Getting Back To Normal In Hickory Hills

Long time Hickory Hills resident Mary Richards is getting ready for Thanksgiving.

"Marshmallows and pecans. That's for my sweet potato casserole," Richards says as she organizes her groceries.

She has a plan, all of the ingredients, but only has hope her oven will keep up.

"I'm going to pray on this oven that it's going to make it through all of the casseroles I have to do. It's kind of shot."

Richards bought another oven and was able to get it delivered. But like many South Mississippians have discovered after Katrina, nothing's easy.

"I just need to find somebody to put it in for me now," Richards says. "I know if I get angry, it's not going to help anything."

Richards was fortunate to not have too much damage to her home.

"God blessed us and this is all that happened. The neighborhood too did real well."

The damage she did have is being repaired.

"We've got an excellent contractor here working for us. They show up when they say they are going to. That is a special thing," Richards adds. "This has taught me to improvise and make do. That's what I'm doing."

For Richards, life after Katrina means non-stop work.

"Sometimes you plan to come home and take it easy, but then you come home and need to work in the yard or help somebody else."

And you need to continue with traditions like Thanksgiving. Richards says she and her family will have more to be thankful for this year.

"We are just going to praise life because a lot of people didn't make it," Richards says.