The Lost Weekend

It started at 4:30 AM when my husband’s smartphone weather alert shook us from slumber. It was the tornado weather alert.  Having mercifully survived a tornado strike in November of 1995, those rascals make me as nervous as a cat with nine tails in a room full of rocking chairs. I’d much rather go through a hurricane than a tornado any day.


Yesterday was wave after wave of tornado activity, driving rain, hail, and cooler temp’s. The forecast was so deadly that all the Church’s here in Pierce County decided to shut their doors for the day. It was a wise decision because that way only emergency personnel would be on the roads. Hubby and I had devotionals at home, including praying for all those in the storms path. Well, I for one am glad that’s over and so very thankful that there was minimal loss of life just property damage. It’s still overcast, chilly and windy this morning, but nothing as ‘exciting’ as yesterday.


May your day be uneventful and full of “joy unspeakable”.



Hurricane Matthew: Aftermath

Just checking in. I may not get to your blogs to comment today for which I apologize. Below are the photos from today. So far, just some yard work, tree trimming, limbs to pick up, etc. and we’re back to normal. The house, the dogs and us are undamaged. We got off easy compared to others! The 16K Generac is still humming away keeping the food at the proper temperature and the lights burning. We’ve been without power since 9:40 last night. Thank you LORD Jesus for your many blessings. His mercy is great.

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Hope everyone else is safe and secure. Still praying for those going through the devastation further North.

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Hurricane Matthew Status: It Begins …


That’s us there at the arrow on the left. Last night Hubby decided he would postpone the trip to Tennessee to visit The Mother after all. He said he couldn’t in good conscience leave me to deal with the aftermath, if there is any. He’s such a good man. I told him to go because we’re more than 50 miles inland. I hope it’s mostly going to be much needed rain, not the wind. At any rate, the fun for us has just now started. It’s raining softly as I pen these words. The wind is steadily increasing. The air is feeling oppressive. There’s a slight apprehension in the air. It’s suppose to get really “interesting” by 2 PM today. We might lose power, which is not an issue since we’ve been blessed with a 16K generator. I just pray we don’t lose telephones and internet again (I’m looking at you Alma Telephone). Oh, well, at least I do like to sit quietly and read and we do have ‘smart phones’. We won’t be completely cut off.

Prayers for all in the path of this monster storm. Y’all stay safe. I’ll be checking in again later for those who may be interested. Thank you for your love and concern.

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Florida Hunkers Down


It’s still a Cat 4, isn’t it? It doesn’t seem there’s much for our area to be concerned about. As of this writing, it appears that the eye of Hurricane Matthew will hit around Fort Pierce, Florida, or so, about 320 miles south of us. (I live near the “2 AM Saturday” mark but 50 miles inland.) The storm will probably weaken after making landfall again as it hobbles north towards us. We’ll probably get a bit of wind, maybe some much needed moisture from the rain bands. I do hope that it will rain in our parts. We are so terribly dry this month.

Let’s see, not much preparation needed by us really. Local schools are cancelled tomorrow, that’s a given. God be praised for we have food in the Lauder, gasoline, propane, and the All-House Generator. If we lose power the only thing it will affect is the land-line accessibility which affects the internet service because our sorry local telephone company won’t replace the Power Shelf in the DLC cabinet … Yeah, I’ve already ragged on them about that. *grin* But it really is unconscionable that ATC would allow us to be without phones especially with the exorbitant extortion style rates they charge …. *grumble*

Now you know one reason I’m called Sparky! It’s not just the fact I was a volunteer firefighter for awhile. *wink*

I hope everyone else along the eastern coast is ready. Prayers for those that are about to get slammed. May the LORD God lift you up and keep you safe.

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