Monday, September 18, 2017

IRMA, YOU WERE A LOUSY GUEST

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Here we are, a week after Hurricane Irma, and all is well.

I have some Irma-related photos for your viewing pleasure.

Favorite Young Man read after the storm was over and we were without electricity:



We grilled delicious steaks:




This branch fell on the deck with quite a thud:


The backyard after Irma: 

The water wasn't as bad as it looks. It's almost dried up now.

The steps to the deck:



A neighbor's tree blows in the wind:

You can't see it in the photo, but the tree split in half at the top.

The pile of debris I created in the front yard:


That's not my car, but you can see that my leaves-and-branches sculpture is longer than the car. I still have plenty of leaves to rake in the yard.


Thanks to all of you who tried to stay in touch with us during the storm and expressed concern for our well-being. I'm sure you can see why I keep saying that it could have been a lot worse:

This is not my house, but it's nearby:



I'm very sorry for the people who have to deal with such damage, but no one died here.

The suffering caused by Irma in some areas is beyond anything I have ever experienced.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

48 comments:

  1. So glad it wasn't worse!! There was a lot worse right there in your town that I saw on the news. The islands, the keys, and several places in Florida were devastated. Be long time cleaning up after both hurricanes. Just glad you all are okay. :)

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    1. I wonder if some places will ever completely recover.

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  2. Hi Janie - I'm glad you got through ... it looks horrid - but could as you say have been so much worse. Take care - Hilary

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  3. I am glad you are safe, and my heart goes out to those whose homes, livelihoods, lives were destroyed.

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  4. Oh my gosh Janie. I didn't realize your location until now. Yikes! So glad you and your family are okay. I'm in the Lower Alabama area near Mobile Bay and I'm nervous again about all those storms brewing in the Atlantic. This is my fourth year here and it's been quiet storm-wise up until now. I guess this is the price we pay for not having to shovel snow. Not sure it's worth it. :-/

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    1. I've been here eight years. Sometimes I miss snow and cold weather.

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  5. Glad that you and yours weren't too harshly affected.

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  6. Wow..that last picture is scary. I've been through a couple bad hurricanes, but we never lost power or had any property damage. A shingle fell off the roof, that's it. Your backyard looks like it was flooded pretty bad. Glad you're all okay.

    I saw this article a few days ago and thought you'd appreciate it. Analyzing ‘Mother!’ and Other Weird Movie-Title Punctuations

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    1. I love that article. I didn't realize that the Jennifer Lawrence movie has a lower case "m." I'd like to know the reason for that choice.

      Our backyard wasn't bad compared to the way it has flooded on occasion. It's still muddy, but the pool is gone.

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  7. I guess it could have been much worse, but I'm sure it was bad enough.

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    1. Not having internet made me pretty antsy.

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  8. It is very hard to live through any storm/wildfire like this.
    Happy that you and family (woof) are OK.
    Your sweet neighborhood of cottages is darling.

    cheers, parsnip

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  9. It's over and you survived, well enough. That matters.

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  10. My heart goes out to all of you in the path of Irma, and of course all of our fellow Texans in the path of Harvey, some of whom still have water in their houses.

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    1. Flooding is devastating. The water in my backyard has dried up. We were never in any danger of getting water in the house.

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  11. I'm glad to see you're okay and that you guys were able to make the best of it. Is that... is that a Ralph Nader book?

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    1. Ha! I always look to see what people are reading, too, or what books they have on their shelves. FYM told me it's a book about the accusations that when Nader ran for president, it threw Florida to Bush.

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    2. Well, I haven't read any Nader, but I'm a big fan of his work with seat belts.

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  12. I am glad you have minor damages and power loss rather than some of the destruction I saw pictures of. Nature is magnificent and horrifying at the same time.

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  13. Great to see pictorial reassurance that life goes on. That BBQ must have hit the spot.

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    1. It was delicious. FYM ate two of those steaks.

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  14. I'm glad you didn't have more damage. Some of the places in Irma's path were so hard hit. I can't imagine having to clean up and rebuild, not knowing when the next hit might be. (And right now I believe there is another storm forecast for those regions.) It must be incredibly hard.

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    1. I don't know how some people have their homes demolished and then rebuild, rather than moving away.

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  15. It's odd how natural forces like hurricanes and tornadoes can be so destructive to some structures, while leaving things just a few feet away unscathed.

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    1. Some of the yards in my neighborhood have large amounts of debris, while others have almost nothing.

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  16. So glad you all made it through. Good thing you have a raised foundation - I notice those details.

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    1. Without raised foundations, our houses might flood every time we have a heavy rain.

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  17. I'm very glad you're safe, Janie! And thank you for photos so we know you're not holding back on how safe you are.

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    1. No holding back here. I let it all hang out.

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  18. I'm glad you're all okay. The storm has come and gone for you. Hopefully there isn't any other!

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    1. Another bad storm is brewing in the Atlantic. I don't think it's headed our way.

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  19. Irma did a thousand dollars worth of improvements here at my house. A dead pine tree that was going to cost a pocketful to have cut down fell during the wind that came through here.
    I know there were many others that were no so fortunate.

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  20. It looks like you dodged the damage that so many suffered, Janie. I can't even begin to imagine what the people in the Caribbean are going through, especially with another Cat 5 in the neighborhood ~ And the poor people in the Keys and in Texas. My heart goes out to them. I am grateful that I have never been in a bad hurricane. I'll take a blizzard hands down any time! And I'm thankful that I live way above sea level. Take care! Sending you love and hugs!

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    1. I've lived in tornado alley, been through blizzards, and now I live with the possibility of hurricanes. It's all the same to me. It comes with the territory.

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  21. Hurricanes are one reason we live in California!!

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  22. Oh Janie, I'm glad you guys are safe. Irma was indeed a very lousy guest. Glad you guys made it out safe. Hopefully you'll never have such a terrible, devastating and lousy guest again.

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  23. It could have been worse, you came through pretty well

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  24. I'm glad that you are safe and well. I have only just got the internet back and I will be catching up from now!

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