Am's TinCan http://amstincan.com Art, Photography & Simplicity in a big TinCan... Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:24:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://amstincan.com/amstincan.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-image1-32x32.jpeg Am's TinCan http://amstincan.com 32 32 56416938 TinCan Kitchen Updates… http://amstincan.com/tincan-kitchen-updates/ http://amstincan.com/tincan-kitchen-updates/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:23:23 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7437

As promised here is the current look of the TinCan’s Kitchen. The kitchen updates include some changes to the coffee & tea station, a new cover/workspace over the stove, and...

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As promised here is the current look of the TinCan’s Kitchen. The kitchen updates include some changes to the coffee & tea station, a new cover/workspace over the stove, and the non-functioning overhead vent hood removal. (The vent hood removal is still a work in progress. Be warned there will be unfinishedness in a couple of the photos to follow. Such is the reality of life. Haha.)

First, I must share a photo of my newly organized storage shelf. This step allowed the re-organizing of the coffee station. These bags from Woollybean.com are truly addictive. I feel like I should use them to organize everything in the TinCan. You seriously should check out her website if you need a project bag or just something to drool over.

Front Shelving

Coffee Station:

With the re-arranged storage using these bags, I was able to shift some things around creating a less cluttered coffee and tea station on top of the fridge.

Kitchen Updates Coffee Station

Stove Cover/Counter Space:

Now for the favorite update. I came up with a plan for a new counter space/stove cover. I really want to rip out all of the cabinets on this side of the airstream and install new ones and a single bowl sink. However, that would not be simple, and the current ones work just fine. Therefore, this is my temporary solution to get closer to the look and function I want. The whole thing only cost me about $32 with wood from Lowe’s. (I already had some flex seal that I used for gluing on the underneath support boards or that would have been an additional expense.) I’m thrilled with how this quick project turned out. What do you think?

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Vent-a-hood Removal:

Finally, the vent-a-hood quit working about a year ago. Over the winter condensation would accumulate in it. Thus, the whole thing started to rust and at times get moldy. I had my brother-in-law come give it a look. We decided that since it wasn’t working and not really worth fixing it should come out. Of course, this was not as easy as it sounds. That thing was firmly in place. Thankfully not as firmly in place as those upper cabinets. I’m not sure how we didn’t rip the whole thing off the wall, but as you can see there is only a hole where the fan unit was. Flex tape is doing a fine temporary job at sealing up the remaining vent hole in the wall. Now to figure out what to do with the other hole. Haha!

Vent-a-hood removal

Vent-a-hood removal

Overall, I am happy with the results on these projects. Let me know what you think in the comments. What projects do you have in the works?

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Latest TinCan Decor updates… http://amstincan.com/latest-tincan-decor-updates/ http://amstincan.com/latest-tincan-decor-updates/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2018 15:54:37 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7415

Did you miss me? I truly apologize for not writing more often. Frankly, I’ve been in somewhat of a funk this year floundering around with back steps to some goals....

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Did you miss me? I truly apologize for not writing more often. Frankly, I’ve been in somewhat of a funk this year floundering around with back steps to some goals. I’ve still been working on things slowly, but it has been a struggle.  I have been on a much needed vacation from work for the past two weeks. No. I don’t have any exciting travel photos to share from this vacation/stay-cation. However, I do have a few TinCan updates to share.

All of the residual clutter from emptying the storage rental is now gone!!! I have been taking stuff to Goodwill and the dumpster. It is amazing how quickly things find new homes when you sit them beside the dumpster or out front with a sign saying “Free!”.

How can there still be so much to clear out when I live in such a small space? I think the answer lies in the continuing process involved in analyzing what we actually need. I find it so freeing to let things go. The more unnecessary items I have sent away to new homes, the more I love my home. All the things we think we need for whatever reason, whether it be utilitarian or sentimental, can block us from enjoying the items we honestly do enjoy using and looking at. I must admit that even after 5 years I was trying to find a place in here for all the stuff instead of simply getting rid of it. I’m sure I still have more to clear out, but for now I am thrilled with the progress.

Want to see some photos of the updates? I hope so…because here they come:

Finally figured out a simple way to hang a light shower curtain without that awkward bar across the room. This curtain is more for looks at this point, but I did see a lightweight liner at Ikea that I plan on tweaking to work in here at some point.Shower Curtain Airstream

I broke down and bought this new trash can at Target. I’ve seen it for months and finally caved. My sister bought me the cool grass from Ikea! I have wanted it for ages

Airstream Bathroom

The small table I had up front went up for grabs out by the dumpster. I replaced it with this terrific shoe cubby. (Also from Ikea.) These cubbies are great. They take up little space, hold a tremendous amount, are very lightweight, and look nice too. Ikea Shoe Storage Airstream

Ikea Shoe Storage Airstream

I replaced the rug with this terrific Amazon find as well. This rug was only around $35*. It is a low pile carpet, but the design looks like the expensive woven rugs I love. This one will do fine for now. I love the way it looks and my budget appreciates the price point.

New Rug for the Airstream

I hope you like the updates so far. Stay tuned as my next post will share some of the updates in the kitchen area.

*In the efforts of full disclosure this is an affiliate link. I will receive a small commission from Amazon anytime you shop through one of my Amazon links. However, I only share items that I personally use and recommend. No incentive was given for me to try or use this product or recommend it here.

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Galveston Island Photos http://amstincan.com/galveston-island-photos/ http://amstincan.com/galveston-island-photos/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:00:15 +0000 https://amstincan.com/galveston-island-photos/

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One of my favorite things to do is go down to Galveston for an afternoon or evening. Whether enjoying the architecture and fun of the historic strand district or putting my toes in the sand and water, it’s a relaxing treat. I really love being so close to the beach. Here are few photos from a recent visit. Enjoy!

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Etsy Sale and Studio Shop Update. http://amstincan.com/etsy-sale-and-studio-shop-update/ http://amstincan.com/etsy-sale-and-studio-shop-update/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:25:47 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7309

You may recall that I have recently downsized yet again and rid myself of having a monthly storage unit. Unfortunately, that means there is much less room to maintain a...

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You may recall that I have recently downsized yet again and rid myself of having a monthly storage unit. Unfortunately, that means there is much less room to maintain a shop inventory. The TinCan only has so much space, and I must get serious about eliminating some of this additional clutter to protect what little is left of my sanity. What does this mean for you? Etsy Sale!!! Click here to check it out. Everything in the Etsy shop is being offered at 30% off. No coupon code needed. Feel free to share the sale with anyone else you think might be interested.

Etsy SaleI still love Etsy and enjoyed my shop there. However, I’ve decided it is time to make a change. Going forward I will focus only on my shop here. Any new items will only be listed here or shared via Instagram. Operating the shop this way will allow me greater flexibility to offer a wider variety of items including classes, free downloads, and custom orders. I have already added some of my most recent works, so be sure to visit my newly updated shop page.

If you don’t see what you would like in my shop, feel free to let me know what you would like to see there in the future. It is always a work in progress, and I value your input.

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TinCan Bathtime…tips on washing a vintage Airstream http://amstincan.com/washing-a-vintage-airstream/ http://amstincan.com/washing-a-vintage-airstream/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:45:52 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7240

Finally. Finally…the TinCan is clean. I still need to scrub some more spots and then run a polish touch-up. However, she looks so much better. The exterior was filthy. The...

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Finally. Finally…the TinCan is clean. I still need to scrub some more spots and then run a polish touch-up. However, she looks so much better. The exterior was filthy. The pond next to the TonCan has a fountain. Although it is beautiful, I admit I hate it. It is constantly windy here, which means there is a constant overspray of pond water on the TinCan. This does nothing to preserve her shine. Frustrating indeed. Then through a crazy idea I had while washing a skillet with bar keepers friend, I did find a cleaning product that works wonders on removing the dullness caused by that residue.

Have questions on washing a vintage Airstream exterior? I hope you find the following tips helpful. Please note: the following tips have been tested for washing an Airstream without a clear coat and without professionally done perfect polish job. If your’s has been professionally polished to perfection, I would ask the polisher what he/she recommends to maintain that finish. Particularly, I would leave out the steps below involving the bar keepers friend. However, if you have a self-polished, work-in-progress finish on yours like I do, then the following steps work well. Wash a vintage airstream

Items needed:

  • Water hose
  • On/off control sprayer (I prefer one with different spray types. A powerful direct for pre-rinsing and a fuller spray for rinsing off the cleaning products should be sufficient.)
  • Soft Sponges. I like to have a large and small one.
  • Simple Green Car Wash…I can never find this locally, but it is available on Amazon.*
  • Bar Keeper’s Friend: I use the liquid version instead of powder as the humidity here always ruins the can before I have finished it off. You can easily find this in a local store.
  • A new product I just found: Bar Keepers Friend Spray and Foam Cleaner. You could get great results without adding this one. I think it did help reduce a little bit of elbow grease needed in scrubbing, but I’m still not convinced on how big a difference it made. I’ll update after using it again. It does have a harsher chemical aspect to it that I am not very found of, but for some spots I thought I would try it.
  • I usually keep a bottle of regular Simple Green handy for more stuck on spots if needed. Of course, I keep this on hand for general cleaning in and around the TinCan all the time.
  • Ladder (not shown)
  • Extension soft car wash brush. (Not shown) This is a real time saver. I found a great one at Sam’s club a couple of years ago. I’m not sure if they still carry the set now.

Photos were taken after step one.

Steps:

  • Fill a bucket with water and the amount of simple green car wash solution recommended on the bottle. I don’t get very scientific in my measurements here. This cleaner is my absolute favorite. It is tough enough to get the dirt off but doesn’t bother my sensitive skin. It is biodegradeable so I don’t worry about it running off into the pond or environment either.
  • I have learned over time to do a quick complete circuit around the entire trailer before focusing on areas that need more attention. This keeps me from getting part way around, then oops! Interruption or exhaustion leaves one section looking great while the rest looks even worse now. Pre-spray each section to wet and remove any loose debris. Using the extension brush and the bucket of wash solution I make my way around the trailer. Note: If this is one of more frequent washes, then this may be the only step you need. Or you may need only a light go over with a large sponge on certain areas. If your TinCan finish still needs some more serious attention continue…
  • The next round I grab a soft small sponge and the liquid bar keepers friend. Wet the section then scrub. Don’t apply a lot of pressure. Let the product do the work. Rinse well or the cleanser will leave a residue. Continue around until finished. This time I tried a quick soak with the foaming spray prior to scrubbing with the liquid scrub. I’m not sure it make a huge difference in the results but it may save a little elbow grease. Overall I am thrilled with how well the bar keepers friend works on restoring the polished shine.

The back window and left of it has been washed using the bar keeper’s friend. The section right of the window still needed a scrub.

Perhaps I should add sunscreen to the supply list, or you may end up having to put on long pants and socks to block the sun when you realize you are all out of it.

Here she is at the end of the day. The TinCan still needs some more polish touch up now, but the steps above worked even better than I hoped at removing the dullness. Not bad results for one days work!

 

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Projects, projects, projects…vintage Airstreams always equal projects http://amstincan.com/vintage-airstreams-always-equal-projects/ http://amstincan.com/vintage-airstreams-always-equal-projects/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 03:05:29 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7213

I’ve finally started working on some projects that have been on the TinCan todo list for far too long. Some are small. Others are much bigger. Some are temporary solutions...

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I’ve finally started working on some projects that have been on the TinCan todo list for far too long. Some are small. Others are much bigger. Some are temporary solutions while saving up and paying off some things to be able to afford the long term project goal.

First up I did a small amount of caulking. More external cleaning, sealing and polish touch up to come over the next month. I obviously need to complete the trim painting second coat too…always another project! Ayayayay!Airstream

Airstream

I also finally took the saw to the underframe for the back sofa. I’ve been wanting to open up the storage here making it more easily accessible. Project isn’t finished. Still need to sand and finish the cut edges of the openings, but I like the effect with it open. It allowed me to rearrange my front shelves too. Loving the look so far.

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The sink sprayer nozzle has leaked a slow drip for ages. It made the right hand sink moldy and the hose to the sprayer was disgusting. I had a “bright” idea on a whim to cut the hose and cap it with the same pex caps I used for my other water lines. Guess I should mention…wrong kind of hose for those to work. Now I had a sink hose with no closure. What to do?

I attempted to seal the cap to the hose with some flex shot.* Again…fail.

However, I noted that the flex shot adhered strongly to the hose just not to the cap. Next I thought I’d try a good shot squirt of flex shot into the hose and then a seal around the tip. It worked! Still holding a week later. Of course, this a temporary solution, but I’m impressed with how well it is working. Note to self: clean the sink surround before taking photos. Don’t judge me…

Airstream sink sprayer hose

Also, ordered a replacement overhead light and bulbs for the wall lights. I bought some LEDs on Amazon as replacement bulbs. They were cheap and had good reviews, but they still seem to put off more heat than I’d like. Although it is far less heat than the old bulbs produced. Airstream light

So many more projects to go. At least I started moving forward with them. As time and money is available I will continue to work down the list of tasks.

 

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My new Instant Pot…steel cut oats and my thoughts on this new appliance. http://amstincan.com/my-new-instant-pot-steel-cut-oats/ http://amstincan.com/my-new-instant-pot-steel-cut-oats/#respond Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:59:44 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7167

So we had a hurricane in August and somehow now it is December and nearly a new year. Where did the last half of this year go? I’ve been happy...

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So we had a hurricane in August and somehow now it is December and nearly a new year. Where did the last half of this year go? I’ve been happy to be able to help with some of the disaster relief efforts in the area. It has been a privilege to do so. Between that and other work and responsibilities somehow half a year has flown by in a blink.

Disaster relief work has served to reinforce how important keeping a simple life is for me. Every house I helped remove flood damaged belongings from only served to remind me how temporary possessions can be. It all served as a good reminder of the advantages of having less. It has even led me to simplify some thoughts regarding my art sales, but more on that in a future post.

Today let’s talk Instant Pots. Yes. I will admit to some cyber Monday shopping. My trusty crockpot died on me! I guess they just don’t make those things like the used to. I used my crockpot a lot and needed to replace it. While researching replacements I came across a great deal on the Instant Pot*. I’ve read some other blogs and Instagram feeds where RVers sang the praises of this kitchen appliance. Since it not only works as a pressure cooker, but can also function as a slow cooker, I decided to give it a try.

First impressions of this cooker are great! It cooks quickly with minimum clean up required. Biggest bonus is that it doesn’t put off a lot of heat in the small space of the TinCan. So far I have made rice with chicken, cooked a spaghetti squash in less than 30 minutes, and made perfect steel cut oats. The steel cut oats impressed me to most. I have never had much success with steel cut oats in previous attempts to make them. They turned out perfectly this time and cooked quickly and simply. I found some recipes on Pinterest for steel cut oats and then tweaked and combined them for mine. The recipe as made is below.Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (I used Trader Joe’s organic steel cut oats, but any brand you prefer is fine.)
  • 3 cups water
  • butter
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • honey

Turn on the Instant Pot to sauté and add a tablespoon of butter and the oats. Toast for just a few minutes. Stir in cinnamon.

Add the 3 cups of water and a dash of salt. Stir.

Secure the lid, press manual, and set time to 4 minutes.

Allow the Instant Pot to come to pressure – approximately 5 minutes.

When finished, natural release pressure – approximately 5-10 minutes (Let the valve drop on its own. Do not quick release.)

Serve topped with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey. (Or any other desired toppings.)

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know if you try it and have any other suggestions.

*per the rules…these are affiliate links. I never share affiliate links in my posts for any products that I don’t personally use. 

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San Francisco…what a work out! http://amstincan.com/san-francisco-work/ http://amstincan.com/san-francisco-work/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:35:49 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7128

Oh San Francisco! I must say I really like this city. I must also say that I am quite proud of myself for successfully navigating its streets without dinging the...

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Oh San Francisco! I must say I really like this city. I must also say that I am quite proud of myself for successfully navigating its streets without dinging the rental car. It is very much like driving on a roller coaster. Up and down and all around. At some intersections all you can see is the sky while you are sitting at the red light. It was quite the experience. By the time I arrived at the hotel, I was fine with letting them take the car and park it safely.

I visited for training with my work, but had the evenings open to wander around. I’ve been to the city before, but I’ve never stayed directly in it or spent an significant time walking its streets. Walking is absolutely the best way to really experience this place, but be prepared for quite a work out! Up, up, up…down, down, down. One evening my phone said I had walked 6.1 miles and climbed the equivalent of 24 flights of stairs.

One of my favorite things about this city was the smells. Yes. I know this is an odd thing to like in a city. Most cities don’t smell so great. However, as I walked around here I smelled the evergreen trees, saltwater, coffee, food of all types, and flowers. I also kept wondering if there is some special store where people here buy soap or lotion or something…even the people seemed to smell good. Well, not all the people. Haha. Of course there were some not good smells too: fish & fish, weed, garbage, some people, cigarette smoke, and oh, did I mention fish?

I would have enjoyed having even longer to explore the city, but it was great while it lasted. I hope you enjoy the photos.San Francisco

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Maritime Park

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The Keane Gallery

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Ghirardelli Square

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The Buena Vista Cafe.

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Maritime Park

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Fisherman’s Wharf

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Clam Chowder!!!

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I’m thinking not an everyday scene at Maritime Park.

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Alcatraz

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Fort Mason Center for the Arts

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Fort Mason Center for the Arts

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San Francisco Bay

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Sunset View from the Buena Vista Cafe

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Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, The Buena Vista Cafe

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Irish Coffee

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Cable Car Museum

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Dragon’s Gate- Chinatown

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Chinatown

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Chinatown

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Parking Skills required!

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Kingdom Hall on Hyde Street

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Love the architecture here!

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View from Russian Hill

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Bottle Brush Tree? Russian Hill

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Hydrangeas- Lombard Street

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Hey I was there! Lombard St.

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Carmel Pizza Company-Fisherman’s Wharf

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Best Caesar Salad at Fisherman’s Wharf

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Hurricane Harvey http://amstincan.com/hurricane-harvey/ http://amstincan.com/hurricane-harvey/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:21:48 +0000 https://amstincan.com/?p=6938 Hurricane Harvey, (or I guess I should say Tropical Storm Harvey for those of us in the Houston area)…How did we fare? It’s been a few weeks now, and many...

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Hurricane Harvey, (or I guess I should say Tropical Storm Harvey for those of us in the Houston area)…How did we fare?

It’s been a few weeks now, and many of you already know most of this from my instagram feed. However, I decided I still want to document the experience here as this blog is as much of a journal of life with the TinCan as I have.

Thankfully the TinCan only had some minor surface damage due to the excessive amount of rainfall. I did lose some stored items under the front sofa, but they were nothing compared to what so many others have lost.

We did move the TinCan to higher ground prior to the storm.

Atwood AircommandThankfully, I found out after the storm that the park where I stay fared well and did not flood. I was very surprised to return to check on things and find everything in my space looking just as it did when I left.

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However, the road into the park and much of the surrounding area was severely flooded. These photos were taken the Friday after the storm, a few days after the rain had subsided. Many spots were still under water heading into the park, cars were in ditches and yes…that is a boat in the neighbor’s field. Along with what looks to be a sofa, and who knows what else.hurricane harveyHurricane Harvey

I’m happy that we chose to take the extra step to move her, and doubly happy that I did not choose to stay in place in her. That would have been a traumatic, although adventurous, experience to endure. Watching and waiting wondering if I was going to need to get in the Kayak with the cat. Thankfully the cat and I had other options of where to stay where we remained safe and dry throughout the storm. Never needed the kayak, although it was in the car. Just in case…

Here are few more photos taken throughout the storm:

On Friday before the rain came…

Hurricane Harvey

A neighbor ready to help out…This was taken before the flooding started. We didn’t see the boat return to his house until a while after the rain stopped. He was one of the many volunteers out in the storm helping others to safety.

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Thankfully, we never lost power during the storm. We did have a few anxious moments watching the water rise in the street, then recede, then rise again. However, the water never rose to point of reaching the house. Many of the neighbors further down the street did not fare so well.

Might as well enjoy a little mimosa with the pancakes.

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the guy kayaking around the neighbor. A friend’s neighborhood had the local police out in the streets on jet skis checking if people needed help. The weathermen started looking so tired. I think they were there reporting 24 hours a day with a forecast that really didn’t change that much.

Rescued the pet turtles from their backyard habitat. They weren’t too happy in the bathtub, but at least they were dry.

The boat ramp is usually out past that middle tree.

Hurricane Harvey

Some photos of the aftermath:

Where did the food go? Obviously people really like dairy, ice cream, frozen pizzas, and chips when it is flooding.

You could get other brands of ice cream, but if you wanted Bluebell, well then you can have Strawberry or Strawberry. We are definitely in Texas.


What many neighborhoods in the area look like:

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Sadly, many, many neighborhoods still look like this, and more homes are still being gutted and stabilized. I have been privileged to be a part of disaster relief efforts the last few weeks coordinated by the DRC. It has been beautiful seeing people volunteering to help their brothers and sisters whom they never met before get through this traumatic event. Even people whose own homes were flooded have been out helping others too. I am sure we will all continue to do so until the need has been filled.

This entire situation only emphasizes to me the need to keep our lives simple and our priorities in the right order. Homes and possessions, although they can be special to us, can be lost in a moment. If we build a life based merely on acquiring things, a loss like this could prove to be very devastating.

 

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Sunsets and Palm Trees… http://amstincan.com/sunsets-and-palm-trees/ http://amstincan.com/sunsets-and-palm-trees/#respond Sun, 01 Oct 2017 02:33:48 +0000 http://amstincan.com/?p=7110 The post Sunsets and Palm Trees… appeared first on Am's TinCan.

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