Friday, September 19, 2008

Falling tide...

Outside and inside at this point!

The water stopped trickling in from outside the basement two days ago. I had vacuumed up about 6 gallons (lesson learned, empty the shop-vac each day as it didn't smell too good).

The sewer line seems to be behaving as well, with nary a gurgle since I used the "drain kings" the other night.

Since I live halfway down a terraced hill, the water flowing down it finally quit crossing my driveway yesterday, so now there's just the mud left behind on it.

I shopped yesterday because the grass was still too wet to mow; after Dottie calls at noontime, I'm going to go out and knock it down so I can get through the shower before Talia comes to spend the night. She's spending tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we'll have her little brother as well as he turned 5 yesterday and in the morning they're going to decorate for his family party tomorrow afternoon.

My cold seems to be subsiding; I'm hoping Dottie's is as well. Tonight I'm supposed to take Talia to meet her at a hobby store when she gets off work so Talia can pick a model or something else to do while she's with us this weekend. Last time she made a purse...

Tomorrow is the monthly "hazardous waste" collection for my county, and I have Bill and John's oil changes to drop off. The collections end for the year either this month or next, and I'd rather not have them hanging around all winter. (My garage is small enough as it is!) Dottie's is due, but life hasn't exactly been cooperating of late. At least since I run it on Mobil 1, there's more leeway there!

Depending on how the rest of the weekend goes, perhaps I'll get my little gym put back together now that the floor is dry.

I'm watching the news, and it's hard not to let it "get to me". Tens of thousands of people losing their homes didn't matter, but when Wall Street implodes then we're going to save them...the exact pattern of the "Savings and Loan" crisis...

Thousands along the Texas coast without lights and water, yet we deliver them food that needs to be cooked! At least a jar of peanut butter doesn't need to be heated to eat and refrigerated to keep!


"America, how many times do you have to be hit over the head before you realize who's hitting you?"- Harry Truman


May the weekend be kind to each of you!

alan

6 comments:

LucyTolliday said...

It sadly looks essential that some sort of bail out is necessary but I'm uneasy at doing this while people continue to lose their homes with no similar help.

Hope it continues to dry out for you.

robin andrea said...

I know that the alternative to a bailout would not be a good thing for all of us, but just once I'd like to see the big guys lose everything. They are too protected and too pampered. Seems whenever there's a Republican administration we learn the same lessons: socialized risk and privatized profit.

kath said...

Love the quote....

The weekend goes to quickly....

it looks like life is mostly good in Alanland.. kathland too!

take care :)

beckyboop said...

You always find great quotes. I finally got my basement dried out as well. I ran a dehumidifier. I have dumped it several times. The musty stench is now gone. Yeah! Oh, and Mobil 1 in my car too. I have about five gallons of oil to haul off.

Sometimes America's priorities are severely skewed.

Have a good weekend too. Enjoy those grand kids!

Connie in FL said...

What's not to love about Harry Truman?!

The headlines scare me daily. And, I read that the bail out includes foreign banks... the heads of Lehman got $39 in bonus' the past two years... someone may get $25 to stay and fix it...W sent some troops on a super secret mission in Pakistan. A man on GMA told me today to bail out myself I should have six months worth of living expenses in a SECURE bank or money market account...I won't have six months $$$ saved for six months.

Chandira said...

That's a great point about bailing out Wall St when most of Texas can't cook themselves a meal at the moment!! It makes me crazy, that the media are so short of memory that the latest and greatest pushes out human need way into the background.

I'm sort of for the bail out though, as if my house burns down, I want my insurance company to have the funds to pay me for it! It's a tough issue..