The percolator is on the stove and I’ve already used it. Our power’s been out since about 3:30 but we’re fine, the children are all fine and I think the worst of this storm is over for us although knock wood and spit on the cat.
We’re still getting some intense gusts that bend and away the trees and tatter the banana leaves. I have branches down everywhere from twigs to limbs that will require a chainsaw to deal with.
The worst thing I can see from the porch is that my oldest, biggest oak, that sacred matriarch, has lost at least part of herself and smashed the play set in doing so.
The play set can be rebuilt but that oak was here before the white men came and I am sorrowful that it is, at the very least, broken.
I am not going outside to check it out until these gusts are good and gone but I can tell you that there is a hole in my sky where there was not one before.
The sound of wood cracking and snapping and thudding to the ground is an ominous one and we’ve heard that a lot this afternoon.
I’ve seen footage of what’s going on at the coast west of here and it’s devastating. Entire areas have been flattened and the waters are still rising. Apalachicola seems to have rivers instead of roads and buildings are flooded blocks from the actual river. I imagine our lot on the bay is underwater and I would not be surprised to discover that our house on Dog Island is damaged and/or flooded if it’s even still there.
Ah well. As I said- we are okay and my babies are all okay. Mr. Moon has the generator hooked up for a few lights and the refrigerator. We will have a fan on us tonight. And tomorrow night it’s supposed to get down into the fifties which is blessing beyond blessing.
So now the waiting is over, our questions as to what the storm would be like are answered. I’ll say it again- we are so lucky. Michael was a monster storm, bigger than anything that’s hit the mainland in fifty years. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard.
The chicken’s house is standing fine. They have not left it even to visit the coop all day.
I feel hung-over from stress and worry but that’s normal.
Thank you all for your loving and caring comments. You have no idea how much I’ve appreciated them.
Such a big storm! Have been following the news reports all day. So happy that you and yours are safe and sound. Will be heading over to the coast of Maine this weekend to watch the big waves roll in from what will be left of Michael. Be safe. Hope the power returns soon. XReplyDelete
Glad you all are ok. It's raining here in Atlanta.ReplyDelete
So nice that you and your family are faring as well as can be expected. The fear mongering is unsettling, as you mentioned. Hang in there!ReplyDelete
I am greatly relieved to hear you and yours are fine, have kept you in my thoughts all day. Yes, the sound of trees groaning and snapping is ominous......and sad....... the cycle of life and death. I hope what is left of your grand oak will live on..... be safe and well.... and heck, you have coffee, so that is great!! And vodka! Woohoo!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the good news and I'm so happy you have a percolator on a back shelf.ReplyDelete
So glad you and everyone are ok. Here in New Jersey the news reports are horrendous. ������ReplyDelete
Wonderful news! I've checked your site often today. I hope Dearie is sitting tight on her potentials. Sleep tight.ReplyDelete
Oops, I meant to say Darla.Delete
What a relief! Coffee is one of the most important things post storm. Much love and stay safe during the clean up.ReplyDelete
I think you could give some coffee to your lady-friends-chickens-scared fowl and it might make them feel better. That and some dog food. Sooooooooo happy that you and yours are safe. Bummer about the old, OLD tree.ReplyDelete
There is no global warming, eh?
just glad you are all ok. i have friends in destin and near orlando and i'm worried for them too.ReplyDelete
Good to know you all are well. Hope power is soon restored.ReplyDelete
So very relieved that you are all okay! Hope the old tree isn't too far gone and I was quite worried about the chickens; thank goodness you're past the worst of it!ReplyDelete
Whew, now comes the rain? The clean up, so glad you are OK.whew, again.ReplyDelete
Oh, Mary. I’m so glad. Big breath from me.ReplyDelete
glad that you and yours have weathered the storm.ReplyDelete
I guess that you will be hearing chain saws for quite a while but glad that everyone is in one piece.ReplyDelete
Very glad you and yours are OK. Sad about the big old oak. Hope it's not as bad as you fear.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you're all ok. Sad to hear about that hole in your sky, but I guess that's a respectable way for a tree to take a hit so I'll think of it that way.ReplyDelete
So glad to hear you're all OK, and I'm mourning for your oak.ReplyDelete
Glad you are all ok! Take care, Mary 💕ReplyDelete
I am so very, very thankful and relieved for this news. Thank you for taking the time to keep us worriers informed. The devastation looks severe and heartbreaking. I'm sure tomorrow will reveal even more. Here's hoping cleanup will go smoothly and safely. ♥ReplyDelete
I'm so glad to hear that you and yours are safe and sound. I got worried this morning when I saw how powerful the storm had become.ReplyDelete
As for the oak, it's probably weathered plenty of storms. Even if a section is gone as long as it's not uprooted I'll bet it recovers. And maybe Mr. Moon can save some good pieces and make something with them as a keepsake...just a thought.
Hugs to you. ❤
Good news for me to wake up to. Glad you're all safe. XReplyDelete
I'm so glad you all are okay.ReplyDelete
Have just started following you ( came over from Going Gently) and already can't wait to check on you to make sure you're okay...It's hard to imagine what you're all going through, but know that it must be heartbreaking. Thanks for letting us know how everyone is doing. xxooReplyDelete
What a relief. And I, too, hope that the lovely being of your old oak is substantially ok and will recover.ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to hear about the oak, but I'm glad you're OK. Hopefully the tree damage will turn out to be not as bad as it sounded. I wondered about your Apalachicola property but I didn't even think of Dog Island -- yikes!ReplyDelete
Sending so much love. It's heartbreaking to lose a tree. May that be the worst of it. xoxoxoReplyDelete
So glad that you are all okay. The cleanup will be arduous and the broken oak is a tough loss, but you all have come through the storm and for that, I am thankful.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're OK Mary. Sounds like the chickens all made it through fine too. Any word from Dearie? I told my friend in Columbia SC, that he can have the two free umbrellas we got in Macedonia when we were there a couple a months back. He didn't take us up on it. So they're still here if you need them. (My way of trying to make light of a terribly difficult and dark situation.) Mom always told me, try to find something to smile about.ReplyDelete
Stay dry...and safe.