Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

Like the state of the Nation, the state of my bog could be rather depressing, when I check what my top posts are.  So, here they are in order. 

Top Posts

Viggo Mortensen – 99.9% perfect

Update on Brown County Indiana floods-tornados

Floods in Brown County, Indiana

Chemistry of Photography-Thursday, prints-Friday, Chemistry Painting

Pringles Can Pinhole Cameras

Film Canister Pin Hole Camera

Ben Stein and his FLDS comments

Update on Central Indiana flooding 

And, the meaning of all this is that if it was not for Viggo Mortensen, Flooding, photography and Ben Stein and his idiot comments about the FLDS, I might not have any readers at all. 

All I can say is, thank you again Viggo Mortensen.

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It is time to revisit search terms.  Now, I could go for the thrill here and just give Viggo Mortensen the award, but he is actually not on top.  Even though he is 99.9% perfect and he always seems to be my most popular post. 


As of October 30th, my all time most popular search term (not me searching, I assure you – this is for finding my blog) is —- drum roll please —   FLDS.  How interesting that people are so fascinated with these odd, brainwashed/washing people.  I suppose that, within reason, it could be any of us born to this group, indoctrinated by these people and now living a 1700’s style life.  After all, my daughter and eight grandchildren are, although without the wierd hair, but with a head covering. It’s one of those “There but for the grace of God, go I” things.  We see their bun-on-top hairstyle and prairie dresses and their men dressed in modern clothing, and we just have to go: WHY!  Why would anyone let another human being tell them how to dress and how to live their life.  It’s like the men are playing some wierd drinking game.


            “Okay, you get a shot if you can make your wife fix her hair in the most outlandish style possible.”

            “Yeah, but I bet you can’t make your wife wear a prairie dress for thirty days.” 


My second most popular search is for “viggo mortensen girlfriend.”  I really had no idea I was going to have so much competition for the man.  Back off, ladies.  I know that Lyda at  Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine and the Needles of Doom likes him.  Who wouldn’t?  He is intelligent, soft spoken, artistic and speaks his mind, ie “No Blood for Oil”.  I admire him and I am sticking to that line too.  Out of 49 search terms, six versions of Viggo Mortensen were used to reach my blog.


Third:  camera obscura.    This is so cool!  I love turning a room into a camera obscura and I think it is a great way to teach a class how a camera lens work.  EMT is currently taking black and white darkroom in his photography class and loves it.  I have safe lights, trays and paper but I left my enlarger back in Wyoming.  Unfortunately, moving trucks do not have the expanding propertys of the Weasley’s Ford Anglia. Ford Anglia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaWhich is a shame as he loves the darkroom at school and I miss developing.  My other painting links on photography are chemistry, painting with fix and developer, film canister pinhole, Pringles can pinhole,


The fourth most popular search I have is flooding; in Nashville, in Brown County, in Indiana, in Lowell and several other variations.  I would have thought that, with elections and all else that has happened in the world, the floods would be low in search terms.  Although, I was emailed some photos from Hessville/Hammond flooding and it was amazing.  The water was up to the underpass. 


My other search terms, in order of hits, are:

crazy aunt purl – gotta love that girl   Crazy Aunt Purl


bradshaw state jail –  I just knew I should not have allowed that link through, because it often includes other words which shall not be written here.. 


david vanvleck – This is my brother, but apparently a lot of other people’s brothers names, or he had way more friends than I knew.  So far the searchers choose to remain anonymous.


Million dollar weddings: It’s a wedding year for me with the marriage of two great nieces and the first wedding of my Army grandson.


Thong accidents and Daughter’s first thong:  I still think this is just so wrong, in so many ways.  Ehuwww!


Reaction about the film labyrinth:  A great film; sticks with you.


Wake up in strange land:  Thank you, I don’t feel so alone now.


Frozen brownie: Hope they get the book, as it is so funny.  Tell Me Lies  Jennifer Crusie’s Bibliography


Windows Mojave stupid: Yes, it is and now if Microsoft would just admit it and send us a disc to put Windows XP on the computer, we would be so eternally a Windows fan but I am fast  considering a Mac.

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Since the President has approved fourteen more Indiana counties for federal assistance, I thought this might be a good time for an update.  The counties approved are Adams, Brown, clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Owen, Rush, Shelby and Sullivan.

Brown County is no longer under a boil water order. I phoned the Water Utility yesterday. They had just received their latest test results and we are all clear. With six people in the house over 18, that is a huge relief. I was washing and rinsing dishes with bleach water and trying to keep up with the miniature ants who have invaded our home. Seems the rain has really driven them above ground and into our home. I have also found a new use for Bleach water, but I imagine I hear their little ant selves screaming as it touches them. 

It is amazing all the affects a flood can have.  Southern Indiana Hospitals have lost 600 units of blood, it is estimated. So, Columbus is having a blood drive. They are holding it at the City Hall, 123 Washington. It started Friday and runs from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday, June 14, 2008.

The Columbus Regional hospital is shut down. They are paying employees for a two week period while they, the hospital, works to clean the mud and muck out of the basement. Jim Bickel, CEO of the hospital will conduct a press conference at 2 p.m. today to cover the steps needed for re-opening the facility.

Road closings for Columbus are at the bottom of this post.

In Brown County,  the Health Department is offering free Tetanus shots.  They are waiting on assessments from outside their department that will evaluate structural components of homes before they can declare a home as habitable.

The highway department is clearing culverts and repairing bridges, as well as several roads that have been damaged. The Sheriff’s department has increased patrols in affected areas to deter potential looters. All residents are asked to keep an eye on dams in the county (not for looting, but for leaks) as they travel, and DNR representatives are currently in the county inspecting “high hazard dams.” And, there goes two more ants and I am in the front room.  It beats the hundreds in the kitchen.

This is the site for Nashville, Indiana’s Tornado & Flood Information Page Nashville Indiana Flood and Tornado Issues

And, last, is Martinsville.  Mom was under a severe storm warning again yesterday and a flood warning. The rain wasn’t as severe as expected, thank goodness. South Elementary School, homes in Fraker’s Trailer Court and Lavanian Trailer Court were under several feet of water six days ago. Today, the water has receeded and residents now face clean up.

There is a great story on the flooding from the perspective of one of the Williamsburg Colonial Apartments residents as they wake up, that morning, to pounding on their door and one inch of water changes to 3 inches in 10 minutes. Flood victims struggle to cope with stress is the link to the report in the Reporter-Times of Martinsville.  A few hours later, the water was chest high as a former bar bouncer carried children through the water to higher ground.  The apartments were eventually under five feet of water.

Recovery is beginning in Central Indiana, but it is a long road. Most homeowners do not have flood insurance and FEMA offers low cost interest loans. We are so lucky we did not lose our home. We have a mortgage, no flood insurance, and if our home had been lost, we do not have the income to take on a loan to rebuild, in addition to the mortgage. I’m thankful that, other than some water in the basement, and loss of carpets and a mattress, our main problem is the tiny ants who have taken up residence.

Roads closed in Bartholomew County (Columbus)  include:

500N east of Road 825E (Schaefer Lake dam)

900E between North & East Lake Shore Drives

620 N between 900E to 1000E

775E between Hope Corp. Limits and 800N

800N between State Road 9 and Road 670E

250W just south of Lowell Road

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I have written often about my favorite things. Today, I am reminded of some of the “less than great” things in life. 

Such as: Being evacuated from our Wyoming home due to fires all around. You sit in a local diner, food you can’t eat in front of you and eyes glued to the tv. All you can do is sit and try not to think about what might await you back home. Sitting at the Red Cross is even worse. This is especially true when someone comes in and says, “The fire is at Jade Street now, and you live on Jade Street. 

Even worse was not being let back up to your road, because the fires are up there, and knowing your elderly mother was in the home alone when the fires struck. Then, you just sit in the pull over by the closest point you can, to your house, and wait. She was okay and we did not lose our home in any of the numerous times we were evacuated.

We are living in Indiana now, where there have been a lot of tornados this year. Right now, we are at the eldest daughter’s home, in South Bend, having a wonderful time celebrating her youngest boys high school graduation.  We partied with neighbors and friends and sat and giggled around the campfire last night. Then, one of the boys came out and told us about the floods in Brown County, where we live.

Friends have called him on his cell phone and tell us that a town eight miles from us is evacuated and towns all around us are flooded. My mother lives in senior housing in a nearby town that is being evacuated and I cannot get through to her.  

At times like this, it is natural for a person to sit and think, what would be the worse thing to lose. I cannot replace my uncle’s violin. I am learning to play and I love that violin.  My photos are all in Rubbermaids so they might be safe. But, others have lost their home and I don’t know what the status of ours is. For now, I just wish everyone was safe. I have a dear friend in Brown County who is near an area of heavy flooding and I just hope she is safe also.

We are scheduled to leave tomorrow. The internet sites tell us NOT to call the State Police for travel routes, so we look at what news articles we can find and try to plot a path to our home, if one is still open. We have a boy who has school tomorrow and another scheduled to work.  That is, if town isn’t flooded. Life goes on. At least in some sense it does.

I will let you know how it turns out, in the meantime, I wish you safety. Stay dry.

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