My Absence Explained..Sorta. Dealing With Florence

It seems I’ve been neglecting my WP Blog and those I follow the last few weeks. Quite honestly, I’ve been feeling/dealing with a shift of sorts. I know the fact that I’m coming up on Jim’s 2 year Angelversary is a part of it. My emotional state of being is all over the place right now……..I’ve found ‘my tribe’ so to speak in a widow/widowers MeetUp group from Raleigh. Through the group I’m making friends who get it and fully understand the ups and downs of this journey…….the cool and exciting thing is I’m helping them as much and they’re helping me. I’m exploring the possibility of setting up a writing therapy session amongst us and our weekly coffee/lunch dates…these thoughts and ideas are still in their infancy, but I’m excited about them……

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Now, as some of you may know, I moved here to North Carolina 17 months ago. We’re in the midst of dealing with this storm named Florence…   

As a steady rain continues to fall here in my neck of the woods, my thoughts and prayers are with all my fellow Carolinians who have been seriously impacted by this storm.

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As of this moment, I am still spared any damage or inconvenience, and for that I am so very Grateful. Though I refused to openly admit going into this, my first real storm since Jim died, I was/am frightened. As the forecast for us changed(s), I decided to stay put and ride the storm out at home. My concern of course were and are my trees. Surrounded as I am by them, I continue to hope and pray that as the ground softens with all this rain, they will stay  grounded and rooted..they do of course pose a danger, yet the tree lover in me can’t help but hold on to her Faith that they will remain standing to watch over me…

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The rain still falls….tornado and flood watches continue to pop up……I walk my property, hope and pray for the best.

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Snow…North Carolina Style ❄️

Sooooooo…I was suppose to fly back to PA this morning…Mother Nature had other plans though, in the way of snow! My flight was actually cancelled yesterday…and the trucks were out in force brining/treating the roads. (They actually did this Thursday)


So, my flight’s rescheduled for Tuesday…in the meantime it’s been Peace Scnapp Slushies…


I didn’t venture off the porch, having left my newly purchased snow boots behind…didn’t think I’d be needing them down here…silly me 🙃

Jemma and Landon on the other hand, couldn’t wait to get outside…braving the cold in bare feet and pj’s! Lol



Eventually..they did get dressed…..


I stayed inside with Maddox 😊

Here We Go……

Well,,,it’s that time of year again….school starts. Tourists leave (I’m happy dancing!) and the biggie..hurricane season is upon us……this was just posted on our towns FB Page..

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/02/2016 1100

The Town of Chincoteague’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor local weather conditions and forecasts.

 The Town is currently monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Hermine and the National Hurricane Center’s forecast. The possibility for northeast winds, heavy rains, and moderate tidal flooding exists starting late tonight through Monday morning. 

Winds are forecasted at 30-40mph from the NE and gusting to over 50mph at times through Sunday night. Rains will be heavy at times with accumulations between 3 and 5 inches. Tidal flooding at moderate levels may occur Saturday evening through Monday morning.

Residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of low lying areas, do not drive through standing water, and secure loose outdoor items for this event. 

There is the possibility for power outages, downed trees, and road closures.

Currently, the track of the storm will have effects on Chincoteague Island and citizens are urged to take this opportunity to also prepare. 

Preparedness should include securing loose outdoor items; having enough medications for at least one week for any medical needs; ensure that your vehicles are fueled and have cash available as fuel pumps and ATM’s will not work if the power should fail. Have enough non-perishable food and water to last for at least 3-5 days. Have fresh batteries and flashlights available. Also, do not forget supplies for your pets.

VDOT will monitor the causeway and will notify the Town approximately one hour prior to closing, should that be necessary. The Town will notify citizens by our reverse 911 system and other media outlets. 

Please monitor local media outlets, http://www.chincoteague-va.gov, also, like us on Facebook for updated information.


Authority-Chincoteague Emergency Management

So…..off to the store I went……had to get my essentials!!

 

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Can you say pumpkin creamer 😊🎃

 

 

a must have 🍷🍷

..another must have during storms!!!

In all seriousness, we’re as ready as we can be. Generator on standby ✔️ Batteries✔️  bottled water✔️  TP ✔️  When hubby gets home, we’ll secure the yard…fill the bathtub with water (there is nothing worse then being without power and not being able to flush!) 😁

Love life on an island!!!!

 

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Opher,I hope these will do in a pinch?! 🍷

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Silly me,,forgetting the chocolate! 

 

Whatever The Weather…☀️☔️❄️🌫

Whew……running a day behind due to ‘operating difficulties,,,but here are my entries for this weeks challenge over at Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge-Weather

“I loved weather, all weather, not just the good kind. I loved balmy days, fearsome storms, blizzards, and spring showers. And the colors! Everyday brought something to be admired: the soft feathery patterns of cirrus clouds, the deep, dark grays of thunderheads, the lacy gold and peach of the early morning sunrise. The sky and its moods called to me.” ~ L. Jagi Lamplighter~

 Summertime ☀️ 
Rain pouring down ☔️

  

Snow ❄️  

Fog 🌫  

Sun & Clouds ☀️☁️