|Escape from the room play pen...|
In the past I've been able to put up sales to raise money when the car has broken down or some other disaster has come up, but this time I don't even have a place to sew or electricity to sew with, so I feel stuck. I was so pleased when I shipped out the last of the sale orders for my Thanksgiving Sale. I'd done it! December was going to be a piece of cake. Easy peasy.
And then this storm hit. It's funny, I was sitting at my sewing machine when it was raining down, listening to the rain turn to ice on the roof, watching icicles form on the trees and power lines, marveling at it all, praying for Paul who I knew was standing out in the cold for the entire night... and I knew that it was bad. But I had no idea how bad. I'd never seen an ice storm before. I really had no idea the damage that was being done, or the damage that would follow in the aftermath in the days to come.
We've been without power for eight days now. My carefully crafted budget has been destroyed. Our bank account has slowly dwindled as the expenses of not having a house, or a kitchen, and having to drive long distances to get anywhere have piled up one after the other.
|She decided to turn it into a camping trip.|
The power company released a list of the places they'll be working on today. Our area isn't on the list. They released a list of where they'll work when they finish the first list. We're not on that one either. I'm trying not to panic. I am trying to trust that everything will be okay and not sound like I'm snapping at someone every time I talk.
I'm trying not to be angry. I'm thankful for the workers out there in the cold, but oh the city. Eight days without power, all the surrounding areas have declared a state of emergency, but not the city of Lansing. Oh no, we're just fine here in Lansing. Sure you can drive down Michigan Ave and see downed power lines down the side streets, eight days after they fell, but that's okay. They'll be back up eventually. It just might take a week or two.
(Pulling myself out of the mini rant...)
This morning I made a little indiegogo account. It's to cover the cost of the motel, food and gas and all the other things that keep popping up. Here is the link for anyone who's interested.
Thank you to anyone who prays or donates or shares. Here's to hoping this will all be over soon: