Awesome to provide info on this

I’ll second the notion this doesn’t just impact folks near the coast. We’ve seen a lot of noise on this here too, because the PNW has so many major rivers going through metro areas which are prone to floods in the winter. Not only are the floodmaps being redrawn, which is an issue in and of itself, but we have seen a new issue out here and I’ll bet others have seen it as well. As Suburbia pushes out into new areas, and clears off more land for more houses, the flooding pattern of downstream creeks and rivers is changing dramatically. In short, flooding is getting worse for many communities downstream of new residential development. There are several lawsuits pending here because multi-million dollar damages occurred to communities (both rural and suburban) during flood events which in previous years would not have caused so much damage, thanks to land-clearing activity upstream. It’s a huge problem and only going to get more pronounced. So for the folks here, the flood maps are being redrawn not merely because of new geological information, but also because properties which were above historical flood levels are now being impacted.
We personally are only peripherally involved in this issue. Our main property is perched up on a ridgeline that sits 500ASL and is well above the valley floor. But our rental property, and the farm we’ve talked about buying, are only 30’ ASL and behind a dike that contains the nearby river. While the current property owner has never seen it flood (and he’s been there 50 years), I myself saw floodwaters come up to being level with the top of the dike, two years ago. That was a long, LONG night watching that river crest. Had it breached the dike, that land would have turned into a big lake and production that next year would have been for nothing other than tadpoles. So while our house is in good shape, this is an issue we also take pretty seriously. I’d suggest folks contact their county planning dept and see where the NEW floodplain lines have been drawn in their areas. Mo’ info, mo’ betta’.

I hope you’re well today and it’s not too hot where you are

As many of you know our kitchen was out of commission for a while due to remodeling. I am getting back into the swing of things in the kitchen by cooking today. I am posting the recipe for our main dish today. It is a crockpot recipe and will help keep your kitchen cooler. If you do the rice option, you can do that part in your rice cooker. Throw a salad at it, some rolls too, and voila! You have dinner! I think this is better than anything I’ve had at Olive Garden. No lie. LOL I like to cut up the chicken breasts and they’ll end up falling apart while cooking.

Creamy Italian Chicken

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix (do not mix up)
1/3 cup water
1 package (8 ozs.) cream cheese, softened
1 can (10 ¾ ozs.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can (4 ozs.) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
Hot cooked rice or noodles

Preparation:
Place the chicken breast halves in a slow cooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. Pour cream cheese mixture over chicken. Cook 1 hour longer or until chicken juices run clear. Serve over rice or hot cooked noodles.

Rather than beating him senseless (I’m only partially kidding about that last part)

We’re into week four now of our own ‘where the HECK is the money going?’ issue, and we’re still wrestling with some parts of that. Despite having answered a LOT of recent questions about where our money has been going, my DH and I are still butting heads in some ways about how to manage it from now on, similar to your situation. Best I’ve been able to come up with so far for conversations like this is to try to find a 3rd alternative, a compromise somewhere between my very-logical-and-practical-and-DR-approved-approach (and if it sounds like I think my idea is better, of course I think it’s better), and his I-work-hard-for-my-money-and-I-get-to-spend-it-the-way-I-want (and if it sounds like he thinks his idea is better, of course he thinks it’s better). That’s the problem – each spouse tends to think we’re the only ones who really know what the priorities should be. Which puts us back into our own corners and if we come out of the corners at all, we come out fighting.
I’ll have an updated post on our own situation within the next day or so, because a lot has changed with it (mostly for the good). In the meantime, Kathy, hang in there and keep trying to work with him on something you can both live with. I think I saw someone define “compromise” as “when all parties are equally unhappy”. That sounds dorky but sometimes that’s really the big flag that you’ve arrived at a workable plan. Everyone got something, but no one got everything.