This has been a real ride this last week and just crazy and stressful. First there was the aftershocks. So. Many. Aftershocks! We topped up over 3,000 yesterday, I think. Up until a couple of days ago the aftershocks were just constant, which kept me in a constant state of shot nerves. I finally slept downstairs last night instead of bedding down on the son's floor on a pile of blankets and I still felt unease about it. Nerve wracking doesn't even BEGIN to cover it.
Then there was the son's stomach bug, which turned out to be a nearly week long affair (I called his pediatrician and I guess it's a nasty bug going around), so that was fun with a broken toilet.
I got so dehydrated on Friday just from not thinking to drink much and then not having water available TO drink (my emergency water somehow surfed from my pantry, across the hallway and was jammed over by the hot water heater in the laundry room) that by the time I went to the doctor on Monday I had a pretty significant urinary tract infection and kidney infection. I didn't realize how badly it was effecting my ability to think until the nurse asked me if I was on the keto diet (as I had worrisome amounts of protein in my urine) and I couldn't remember what that was and other things that I should have known, but for the life of me couldn't remember. Just as an aside I want to thank you all for your donations to my paypal as due to that generosity I was able to pay for that doctor's visit and BOY did I need it!
Then there was the home owner's insurance. Which turned out to be as useful as a screen door on a submarine. I went from calling them Friday and them telling me to put things on credit card and take plenty of pictures and they'd get an adjuster out to confirm damages to calling them on Monday and them acting like I was insane for even thinking that I might be covered for earthquakes in an earthquake zone. The insurance is going to cover 100% nothing. I broke down for a while after getting off the phone with them and then tried to think of what else to do.
At least my husband's classic car insurance through Hagherty was worth something. It sounds like they are going to fix my husband's car, which at least we have that going for us. We had a guy show up and take pictures day before yesterday and they are getting quotes from body shops and things.
|Cracks, cracks everywhere.|
We told them about the hot water heater as it kept going out for no reason after the earthquake and wasn't cycling right. You had to actually drain the tank to get it to refill and fire. It finally just out and out quit night before last. So we went and bought a new hot water heater on the house account and my husband installed it yesterday. I have to say it was nice being able to take a shower for the first time since the earthquake (I had been running lukewarm baths for the kids instead of worrying about showers and using up what little hot water we'd have for the day doing that).
My mom called and told us she'd bought us a toilet and we could pick it up at Home Depot. I cried when she told me that. As gifts go that was one of the most heartfelt gifts I'd ever received. My best friend bought me a new canner. That also brought tears. Blog readers paypal donations came in with different messages of encouragement...more tears. Thank you, everyone. I can't say that enough.
I finally got courageous enough to go and check the outbuildings yesterday. I found a miracle while there. We had foam insulation left over from building the chicken coop and my husband had put it in the shed so it was protected from the wind. I don't know how that foam insulation fell in such a way to protect the lawn mower, but it did. I was so grateful when I found that as there was NO way we could have afforded to replace the lawn mower (seen up top).
The 40 ft van was bad, but not as bad as I'd fear it would be. Some of my family heirlooms might have survived from the look of it, but it's going to be a while before I can get back into the van to fully check the damage as it's going to take a lot of work to get through all of that.
The other two outbuildings, though, are gone. The shed actually sank/shifted and bulged it's sides out and the barn cracked the main roof supports in the quake. We're just going to worry about demolishing them later. That's all we can really do at this point.
On top of everything else, Mother Nature decided to have a version of, "Hold my beer" when it came to Alaska. Friday we had the quake. Saturday we got 60 mph gusts of wind. Temperature went up to unseasonably warm weather which melted snow, quickly tanked the temperatures to create wonderful amounts of ice and then dumped about 8 inches of snow on us. All in a couple of days. So, I'd like to apologize to any neighbors who might read this and ended up in possession of pieces of our gutters as I didn't have the opportunity to clean them up before they blew away.
Cleaning has been slow and hard. Having a sick son and me being sick on top of it just didn't help me out much, never mind the aftershocks and things. But, I'm getting there.
The mice in the pantry ended up being a blessing in disguise as I didn't have much food to lose compared to how it would have been. I did end up losing a bunch more jars and food, but due to the shelves being away from the walls and all of the jars being stored with their rings on and in boxes with high sides...I didn't lose too much there, which was a miracle.
It took me days to get the kitchen in enough order to actually cook in it again and I'm still cleaning and working on it. We ate out a LOT this last week, which we just put on credit card and will deal with later as we really didn't have much of a choice. Poor Alvah has been freaking out in his own way since the quake and one of the main things he desperately wanted was to do was get McDonald's french fries for every meal once his stomach let him keep them down. I think it's because McDonald's is familiar and comforting to him.
Both of the kid's schools are still closed and will hopefully open at the end of this coming week. The head of education for the state came out and said that the kids will not have to make up the school that was lost due to the quake, so we'll see how it effects second quarter grades once the kids get back to school. In a way I am dreading the kids going back to school as I don't know if I'm ever going to be okay with letting them out of my sight for the rest of my natural life, but I also realize how important it is for the kids to get their lives back to normal as much as possible during this entire mess.
I've had a couple of people e-mail me and ask me if I had a wish list on Amazon yet on items we still needed so they could help out in small ways. I just wanted to say I'm working on it. I'm compiling lists as I go along and will put one on Amazon when I can. Honestly I think that's going to be the best way for ME to keep track of everything that I need to replace. I lost a lot of spices and herbs and such. Bright side is that my everyday plates and bowls (well some of them anyway) were in the dishwasher when the quake hit, so I have plates that are a bit chipped and things, but usable.
As things go that life can throw at you, this one is financially devastating on a level I hoped to never have to deal with. So much for paying off bills and getting ahead *deep sigh*. I'm just grateful as it could have been so much worse as there are others up here who are. We have a bunch of homes in Jewel Lake that are being condemned due to earthquake damage, people lost their homes to fire and aren't covered because the fire was due to the earthquake, etc.