Highway 431 Blog

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Planting Time ::

This is the time of year when I get the itch to plant seeds in my garden. I tilled yesterday, but today's rain has spoiled my plans for a few more days 'til the ground dries again. In anticipation I ran over to D&D Greenhouses earlier this afternoon and picked up 8 tomato plants along with 4 pepper plants so that I'll be ready when the ground is right. I'll wait a few minutes to pick up okra and corn seeds, but they have a good supply.

Oh yeah, all of those tomato and pepper plants cost me a total of $6.98.

Getting Back To Normal ::

We were lucky not to have any damage from last week's tornadoes. I was at work when the really damaging storms went through and apparently at least 2 and possibly 3 passed near the house raining debris from the sky. We were without power until late Sunday afternoon, but that was the least of the problems. At least one family that I know well lost their entire home down around Arab and another had at least major damage to his home over in Limestone County. Part of his house collapsed on his car which is a total loss.

I'm afraid that the damage will take months, at least, to be cleared and for the recovery to be fully realized. Hear are some photographs of what Richard and Ginger's place in the Hogjaw section of Arab looks:

Richard, Ginger and my godson, Tre are living in the tent and travel trailer for right now. Here's a photo of that:

Their church, relatives, and friends are helping them out with labor, food, and water right now and I will make the trip back down there in a couple of days to help replenish their supplies. Their spirits are high and they're handling the situation very well!