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  1. burntpastryies

    To Scratch Or Not To Scratch

    I only scratched off the cards for the avatars so if it was me, I'd sell it. I'm not much of a risk-taker otherwise lol.
  2. burntpastryies

    Nay for Tornados

    Thankfully my parents and my husbands live out of town so they were unaffected. One of my cats is terrified of storms now, and I'm really not a big fan of them now either. My other cat and my husband don't care when storms come though. It could have been way worse. A guy that works where I do.. he lived just down the street from me and he had major roof damage. Makes me sad for him, and all the more thankful that my house didn't fare worse. I couldn't even begin to describe how it felt to come home and see it. My mom and I both work on the side of town that did not get hit (thank goodness) and she's the one who called and told me how bad it was. Both her and my husband made it to the house before I did. Hearing a description versus seeing it for yourself is so different. I did A LOT of crying that day. Even called back to work and cried telling them the whole scope. It's just crazy no one got hurt. Especially at the Lennox and JBS plants. Pella is between an hour to two away from me. I've seen photos of the damage there, it's just sad to see. Aw, thank you! It's been a long project. I'm a little ticked off because I was soooo close to being done with repainting the entire outside of the house. All I had left was two sections of the top story (the one on the photo, and then one other side). Now I'm looking at probably having to re-side the whole house. 😞 However insurance isn't giving me enough so I might have to just patch . We're defiantly stronger now, and there's still a long way to go. Thank you for the encouragement! It means a lot. :) That emoji definitely describes how I felt. The next day we came back to start more of the clean-up process and I didn't even know where to begin. Sometimes I look at my house and still think that. It's been 3 weeks and I'm still not done cleaning everything up. :s We are still finding shards of broken glass EVERYWHERE. I am for sure keeping it for the archive. It'll be a great story to tell my kids (once I have them) someday. It is a little bit of a cold comfort. However, I choose to look at the flip-side of things. I knew when I bought the house 3 years ago that I was eventually going to need to re-shingle the house. Now I don't have to worry about paying for it because my insurance will. :) Same with my kitchen window that got destroyed, I was going to get that replaced eventually but now insurance paid for it so I didn't have to. :) I'm not sure if it considered Victorian or not. I know it's an old house, just turned 100 this year to be exact. I love the siding on the top half that it revealed and I'm hoping it wont' be to expensive to fix/duplicate it. (The holes are from when they must have blown in insulation) That's about how it is for us. Mostly out in the corn or soy fields if they do touch down. The last serious one I can remember is Parkersburg which happened I think 10-12 years ago. That one though was an EF-5, ours that came through was an EF-3 . It's common to get some serious winds here during thunderstorms but, nothing that caused major damage. It's usually just limbs down and leaved blown around. My main issue with the insurance is that they are from Ohio. It'd be so nice to have something with a local office but, can't really do much about it right now. My car insurance was great. The house.. not so much. Main issue is I have cash value on the house, which then means that they take x amount out of what I'd get for "Depreciation" . Where as, I had full coverage on the car due to the fact that I had to because I had a loan on it. Thanks for the tip! I didn't even think to check the house foundation. I didn't even think about the possibility of it twisting the house either. I know the winds twisted part of our garage so I wouldn't be surprised if it would have shifted the house a little bit.
  3. burntpastryies

    Nay for Tornados

    It's thankfully just aesthetic from what we've seen. We've been noticing a lot more cracks in the walls and ceilings now though. We're all doing okay, just super stressed out. My poor cat Ollie is now terrified of storms. When we first got to the house after it hit we were worried something happened to him because we could not find him anywhere. It seriously took us at least 20 minutes to find him in the house. Doesn't help that he's pretty much an all black cat, and is a pro at hiding. My area they aren't very common, but also common. Mostly when tornadoes do touch down they're in cornfields. However this particular time was not. There were 27 reported tornadoes the day of the storm that all touched down in Iowa. Three different towns were hit but unfortunately my town was the worst hit of the three. The last one that had this type of catastrophic damage that was close to us was 12 years ago I believe. Surprisingly enough, no one was hurt or killed from it. I suppose I should take that back, there was one person who ended up getting hurt trying to assist with clean up. But yea, no one was critically injured, mostly just seems to be mentally hurt (if that makes any sense). We're all okay, the first few days after it happened a lot of people around town just had the same solemn look on their face. I personally was depressed about it. That's the best way to describe how I feel about it. I am however, incredibly lucky. I live on the corner and just looking down to the other corner.. You see so many roofs with tarps on them. Besides the apartment building on my side of the street I think we are the only house that didn't need to have a tarp on the roof. Everyone in town seems to be doing better, or at the very least we are all recovering. I am just so glad that neither of us were home. I know if I was I would be a total basket case. I am so thankful that everyone on my dad's team at work came and helped us. It was just us 5 (me. my husband, my dad/step-mom, and mom) for a while and it felt like we were never going to get done. I haven't found anyone else that has the same company as me, but I will defiantly have to ask around. My adjuster has been amazing, my main issue is the amount of money I'm getting. I am so sorry that you went through Harvey, I couldn't imagine having to deal with that. You're right, I still do have that uneasy feeling that it's going to happen again. Have you ever heard the saying that a tornado sounds like a freight train? It's so true. Several, several years ago at my dad's house there was a really bad thunderstorm. I remember him yelling at my sister and I to get down to the basement, hearing the panic in his voice, and then hearing what sounded like a train. Storm damage people came down and said it was straight line winds, but we don't believe them. I've been meaning to help around the community but I'm trying to get everything back in order here as well. I feel mostly back to "normal" but, theres always going to be that little bit of doubt in the back of my mind. I am glad that you and your family ended up okay after the hurricane, and that you didn't lose anyone.
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  5. burntpastryies

    Nay for Tornados

    July 19th 2018 was a normal day for me. Went in to work knowing that there was a possibility of thunderstorms around the time when I was supposed to be getting off, no biggie I can handle that. Around 4pm is when the first set of sirens went off, though it was sunny and bright out. Everyone's phones kept going off stating Tornado warning in effect until 4:15. Then it got extended until 4:45 . I was off at 4:30 but decided to wait until the warning was over. Then somewhere between 4:30 and 4:45 the sky got really dark on the one side of town, and the sirens went off a second time. No body really knew what all was going on but, as it turns out a Tornado had touched down and destroyed parts of our town. I wasn't sure if my house had gotten effected but then I heard someone say that the roof of a building a ways down from my house had been torn off. So then I panicked and left trying to speed home to check if my house and cats were okay. It didn't hit me until I got to a bridge that a tornado had gone through. The steeple of our courthouse.. you can see for miles. I first noticed it was gone. a few blocks after this bridge is where you could really see the damage. My mother made it to my house before me and called to tell me I had gotten hit pretty bad. After making a lot of turns, and turning around to find a different way home because of trees laying across the street.. I finally made it home. The gist is... my shingles were torn off (but thankfully no holes in the roof), siding got torn off, my neighbors garage was in my yard, my husbands car was totaled, and a lot of busted windows. Dealing with insurance has not been fun. I don't feel like I have been given enough to cover all the damage, but thankfully my dad knows how to fix things so the only thing I need to hire someone for is to redo the roof. My town was called "a state of emergency" and apparently made some international papers as well. Sorry if this is long, I just needed to get it out somewhere.
  6. burntpastryies

    What are you saving up for?

    I'm not really saving for anything currently. I'd like to get up to 10 million np but.. I've got a long way to go though lol. I recently spent all my saved NP to get a few harder to get avatars lol.
  7. burntpastryies

    What's your Achievement today?

    I got two RE so far today. A soup faerie quest, and a random piece of the petpet lab map. The other day I got the only game avatar I'll probably get lol.
  8. burntpastryies

    Got quite some Neopoints from some random event.

    I didn't know there was a major lag going on yesterday. However, after reading this thread i got an RE and Illuslen gave me 10,000 neopoints so that was pretty awesome. :)
  9. burntpastryies


    Welcome back to the Neopets community, and welcome to the TDN community. Many of us here are goofballs, but we are the friendliest goofballs you've ever met. I'm pretty new here myself but everyone I've met seems to be super friendly. I hope you enjoy your stay here. :)
  10. burntpastryies

    Hi! I'm incredibly awkward! :D

    Oooo I do love me some Olive Garden. I cant say that I've ever had a crepe but, that does sound pretty amazing. Sameee! I love me some pasta but, I also am pretty sure I'm gluten-intolerant. Which sucks. :( 99% of the time though it just makes me feel really really nauseous which makes dealing with it a little easier but still really stinks. :( What kind of video games do you enjoy? I'm personally a big fan of the Lego games, but I also really enjoy Disney's Infinity. (I own 99% of all the figures and discs for it) Ohhh writing sounds lovely! I tried it once but just didn't have the knack for it, sure sounds like you do though! I quite enjoy photography (my picture is actually a picture of mine- and the ring is my wedding ring). I also love to read but I don't really feel like I get much time to do either since I work about 50 hours a week at my job. Besides that, I like to spend time with my husband and our two kitties. :)
  11. burntpastryies

    Anyone been on a cruise before?

    It's considered as a Western Caribbean cruise, with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman islands, Cozumel, and Disney's private island . We depart out of Florida which right now is approximately 10x warmer than the state of Iowa haha.
  12. burntpastryies

    Anyone been on a cruise before?

    In 8 days my husband and I are going on a belated honeymoon. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise before and I'm curious as to what are things that we should absolutely bring, and what are things we should leave behind. It's a 7 night cruise and we are driving down there (it's a 24 hour drive) Any suggestions?
  13. burntpastryies

    Hey! I'm neofriend-less. Help a girl out?

    I am also neo-friendless and would love to make more friends. I originally joined almost 13 years ago but have lost access to that account. I'm also in my mid-twenties, I'll be 25 in April. :) Whats your favorite thing to do on neo?
  14. burntpastryies

    Hi! I'm incredibly awkward! :D

    I have never had any pastries from Panera but the one you mentioned sounds yummy. I don't have a favorite pastry, unless of course cookies count. Then again, I've never really tried many pastries. I think I was eating a poptart when I created my account lol, hence the name. :) Although now I can't really eat them which sucks, :/ What sorts of things are you into? (Besides cheesecake ;) )
  15. burntpastryies

    Hi! I'm incredibly awkward! :D

    Welcome Rissa! I hope you'll enjoy your stay here. We're the best group of goofballs out there. :)