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Oweee but yummy!

September 26, 2005 Leave a comment

Oysters….
We went over to Port Royal seafood yesterday to buy some fresh scallops. While we were there oysters kinda struck our fancy, so we ordered 2 dozen fresh oysters. Turns out they aren’t selling them by the dozen anymore, due to the shortage caused by hurricane Katrina down in the gulf. They only sell by the bushel or half bushel. I guess if they keep smaller amounts laying around, and don’t sell ’em the same day they go bad, so only sell large quantities. We did manage to talk ’em into a half bushel. So the guy goes out back, and comes back lugging this HUGE burlap sack and slings it in on the counter. Wow – half a bushel of oysters is A LOT!
So we brought this big burlap sack full of oysters home, and decide to shuck ’em. That’s a TON of work! I can see why it costs $7-$8 for those little cans of oysters in the store. It was only $15 for this huge bag of ’em, but you gotta get ’em outa there shell. And those shells are sharp. Our hands are both pretty cut up. Well, after we get them all shucked and eat our fill (baked a bunch on the grill – mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm) I watched a little video on “how to shuck oysters” on the internet. Turns out you’re supposd to either wear gloves or use a towel to protect your hands. Now they tell me.
Anyway – they were good – got some in the freezer all shucked to make oyster stew. Kids didn’t care for ’em but they did at least try them!
Oh, and some other news – Kathryn has headed back to Mississippi as of last night. She and Adam found a little rental on base that is live-able. I guess she missed Adam a little bit, and all the fire ants, palmetto bugs and other critters in Georgia were getting to her (I don’t much care for those creepy crawlies either, but that’s why they make RAID). Haven’t heard from here, dunno what her new phone number is, but I’ll pass it along when I get it.

Until next time…..

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Big Boyz

September 21, 2005 Leave a comment

You have a new Picture Mail
Originally uploaded by baldwinmk.

Yep – they’ve got 2-wheelers now!! I’ll have some pix of them riding around home, it was too dark to get any good pix tonite. They’re super stoked about their bikes though!!!

Until next time…..

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The subject of Love

September 20, 2005 1 comment

Our lives have changed so much that I feel I have to share with everyone. A month ago we packed the moving truck and loaded the kids in the van and drove five hours to a new state and a new house. We left behind everything we had known to start a new life in a new place. Sounds like a real adventure but it sure is scary. Our house is still for sale and money is very tight. On paper it hardly looks like it will work but we are witness that God does provide. Each time it looked like we would fall short God provided what we needed. One of the toughest things to do was to leave friends. I am so thankful to the internet that keeps us in touch with those friends. We found a church on Sunday that is just what we needed. Some powerful and moving sermons are online for everyone to hear. http://pinelevel.pitas.com I am so thankful everyday for all the blessings God has given us. If you know God take a moment and look around at everything God has given you. Look at your children, look at the roof over your head, look at a sunset and look up and praise God for all the beauty that surrounds us everyday. If you don’t know God I beg of you to read his word and hear the words of love and hope that he offers all of us.

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My "little" girl’s not so little anymore

September 6, 2005 Leave a comment

holes in de ears
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Went to Hunting Island again today, third day in a row we spent the day at the beach. You have a new Picture Mail
I lost my sunglasses in the surf yesterday, so on the way home this evening we stopped at WalMart to get some new ones. While we were there, Hannah was eyeing some jewelry. She got a bit upset when we told her she couldn’t get it because it was for pierced ears. We have promised her that she could get her ears pierced when she quit sucking her thumb, which she has done. So…….
Now Hannah has 1 little pink rhinestone in each of her ears. Hannah's new adornements
She didn’t even flinch, let alone scream when the lady did it. In fact after the first one she asked – Is it done? Like nothing had happened. And she also got a “certificate of bravery” to boot. She’s super proud, and they look very pretty! But geez, my little girl’s growing up 😦
The mission to Biloxi to get Kathryn’s stuff was a success, they’re coming home with a trailer loaded to the roof. Damage is about what was described by Adam over the phone. They’ll probably be able to salvage a few things out of the first floor, but anything 4-5 feet and below is a goner.

PS – Ian loves watermelons, he wouldn’t let anything happen to one, even when he’s sound asleep!
You have a new Picture Mail

Until next time…..

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Nice to see……

September 5, 2005 Leave a comment

Someone else agrees with me about the state of things… I can remember growning up, it was not uncommon to help a stranger at the side of the road, or help someone who knocked on your door. Yes, there seem to be more and more people out there trying to take advantage of people’s good nature. But there were people like that “back in the day”; you just kinda had to use your judgement and take a chance. You didn’t just quit helping people completely. I guess since moving back to a small town again, it’s opening my eyes on how we need to look out for each other. It’s hard to take care of an entire big city, but what about your local neighborhood? When we lived in the “big city” in NC, we were part of a smaller community; our church. We did things as that community to help the less fortunate. We helped local people that were victims of house fires, and even people that were just down on their luck due to layoffs, plant closings, etc.
Now here we are faced with the largest natural disaster in US history. Or that’s what they keep spouting on CNN. Whatever. It’s bad. That’s the point. People are homeless/hungry/thirsty/sick, basically in need. While helping the mass of people is too big a job for one person to do, I heard the best suggestion ever the other day. Why not, as a family, or as a group of some sort, adopt one family. Or one neighborhood adopt another neighborhood. Get together clothes, food, money, whatever they need. It’s not hard. It doesn’t matter if they’re white, black, red, purple, green, or plaid. It doesn’t matter if they habla espanol, sprekin zee deutsch (sorry ’bout the spelling), or parlez vouz franceis (again, sorry). They’re all humans. They’re all part of the same species as you and I (unless there’s some aliens reading this; doubtful). Everyone has at least a tiny bit of compassion. It doesn’t take a ton of money, time, but if you do have a lot of either, then give more. If you don’t, give what you can.

Ok, enough of that for today. Hope everyone is doing well, and hopefully enjoying your holiday weekend. Plan to head out to Hunting Island again, that’s become our fave place to hang out on weekends. Might fire up the grill and burn something good too 🙂

Until next time…..

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Random Thoughts

September 4, 2005 Leave a comment

Hey everyone. Just wanted to put down some random thoughts….
Of course, like everyone else, folks down in the gulf area have been on my mind a lot, especially since Kathryn, Adam and Anthony hail from there. Of course Kathryn and Anthony did get out about a day before the storm hit, and are now safe and sound in Georgia. Staying at a campground in a rented camper, she has it 30 days at a time, so all is well. Been watching/reading the news reports out of Nawlin’s and Biloxi, it’s unbelievable how little is left down there. So may people have lost everything: both their “stuff” and so many have lost loved ones. Death toll is climbing by the hour. I think the thing that is disgusting/irritating/infuriating me the most are the people. NOT the looters and people still down there making it hard for the rescuers, yes; they should have evacuated, they shouldn’t be there, etc, etc. It’s just kind of a fact of life that lawlessness will prevail after a tragedy. People will do what they can to survive, and yes, disaster can bring out the worst in people.
No, what’s getting to me are these people on CNN, people posting stuff on the web, and other people complaining “oh, the government needs to do a better job of………”
They need to stop saying “oh the other people, the government, the military, anybody but me needs to……”
GET OFF YOUR BUTT/WALLET/CHECKBOOK AND DO SOMETHING YOURSELF!!!!
Yes the government has been slow to respond, but there are some valid reasons! Some questions I’ve heard, and some of my answers:
Q1) Why can’t supplies be airdropped to these people?
A1.1) Some areas are still flooded. the stuff will float away
A1.2) THERE IS NO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL! If you send 20 helicoptors into the area, how do you keep them from crashing into each other? I don’t think too many people have thought about this. Yes, they did have some AWACS playing air traffic control, but they are limited, and I don’t think civilian aircraft pay much attention to the military airwaves.

Q2) Why aren’t the local authorities doing more to gain order?
A2.1) The local authorities are OVERWHELMED! I have read first hand accounts of NOPD officers being so overwhelmed that they have taken their own lives. The loss of life, property, etc is just too much.

Q3) Why aren’t the dead being “cared for”?
A3.1) This one boggles me the most. Not to sound disrespectful of the dead, but they’re not going anywhere. The focus right now needs to be on the living. The dead will be dealt with shortly. Let’s get the folks that are still with us. Yes it’s horrible, but the military, and the health care community have something that describes this process. TRIAGE. The dead are the last on the list. Sorry, that’s the way it is.

Ok, enough ranting. Here’s a message I sent out to my big list regarding Kathryn and family:

” Hey all – passing along some info about Adam, Kathryn and family. Adam will be moving out of the shelter and into a dorm (barracks). Power is being restored to the base housing, but Adam is afraid of the risk of fire, so he’s gonna just shut the breakers off to their house. Insurance adjuster says they are eligible for up to 40k in losses, so hopefully they’ll have no problem replacing the “stuff” that was lost. That is; the stuff that is replaceable. Dunno if everyone heard, they lost a pickup truck and motorcycle along with most things that remained on the first floor; all the appliances, a lot of clothes, toys etc. Mom (Linda) and Tim are making a day trip down tomorrow to gather up the things that are salveable and move them back to Georgia and get them into climate controlled storage. The problem is: the things that were not damaged by the flood waters are now mildewing/molding due to high humidity in the house. Both from the saturation of the house and just general high humidity due to mother nature. If they can get their things into climate control it should dry out and be ok. The only way that they could get into Biloxi is if they agreed to make a delivery, so they are hauling down 1.5 tons of bleach to help with the cleanup. That’s like 600 gallons or something along those lines. A whole lotta bleach! Anyway, that way they can get down there, drop the bleach and pick up the things from the house that are salvageable. They’re also taking down a video cam so that Anthony can see pix of his “Da-Da” and hear his voice a little more. He gets extremely excited for the short phone calls that they get to make via satellite phone. Apparently Kathryn is putting together a list of things that are needed for her and Anthony. They are fine right now, have plenty of clothes/food/shelter/toys; you know the important stuff. I hear that Martha is setting up an account in Big Flats to take donation for them – Thank you! I talked to her briefly last night, she really didn’t mention she needed anything, but we’re gonna send down some items to occupy her time. Kathryn enjoys sewing, cross-stitching, and I know she’s quite the artist in general. Anthony is into Elmo and Barney (EW!!!). They are in fairly tight quarters, so they can’t hold a whole TON of stuff, but small stuff I’m sure will be appreciated. Talk to y’all later!!”

Until next time…..

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