well we followed the warnings.
pulled in all the outdoor furniture and plants and anything that might be a "projectile". we bought more batteries for lamps and flashlights. we woke yesterday to rain and winds. we headed to the beach to see the waves before the real fury was to arrive. we were SOAKED through our clothes in about 2 minutes! it was so much more windy at the beach (only 1 mile from home) than it was at home. the rain was almost sideways. kellen thought it was cool. casey was not impressed by the soaking we were all volunteering for. we came home and hunkered down for the day and waited. 3 sides of our little home are surrounded by giant beautiful trees. normally i love those trees, beautiful shade, gorgeous color in autumn, lovely sounds when the leaves rustle in the wind... but when a big storm comes i worry. i worry about snapping limbs or worse, whole trees toppling over and into the house. they are BIG and old and some lean quite a bit. so we waited and watched. the rains stopped by dinnertime and the winds never amounted to what they had been predicting. (thankfully).
i have lived through a devastating storm once in florida. i have witnessed the power of mother nature at her worst. her fury is like no other. it left me quite fearful of weather, a fear i never had before that fateful storm. i survived unharmed when many did not. i was blessed then, and we are blessed today. no damage. the storm has given way to beautiful clear blue sunny skies. you really do appreciate that kind of beauty after a storm. the wind is cool and fresh. a beautiful morning.
thoughts of peace and healing to all who suffered in irene's path. so many were not spared. and the heartbreak and feelings of hopelessness that comes after can be devastating. sending love and strength to all...