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You should run for local office. It sounds like you're the only one doing anything productive. But the mayor is probably taking some credit for your hard work. Good on you, Susie.


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You should run for local office. It sounds like you're the only one doing anything productive. But the mayor is probably taking some credit for your hard work. Good on you, Susie.

It's really funny, and kinda cool...

I didn't ask or inform Claude, our mayor, about what I was planning to do...I just went onto that post on uor local residents Facebook page and told them to stop sitting on their butts andcomplaining, and to come join me to get rid of the weeds. Like, you know, really...the workers had been busting their butts for two months by then, what with the flood damage and all. Weeds, even tall ones, weren't exactly the priority. Told em come join 'Team Salies' and work together to do our bit (our town's name is Salies de Bearn).

Well, nobody showed up. But there certainly was a lot of reaction, both RL and virtual.

Mostly support. Pictures posted, cheers as people drove past, handshakes and the French double-cheek kiss.

Some 'other'. Mutterings that this was the mayor's responsibility. Saying that's what taxes are for. Complaining about the (quickly dissipating) smell of vinegar. Refusing to let me spray in fron of their houses. Grabbing their kids to protect them from what they probably thought was Roundup (as if I'd be spraying Roundup with flipflops on). Accosting me to demande what it was I was using. Telling me I was an idiot...or, before I got the backpack sprayer, and was using a windex bottle, crossing the road to avoid the crazy old lady, lol.

Many have asked if I'm employed by the town, or have said that I ought to be hired or to have the vinegar paid for by the town. Suggestions of crowdfunding. One lady handed me five euros to buy vinegar with.

That got a bit political, when I posted that this old lady is looking for a job, any job, and that some of my pay would ho directly towards vinegar purchase. My response was that, as I didn't ask or even prevenier, I had no real right to demand. And that I certainly didn't want to be told to stop, if it got too political, as I had taken the initiative on my own.

There was a point at the start, when I'd called in Mormon missionaries, from the next big city over, to come and join me on one of their volunteer days...and Claude walked past and gave me a double kiss and shook their hands, thanked us, and took a picture that he posted on the town's official Facebook page. I never knew, before seeing that photo, just how round and short and funny looking I was, lol. Nevermind that. He put in a few good words about the volunteer work, and I got a chance to excuse myself tor not telling him beforehand.

Last week, we ran into each other as I was dealing with a problem our Syrian refugees were having (whole nother crazy story, but they're safe, now....from some of us!), and he said he'd be calling me in the next few weeks. I laughed and asied what I'd done, or hadn't, and he said it was about the vinegar. When I responded by saying I hope I wasn't going to be told to stop, he said nope, it wasn't that. So I'm waiting. Maybe he will pay for the vinegar, or maybe offer me a job doing it...keeping my fingers crossed.
I'm continuing, in my bad-but-better-than-before written French, to post about weeds and the science of vinegar/water/salt ratios, and posting weed pictures, on our local page...I'll see if I can post the link. After a bunch of different and separate posts bybme and others, I'm trying to keep it to one sort of thread thing, so no one goes crazy with me talking too much. Which I know I do.
(Couldn't figure out how to post Facebook things in here, so I just shared all the vinegar posts onto my page. If you're on Facebook, I'm Susie Misajon)

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I thought Roundup was banned in most of Europe?... it's not banned in France? Confused


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Roundup is not exactly banned, but just unavailable to the general public...or will be, once the new rule sets in.
Farmers can still buy and use it.
 
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I managed to get through the anniversary of Kalani's death without too much problem. In fact, the fear and trepidation beforehand were actually worse than the day. I did have a bottle of wine and a cold can of beer ready, just in case, but they weren't needed, after all.
It's been a couple of weeks, now, and regret, guilt, and wondering why are still coming fast and strong, but I guess that'll go away as soon as springtime shows up. Or I hope so.

I need to get out more often. These damned CO effects are still hanging around...tipping over, loss of memory and concentration (less than before, but still), incontinence (less than before, too, but shitty), and hallucinations (which have changed in the way they present, but are now scary, and worse).

I moved up to the attic...maybe the scary things in the hallucinations can have company with the spiders and bats that are up here, lol. Just the roof tiles between me and the rain, hail, thunderstorms, migrating cranes at four in the morning, and wind gusts.

Yeah, ok, maybe I'm going nuts, but it's really quite peaceful up here. Too high up (third floor) to hear anyone knocking on the door, or hear neighbors, or hardly anything else. It's peaceful and serene.

I've got a huge new mattress, that was given to me after the flood. It's the new kind of memory foam, which is ok until you try to move or get out of bed, when it's like heavy sand or something. I put another moussy thin one on top, which made it better, and less like some kind of quicksand. It's very cozy, and the cat and I are warm and cozy. The dogs have decided to stay downstairs.

The river, which is only a few meters from my house,hasn't flooded again...yet. It's been raining for the past few days, and gone up. I can hear the roar, and every now and then I go to have a look. So far, so good.

Anyway, if it floods all over, again, most of the things downstairs can either be washed another time...or just freakin dumped, as I don't want to do that all over, a second time.

This is what it looked like, the morning after...by that time, in the morning, the water had already gone done quite a bit, and had stopped being a raging current.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxVE9TJmd4
 
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Drones are just so cool!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iGOpHvSs_MM

That's me, right down there, at the third frame....two doors down from the light colored house.
 
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Hey, Susie! I saw you and waved. Why didn't you wave back? Razz

The drone footage showed some scary-awesome! The closest my home came to flooding was when the street ran with water from curb to curb. It was 3 - 4 inches deep. And I'm on a well drained rise! It had been raining night and day for three weeks when a serious uptick in the weather caused the rain clouds to bunch up and intensify the downpour. We were lucky places in my area had several feet of water. A section of I10 downtown was about ten feet underwater

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