Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ready but Not

Gratitude.  That is how I am feeling right now.  Six years ago I moved from the panhandle of FL back to South Central AL because of hurricanes.  And, as I write, the first one since that move is coming ashore on the gulf coast.  It is an interesting feeling when you are praying that it doesn’t hit you but you are also praying that it doesn’t hit anyone else either.  And all the time you know that one of your prayers will not be answered the way you want.  So, as you pray, you prepare.

Stubby-hurricain shelterEven Stubby was seeking shelter before the storm.  And I don’t think he was happy to be found out

deck cleared
The deck was cleared, except for the chairs and swing.  I figured we would move them as the storm began to pick up steam in our area.

stuff stored
I put most of the deck things inside this gazebo which is located between the two buildings.  Can you see who is also stored in there?

Stubby too
And once again she does not appear happy to have been found.

rain guage ready
I even put the rain gauge in a place where I thought the wind wouldn’t move it but the rain would come down there.  So now we were ready.

morning blue sky And then I looked to the sky.  Can you see it?  It is blue, bright blue.  And it stayed that way all day.  Oh, there were periodic clouds that flew by but then the blue and sun returned. 

So, am I putting things back out tomorrow?  Well, no.  I have learned that the weather, and especially hurricanes, can cause problems, even after they make landfall so we will wait a day or two before putting things back together.

Meanwhile, I have things to do in the studio.  Oh, yes I do!


Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I live in Panama City, and we didn't get one drop of rain, hardly any wind either. They even cancelled all the schools today, and closed down Pier Park, and nothing.

Sue Daurio said...

Being from the Midwest I can't even imagine the angst a hurricane can cause. I know how nervous I get when the tornado alarms go off and that is just for a few minutes. Stay safe and dry.

loulee said...

Hope you are all ok.

scraphappy said...

I know exactly what you mean. We are sitting on the east coast and were praying for it to go somewhere else, now it has and we are all feeling bad for wishing the storm on someone else. I hope that you come through OK.

Joanne Lendaro said...

thinking of you and hope that you are untouched by the storm....

Barb in Mi said...

Hope you were spared and are doing ok!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Glad you and yours are safe!

LuAnn said...

Hope you are doing ok. I love your idea of anchoring the rain gauge like that. That porch swing looks like a nice place to sit with a cup of coffee and relax and do a little stitching.

Kate said...

We got a little much needed rain out of the storm. Hope it didn't catch you on the back side with too much wind and rain.