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(32,017 posts)
Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:53 AM Mar 2021

This is ... pretty much back to normal. 03-03-21 UPDATE.

I am pleased to report that things are “pretty much” back to normal in Laelth’s World in the Free State of Van Zandt (East Texas). It’s currently 39 degrees outside. We’re expecting a high of 66 today. If the current, 10-day forecast is accurate, we will not dip below freezing any time soon. We nearly reached freezing last night, but not quite. As of today, it appears that the Great Texas Freeze of 2021 is over.

Daughter and I are also pleased to report that we have a new toilet, a new kitchen faucet, and that all of our internal water lines have been replaced. We have a new, external, waste-water hose, and a new water regulator. We offer our sincere thanks to our DU friends for making all this possible. Honestly, you did. Thank you.


Here’s how it went down. We returned to the trailer Monday afternoon. At that point, there were no apparent leaks in the trailer. Within an hour, however, our floor was flooded again, but our plumber got on the project immediately, and we were tentatively dry by 8:00 PM on Monday. We have experienced no leaks since. Fingers crossed.

The plumbing in our laundromat in the park was destroyed by the freeze and is being replaced now. It will be a few days before we can wash clothes, but, otherwise, things seem to be back to normal. Our internet access is abysmal. To us, that’s pretty normal. We’re in an internet dead zone. During the freeze we had remarkably good internet service, but that was because roughly half of the county’s population evacuated. They have returned, now, and our internet access is as poor as ever.

Our Governor remains an idiot. That actually “feels” normal. He recently “reopened” the entire state and eliminated all mask requirements. Daughter and I will continue to mask up, obviously, but mask-wearing has always been been considered “optional” among the VERY free people of the Free State of Van Zandt, and that has been true throughout the pandemic. Now, we expect to see mask-wearing and social distancing completely disappear.

Neither the Daughter nor I are eligible for a vaccine yet. No telling when we might be eligible. The park is still flooded in a number of places. No telling when management might be able to finally fix all of the park’s underground water leaks. We’re applying for FEMA rental assistance. That’s not actually “normal.” That’s a product of the Biden administration’s emergency declaration. Thank you, Mr. President.

I suspect that this will be our final post in the This is bad ... series. I can not conclude without mentioning my sincere gratitude for the love, concern, prayers, advice, positive vibes, and material support generously given to us by the DU community. You all made a significant, positive contribution to our lives and well-being. If there is ever anything that we can do for you, please let us know.


Previous “This is bad.” threads are linked below, solely for their historical value.

This is bad. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181470783

This is bad. 02-16-21 UPDATE.

This is bad. 02-17-21 UPDATE.

This is bad. 02-18-21 UPDATE.

This is bad. 02-19-21 UPDATE.

This is bad (but not too bad). 02-20-21 UPDATE.

This is really irritating. 02-21-21 UPDATE.

This is ... amazing and touching. 02-22-21 UPDATE. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181474282

This is different. 02-23-21 UPDATE. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181474689

This is even more different. 02-24-21 UPDATE. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181475140

This is interesting, but it’s getting old. 03-01-21 UPDATE. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181477352

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(114,292 posts)
1. Continuing to send healing and strength vibes as you return to "normal. Huggggs to you
Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:09 PM
Mar 2021

and your daughter. Be well and safe.

Fla Dem

(23,985 posts)
3. Glad you're somewhat back to normal. No doubt it's been a very trying time for you.
Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:55 PM
Mar 2021

Glad you and your daughter had each other to lean on. I hope your situation continues to improve.

Take care.

Response to Laelth (Original post)


(22,639 posts)
5. So glad things are improving! We have a chicken coop repurposed as a storage room. My hubby
Wed Mar 3, 2021, 06:28 PM
Mar 2021

Opened its door about 3 days ago and a 3' wall of water cascaded on him. The room reeks of mold now. We'll have to throw everything out, pull down the sheetrock and insulation and replace it. I can't imagine how daunting it must be for those who've had more extensive flooding.

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