As I woke up this morning the first few moments were so peaceful. That wonderful part of each day when I stretch & say good morning to my dog (who, yes, sleeps in the bed with me). Then, as the fog cleared, I remembered.... There is a huge monster approaching who's sole purpose is to cause mass destruction to everything in it's path. Then the familiar sick feeling in my stomach reappeared. Do I turn on the news first thing & see what the latest track is? Or do I get some coffee & try & eat something while trying not to think about it...?
I can't believe this is happening. When I saw - & continue to see - the awful destruction & flooding in Texas....my heart just broke for those people & all they are going through. I thought, "I don't think I could deal with that kind of tragedy". Then within days here we are... Staring down hurricane ally at a hurricane that is even worse. At Category 5 - the worst level - making its way & bearing down on the helpless people on the islands - the first land in it's path. 185 mile an hour winds. Dear God. I sit here almost frozen, with tears in my eyes trying to figure out the best thing to do....the best way to handle this terrifying situation....wishing I had a man in my life to give me a sense of "Everything will be ok. We'll get through this together no matter how bad it is.". I am blessed to have family here - my sister & her adult children - so I have my nephew & niece's husband to help with the heavy lifting part of things....getting the patio furniture & anything else that can be picked up & thrown by the winds into the garage. And both have cement block homes that we will be staying in during the storm. My heart breaks for - & I am praying for - those that are alone that will have to stay in the designated shelters.
My home is a frame home & if the storm goes directly over - which is the track it's on now - I will most likely lose it. As I drive to & from the store & on any errands i have to do before the weekend, when it will hit,....I can't help but take everything in...the beauty of my neighborhood & hometown....my home....fearing it will look very different after Irma has her way with it. I'm doing my best to not panic & to have moments when I am appreciating & "enjoying" my home for the next few days before Irma gets here.
Ok - back to taking care of business. I thought I might keep updating here when I can so my friends here will know what's going on. Bear with me as I'm not sure what I'll be doing at what time so....
Thank you for the support & kind words.
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