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and I also custom design wedding and special event stationery.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike hit us in Houston in September and left a huge mess. Fortunately, we were safe and our family's home survived mostly unscathed - branches down here and there, but no major damage. My parents went without electricity for a week, and I was off work due to major damage to my office's building. We truly came to understand how much we take for granted clean running water, electricity, hot food, and showers!

This is my parents' neighbor's garage. Because our neighbor helped everyone else with the trees in their yards first, part of the tree stayed on the roof for over a week - the chainsaw died halfway through cutting it down.

Bundles of branches cut from the tree in the photo at the top.

If you look closely, you'll see Mom's silver Volkswagen Beetle peeking through the fallen braches in the driveway.

I just love this photo. Dad and I were cleaning up the yard and Giggles was determined to help. We let him stay out in the yard and I snapped this one on a cleaning break. Giggles is in his favorite place: a lap, and Dad is in his: sharing his love for animals.

This Citgo station is not very far from our house and just down the street from where I went to high school. The blue piece in the foreground is the "C" from the "Citgo" sign. A tornado most likely ripped this to pieces.

Not working for a week and hearing about all the devastation across the city over the radio really brought out the altruistic side of me. I donated blood, volunteerd at the Houston Food Bank and fostered this little sweetheart through the SPCA. He was found on 61st street by the seawall in Galveston a week after the storm. I named him "Felix" and he stayed with me for 2 weeks. I never found out what happened to him, but I hope he found his way back to his original family or wound up in the loving arms of a new one.


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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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