Shadows from Harvey

Hurricane Harvey left behind scars for many people as well as nature.

Our favorite park finally reopened Tuesday it has been closed since the hurricane. Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas it is located on the Brazos River and it floods.

There are lines across everything showing the watermarks of the flood waters. It is as if someone penciled in a shadow across everything.

The tree trunks appear darker on the lower area. The swamp brush even had its shadows. My favorite walking trail was now blemished by shadows.

We only saw four gators throughout our hike that was disappointing, to say the least.

It just takes time for things to return to normal again after something like this.

This was a park record for flooding they had even put up signs.

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A little boys lego collection

Our grandson Andrew who is 6 -years old has been collecting legos for quite a few years.
He has always been into the tiny legos even when he was not old enough for them.

He loves the sets that make a town, police station, fire station etc. His mom and dad have bought him plenty of these through the years for him.
He would ask for them for his birthday and Christmas so the rest of us would buy them for him. Any money he earned doing jobs he spent on Legos.

Legos is by far his favorite toy because your imagination can run wild.

His lego collection was in the school room because it was a place he could go and build in peace without the disruption from his twin sisters or baby brother.Most of the time he would do this just to have a place he could leave stuff built at. Sometimes his sisters would go in there and build stuff with him.

When the barn flooded the water from the goats and chickens pen and stalls rushed into the school room ruining his Lego collection along with all the school books.

Our daughter said even with Clorox she does not feel safe trying to save the lego collection.

I had him pick out two sets and then I picked out a 3rd that will be delivered to him next Thursday. He picked out a fire rescue, a lodge and I picked out a fishing boat set.

With children, their things mean as much to them as ours does to us. He was very stressed during the storm thinking it was going to take down their house. He was so excited to see the water finally going down.

The least those of us in his family can do is replace as many as we can to help a little boys imagination be stimulated once again by Legos.

Harvey Update # 2

Well, today is Sunday Harvey made landfall on Friday evening and were still seeing the effects from it.

Here at our house in Manvel, Texas in Brazoria County over the last few days our rain totals are at 13″+ our rain gauge was over flowing this morning so who knows it was probably more.

Our daughter’s house is more like 18″. They have moved animals several times first the barn flooded, then the carport flooded, then the garage flooded.  Even her school room flooded. So far the house is high and dry but their yard the entire 4 acres looks like a lake with the house on a small island.

The goats hate the water and so do the chickens. Their dogs hate the bad weather.

Our daughter, her husband,  the kids, and all the animals will probably end up at our house. We can put all the animals on the back porch and they will all be high and dry.

We are staying put and not trying to leave there is no point since our water is draining just fine. I would rather be in our house if the water gets really high than stuck on a road in a car.

The best thing any of us can do is try to remain calm, stay positive and pray for the best.

Hang in there Texas hopefully, this ends soon.

 

 

Harvey update

For the most part, in our part of Brazoria County, we ended up with some rain about  5 3/4″ so far. They say more rain to come over the next 4 – 5 days. If it happens like this and is spread out the flooding won’t be as bad.

The wind has been pretty strong over night I would say gusting to 30 – 35 mph.

Our daughter lives about 15 minutes from us but closer to the coastal area and they were pounded overnight with winds and rain. It looks like 7 – 9 inches fell in that area according to the news.

We are waiting for daylight to see how our place looks.

There have been several tornadoes nearby but not here than we know of.

My husband spent 2 evenings trying to get out the generator to run and it would not make a spark.I spent two days on the phone and going store to store trying to find one to buy and everywhere they were sold out.

We have the most wonderful son in law David his dad had a extra generator he had gotten started so our son in law brought it here yesterday for us to have one in case we needed it.

I will update as the day goes on. We have not lost power yet.

 

Hurricane Harvey

We live near the Texas Gulf Coast between Houston and Galveston.

Hurricane Harvey is supposed to go in near Corpus Christi which would put us on the dirty side of the storm that gets all the rain. They say our area could get 21 – 28 inches of rain. Now the storm could change its mind at the last minute and not go in there they have been known to do this before. You never really know until it happens.

Right now the Gulf waters are very warm and these storms love that it allows them to increase in power. They are expecting Harvey to make it to a class 3 hurricane.

I am schelduling this post in case we lose power in the past we have been without power during hurricanes for over two weeks.

We have a generator we run for necessities and the computer is not one of those. I can access some with my phone unless the cell towers go down that too has happened in the past.

We have a really good Governor Greg Abbott he has preemptively declared a state of Disaster for 30 Texas counties and ours is one of those. We live in Brazoria County. By him doing this ahead of time it means our state would get help sooner than later.

A great big thank you to Greg Abbott.

I will post as soon as I can please keep Texas in your prayers.