hmm. every time i submit something new, either a journal entry or post art, it seems the format has changed. a little each time. its hard to keep up with but i might just be bitching, its a must to comply to dA's standards to be a part of this site... so what could be so hard with keeping up with the times, right?
but times have been getting rough. and they will get even rougher. even the most well off are feeling the strain now. the government shutdown has ended...or only delayed until next year. extending the debt ceiling, or something. i keep hearing that mentioned. Lavenderland has little to do with earthly politics, even though it subsists on the nation's kindness. the state of the rest of the world is observed and recorded as the foreshadowing of what is to come.
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the snows from Winter Storm Atlas have finally almost melted. i've heard it referred to as a 'freak' storm. well it certainly happened quick. the power went out all over town, transformers may have blown. in the complete dark of the house, we heard ice-laden wind roar and angry, eerie thunder outside in the freezing dusk. we had to light candles, had almost no batteries for backup lights. the stove and the fridge went out, but we at least had running water still. when the television stayed on long enough, we saw Civil Emergency declared for our area.
about 5 or so days later, when all of us ventured outside(my husband and his little brother had already been out, had to trek through the snowy wastes, no car, even SUV's could make it through the weather. our station wagon wouldn't have stood a chance), my husband remarked that it was practically like orbital bombardment-leaves and branches fallen from trees heaped on the ground and roads, the ones still standing, the ones that hadn't fell entirely from the force of the storm. EBT machines were down even. luckily for us, we had gotten a voucher for the food pantry outside town and were relatively well-stocked for several days. we are still seeing trucks taking the fallen debris away from the roads.
...however, we are still waiting for SOMEBODY properly authorized to take down one of the power lines in our backyard that fell during the storm. i'm pretty sure its still live, my husband could see blue sparks flying from it through the blizzard. it dangles down too low to the ground-our neighbors have driven over it-_- and we have once even. when he calls the power companies, they answer my husband, and say they'll send someone, but they never do... i suppose we'll have to visit their office personally.
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saw our caseworker on Friday. i gave her some bills to send to my payee, mostly dental. i have an appointment coming up in December. still need to get some more fluoride rinse, although we managed to get Listerine for my husband. and some more shampoo for myself(Everlasting Sunshine), but now he needs some. and we just ran out of liquid detergent. our friend helped us with getting some more bleach(lavender scented), and i am very grateful so far, all of his store's brand cleaning products are Very good, i like them. the shower drain is clear, and we have toilet bowl cleaner now. i also stocked up on canned soup, and some pancake mix and syrup, so we have that for a few days at least. tried Greek yogurt for the first time, its pretty good. we need more milk and sugar. was running out of salt, but i got another container.
it feels like we're getting started good for the winter now, at least in mind if not bodily yet. my husband needs some new long underwear ...for that matter, i do too. i only have one pair, and i don't know where they are at the moment. i've worn boots just about all year round, now, instead of my low-top shoes that i normally switch to in the summer. its partly because the weather has just been so strange. the car has a leak somewhere underneath, and we can hear liquid sloshing around somewhere, and its leaking through to the seats and smells horrible. i'm seriously considering taking it to an auto shop a few blocks away and let them see what needs to be done, rather than ask my brother...since he's so busy and we need to start going back to the resources that my mother set up for us and my caseworker recommended, since my license is now renewed, and i'm pretty sure i have the proper identification for myself. all these things exist on the shadowy borders of Lavenderland, and we must prepare mentally and physically for the arduous journeys to those bleak but necessary destinations.
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the 20,000th kiriban is drawing close. i am going to try to get it posted as soon as possible. and all my friend's requests, and the ones i've promised already