Hi there all,
I'm doing pretty well food intake wise and weight loss wise this year....Did I tell you that I put on heaps in the last three months of last year. Just couldn't seem to stop eating everything in sight and put on almost 1 kg /week on average! Back on the wagon. I've had an interesting past weeke. I'll copy and paste the last page of my Christmas letter which I've now actually sent out to all my friends......just to catch you up on the latest goings on in my life. It's all pretty dramatic.
Some may think this extreme, and they are no doubt right but I really did not want to move. (I'd been given notice as my land lord was selling.) The 4 bedroom stand alone unit I was renting was in a great location, so close to work and pretty well suited me…..well….yes …. even more room to accommodate my hoarding may have been useful but some compulsory curbing of that will do no harm!
So……I made an offer on the place I was renting and after some haggling I have a contract, signed on my end Friday morning. It was the most atrocious weather to be out in but I’m a New Zealander so I’m used to it. Besides it didn’t seem that bad. Well the weather didn’t get any better over the weekend. It turned out to be the beginning of a cyclone. The beach 16-20 km away was hit by 6 tornadoes in 24 hours and large areas devastated. Bundaberg (where I live, situated next to a river.) was thinking it had got off pretty lightly when the river started to rise……and rise……and rise……and it just kept on rising in a totally unpredictable fashion. Hence, we are in the middle of the worst flood in recorded history. Over 7000 people are displaced including many elderly and frail who are now getting sick in the evacuation centres.
The hospital has been evacuated and running emergency services only. 2 of the 3 emergency generators drowned and there has been a little water damage to the main building from falling water (not the flood.) Bundaberg received 480mls of rain over the long weekend.
Once the rain stopped of course the river continued to rise due to the heavy rain in the catchment area. Currently it is receding but the rumour mill is predicting another rise which may be even worse tonight!
I have a rather small culvert running behind my home which I watched fill and overflow and then gradually cover the paddock between me and it. I moved everything from the lower floor off the floor and what I could move easily went upstairs including my bed! (GREAT exercise!) Meanwhile, I’m wondering if buying this house was such a good idea and contemplating if/how to get out of the deal?!?!?!?!?!?! The waters came to about a metre below me. I’m taking heart in that it is the highest levels ever recorded and a metre is a long way….it didn’t feel that far watching it rise though.
SO the bottom line is I have survived the flood and I have a new permanent address with enough spare beds for your visits. "
Blessings to all
Everything is getting back to normal at the hospital and people are trying to normalise as much as possible.
The town looks like a warzone and the army are here cleaning up but some homes will never be fit for habitation again. Some no longer exist - they were washed away in the 40knot waters that broke through the river bank and swept everything in its path.
BUT God is good. So many from church have amazing testimonies of God's keeping hand. One of the pastors house is in the worst hit area and yet pretty much untouched. Other houses in their street were completely destroyed. Their neighbours on all sides have major damage, with debris all over their yards and their house and yard look much like it always does. Another friend from church was in the path of 4 of the tornadoes. Every other house in the street is roofless and all they have is a bit of damage to their fence. Yes some from church suffered much worse but I still see the hand of God there.
Love you all
Keep up the good fight.
So may YOU all be blessed and kept safe and strong.
'Living Healthy for Jesus' Team leader
| Pounds lost: 39.0