Saturday, September 13, 2008
Bird watch, Ike watch
Bird reports, from the north edge of Houston, where she and YB live: "It sounded like somebody was throwing buckets of rocks onto the top of the house this morning."
Other than that, and the backyard being almost totally under water, and "chunks" of trees and piles of pine needles everywhere, oh, and no electricity, Bird and YB are fine.
Houston without airconditioning is not a place to be.
Avise her to stay alert, all that water that has been dumped North of her has to go South.
Mine own in Baton Rouge just got their electricity back on Wednesday, just in time to watch the new storm.
Now all of this water raining down across the mid-west has to flow past them in Baton Rouge. The Mississippi is just three blocks away (the levey top is 15 feet above their roof line). Not good.
After years of power-outages and such - I have come to the conclusion that a wood-burning fireplace is the main thing you need, only if it's cold of course. (you can drink the water from the toilet tank. No flushing the toilet! You'll lose your source of clean water).
Also, if you take a roll of toilet paper and wrap it around your hand, then fold the edges over, place it on the stove coil and light it, it can go a long way to heating a can of soup/beans etc.