Monday, August 28, 2017

Oh My God!

Well I spent last week running, trying to get the horses and myself to a place of safety. I spent the weekend worrying over my family and friends back in Katy, hoping that things would be alright after all Katy is my home.

Well it was. Katy is pretty much gone folks, my parent's place was destroyed as was my sister's home and my oldest brother's home as well. Between then they lost some 20 cattle and almost a dozen horses, and 2 dogs, no family members were hurt thank god. But everyone was in a shelter until yesterday when they were able to get out and head towards Amarillo, we have family there as well and everyone is gathering there.

The disaster of everything though is what happened where I live. Last Thursday it was getting ugly and we knew the storm was coming directly for us so that was why we packed up the horses and their gear and grabbed as much stuff as we could stuff into our trucks. The thing is, we were the only ones that left, every one else was going to ride out the storm. Turns out that wasn't a very good decision.

I found out this morning that a lot of people decided Friday morning that getting the hell out of Dodge sounded like a good idea, the problem was that they should have left when we did. I have spoken with my boss today, finally, and while she and her family are fine our community was completely destroyed. The water is over my porch roof because of how close to the lake my house was, the barn is under water as well. All of the major buildings have been turned into splinters. The pictures she sent me today were from yesterday, they were enough to make you cry.

The worst bit were the number of people she says are in hospital, some are in pretty bad shape. Strangers and people I am friends with as well, I am just shattered. Fortunately, so far no one has died, I hope it stays that way. I wish I could do something to help, anything, but I just don't know what I can do. I feel a bit like a coward having run out before the storm got there, but we had to be sure the horses were safe. Perhaps the thing I could do, I don't know.

Basically, I have lost everything that isn't in my truck, one pair of boots, some clothes, a couple of toys, my western saddle and my aging old laptop. All of my dressage tack and my show boots, my furniture, my picture albums, my box of letters I have been adding to since I was 13, all f my grandmother's china and silver, everything I owned is gone. Again. The only difference is I had nothing to do with it this time.

My former employer has called me and offered me a job and a bed until things work out, and I may do that at least for a while. It has been a long time since I have seen California. But before I can do that, I have to go buy myself a horse trailer and head towards Amarillo and my family.

And before I do that I have to go sit with my horse and cry for a while. I hope all of you are well.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Safe and Dry

I just wanted to post a quick note to say I am both safe and dry. We beat feet out of Katy yesterday when it became clear that we were going to be the landing zone for Harvey. Three trucks full of horses and us and we have camped out near Midland. That should be far enough away from the carnage. I just hope we have someplace to go home to when all is said and done.

Think happy (and dry!) thoughts for all of us.