Tropical Storm Lee Cost Me 3000 Points - But the RAIN from Lee is Better Than the Points!

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I was excited to begin the September 30 Localism challenge on Active Rain.  I thought it would be both fun and challenging to post daily blogs about the local area AND get an extra 3000 points!  Well, I DID get two posts done:

#1 - Second Largest Employer in the State 9/1/11

#2 - So You're a Leader? 9/2/11

And then I lost my satellite internet service.........


In the community where I live, we have endured one of the the most severe droughts in years.  While many people in the nation are concerned about more flood waters, residents in West Central Louisiana, were hoping for just a couple of inches of rain to relieve the parched pasture land - home of many cattle and horses. 

My husband comes from a family of cattlemen, so not just our family- but many other family businesses have been suffering because of the lack of rain. 

Grandchildren on our hay! In fact, many cattlemen in these areas of drought have had to sell their entire cattle herds (their businesses) because the lack of rain resulted in havving no hay to feed the cattle through the winter.   My husband has delayed selling his herd  ............hoping, praying.  Here are my grandchildren on some hay my husband grew LAST year! 

When we heard that Tropical Storm Lee was brewing and might  be headed our way.......The "threat" of several inches of rain was more of a PROMISE to us! 

I knew that Tropical Storm Lee would be special because we have 4 very special "Lee's" in our family.  This is Jason and Josey Lee, my two youngest grandchildren....

And here are their parents, Beth and Dustin daughter and her husband.

The 3.015 inches (measured at our house) of that much needed and prayed for rain in Florien, Louisiana,  has been like heaven to us and we have been shouting Hallelujah's for two days!  

Living in a rural area has many benefits.  But one of the downsides is this - when it rains, our satellite internet service goes down .........

So...while the RAIN (and loss of internet service) kept me from posting on ACTIVE Rain for two days, and I will miss the opportunity for the extra points in the "September 30 day localism challenge",  it was a true BLESSING to receive this much needed rainfall in my home town!  (And YES, I DID have "withdrawal symptoms" from AR!)

Good luck to the rest of my fellow Rainers in the 30 Day Localism Challenge!  I will continue to post because of the HUGE benefit of localism posts - and I will miss that 3000 points!  But I am loving the results of the three inches of RAIN in my community. 


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Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
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We are having the rain here today and really love it. We are in desperate need. so I guess as you note in your blog the trade off is worth it

Sep 05, 2011 03:12 AM #1
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
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Louise-wow I learned a lot about you and your family in one post.  Thanks for sharing.  As far as the contest, don't let missing one day stop you.  Keep at it and let Kerrie know when you turn in your request for points the reason you missed a day.  In fact point her to this post.  I'm fairly certain you'll get your 3000 points without a question.

Sep 05, 2011 03:41 AM #2
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Charlie - I hope you get all the rain you need today!  It is a wonderful feeling after being in a drought to see it pouring down!


Cindy - thanks for your input - I will definitely do that - I wouldn't have thought to do it.


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