Saturday, September 9, 2017

WAITING FOR IRMA

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

My policy continues to be the following: do not worry.

We are prepared. We have tons of water and food. We are NOT in an evacuation zone. The only people in Jacksonville (northeastern Florida) who have been told to evacuate are those living in mobile homes and manufactured houses (I suspect people who live at the beaches will receive a mandatory evacuation order at some point). My house has been here since 1940, and it's not likely to go anyplace now.

Jacksonville has six shelters open; two are "pet friendly," but the pets have to be in crates or cages, and owners must have the animals' vaccination records.

Although the national news programs are screaming about Irma––and yes, she has behaved abominably––she's supposed to tire out some before she gets to us. She's been one busy lady. She will need a rest.

A lot of businesses are closed or closing early––only fair to their employees. Some gas stations are running low on fuel, or are closed. Liquor stores appear to be doing a brisk business. I suspect the neighborhood bars will remain open.

I'll try to keep you updated throughout the storm. My main concern is the possibility of losing power, but the propane tank for my grill is full so if we must, we'll cook on the grill when the storm is over. We might cook on the grill anyway. We have steaks.

My lovely friend who lives in Atlanta tried to convince me to pay her a visit, but Favorite Young Man and I don't want to spend hours in the traffic when it doesn't seem to be necessary. If we do have problems, we can always decamp to the apartment of one Mr. Willy Dunne Wooters. I told my friend that he never loses power. She asked why.

My response: he lives in a gated community and the storm gods don't know the code.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Yeah, that's my Willy.



30 comments:

  1. Yes !
    Do what you can and do not worry what you can not do !

    cheers, parsnip xx

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  2. Wishing you all the best as you ride it out!

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  3. Hopefully Irma does start to tire out. She's been very angry.
    Good luck! Hope all goes well.

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  4. I'll be thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers. Stay safe.

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  5. Thank you. There are a number of my blogging friends in pushy Irma's path and I am holding you all in my hearts.

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  6. This sounds like our preparation for blizzards. And I have to say, the waiting was the worst part of the last bad blizzard we had. My nerves were frayed just thinking about it for so long beforehand. But ... better forewarned and forearmed. It's good to know you're well prepared.

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  7. It sounds like you are prepared and I know you are smart so you know what your house can handle...and you. I will actually be looking forward to reading about your experience with Irma.

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  8. When you walk through a storm...
    Just don't.
    Stay inside, and come back to tell us.

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  9. I hope Irma will be tired out by the time she gets to you. I wish she'd be tired out before she got to Florida at all. She's done quite enough damage already. :(

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  10. Hope it's not too bad. My mom lives in Mascotte Florida so I'm keeping an eye on Irma.

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  11. So glad you have a mighty safe place to be! Cute pic of Willy

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  12. Hi Janie - looks like you've got things under control ... take care and all the best - cheers Hilary

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  13. Stay safe, Janie! Glad to hear Irma will weaken before it gets to you, but still will probably get pretty darn windy.

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  14. Take care and keep us posted! I love your attitude.

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  15. Hang in there, Janie. Hoping for the best for you and everyone at Lake Junebug. Keep us posted!

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  16. I do not know how I would cope if I was in such an area

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  17. Wishing you the best, just hunker down and wait for it to pass. Sending good thoughts your way.

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  18. Don't taunt nature! I think you're probably safer in Jacksonville than you would be in Atlanta if projections are to be believed. I'm near Birmingham and am terrified of what's going to happen even if Irma tires out. Houston put the fear of God/Science into me.

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  19. Glad you are okay. Irma is arriving in Atlanta as I type. But she's not very scary. Yet.

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  20. Thanks for filling us in, Janie! I've been watching the news, and you've been on my mind throughout it. Glad to know you are in a safe place. Take care!

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  21. When you said that Willy Dunne Wooters "never loses power," I wasn't thinking of the electricity. I'll bet you weren't either, you naughty thing, you!

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  22. Thinking of you at this scary time. Hope you, your son, and the puppies stay safe.

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  23. Hope you're okay! Please keep us posted!

    Love,
    Jessica

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  24. Hope that you stayed safe. We got a bunch of rain and little bit of wind, but not much else. Of course everyone bought all the water and bread our stores had, but that is just the nature of storms I guess.

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  25. Hoping you are safe and well with your family, warm greetings.

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  26. Let us know how you're doing. Harvey came to New Jersey today, not with a bang but with a whimper.

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  27. I keep checking back! I do hope that you are okay!

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