So it looks like Crazy Jay, the puppies and I are going to be heading north for the weekend.
There was a lovely (not-so-lovely) little (not-so-little) chemical spill in a river VERY nearby where we live. We have been told not to use tap water to drink, wash clothes, bathe, or anything other than to flush toilets and put out fires. There is a sickeningly sweet smell in the air for several miles around our house. It’s been described as smelling like “licorice” or “cough syrup”. The water coming from our sink, toilet and tub smell the same. Being outside for too long today has made me dizzy and nauseas, and Jay has been sick and vomiting all day due to the smell. He’s stuck at home, which is only about two miles away from the chemical spill. I’m about ten miles away at work. I still can’t use the water here, but at least the air isn’t rife with a smell that makes me sick. We have decided that it’s probably not safe to stick around at our house this weekend, so we are driving about 80 miles north, to a city that has not been affected. Since we’ve had to stay in hotels so much for my work, we have several free night stays at a couple different hotels, and are going to take advantage of two free nights this weekend.
This morning when I was driving into work, still feeling sick from the errands I ran beforehand, I was trying very hard not to worry about the chemical spill, and the lack of bottled water in the area. I used my fall back affirmation:
All is well. Everything is working for my highest good. Only good can come from this situation. I am safe.
Now, honestly, that may not be the best affirmation to use in this situation, but it is the only one I could think of while driving and feeling muddle headed due to the chemical in the air. I think a better affirmation would be along the lines of there being nothing I can do about the situation, and trying to feel calm in spite of that. Either way, my affirmation worked! At least, part of it. Good HAS come from this situation. The fambly and I are going away for the weekend. We will take a break from a weekend of running errands and doing laundry, and just RELAX. Hopefully by the time we get back to town Sunday afternoon, the majority of this mess will be resolved. I am confident that between FEMA and the National Guard, things will be taken care of quickly. Let’s hope THAT affirmation works!