Making Lemonade

A few observations about the past three weeks after Hurricane Katrina and a lame attempt to make lemonade out of the lemons I have been given:

On the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

1. I have lost ten pounds!!!
2. I now have a decent tan from working out in the yard cleaning up debris, from the 12 days I cooked on the grill outside and hung up hand washed clothes!!!
3. My neighbors are just as weird as me!!
4. Debate whether or not to shoo away the moths at the plants I have for butterflies
5. Decide whether or not to replant the dwarf holly 'bush' that was partially uprooted(Dwarf in quotes because it's over 10 feet tall now)
6. Swerve skills are vastly improving to avoid debris that has fallen from the trucks that are hauling it off

On being sort of kinda employed or how to deal with all that 'free' time:

1. Catch up on Judge Judy
2. I have more time to teach my bird to whistle the theme song for The Bridge Over the River Kwai(He can whistle the first few notes!!)
3. I can now rearrange my furniture at least once a week
4. I have been becoming more acquainted with domestic household items such as vacuums cleaners, mops, brooms, dust cloths, etc. Why what for spring to do spring cleaning?
5. Call and harass my family and friends more than 15 times a day
6. Try to catch up on my reading. (Can't seem to sit still long enough for this one)

Things to do while repeatedly hitting the redial button in a vain attempt to reach Red Cross Financial Assistance:

1. Leave incoherent comments at other web-sites
2. Cuss at the oh so heartening message: "The phones lines are being overwhelmed. More operators are being added. You are about to receive a busy signal, hang up and try again"
3. Scan different news sites and see how many different ways people can blame President Bush for the incompetence of the local and state officials of New Orleans and Louisiana
4. See how many cigarettes you can smoke before becoming sick
5. Time yourself to see how long it takes you between hanging up and hitting the redial button(Around 1 second now!!!)
6. Listen when you get no dial tone and see if you can hear anything or anybody, like Elvis Presley or the theme song for The Bridge Over the River Kwai , etc
7. Watch the Braves struggle since Chipper Jones is no longer on the Disabled list
8. Ponder the questions of life, liberty, and the universe
9. Decide after trying from 2:00am to 3:00am with no results to write a lame post such as this one!!


Blogger AFSister said...

I asked around Red Cross regarding employment ideas for you and your fellow coworkers, and came up blank. I wish I had better news. Keep your chin up, things will get better soon. And don't be embarrassed by the assistance you receive from the government or other agencies- it's there for a reason, and I love knowing that someone who needs the help (but isn't looking for a handout) is getting the help you need.

Take care of yourself, ok?

6:31 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


Thank you. The red cross and the other groups down here are doing a tremendous job with providing shelter, food and clothing. Thanks to good people like you who volunteer their time.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous felis said...

How are all your pets?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


All of them are ok and just as ornery as ever.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

Glad to hear that about your pets. I imagine they're providing some comfort during these tough times. Animals are awesome.

7:32 PM  
Blogger MonicaR said...

God bless ya Seawitch. One suggestion - try the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Unbelievable cleaning tool. If you need some, email me and I will mail some down to you. They're awesome!

10:18 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther & monicar,

Thanks for the kind words.

3:25 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

incoherent comments at other websites? Is that before or after you visit me. It looks like Rita has passed us by...but some of the models are just plain weird. I appreciate the support you gave when we were still in limbo wondering what might happen.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


On some web-sites, I have a lot of spelling and grammar errors and can make the comments funny and incoherent at the same time. This is a reaction to the numbness wearing off after Katrina.

I am so glad that it passed ya'll by. Rita also appears to weakening rapidly. Very good news.

I could relate to what you were going through. I went through all the same things you did and knew at 1:00pm the day before Katrina hit that it was going to be very, very bad and wanted to be with my family. For I really thought my house would be gone. It is old and has at least three huge trees close enough that if they were to fall on my house would do serious damage. I also started worrying about the storm surge affecting where I live. Even though I am in zone that is supposed to be safe from a storm surge even in a Cat 5, there has been a lot of construction that change the way the surge would come in.

Keep safe.

8:13 PM  

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