None of this is funny but when I talk to my mom, I always end up laughing at the way she tells the story . . but I don’t let her know I’m laughing.
When they first evacuated before the storm hit, they went somewhere near San Antonio with my niece and her family. I think they stayed there three or four nights. That was probably five or six hours from home. Once the storm passed, they were able to get a place near Houston, which put them closer to home because they still were thinking they’d get to go home soon. They stayed there a few nights, then got a generator or two (not a whole house generator) and went back to their home. There’s a mini-split a/c and a bathroom in mom’s sewing room that’s in a separate building so they were going to stay in there. During the first night, the a/c wasn’t cooling. My dad thought it was because he had too much hooked up to one generator but the next day they decided to call an a/c guy out.
In the meantime, the power came back on at my grandparent’s farm so mom and dad went up there and stayed a few nights. The a/c guy went to their house, said the mini-split needed something, fixed it . . for $190 my mom said. They stayed at the farm for another night or two and decided they should go home and live with the generator and mini-split. That was Tuesday. I talked to them yesterday and they were back at the farm because the mini-split again quit working during the night.
So . . mom and dad went to San Antonio, then Houston, then Lake Charles, then north Louisiana, then Lake Charles and now back in north Louisiana. I’m sure they just want to be home. That’s what I’d be wishing for about now . . and probably about 10 days ago.
I feel really bad for everyone in that part of Louisiana – especially the elderly, and people with children. It’s bad enough for adults to be having to eat MREs but I’m sure kids are getting really tired of that and having no TV or computer.
Mom said they’re still saying four weeks til they get power back. I think everyone is going to be really lucky if they have power back in four weeks.