Sunday, August 31, 2008


3:15 PM CDT

One brief, hard thunderstorm, then nothing. Sky is overcast. It is hot outside.
We drove around the neighborhood noticing that few of our neighbors boarded up windows/doors. Most yards are freshly cut and porches are bare of chairs and rockers.

We drove downtown. I kept thinking, "Holy Ravioli! Katrina's damage shows everywhere and we are preparing for another one???" We saw National Guard and Army vehicles moving to staging areas in parking lots. Most grocery and drug stores are closed now.
We ran to the grocery for vanilla ice cream and root beer to make floats over at P. and C.'s Tasted great. Their home is littered with storm supplies like our home.

Our neighborhood has many homes not repaired from Katrina damage. People don't want to wait three years but insurance, etc. etc. slows them down. I saw a few homes finished almost. I know those owners are thrilled with Gustav.

I'll update, every few hours, until the power goes off.

So glad for your prayers and company.

St.Casserole

UPDATE 6.02 PM CDT Thunder heard in the distance. It's raining now. I can see the tops of our neighbor's trees blowing in the wind. I saw the small turtle, who visited us last week, making his way on the courtyard bricks. I hope he will be OK. I want all of us in Gustav's path to be OK. Waiting for misery is dreadful. No wonder people drink too much and get in fights. Here we are calm, well, Mr. C. is watching TV, LD is napping and I'm getting fidgety.

UPDATE 9:43 PM CDT Very light rain. Frogs singing. Watched the second season of "Heros". Sewed some. Ate cookies. I'm tired and going to bed. I'll update as long as we have power. Thanks for your prayers.

19 comments:

KnittinPreacher said...

Floats sound yummy!!! Prayers still with all of you.

Kathryn said...

I don't want to go to bed tonight and leave all of you with this...
Praying so hard- I posted a prayer for you over at my place, because it is all I can do but feels like nowhere near enough.
Glad of the floats. Glad you are with those whom you love the best.
Hugs and loves xxx

Sophia said...

Sending thoughts and prayers your way from here in New York City.

Songbird said...

Can't think of much else but you and yours and others in the storm's path, thanks for the updates.

kittykolb said...

Saint Casserole, you don't know me, but I've been following your blog for a while now. I'm thinking of y'all and praying for you.

QuakerPastor said...

I continue to pray for y'all!
QP

Mary Beth said...

Glad to read you. (o) "I wuz here and I ain't leavin'."

I'm obsessified. The dogs and I are headed out for walking prayer.

zorra said...

Many, many hugs and prayers.

Jane Ellen+ said...

My churches held you all in prayer this day... and the prayers continue.

(((SC)))

1-4 Grace said...

We are still here, still praying, and still wathcing for updates.
And we are praying for things to be still, for the hurricnae to simply die down and go away...might not happen, but gosh it cnat hrut to ask for it...
And praying for all who suffer effects of storm, internal and external...and we added little turtle to our list.

thankyoudarlin said...

praying

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

been thinkin' of you... prayers & prayers....

judi said...

Dear St. C, Our thoughts and prayers are with you tonight from St. Louis. I read your blog often, having found it as a link on my pastor's blog. This morning we read your prayer for August 29 in our Seekers class, for we have been studying gratitude as a spiritual discipline. We were all moved to tears and to lifting your community in prayer. You are keeping the faith and holding on, and the storm will pass. May you know peace and have strength to do what each new day brings. Blessings to the whole household: kittens, sister dog, all the plants, the turtle, you and Mr. C and LD and LS.

Patti said...

Praying!

Linda said...

i am anxious for y'all too! i'm trying not to worry! i am praying a lot and if everything is not okay; i would love to do anything i can to help make it better! love you, send my love to mr. c and LD too!!!

Juniper said...

more prayers from out west. and wishing I could wrap the calm night we're having here in a box and send it to you. and wishing oregon was closer, so you could come spend the night at our house if you wanted.

well, if wishes were horses, you know what.

So I'll stop wishing and go back to praying instead.

Terminal Degree said...

We've been seeing license plates from NOLA and from the MS coast headed our way. Hotels are filling up. It's breaking our hearts.

You are in our prayers.

Sue said...

St. Cass. - I posted a prayer over at my place for you, your family, and for the lovely gentleman who has prayed so faithfully for me over these past years. I'm thinking of all of you tonight.

Dr Moose said...

Prayers and thoughts continue...