  We have everything we need to go a few days without power.  If it looks like it will go longer, we’ll have Bill’s folks come and take us to KC.   I am hoping it does not come to that.  Whatever happens, I think we are good.  Now, let’s discuss what our city is actually saying.  According to them, The Amelia Earhart Festival will go on as planned, none of the summer activities will be affected because of this little bit of water.  Really???  This is supposed to be much worse than the 1993 flood.  Now, granted, in 1993 everyone only had hours of notice, this time they have had weeks.  I have seen the barriers they are putting up to ‘stop’ the water.  Now, even though I took a few physics classes, I, in no way, consider myself an expect in how these things work.  But, I do have a feeling that a few concrete barriers about 3 foot tall, with cracks in them and a few hundred sandbags are really not going to stop the river water from doing what it wants to do.  Mostly, I believe, that water will generally go wherever it can.  Regardless, of what puny little people would like it to do.   Yesterday was a very expensive day.  Bill wanted to take advantage of a sale that Menards was having.  Cha-Ching!  $2500 little trip.  Now, that is a cover charge.  We spent over 2 hours in the store and left with one little piece of paper.  That stuff will be delivered Tuesday.  It was the rest of material to finish the back addition, the attic insulation, the porch (decking), yada yada yada…….Then there was lunch at the Mac & cheese Pizza store, always fun.  Then Aldies, who used to be a great place to stock up on canned goods & such, but now has prices about the same as Wal-Mart.  Then a 2 hour trip to Home Depot.  I didn’t ask what that cost.  I don’t want to know.  Can I just say “The Money Pit”?????  We are just over spending half of what we bought the house for to restore it.   I love my house, I love my house, I love my house……..Anyway.  We think Gravy Girl (that is her new official name) is knocked up.  The boys want to keep all the kittens.  Maybe one.  That is if any of them survive.  I think Gravy is only about 4 months old, and I really am just guessing.  I think Sam needs a baby.  Mama is a very good mother, so maybe they could co-parent?   That’s all for now folks, I need to go get my chores done 🙂  

What a Nightmare!


Here comes the water!  Bill is completely convinced that the boys and I should stay with his mom and dad till he gets back.  it is starting to look like we may have to.  I don’t want to. I would much rather stay here than go through the nightmare of packing everyone up.  The boys and Sam will be thrilled.  Mama is going to be pissed.
Yes, my life seems to revolve around keeping the cat from getting pissed off.  She tends to attack people when she is pissy.
Anyway, I guess that is something that we will have to discuss when Mr. Bill gets up.  Speaking of Mr. Bill….he is only supposed to work 55 hours a week.  This week he had 77 hours.  Too bad he no longer gets overtime.  I can’t even begin to think of everything that will have to be done if we leave.  AHHHHH
And its storming, again.  At least it won’t be hot today:)

What to do? What to do?


So, Bill thinks the boys and I should go and stay with his parents during this whole historic flood thing.  He is concerned about us being without power for any length of time.  Personally, I don’t want to go and move into his parents house.  No way.  I would rather stay here and take my chances.  It is just to much of a disruption.  No to mention, I would feel guilty every single minute.  Why?  Because they like quiet.  I will not be bringing quiet with me.  The boys and the dog are very …ah…let’s just go with active.  I won’t abandon my cats.  They are allergic.  I’m allergic to all animals, but i take a pill and go with it.  Anyway, I don’t want to go.  I don’t want to have to pack everything up.  I don’t want to spent the next 60-90 days stuck there.  I would rather be stranded here.  At least if I am stranded here, I can still get Aden to school when it starts.  Once I am at their house, I have to go along with what they want.  I don’t want to do  that.  I love them very, very much.  I am just so stressed out at the moment, I would much rather be stressed out here.  With my Stuff.  In my Space.  With my critters.  That’s all.  I don’t want to feel bad because they will want to sit quietly and watch TV, but the boys don’t do that.  They scream.  They run. They wrestle.  They don’t stop.  They are little boys.  Personally, I think we would be okay.  Even if the power goes out.  I can get a cell phone.  We don’t need perishables.  The flood won’t affect my garden.  If Bill is gone.  I’ll call the hardware store, rent a tiller, and put in an even bigger garden.  The fence isn’t going to get done.  Or will it????  I am not a complete idiot.  I do know how to dig holes, put in posts, mix and pour concrete and I can hammer a nail.  Although, why would I hammer if I have nail guns?????  Okay so  I am busted.  Maybe, that’s why I don’t want to go.  Bill will be gone and all of the power tools will be left unguarded…..hehehehehehehe.  I can see some fun out of this.  We have a gas grill.  It has a burner.  With that I will be able to boil water.  I can make mac & cheese, so the boys will be happy.  If we stay here, I won’t have to risk life and limbs to get Mama fat cat into a carrier.  I still have scars from last time I tried that.  She won.  I won’t have to sit through an hour-long car right with a dog and cat & the boys crammed into the back of a little car.  I have books on hold with the library.  What if they come in while I am gone?  I can’t go without my library books.  I don’t want to go.  Bill wants us to go.  So, he won’t worry.  So, I reckon we’ll have to discuss it more in detail tomorrow.  It looks like he should be gone by Wednesday of next week.   I really don’t want to go.  I have auctions up, I have classes to teach & things to ship and things to do.  I’ll keep you posted

 

It’s The Weekend? Already?


Wow! Time sure does fly when you aren’t paying attention.  I thought it was still Thursday, oh well 🙂

Today’s agenda is supposed to go like this;

Home Depot delivers 4-5 pallets of fencing material and all the misc stuff that goes with it.  We don’t know what time they are supposed to arrive, because, well, that’s just how Home Depot rolls 🙂  They want to make sure they have your complete and undivided attention.

Contractors are supposed to show up.  Which ones and how many, well that will be a surprise as well.  The gutter guy would be nice.  If he shows up then the rest of the roof can get finished.  So, who knows what will happen, I can’t hardly stand the excitement!

At, some point today, someone needs to go the flipping grocery store.  Evan has been on a mad eating spree and we are out of everything.  Wait, that was a lie.  We still have 7 rolls of toilet paper, 2 slices of bread and some tamales that only I will eat. 

On to other news.  Bill rolled in the door about 20 minutes ago.  That would be at 5 am.  He left for work yesterday at 10 am.  Being a supervisor sure is fun.  They had some wonderful news to share with everyone at his work yesterday.  The warehouse will probably flood, soon.

We live on the Missouri river.  Lovely area. Bill, works North of where we live.  The little town that he works in, floods…a lot.  It’s in a flood plain.  I still don’t understand why people build homes and businesses someplace where they know it will flood????  Anyway, up north, the powers that control those sorts of things are going to start opening flood gates. A little at a time to start, and then slowly increasing the amount of water they release.  Doesn’t sound all that bad until you take into consideration that, the river is already up.  Flood stage here, is 22 feet.  The river yesterday was sitting at about 24.9.  We don’t start having issues with flooding on this side of the river till about 26 feet, if I remember correctly.  I supposed I could open another browser and look up the info on the river and its stages, but I am to lazy to do that.  Let’s just go with, it floods.  Not my house.  I live on a very big hill.  Surrounded by other big hills that sit on a bluff.  It would take something cataclysmic, for the river to actually reach my house.  Bill’s warehouse, on the other hand, sits on a flood plain, as I mentioned.  Back during the last big flood in 2008, the levies were breached.  I don’t even want to talk about the flooding that occurred during the big flood of ’93.  hehehehe, sorry, I sound really old saying that…Anyway.  In 2008, the water didn’t get into the warehouse but, the city shut off the power.  So, I imagine you can understand the issues that would cause to a grocery warehouse.  The cold stuff was ruined.  Then, once the mess the water left is cleaned up, you have stinky spoiled food to clean up.  The the warehouse to sanitize.  The big meeting Bill said all the supervisors were called to said it’s not really a matter of if, but exactly when.  They, those people who do those things, will start releasing the water on the 7th.  Bill’s warehouse is taking volunteers to go to Norfolk, NE to work at the other warehouse, which will be handling some of the load, while this warehouse is flooded.  Nice.  He will have to drive.  Maybe I can hope that he can stay for 4 days there, then come home for 3, then back up.  I dont’ know if I can do a few weeks with no car.  Not to mention the boys will drive me batty.  At least it’s summer, so we can, in theory walk to just about everywhere we need to go.  Unless of course, downtown floods here. 

My fence will be built, when?  I suppose I could do it.  I’m not helpless, but Bill really has a problem with me using power tools…not sure why that is, so using the nail gun is out of the question, but if he isn’t here………… hmmmmm   I’ll get back to you on that:)

In other news, Sam the escape artist, decided to make a break for it yesterday.  The boys and I headed out to the Post office & library.  When we came home, no smiling Sam.  After looking around, I discovered that she busted out a screen window in the laundry room to make her escape.  That was probably about 11am.  A couple of the neighbor girls, found her and brought her home about 7pm.  Filthy, covered in mud and smelling like 3 day old dead fish.  Lovely.  She had her flea treatment on Wednesday, so I can’t give her a bath.  I think she likes that.  She did run upstairs and jump in the tub.  Which was nice and all, but no bath till Sunday.  So, the whole house smells.  Mama punished her.  Smacked her around a few times.  I like to think that Mama did that because Sam made me worry.  But, Mama probably did it because Sam smelled or because Mama just wanted to beat up on her:)

It was hot yesterday, and very muggy.  More like South Florida weather than Northern Kansas.  Hot today too.  Did anyone noticed what happened to Spring??  Did I miss it?  It seems like we went from 30 degrees to 95, without the pleasant, 60 & 70 degrees, sunny and not to breezy weather that I like.  Oh well, maybe I’ll catch it next year.  I really only like Fall & winter anyway:)