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Taking Precautions to Be Safe

Back Home in Texas May 27, 2016

A crash of thunder, which seemed only inches away jolted me out of bed. In the living room of the RV, I found Chris scrutinizing the weather station. Although the rain had only fallen for about an hour, radar indicated threats of more flooding in the Austin area. “Is water pooling out back?” I asked. A flash of lightning illuminated water encroaching the back of our property. What should we do? Sit it out? Move to higher ground?

Earlier in the day, we had hit the ground with enthusiasm, eager to get work done on what remains of our property and to make a few packing changes in the RV. Joshua trimmed bushes to make it easier for Chris to park in our driveway. Our son-in-law, Todd used much of his day off to increase our amps from 30 to 50, Chris met with an insurance adjuster, and I pulled weeds in the yard. (Yes, I realize pulling weeds seems a little foolish but that’s what I did.)

Around 9:30 PM, I crawled into bed with a good book feeling satisfied that we had accomplished a lot. Now, once again we sat contemplating a potentially dangerous situation with water.

And so, with not a lot of hesitation, we agreed to unhitch and move to a higher location. In sheets of pouring rain, claps of thunder, and flashes of lightning, Chris detached the hoses and electricity as I secured objects, which I had only put in place hours earlier.

Midnight found us sitting in the parking lot of the community clubhouse. I recalled wondering if retirement would be boring. What a silly question that turned out to be!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The sun came up and we returned to the driveway next to our damaged house. Unless threatened again by flooding, we will remain here in the RV until our next trip.


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