When I last posted, we were dealing with a car accident battery replacement problem with our 2007 Prius, my grandma was doing a little worse in a skilled nursing facility, my grandparents were moving the weekend I left into a skilled nursing apartment sort of set up, and the weather was sunny here near Houston, TX. We headed out for our cruise April 16.
Well, on April 18, we docked in Key West, FL and I turned on my cell phone to check on my grandma. Instead I get message after message about major storms and flooding in and around Houston, including the actual area north-ish of Houston where we live and where our rental house is located. Crap. And a tornado touched down a mile from our house. Oh crap. And more rain was coming. Crap, crap, crap.
And my grandma wasn’t waking up from a nap that morning even though they were planning on moving that afternoon. Well, hell…
And we set sail from Key West that evening and headed towards the Bahamas. I turned off my phone.
The rest of the cruise was awesome and stressful at the same time. I enjoyed my vacation but my grandma and my homes were on my mind. I just kept sending out the best wishes in the world for some good karma to see us through.
We enjoyed a hop-on-and-off guided trolley tour of Key West (especially getting to walk through a wild life rehabilitation center, seeing the wild roosters and hens everywhere, and eating a sloppy joe at Sloppy Joe’s), did a little souvenir shopping in the Bahamas, hung out on the ship, and ate all of the things – totally ate and ate and ate. 🙂
We only did one excursion this time, the Behind the Fun Tour. We got led around the parts of the ship that passengers generally don’t get to see – like the crew hang out areas like their dining rooms and bar, the show stage, the control room, the food storage areas, the galley, the Steakhouse, and the bridge with the captain. It was pretty cool. The main Chef of the whole ship heard me ask about a couple of discontinued menu items (their strawberry bisque and a chocolate bread pudding) and actually had them made for us to eat at that night’s dinner!!! Too cool!
Overall, a relaxing cruise – exactly what we planned and needed.
Life is Good
We got back the morning of April 23 and I turned on my phone as we were docking.
My grandma had woken up later the same evening of her scare, and she and my grandpa had been moved as planned.
My house wasn’t flooded or damaged by tornados. Our rental house wasn’t flooded or blown away either. My best friend and roommate, Mandy, had taken care of the pet sitting changes because of the flood and guarded our cats. Heck, she spent several hours in the under-the-stairs closet with her dog and our cat who joined them during the tornado scare. Thank you, Mandy!
*BIG SIGH OF RELIEF*
Just FYI – The Crazy Flooding
These are the pictures and a video I found when I got back depicting the flooding that was close to our home and rental home. Seriously, these places are between our two houses. We have eaten at these restaurants and drive past these places pretty regularly. My heart goes out to everyone who ended up not being as lucky as us with the water…
And here is a Youtube video I found of the area right around our rental home. Literally within a mile. We got so freaking lucky. Yes, you can see a boat zooming along what is usually the road I drive between our two houses.
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