on the threshold of a dream
Alicat: Thank you so much... those huglets are appreciated! *S* And yes... if I have to go THROUGH the public officials, I'll be hunkering down far, far away should another of these monsters come knocking!!! *S* My sister said it was probably just as well I wasn't at work last week... I work for the City and me seeing Mayor White in the hallways wouldn't have been a pretty encounter. LOL
Midnitesun: There's no figuring FEMA. *sigh* I'm supposed to meet an inspector at the apartment this afternoon so they can verify that it's uninhabitable... guess I'll find out then what my options are. Thank you!
serenity: As I told JM... don't ever underestimate the importance of loving support... it's the shot of strength into my veins that keeps me going. I'm so grateful. Thank you, sweet lady... thank you. *touching screen*
Sunshine: If you find my mind, could you please send it back to me? *S* Thank you so much. Right now, I just can't think straight... but it means a lot to me to know you're there.
PS: Thank you so much, dear friend... I think prayers are probably the glue holding me together... I know I need them.
Martie: Thank you so much. I miss my kitties... but knowing they're safe keeps me going. Out of all the horror, thinking I'd lost Kate was the worst. THINGS can be replaced or done without and eventually, I'll make a home again... those little furballs are my family.
Mysteria: Thank you, dear lady... so much. It's hard to ask for help, but I'm learning... I even went further with my brother - after I asked and then begged... I lost it, yelled and DEMANDED that he help... or risk a really cold reception at all future family reunions. *G* Ah, well... my sister has been an absolute saint... I guess he was just providing balance. LOL To his credit, once he realized he wasn't going to be able to ignore me, he located a storage place for me - it's many miles away but very much appreciated!
sewasham: Thank you very much! I'm so glad your sister-in-law is okay!!!
Thank you so much, Deer one... It WAS horrific. I've never been so terrified and hope I never face such terror again. I thought I'd been scared during Allison... or up on Daddy's roof during Rita's fury... but Ike redefined fear for me. In a warped way, the sight of my bedroom and all that glass has helped me get through the emotional and physical exhaustion of getting out... I wasn't saved from all that flying glass just to quit. *S*
Oh, Owl... you are such a dear - you fill my heart and lift my spirits!!! Thank you! Yes, I was hoping to post poems instead of complaints... but those will have to wait. *S* Thank you so much for your caring and concern... and for the messages to my kitties! *S* You're right... we're all traumatized. I broke a toe last night because my coordination is all but gone and my thoughts were on everything I needed to do instead of navigating the room. *S* And when we were taking my cats over to my sister's in Louisiana, they nearly went insane when she opened the car window a bit - the sound of wind nearly scared them to death. But... we'll get through. They're safe and settling in at my sister's and I have a clean dry place to stay. I just have to keep reminding myself to take one hour at a time. *S*
latearrival: I'm not sure whether it's strength or stubbornness... or just no choice. *S* I do know that things I thought were of monumental importance just a couple of weeks ago don't seem to matter at all anymore... an experience like this brings focus in a hurry. *S* Thank you!
EA: I live(d) to the southeast of Houston. Some areas are okay, but a lot of it was hit pretty hard. Thank you so much for those arms, my friend... I need all the comfort (and leaning! *S*) I can get! *S*
iliana: Thank you so much. I'm so glad you're okay - I was worried about you!!!
To all... I can't thank you enough. I don't know what I'd do without the love and support I've received from family and friends... you're saving my sanity as surely as a miracle saved my life during the storm. I am grateful to each of you.
And now, I must tell you about my motel. It's not exactly what you might call high class. LOL I finally got the chance to turn on a TV, only to find out that their satellite is out and I can only see 3 channels clearly... and 2 of the 3 are porn channels. LOL Not exactly "Dancing with the Stars". *G* What can I say... I needed that laugh! *G*
However, the people running the motel are very nice. FEMA apparently requires them to see my face each day, so I've been having to go to the office every evening to have my key card re-coded. Last night, the manager saw me starting to walk towards the office and came to meet me. She opened my room for me, took my key card to the office for the recoding and brought it back to me, saying she knew I was tired. *S* People being kind... that's more important than TV. *S*
And now, if you'll indulge me... I'm going to repost an old poem... for a place that was hit MUCH harder than I was. *S* Thank you all!!!