Positive Thoughts To Texans


I've been following the news coverage of the devastation in Texas. I feel so sorry for those that are losing their lives, losing their homes. 

So many families having to stand on their roofs waiting to be rescued. Reminds me so much of Hurricane Katrina.

Mother Nature is a wonderful thing on so many levels. But like all wild things, weather can get really rough. 

So scary. 

And of course it isn't just people to be concerned about. Think of all the animals there too. Pets and livestock, etc.


A hurricane is one thing. But the aftermath of this one, the rain storms, are causing so many folks dire problems. I watch TV and just can't believe the level of rain water I'm seeing. 

That water has nowhere to go. And the roads and highways are flooded out and now gone from view.

They are saying that this won't be days, won't be weeks or even months. They're saying this one will take years. Once again, somewhat like Katrina.

I recall when living in East Texas watching from my yard as bus load after bus load of displaced people were brought down the highway into town. 


Just think of the family heirlooms and photos that will be lost to so many during a tragedy such as this. But then that dims in comparison when it comes to losing lives.

I believe the first person to die in all this was actually due to a fire. In all this moisture, imagine losing a life due to fire.

The government officials have a long row to hoe. So many homes without power and no telling for how long. That is, for those that still have a home that isn't under water.

They're looking at possibly 50 inches of rainfall. Wow.


On a lighter note, someone wanted to know where I got this clock. While I'm thinking about it, I wanted to address this question. I got it a year or so ago at my favorite antique mall in Jenks, OK. 

It is actually a Pottery Barn clock. Couldn't pass up the good price it had on it.

I doubt Pottery Barn is still selling this particular clock. But then I don't know that.

  
For those of you with loved ones in Texas and Louisiana, I do hope you get word from them soon. I hope they are safe.

This is a landmark event that will be ongoing for quite some time. They will be needing volunteers and housing and everything one needs for day-to-day life.

I imagine that soon we will be seeing the construction of temporary homes as we did with Katrina, as many of the displaced will have nowhere to go.

We love our homes. We sometimes take them for granted. This crisis will make us all thankful for the very roof over our heads.

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    1. I'm watching the coverage in TX right now. I find it hard to turn if off.

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  2. Long ago I went through a tragic period in my life. One thing I learned was to never take for granted a good meal, a good night's sleep, and the roof over your head. All of that can be taken away in an instant. My heart breaks for the people of Houston. It will be a long time before they feel secure again.

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    1. I know. And they seem so brave in the face of tragedy.

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  3. Other things to think about. . .this area is one of the migration paths for birds especially hummingbirds. There will be no food source for them. Then there are the flooded refineries (gas prices go up), unharvested crops and death of livestock, no way donated blood can get to folks who need it, pets left behind that are rescued/fostered and the list goes on and on. . . . .

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    1. I know. So sad. So much loss and fear.

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  4. Been watching the weather channel constantly.
    I guess they have a couple of reservoirs that need a water release due to the pressure and they're aware that it's going to cause additional destruction, I guess it's a no win situation for all.
    Terrible pictures,situations...
    BTW,that clock is awesome!

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    1. People in TX that are in the midst of this say they never expected it to be this bad.

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  5. Yes, indeed, our government officials have a long row to hoe! I am sure it takes just as much time to get helpful National Guard troops into the Gulf Coast area as it does to get vehicles streaming out of that area, when the roads and highways are so flooded and the traffic so dense.Thank God for all the volunteers with boats who jumped in to help with the rescues until the government help got there and are still helping!

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    1. Oh yes. Those volunteers with boats rescuing others are heroes!

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  6. I know many agencies and people are rushing to help those in Texas, but many times the animals are forgotten. I just Googled "animal shelters in Victoria" (or any town/city nearby) and it called up several places and rated them with stars. Even if you can only give $1 or $5, it all helps. My heart goes out to all those people, and some of their pets left behind.

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  7. ITS SO HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THE DEVASTATION IN TEXAS!!! God Bless all the familys ..I will pray for them all! so sad!

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    1. It is heartbreaking. And they don't know when they'll have a home again.

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  8. So true, my friend. My hearts go out to those folks in Texas. We had Hurricane Irene not so many years ago, it washed away many homes in the area. It was absolutely terrifying, and some villages never rebuilt.

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    1. They just had a guy on TV who moved to TX from New Orleans. Went through Katrina there and just moved to TX a few months ago. And now facing this.

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  9. As you said, Brenda, Nature is the source of much beauty and also a mighty force for destruction. Sometimes, I wonder if we humans don't realize the danger of colonizing near the coastal regions of the continent. I mean, we just assume that all will be well there because the hurricanes and floods, etc. are so infrequent. But when they come, there's no stopping all the destruction. I often think of Long Island on the East coast. Why would you live there and put yourself in so much danger? Or your family? I don't know if that makes sense to anyone or not and of course you can't protect yourself from all destructive elements of nature. But if I could avoid being flooded out by choosing to live inland, why wouldn't I?

    I am just so sorry for all the people and animals that are suffering now because of the hurricane and torrential rains in Texas. They will need our prayers for a long time.

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  10. Been through many hurricanes, some terribly devastating, some just sort of passed by, but that water...absolutely nothing can stop it and it wipes away everything in its path. My heart just breaks for those involved.

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  11. The stories coming out of Texas are beyond heartbreaking. I grew up in New Orleans, and whenever storms came our way, we emptied all lower cabinets and stacked everything on the counter. But I never saw true destruction until my grandfather's house was underwater after Camille. Tonight, the news is saying Harvey is gaining strength, due to hit a second time.

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  12. Thank you for the positive thoughts! It's been a long four days and we've had over 20" rain. Fortunate for hubby and I our home is high and dry. We live an hour from Houston. All our kiddos live in the Houston area and are sheltering in place and have been since last Thursday. Only one has a threat of flood water in their home but all three are flooded in in the sense that all access roads are impassible. Many friends have evacuated throughout the area. Mandatory evacuations are still ongoing, but with roads impassible they are essentially meaningless. Through it all, we,re so grateful and blessed by the generosity and selflessness of complete strangers who risk their lives to rescue others who are trapped in flood waters. And the human spirit is alive and well here in Texas even in this catastrophic situation. I don't typically make political references but, with our nation recently divided due to political differences, it's amazing that a natural disaster has proven that we're all one. So proud to be a Texan and an American! Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers ... many are still awaiting being rescued.

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  13. Yes, such a horrendous time for all in Houston. So many are affected by this disaster. So many will be feeling empty and lost and heartbroken. It is all very sad. May everyone rally around the Texan folk and do what they can, either by deed, thoughts and prayer.

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