People Working On Homes For Memorial Day

"These are your jobs for the day,"Perry Thompson's wife gives him a piece of paper.

Everyday Thompson has a list of chores to do.

Today he has to do some inside cleaning and outside weeding.

Since Katrina, no day, not even Memorial Day is a day off.

"It's hard for folks. You work so many hours a day during the week, then you come home and work another two, three, four hours trying to get a little things done. I'm tired like everybody else, just beat,"Thompson says.

But that fatigue doesn't stop him.

Thompson's vacumming the walls of the kitchen to get the surface ready for primer.

"Once I prime them, I can get my cabinet man in here."

Now he's out in the yard wacking weeds trying to clear a spot for all his Katrina clutter.

"We like a little order in life, so I wanted to put the brick and some of this stuff on palettes to get them off the patio we had here,"Thompson says,"When things look neater, they make you feel a little bit better."

Thompson also feels better knowing the more work he does today, the sooner he and his wife can move back into their Pascagoula home.

"We were hoping to be back in June. It's hard to believe it has taken nine months. We're now probably looking at July, no, I'll say August."

It's hard for Thompson to spend countless hours working in the hot sun, especially knowing how he usually spends Memorial Day.

"B-B-Qing or going to the islands, just having fun, relaxing with family,"Thompson adds.

But Thompson says, it's okay.

He will work this year so that next year he doesn't have to.

"We're just going to sit here and get things done. We'll enjoy life alittle bit later."