Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Ack ~ I'm so behind!!  I've really been slacking on the blogger front.  I will be around to check in with all of you soon. We have been SO busy, which I guess is a good thing.  

Marching band season ended with a bang.  Their final performance at District Marching Festival was one of the best yet. Check out the coolest 'wave effect' ever.  Wind prevented them from doing it at all the other marching events, so it was their last chance and the weather was finally perfect. The show was entitled "Voices of Atlantis" so they were underwater.  


Valerie also auditioned for Senior High Honor band and got 6th chair!  Not bad over all. She also made it through and qualified for the second round of All-State Honor band auditions.  The second round is in January and I think she has a good shot at finally making it this year.  Fingers crossed.  

Meanwhile, Veronica is auditioning for the same in choir next week.  I'm sure she will make District Honor choir, but All-State Honor Choir is tough to get in to.  The audition song is in latin and is SO hard!  Her whole choir class is such chaos.  The long time choir director just up and quit, so the replacement is a general music teacher and cannot sing.  She's doing the best she can teaching music theory, but she is totally lost on anything vocal related. 

In a crazy series of back to back events...   my dryer went out.  The water heater went out.  Clint's truck battery exploded under the hood.  Then his transmission went out.  It took weeks to fix because the Ford dealership couldn't get the part with the microchip in it.  Hoping that's the end of the broken stuff for a while.  

Hurricane recovery is on-going.  There's still a lot of places closed and some just aren't coming back at all.  It would have been a good time to go dumpster diving with all the stores that threw everything away!!  Even one off the Walmarts threw their ENTIRE inventory in dumpsters.  FEMA has finally showed up and there are FEMA trailers everywhere.  Debris trucks are making the rounds but it's slow going.  I still have my fence and a tree sitting by the road in front of my house.  This is what the trucks look like.  The driver sits in the chair in the middle and operates the claw and drops the debris in the truck.  They're like giant 'claw' games.  They are huge!




And Y'ALL!!!!!  I SAVED MOST OF MY CEILINGS!!!!  I was looking at painting them since the sheetrock was just stained with water marks and not sagging or anything.  I really didn't want to rip all of that out if there was another way.  I ran across some suggestions - kiltz, then paint, etc.  A suggestion to try before painting if you had white ceilings was to mix bleach and water and to lightly mist the water spots.  It worked!!!!!!!!   My bedroom ceiling is likely too far gone, but I saved us so much time, aggravation, and money in the rest of the house. Y'all have no idea how excited I was when this worked.  

before: 
  


Sprayed with bleach/water:

It dried and the spot disappeared!!!  


Let there be lights!  Our Christmas light show is definitely happening.  We could not do Halloween because we were waiting on our roof replacement.  So many people asked about Christmas, so we've spent the last couple of weeks setting everything up. We left the lights off the gables because of the missing siding, but the rest of the lights are set up and almost ready to go.  


Time has just passed me by and it doesn't feel like November at all.  Thanksgiving is going to be just the four of us and pretty low key.  I'm cooking a ham, turkey, and all the trimmings because that's what you're supposed to do, right?  It definitely doesn't feel like a holiday.  The kids are helping me a little bit in the kitchen today.  School's break was cut short due to all the time they missed, so they only have 3 days off instead of the whole week. 

 Enjoy your day and make lots of memories with your families.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!  

Monday, November 01, 2021

Trick-or-treat!

I don't know where September or October went.  It's usually one of my favorite times of year but these past months are just a blur.  Halloween was really low key.  I barely set out any of my inside decorations.  Clint managed to put up a last minute small light show just for Trick-or-treating.  None of us had a real costume for the first time in years!  We did squeeze in several spooky movie nights throughout the month so there's that.  (And yes, my kids might be too old for trick or treating but they went anyway!)









On a different note:







Progress!!!  We had a new roof installed on October 18.  That's as far as we have gotten with repairs.  Most contractors are so busy and have months long waiting lists.  I don't want just anyone to do it because I want it done right the first time. We will get to the sheetrock and fence eventually.  We don't have to worry about the roof leaking any longer so the rest can wait.

School opened back up October 4.  The kids have so much time to make up after being out for five weeks.  The calendar was adjusted, so most holiday breaks will be very short. School will go into the summer also.  It is what it is at this point and at least our high school was able to open.

Marching band!!!  Yay band!!  Valerie has been working super hard.  The entire marching show had to be re-written once again due to time constraints. It was paired down to the bare minimum because there was just no time to learn it.  Plus, a lot of families are displaced or have left the area so the band lost a few members.  This past weekend they travelled to McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA for their first marching competition in two years.  They stole the show.  Even with all the setbacks and everything that has happened here, they took home Grand Champions and "best of" in a whole bunch of other categories.  Maybe they got the sympathy vote - who knows!  But these kids have lost so much and needed something good to happen. 



   


 

Veronica's just as busy and keeping me busy.  Her dancing school opened back up last week.  She's rehearsing after school to audition for All-State Honor Choir. She also signed up for Performing Arts Club (drama club) and should find out what part she will get in the spring play any day now. 

So it will still be a long while before things are completely normal again, BUT I am so happy we have a good bit of "normal life" happening!!   

Hope you all are doing well....  I'll be around to catch up soon.