Monday, November 5, 2012

MONDAY MUSINGS: People Are Amazing

Most of this past week went by in a blur. I was glad I lived in the Midwest rather than on the east coast. The most exciting thing in our life was some of the neighbors cattle deciding to come stay in our pasture including one young bull who has made himself quite at home. My dogs are less than thrilled and bark long and loud at him. He just placidly munches grass and watches the show. The horses are cool with all four or five of the cattle. 

The bull is probably about 14 months old, I'd say, and pretty sweet tempered.  Thankfully. My fences aren't set up to hold nasty bulls. They tend to walk right through them. We're not sure which neighbor he belongs to. Best we can tell, he and a few others found our pasture from walking the creek and then climbing up the bank to our property. I reckon someone will come looking for him and the few other strays eventually. Meanwhile, hubs has walked them back down to the creek area, several times, to encourage them to find their way home—with little luck. Apparently, they like it here. 

On the work front, I work a call center in the appliance division. I enjoy the work and the people I work with. This past week was quite busy with Sandy slamming into the east coast. So many of our call center personnel were unable to work due to Sandy so the rest of us picked up the slack so it was understandably busy. Thousands of appointments had to be cancelled and rescheduled due to power outages. What made it harder was the techs are working overtime to get to everyone and so we’re booking two and three weeks out. Thursday and Friday were dealing with many who had electricity again but their appliances were even more wrecked than when they initially called. It tickled me to hear how some of these appliances had been standing in water and yet still worked. Pretty cool actually.

This week we will be even busier as more and more people get electricity and need their appliances checked after all the enormous electrical surges on the power grids. I’m glad I’m not in customer relations right now. Yikes, they’re incredibly busy and will continue to be so.

I heard so many stories, in the process of setting up or cancelling appointments, of living through such a huge storm. Neighbors pooling resources. The people with generators setting up kitchens and neighborhoods sharing food preparations for everyone—can you picture that? There were others providing shower facilities and setting one generator up just for electronic recharging. One woman I spoke with said her husband and some of the neighborhood men had set up outdoor showers in a garage. Who knew so many hoses could be used for that and shower heads out of cans and plastic coffee containers. They had also made bonfires and if I understood her correctly, they used the fire to heat barrels of water—I have no idea where they got the barrels. Isn't it amazing what people can come up with when they put their minds to solving problems. If you want to read some heartwarming stories, check out Hurricane Sandy Acts OfKindness page on Facebook.

So, how was life in your neighborhood this past week?

Any amazing stories you'd like to share from the storm area?  


Kat Sheridan said...

Sia, your experiences are so far removed from mine it boggles the mind. If a bull wandered into my yard I would be freaked out beyond all words. And I can't believe the owner isn't frantic over that much money on the hoof just wandering around! And I loved hearing all the act of kindness. We endured more than five days without power last summer in the midwesr storms, with temperatures well into the 90s every day. It was bad enough without adding flooding and other misery to the mess. My heart goes out to these folks, and I'm sure that when they call you, they are glad to speak to someone kind, calm, level-headed and with a sense of humor!

Jo said...

Living in NC for 12 years, I also have lived through the effects of hurricanes, lack of power for a week and fallen trees all over the place, luckily we didn't get the flooding. I feel so sorry for these people who are going through such a devastating time. GMA are currently doing a charity collection for Sandy victims and the generosity displayed by people offering rooms or parts of their pensions, is quite incredible.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, it's country life, lol! And he was in the home pasture and not the yard. I'd be taking exception to that.

I'm surprised no one has come looking either. This particular bull is probably a junior bull and not one of the main ones used in breeding yet. They will breed a cow but usually the main bulls do so at about 2 onward. And I would guess he's worth a few thousand dollars. The others are young heifers, from what I can see.

Maybe he was grabbing his own little harem and heading for better pastures--um, mine. *shrugs.

Oh, I lived in Sonoma County during a historical flood of the Russian River (early 90's). We were without electricity for almost two weeks. We were literally an island of high ground with the surrounding houses either under water or half under water. learned a lot about being prepared.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo, people can be very generous and caring during a catastrophe. It's amazing.

I grew up in Southern Maryland and we frequently got the rains and winds but nothing like this. We had a bad one, oh, in the 70's and we had lots of flooding. And while we didn't have much our family did help many and we worked with our congregation to help even more. It was a good lesson growing up.

When I lived in California and Andrew hit, several of our congregations in our area sent work crew out to Florida to help the members of our faith rebuild. They also worked on many houses of other neighbors and did clean up. A couple of semi trucks went with them filled with clothing and such. There were also several semi trucks filled with build materials.

It warms my heart to see people getting together help others.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are some good people to help out others!
Most people just pick up stray cats, Sia.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. not as much 'fun' as you've had - one year about this time - yonks ago - practically before time began!!

I was preparing a house party weekend for my father .. 80 for cocktails and dinner for 30 + house guests - yup I was only 20 or so ... and I'd been tidying things up organising life etc etc .. and the garden even though it was the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - when a herd of cows came through the gate and settled in!!

We had three soft lawned terraces with steps in between ... well it was one long grassy slope with a lot of muddy hoof marks by the time the cows had departed!!

There was nought I could do - totally frustrated at the time ... as it took a lot of energy and time away ... but now - it's a good story line ..

I hope the farmer comes to collect his precious animals soon ... still they appear to be causing no damage thankfully.

It's wonderful to read your tales of how everyone is helping everyone else ... it must be so challenging for so many - my thoughts have been with them all ..

Cheers Hilary

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm hearing lots of helping-out stories from the Sandy-devastated area, too. I wish everyone there well.

Perhaps the owner of the wayward bull is out of town or has quite a large spread. Otherwise I think he'd be out looking.