Day # 8

Today was day #8 but after a while all the days have just been blending together. Last Monday, we were hit with a Derecho. What is a Derecho? In my world, it was a severe storm that came out of nowhere, lasted forever, ripped my city to shreds, and created a major mess.

I’ve lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa my whole life and I’ve never experienced anything like I’ve experienced last Monday. Luckily, I was at my parents house so I could help them, as their house is surrounded by trees, or used to be.

Watching their neighbor’s tree fall on his garage, marked the beginning of the event. It escalated to my father’s tree falling apart branch-by-branch. Then, came the noises. Watching out their large picture window, a large section came sailing towards me, breaking through the window, sending glass, rain, and debris into their house. My father and I spent the rest of the storm, bracing a quilt to the exposed window. The wind throwing us back and forth as the rain soaked the quilt and the debris tried to make its way inside. Stupid decision? Perhaps, but in my mind, I was thinking of what the wind and rain would do, if it worked it’s way inside. My arms were getting tired and I couldn’t get any traction on the floor (bare feet on broken glass)but my adrenaline rush was off the chart!

When it finally died down, the destruction was everywhere. Inside, outside, their house, our house, the neighbors, the street, the city! Every, I mean every block in Cedar Rapids had damage. Every light was out! No electricity, no street lights. Trees down everywhere. Trees on houses, on electric wires, on cars, on everything. 100 year- old trees down. Trees laying on their sides, grass, roots and all. A- 10 minute drive home took 25 minutes, as streets were blocked with debris, electric wires, whole trees lying across them, and with people coming out to clean up.

It’s a Derecho, and we’re slowly, very slowly putting our lives back together. We’ve got people cooking on their grills, feeding whoever shows up for free food, drink on their sidewalks and driveways. We have giveaways setup throughout the city, volunteers ready to deliver if you can’t drive in. Anything you need? Call the number and someone will try to help you. We have individuals driving in to help now, we’re getting electricians from around the country and Canada to get us back up on the grid. We are so thankful! This is people helping people, this is Iowa.

We haven’t got our electricity back on yet. We’re plugged into our neighbors generator (sharing it) as we’ve let others use our generators right now. We’ve got some damage to our house but others have it much worse. We’re fighting this Derecho amongst this Covid outbreak and now, with most of schools damaged, the forecast for the beginning of school has been determined.

This has been a learning experience. I love how our community has come together when our leaders didn’t. Our neighbors have been wonderful and relying on them and socializing with them after a long day, is priceless. Being outside and not connected to our electric devices, makes you appreciate nature again. It makes me realize that you just never know, be prepared!

Damaged home
Parents side yard
Picture window
Trees like these are all over the city

Book Mail

When I arrived home from vacation, I had received two packages in the mail.  I always wait to open them last, after opening all the other mail.  They were both books and the covers on them were fantastic!  

The book, The Only Good Indians, I won from Bookish First.  I fell in love with this book the minute I read the synopsis, way back when.   Black Leopard, Red Wolf sounds very interesting with a shape-shifter and a mixture of other different individuals tracking down a missing child.  This book has mixed reviews and it’s huge, at least for me it is, with 640 pages.  I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I had planned on reading more on vacation and I did bring lots more books with me, I think I brought more books than clothes this year. I wanted to catch up on my ARC’s and just relax but that was hard when someone was talking to you when you’re trying to read. Oh well, you live and you learn. I did love all the books I read on vacation this year, I ended bringing them all home so I could share them with family and friends.

Game of Thrones – Duty Free Store

As always, on our way home from vacation, we stopped at the Duty Free Store, and we came across some unique bottles. This so happens to be my favorite brand but I only bought one of these unique bottles as I had already had my heart set on another of their bottles before I even walked into the store. I had to take some pictures though, as I loved how these bottles came together to make these pictures.

The sales clerk gave us a sample from the White Walker, which we both liked, so this is the bottle we bought. The White Walker bottle changes color when it’s cold. My husband is big Game of Thrones guy and this scotch is my favorite, so purchasing these sets in the future might be an option. I know there are some Game of Throne fans out there so I thought you might enjoy these.

It’s a Mystery

Black Dog (Assiniboine)
Expedition of 1913
Mary Agnes Crispin
Northern Arapahoe
Expedition of 1913

I went to an Estate Sale a couple weekends ago looking for a few cheap baking dishes as once a month, a group of us women, bake a meal for a women’s shelter and I like to find dishes that I can just leave for them to keep. While I was there, I came across some pictures.  They really caught my eye and the woman, running the sale wanted someone to buy them besides the worthless (she used stronger words) antique dealers who were coming back on half price day to finish buying all her good stuff. Boy, she hated those antique dealers!! I didn’t want to tell her that I have had a few of them in my family over the years. 

Anyways, she said the pictures were originals. The homeowner and her had bought them at a Pow Wow, many years ago in a town not far from here.  She had them priced really cheap, which I thought was strange, but she wanted to sell them before the dealers came back.  I didn’t really care if they were originals, I just like them. I really didn’t have room on my walls for them but then, she said she’d sell them to me for half off, if I’d take them.  I left after buying some dishes but then later returned and bought them.  I rearranged some pictures and now, they look really good in my basement. 

I remember playing with Johnny, Jane, & Josie West when I was younger.  There was a Chief Cherokee Indian in the set along with some horses, other figures and accessories.  I loved that set!  I wasn’t one to play with Barbies but I loved this set and I have always wondered what happened to this set. Hum?   Does anyone else remember this? 

She told me there was a book by Joseph Dixon but one of the dealers bought it. That is the guy who took pictures of Native Americans in the early 1900’s and who also took these pictures.  Now that I have these pictures, I’m interested in Dixon and these two individuals. There is some information on the back of the pictures which I’m trying to research which hasn’t turned up any good leads. 

Joseph Dixon did write The Vanishing Race  in 1913 which has a few additions. I’m looking at reading a version of it on Google Books which has it for free. The pictures inside the book are fantastic!  I’m sure I’ll learn a great deal about the Native Americans in 1913. 

Now, let me introduce to you:  Black Dog (Assiniboine) 1913  and Mary Agnes Crispin (Northern Arapahoe) 1913.  Aren’t they amazing?   

Book mail

I love it when my mail includes a package! Thank you St. Martin Press and Katherine for this gorgeous novel. As I read the title, I realized my “things” have changed over the years. I can’t wait to see what Katherine has written.  # thingsyousavebook

Mysteries in the Mail

I received some great new mysteries in the mail this week. Charlie Donlea is a new author for me and I love mysteries. Thank you Kensington Publishing Corp.for bringing Charlie to my house. (I think, my Charlie wanted in on the action) #SomeChooseDarkness

Library Pickup

Picked this up from the library today and I am so excited to read it! I was showing everyone before I left what a great book it was . I was so excited, I drove halfway home before I realized I didn’t do any of my errands so, I had to turn around and head back out. This is why I don’t read many series, the anticipation kills me 🙂 Has anyone else read the first book in this series, Endling The Last?