Monday, June 6, 2011

Back home, but yikes.

We are back home, for what it's worth. In a way it is good to be here, but our situation is not ideal. We are pretty much trapped here, though in an emergency we could get out. Leaving requires trekking through the horse pasture into the bush and loading the van in swarms of mosquitos that are so bad you can lose your mind in under a minute. Then once all the boys are in and belted it takes a good ten minutes to try to kill the hundred or so mosquitos that are inside the van looking for blood. I am not exaggerating. Then you have to drive off road through deep water just to get back onto the driveway on the other side of the really deep flood water. Once on the driveway, you face another deep lake almost immediately. Both are deep and long enough that by the time you reach the other side the vehicle is barely moving and you're hoping desperately you will not get stuck. Honestly, it is very gross.

When I arrived on Saturday I was very discouraged and wondered what the heck we were doing here. The house was fourteen degrees. Freezing. It was full of mosquitos and also full of dirty dishes and horrible mess all over the place. Mike obviously was not able to deal with the day-to-day stuff in the midst of all the disassembling of the basement and other flood-fighting activities. I don't blame him at all, but it was still very discouraging. The house smelled gross, but not mouldy, and I tried to turn our furnace on to get it a few degrees warmer and the furnace died. Seriously? Well, I guess if your furnace has to die, June is a good month for it to happen. I'm pretty sure it's the first time in history I begged Mike to turn the heat on in June. In fact, it is the first time in history I have not begged for the air conditioning to be on even once this "summer".

Feeding the horses this morning was absolute torture. Horse. Right, just one needed oats and that does NOT take long, but the mosquitos are so bad I was ready to scream. It was horrible. I looked around and all I could think was that this flood has taken our little piece of heaven and turned it into a little taste of hell. Yes, that is overly dramatic, but it is sad. Our normally beautiful place is ugly and overgrown because we cannot mow the lawn with several inches of water on it. The grass has got to be a foot high except for where we have temporarily fenced the horses for their sakes and ours. The damage to our house has gone way beyond the "hundreds of dollars" of damage that I was expecting a few weeks back and we will be way into the thousands by the time we get this all fixed. I hope we can get some disaster assistance or we are really going to be in some trouble. It might even be bad enough that we have to move our whole house, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Anyway, having said that, it is nice to be back in our own beds. We are all sleeping better as a result, and even though my living room is now a train station with a huge Geo Trax track set up so I cannot even vacuum the carpet, the boys have been really good and they are having fun with the toys they have not seen in a long time. As long as they don't get really stir crazy and act out, we will do just fine here. There is more rain in the forecast, so things won't likely change any time soon.

I have to get Micah up now, as he is talking in his monitor. I have a roast in the oven and soon will start the potatoes boiling so I can make yummy mashed potatoes! It will be the first meal I have made since I got back here and I can't wait to eat it. Hopefully it turns out good! I'm off for now.


Songinthenight said...

Hi Cheryl,

I'm so sorry to hear of all your woes. It sounds so horrible. You've really had a tough year. I pray that God will meet you in a special way during it all as I can only imagine how discouraged you must feel.

Sending a hug your way!

CAT said...

Thanks Kim. It is indeed discouraging and is getting harder and harder to not despair. Thanks for the hug. I know somehow things will be all right, but it's hard to see how that will be the case right now. But there are still many people in worse situations than us and I have to keep reminding myself of that. At least we are not homeless, and we are all okay.