Monday, November 17, 2008

Blue Monday

Good morning and welcome to Blue Monday! This is the day we post something Blue and our hostess is our Most Smiling Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/.
I would like to show you the little book I've just finished reading "Dark Water Rising" by Marian Hale. This book is historical fiction about the 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas, where over 6,000 people died. It is written from the viewpoint of a teen aged boy, named Seth and how he survives in the face of this natural disaster.


The author, Marion Hale has lived on the Texas Gulf Coast all her life and has lived through many storms. After losing her home to Hurricane Celia in 1970, she felt a strong tie to survivors everywhere, especially those who endured one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the United States, the 1900 Galveston Storm. She was very thorough in her research so when she is discribing the effects of the storm ~ I almost felt I was there.

Some of you may be newer visitors to my blog and may not know that we are still recovering from Hurricane Ike that hit our little island in September, the same month as the 1900 storm.



I consider my self a very happy optimistic person and don't want to be too "Blue" ~ the sad blue today. But, as I drove around town last week I just got depressed. Trucks like the above are everywhere still taking away debris from homes and business.

This house is about three blocks from mine! The hurricane waters riped through this section of houses knocking down the garage doors, windows, fences, just anything standing. All of the homes on this block have been 'cleaned out'. There's nothing left inside but the wall studs and they've been treated with chemicals for the mold.
As I drive along, this is a very common sight. I don't mean to be morbid today and this post is really not like me, but I just couldn't hide my head in the sand much longer without letting you see this. Our island is making progress, but it's going to be a very long time until the island will be like it was. Well, I don't think it will ever be like it was.
I had a good cry again. I thanked my Lord that somehow He chose to spare our home! My heart still aches for my friends. About 75% of the folks here lost their homes and all of their possessions. This Thanksgiving, my family has so much to be thankful for and my heart is so full.
Please pray for our little island.
Be sweeties,



I'll skip my little Note Song today.

62 comments:

  1. Oh Shelia, this is so darn sad. I feel for all of the families that lost their homes, but was so thankful to hear you were spared!

    Justiney :o )

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  2. Shelia, I guess I didn't realize you live on Galveston? Galveston is so beautiful and I've been there lots of times in the past. I was just wondering in the last few days how things are going there.

    We will keep you all in our prayers.

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  3. Morning Shelia~ My daughter just asked me the other day when we would be able to visit The Strand in Galveston again or go to the Opra house and I told her I thought it would be a very long time. It's so sad. Ike was devastating for so many and there are still so many signs of destruction around us. We will keep all those affected in our prayers.

    Hugs~ J

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  4. I've actually read this book, Shelia! I love historical fiction, and when I lived in Houston I became interested in the history of the area and read a lot.
    You should definitely share the devastation of the area with us! Ike is no longer in the national spotlight and those of us far away assume people are "back to business" if we don't know. You are so fortunate, and so upbeat, but seeing everything around you will get to you once in a while.

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  5. Shelia,I'm happy you were spared from the hurricane. We've not had a direct hit, but if we ever do,it will be catastrophic, some houses have been built right on the waters. The photos were so sad to see.

    Hugs,
    Chris

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  6. I was wondering why you didn't say much about the after-effects of the hurricane. I know (from Hurricane Andrew) what it looks like. Thank goodness your place was spared, and that after Katrina, we are better able to "get back on our feet."

    You're allowed to be blue occasionally; you are allowed to be human. ;-)
    Happy Blue Monday!

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  7. Shelia, I had no idea either that you lived there and that there still is so much to do. Seventy five percent of houses were affected? That is horrible. I was involved in a bushfire in 2003 and only 600 houses in my suburb got destroyed but mine didnt. Of course California is facing the same thing again now.

    It is surreal when something like that happens and the impact of a natural disaster on individuals, families and communities is felt for a long time. Do you think things are moving along as fast as they can?

    I think you chose a perfect story to feature today because we do need to hear about these things because sometimes I think the media keep us in the dark about the things that really matter. And we get to hear all the other irrelevant stuff.

    You are always so positive and gorgeous and happy. This must ahve had an effect on you and thanks for sharing. Everyone that has been affected is in my prayers too.

    Brilliant post.

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  8. Shelia, I had no idea either that you lived there and that there still is so much to do. Seventy five percent of houses were affected? That is horrible. I was involved in a bushfire in 2003 and only 600 houses in my suburb got destroyed but mine didnt. Of course California is facing the same thing again now.

    It is surreal when something like that happens and the impact of a natural disaster on individuals, families and communities is felt for a long time. Do you think things are moving along as fast as they can?

    I think you chose a perfect story to feature today because we do need to hear about these things because sometimes I think the media keep us in the dark about the things that really matter. And we get to hear all the other irrelevant stuff.

    You are always so positive and gorgeous and happy. This must ahve had an effect on you and thanks for sharing. Everyone that has been affected is in my prayers too.

    Brilliant post.

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  9. Shelia, how easily we forget... Until we are reminded by the pictures you have posted today... You were so fortunate to have your home blessed and not damaged to bad during the storm... My heart goes out to those poor people and while we get ready for this day of THANKS coming up soon we need to remember them... Have a good Monday...

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  10. Oh Pickle..my heart goes out to those who lost so much...I can't hardly bare to see such destruction..it brings back to many memories of a deadly tornado that hit here years ago...I was fighting my way to get to my kids...trees down everywhere...phone lines down...my Tracy lived in a mobile home park..the entire area was destroyed..I have never seen such a site...like an atomic bomb had went off..when we were finally able to get in the area all the trailers were like crumpled pieces of foil throwed everywhere...people were literally sucked out of there homes..several lost their lives...but there stood my baby's trailer without so much as a dent in it...oh sweet Lord...thank you Jesus...I can't even type this without tears running down my face..I cannot even imagine the horror these folks are going thru..bless you sweet Pickle...have a great day and rejoice.

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  11. The worst natural disasters where I live are blizzards, which are mild compared to hurricanes and tornadoes. It is difficult to see the physical devistation but I'm certain the emotional toll must be much worse.

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  12. Oh, sweetheart...I can sense how much you are hurting and it is because you have such a sweet and loving spirit that your heart aches for all the people that lost so much during the storm. I am so sorry for all that lost so much...and i will continue to pray for them all...and to give thanks that you are a part of my life now.
    love, bj

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  13. Hi Shelia...I remember the many days all of us here in Blogland were so worried about you & Mr. Precious....It seemed like an eternity while we waited & watched all the destruction on TV. God did bless you! Hugs, ;-) Bo

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  14. Sheila, I know how hard it is to see all of that devastation. And you are right. It will never be the same again. But it will be even better! The homes will be rebuilt with stronger hurricane straps and hurricane proof glass. The island will become STRONGER. Better able to stand up and fight if the need ever arises again.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  15. Dearest darling Shelia, You are such a strong woman to be able to put on foot in front of the other and keep on going at such a difficult time. I can't imagine how blue you must feel seeing your wonderful home town in such disarray. Sometimes you just have to be a little blue to get it out of your system. Know that our love is here to help hold you up and see you through this!
    Love, Bridget

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  16. Oh Shelia, that's just sad beyond words...
    I'll keep your island in my thoughts.

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  17. Hi Sheila,
    I found your blog from a comment you left on Darlene's blog.

    As you mentioned, this is a different kind of post for you. However, I enjoyed it. We had an awesome vacation this past June in Galveston. It saddened me beyond words when I saw what had happened and all the things lost in the last hurricane. It's just a real shame. Thanks for sharing your heart with us today.

    I enjoyed my visit and will come again.

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  18. The destruction from these storms is always so sad. It seems like everywhere there are hurricanes, floods, fires, etc. So sad! I know that you feel especially thankful this Thanksgiving.

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  19. Dear Shelia I do pray for your little Island. I have read a book about the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston. It was so devastating. Much like this one. I know all of you are going through so much. We never hear about that part of it. I am so glad you and your family are safe.

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  20. After seeing these photos, it just proves again, that Texans are tough people who pull through with little whining and a smile on their face.

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  21. Thanks for sharing Shelia. I can't even imagine. Watching the fires here and the poor old folks who lost everything is overwhelming. I just pray that people will turn to God and his saving grace so His peace can rule in their hearts during all the suffering...
    Love you heart and optimism that shines through your blog Shelia!!

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  22. I don't think it's morbid, I think we all need these little reminders now and again. Nature, in her fury, is unrelenting sometimes. I'm thankful you and your home were spared as I never would have made your acquaintance otherwise and you are truly a gem.
    Galveston will get up, shaker herself off, be stronger and her beauty will return.
    Hugs.

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  23. I don't know what else to say. Everyone has said so much already and I agree with all. I guess I should just say, it is indeed a blessing that your home is safe and so is your family. One never knows when that can be wrenched from them.

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  24. How brave of you to post today! It is so easy to hide our head in the sand. I'm the same way - you know, "out of sight, out of mind" mentality. Thanks for the reminder that so many are still struggling and hurting in Galveston. My prayers go out to them. Sally

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  25. When Ike paid his unwelcome visit, I couldn't quit thinking how very sad it would have been for my late DH. As a young man he shrimped off Padre Island. My only trip to Texas was for my FIL's funeral. Beautiful country, sad memories. I feel sure Ike wrought changes on the landscape that will take many years to recover from. Prayers for you and all affected by this terrible storm.

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  26. Sheila, your photos do make me blue but that's ok as I think people should realize the destruction and pray for those who have suffered so much loss. It took So. Fl. years to recover from Andrew. You are truly blessed to be out of the path of the water from that storm. The book is interesting and I would like to read it. I have seen the History channel coverage of that storm. So very sad.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  27. Oh Sheila...The media has not done its job in keeping us aware of how bad things are! I had no idea! We had a tornado here and the first time I made a trip anywhere I was scared it would not be there...my bank, dry cleaners, favorite restaurant. My best friend lost her house. It's so sad. Like you I was very lucky. Thanks for reminding us of the everyday things we take for granted in this Thanksgiving season. Galveston will be in our prayers especially during the holidays. Hugs...Debbie

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  28. Oh my gosh, Shelia, I just cannot even imagine what you all have gone through. Thank you for sharing those photos... You just reminded me of how much more grateful I need to be for the things I sometimes take for granted - like having my loved ones around and my home... Thank you for sharing the book as well... Donna

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  29. Sheila, I have read about Galvaston and that earlier devastating hurricane. It is a dangerous place to live (weatherwise). Thankfully your home was spared.

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  30. You were truly blessed. It is so sad the devastation, and now again the fires in California. Glad you and your precious home was saved....I think a good Note Song would be Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!!

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  31. OH Shelia...My heart is just crying girl for these people and there great lost..I have seen earthquakes here that have done the same thing...our last Big oone in 1989 was horrible and I lost my good friend on the freeway when the top half..hit his car on the bottom half...and girl when I went to see his wife and seen all that has been destryed by nature I cried for days and could't get it out of my mind...You know I cried because I lost a few dishes in my China cabinet until I seen what others had losted and then I knew God had blessed me...great awake up call today Pickle...lets all give a big Thanks for what we do have...Now for some reason you were no longer on my blog list girl..there for awhile you were just a symbol and then nothing...I put you on gagain...so I did't have to go to Robyn to get to you...hugs and smiles dear heart...Gloria

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  32. We pray for your little town.
    Happy Holidays
    blossom
    Interior Rooms

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  33. Oh Sheila , I have never met you but I was so worried about you when you were gone from your home. I prayed a nd prayed your home would be safe. I sure did miss you when you were gone ! I love ya girl !

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  34. Happy Blue Monday Shelia

    You certainly do have a lot to be thankful for *hugs*. You are sooo fortunate that you were able to get over this as you have. Ike was so nasty and why he was nasty to so many...while others didn't feel the effect is truly incredible.

    Count your blessings and know you truly are blessed. The pictures show it all don't they....

    I hope this is not too much of a blue Monday for you...but rather a truly lovely one.
    Judi

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  35. Hi Sheila....I just discovered your blog (i'm VERY new at blogging) as you can tell by my very SIMPLE blog! I live in the Houston Heights and we had minimal damage but LOTS of trees down; power and cable out for 2 weeks but nothing compared to your pictures. I feel very blessed and am glad you've reminded everyone that we are all on the road to recovery but many still have very far to go. Thanksgiving brings a whole new meaning this year! Blessings to you and your family!

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  36. Dear Shelia, while I realize this must have been a difficult post for you to write, I'm so glad you DID write it. I have been wondering about the progress there and just didn't realize how much more work needs to be done. I am so grateful that your home was spared, and so saddened for those who have lost so much. I know with your tender heart that you feel those losses as if they were your own.

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  37. Dear Shelia -
    Thank your for a dose of reality today. We need to know how things are for folks in your hometown. We were all shocked and dismayed as we watched the storm coverage but how soon we forget that life didn't immediately return to 'normal' for many of the folks in your town. It will never be the same again but some will find a 'new normal'. We need to be reminded to pray and give and do what we can to help the families who are struggling so much.
    ~Adrienne~

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  38. Shelia
    I'm truly blue for your Island today. I wish you only blue skies from heaven.
    I love reading your posts but mostly I love your little note song at the end.
    Thanks for making us aware that other people will not be celebrating Thanksgiving in their own homes this year.
    Bless all of you
    Claudie from Canada

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  39. Shelia - How sad for the those in Galveston that suffered such devastation. I am thankful that your family is safe and pray for those that lost so much. Thank you for sharing this with us. It provides me an opportuniity to put things into proper perspective.
    Sweetie

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  40. My heart goes out to you and all of the people affected by that terrible tragedy! Please keep your chin up and have a good week!

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  41. Shelia I admire your tenacity in the midst of all that is around you, thanks for sharing these pics. We are here not only to share joys but sorrows too.

    I'm sure you feel better for sharing and I will remember to pray for those on your Island so badly affected.

    Raquel

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  42. Hi Shelia, None of us can really feel the pain or sadness like you and your neighbors , unless we have been hit by a hurricane too!!The damage is massive and all is gone in a flash!!!I hope and pray that you and others can get back on your feet...my blessings to you... hugs,
    Baba

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  43. You do have so much to be thankful for. I think most of us do, if we will take the time to think about it. I am so glad that your beautiful home and family were spared. The blogging world wouldn't be the same without you. I pray that your community will be able to recover quickly.
    Lots of hugs for you.
    *hugs*

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  44. Oh, Shelia, thanks for this post. My husband works with a lady and her daughter is at college there in Galveston. I ask all the time about the conditions and if things are better. I can see now, my husband does not ask, or care to tell me!

    Know you are in my thoughts and prayers, I hope things will look up in the very near future. I feel so sorry for all who suffer from the destruction.

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  45. Thank you so much Glenda, for your visit today! I hope Galveston doesn't hold too sad of memories for you!
    Be a sweetie and I appreciate your visits. You should start a blog!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  46. Oh Shelia, I'm glad you shared all these pictures. For those of us far away, it's easy to feel like that Ike is "gone." But, really the after-affects go on and on and we need to not bury our heads in the sand either but to be aware that there are many who are still struggling. You are very blessed to have your house spared, but the larger area is also your home, and to see it like this must break your heart.

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  47. The damage is horrible. We had damage like that here in Deland 2 years ago when our town was hit by tornadoes on Christmas day and then again in February! Some houses were blown right off of their foundation. I drove by the street today that was hit really hard and after 2 years peoples homes are still under construction.

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  48. Shelia

    I found the Blue Monday post from another board, and I just read this one. I couldn't pass by without telling you that my heart goes out to you and all those whose lives were touched by this storm! We have friends who own a place in Galveston, and they are having to do major repairs. These pictures, though, put it into focus and are heartbreaking.

    I live in a coastal region of Florida and have friends and family in New Orleans and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast who had either total destruction or major water damage. My cousin is a Hurricane Hunter and went back to find nothing but his vehicle which was thankfully parked at Keeler (the military base there). The windshield was smashed, but he looked through a hole in it as he drove to his mother's several hours away to reach his wife and shelter.

    I was glued to Weather Underground throughout that storm and this, and prayed for everyone in the path. I send much love to you now.

    XO,

    Another Sheila

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  49. Good evening, Sheila! Happy BLUE Monday. I've not heard of this book, but I plan to check it out. We're all thankful that you are safe! *hugs*

    PS I posted my Macy's Mall Diva pics!! :)

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  50. Oh Shiela, I'm so sorry. Hearing and then seeing pictures are certainly two different things. . . and then for you to be living amongst this distruction is still unreal. Thank God you and your family are alright.

    Prayers are still being sent for the victims of this terrible act of nature.

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  51. Oh honey this makes me so sad! The pictures are just so terrible I can not imagine what it must be like to see it first hand. Praise God your house was spared! You are so blessed.
    I will keep your little island and all of her people in my prayers. It looks as though there is a long road yet ahead.
    HUGS
    Heather:)

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  52. Amazing post Shelia. Heartbreaking photos.

    I'll try to find this book. It sounds interesting.

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  53. Sheila, This is so sad, ...the devastation overwelming! A guy that goes to our church is an insurance adjustor and has been down there since the hurricane. Have you met any from NC? I am so glad your beautiful home was spared!

    I've heard the song you are playing for this post, but didn't know the name. Thanks for sharing it! ~Rhonda :)

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  54. What a coincidence, I just saw this book at my sister-in-law's neighbor's house!

    Listening to Love is Blue takes me way back to high school. It was "our song" for my high school boyfriend and me.

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  55. That must have been surreal to read a book about something that you just lived through. I am so glad your beautiful home was spared...and you truly are blessed. But my heart goes out to those who were not so lucky. It is such a shame to see a beautiful place like that torn up so badly.

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  56. Hey Shelia; You know you tend to forget about things like Ike, when you don't hear about it in the news a lot. Thank you for reminded us that you all still have a long way to go, and a lot to get through still. I will keep you lovely Island in my prayers. The photos were very moving.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  57. This just breaks my heart! I know it will take a long time for Galveston to heal. It seems there are so many places trying to rebuild after disasters in recent years. My prayers are with ya'll and others who are trying to go on with life in the face of such devastation. laurie

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  58. wow that sounds like a realy good book and well the next time i'm out at the book store i have to see if i can find it . i realy love reading books that have to do with histroy from them you kind of get the feel as to what it was like back then.

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  59. My cousin lives in Houston and has been wiped out twice..the losses were horrendous. Some things are not replaceable..she said what kept them going through the cleanup and rebuilding was the love and support of family, friends and the genuine love and caring of complete strangers. Please know that you and all the others have my love and prayers..and the love and prayers of so many. May blessings shine upon you...

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  60. I've been a naughty girl and I stole your pretty face for my newest sidebar Holiday widget. Take a peek and if you object, I will remove it asap!
    Hugs, Bridget

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  61. Aww honey, {{{{{hugs}}}} I am sorry for those of you who have to see that everyday and those who lost everything. And having to deal with everything.

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  62. Sorry to hear you're feeling a little blue, but that is to be expected with devastation like that around you. While I am sure you were thrilled to come home and find so little damage to your own home, it must have been absolutely heartbreaking to see the rest of the damage. It was good that you posted pictures showing that the recovery is far from over. People forget too easily.

    Kady

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