Thursday, December 01, 2005

But I am grateful for so many things.

The last post was very depressing, and it is important that you know that most of the time everything is pretty good and I am doing pretty well. The problems we have here are minor compared to what people in many parts of the world experience on a daily basis. I have no real right to complain!

I am grateful for the fact that, even though it is maddening slow, there is progress. Things are improving. Everyone that I know personally is OK. Some have lost their jobs; others have lost their homes; a few have lost both. But they are alive. That is a blessing. My family and I have a place to live and jobs to go to. Everything else is really pretty trivial!

I am also grateful to the many friends from around the world who have taken time to write to me or to leave comments here since Katrina. It is nice to know that people I have never met face to face care enough to send a good word or ask a caring question. Part of the difficulty for us in this recovery process is that everyone around us is in the same boat or worse. There is no one here who can really lend a hand or even an ear because everyone has their own situation to deal with. So you are all especially important to me right now.

I hope to get back to blogging on a regular basis. It is important to me. Thank you for reading and sharing.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear from you!

Anonymous said...

We've got about 6 inches of snow, and the low tonight is -1. The teachers are still on strike.

I took the kittens to Champaign to get fixed, and what should have been a 40 mile/1 hour trip turned into an almost 4 hour trip/100 miles because I missed the exit for I-72 and ended up in Mattoon, then had to drive 45 miles from there to Decatur.

Please don't anybody think me a complete idiot. I had the minor distractions of blowing snow, fog, idiot drivers speeding all around me down the highway, a bored 9 year-old and 6 unhappy kittens. Several times I drove completely blind because of the semis passing me. And of course, you must remember that I haven't driven in snow for at least 6 years.

The "closer" I got to Decatur, the slower I drove. In town I was doing 15 mph--at one point I slid thru a red light because I just could not get the car to stop.

But the snow is beautiful! Stavia is delighted (not so my SC dog and cats). She is determined to go sledding tomorrow -- John (his idea) drug her around the street in front of our house tonight on the inflatable sled I bought last Christmas and never got to use (no snow in SC).

Believe it or not, we are happy to be home! Of course I might feel different after I get the gas bill next month.

If we can send you anything from Illinois, let me know.