August 3, 2020

Hurricane's A Comin'........


I just love (eyeroll) waking up to this on my phone first thing in the morning but, it's hurricane season here in South Carolina on the coast and it's part of living here.  Our local weather guy who is a very nice man as well has been saying he doesn't think it will be much higher than a category one hurricane but you know, in the annals of my mind I remember those same words back in 2016 with hurricane Matthew. Same scenario. Was supposed to be just a little stronger than a tropical storm and not really do much damage. 

Well, in less than twenty four hours Matthew decided to slam directly into the Myrtle Beach area as a category two hurricane. It ripped roofs off homes, ours included, ripped an ocean pier to pieces (they JUST re-opened a few weeks ago), massive storm surge, thousands and thousands were without power, some people lost power for two weeks. We were blessed in that we were only out for four days. The flooding was absolutely catastrophic. Half of my town and county was under water. Many, many people lost their homes and all they possessed in the floods and many are still rebuilding four years and another hurricane (Florence) later. So when it comes to hurricanes, my thinking is, the experts can predict what they want, a storm like that will do as it pleases when it pleases and it's better to be prepared than not. So let me show you what we've been up too today.

This morning my friend Deb came over, she comes every Monday to help keep my house clean because I can't do the heavy cleaning anymore. Our relationship started out as one of employee, employer but over the years has grown into a wonderful friendship. I have never met a more loving, honest, generous, caring and just straight down to earth friend in my life as her. The cleaning bit aside I truly cherish our friendship and always will. 

While Deb and I were inside, my Mr was outside putting the finishing touches on the new generator. He had to hook up and exhaust hose to run outside of the generator housing for fumes and heat. It took all morning because he didn't have exactly what he needed but because God has blessed him with knowledge and skill he was able to take what he had and make it work. So now, the generator is completely set to go should we need it. This in itself takes so much off my mind when it comes to power outages. I have spent many days with no electric, praying my food doesn't go bad, lugging bags and bags of frozen food down to our friends Bill and Lindas house to store in their freezer because they had a generator, using all the gas in my car to keep it running to charge cell phones and computers so we had communication with family. Let me tell, you, it's no picnic but now, thanks to Gods grace, my husbands skills as a carpenter and all around handy man and love of friends, we no longer have that worry...
After Mr came in and Deb left for the day I went outside to start gathering the deck furniture together and I wanted to take the umbrella down. We have these tiny little frogs here, I call them rain frogs because as small as they are they are VERY loud when it's going to rain. Well they like to hangout inside my deck umbrella and this morning when I went to open it a few fell out but these two little guys decided they were not leaving no matter what I did and I didn't want to hurt them by trying to move them so I have left them for now hoping they will move off on their own..

The guy here closer in the photo is a pretty good size for these little rain frogs but that other one up there is so tiny he's just a baby! So because of that I pray they move on later so I can take the umbrella down. They're super cute but I don't want them in my house...

My Mr took a shower when he came in, I checked the freezer to make sure I had left overs packed away just in case and if we should lose power for any length of time the generator will enable me to use one stove burner for cooking plus we have our gas grill outside with a new propane tank and if worse came to worse we can always cook in the fireplace which, yea, I have done that in the past. I do believe we are ready.. 

Keep all of us down here in your prayers that the storm isn't so bad and moves out as quick as it comes in. 



17 comments:

  1. that's great you now have a generator for back up. It's nice having peace of mind and being prepared, isn't it? We had a little "tree frog" all the way up on the ledge of our front door the other day, LOL.

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    1. Yes it sure is. We've lived here for seventeen years and never were able to get one. It's our own fault, we were young and dumb when it came to finances and just never made it a priority. Thankfully turning 50 and he in his 60's now we have been blessed with some wisdom and know to prepare ahead when we can... I love these little frogs. I've always been a fan of frogs since i was a little girl and these little guys although they are kinna slimy LOL I think they are just incredibly cute. They hang out on our screen door a lot or the car window and I like having them around. Thank you for so much for stopping by today :)

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  2. All the best to you. God bless and stay safe.
    When I lived in the Houston area and experienced my first hurricane, I remember the feel in the air of not knowing how it would go.
    The lil frogs are cute when they are so small!
    d

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    1. Hi Deanna,
      We made it through with really not much fan fair. Thanks be to God it was nothing more than a heavy rain storm with some wind gusts...

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  3. Sounds like you have it all together. My husband wants a generator for power outages. We have not experienced many, and the few we have have not been long but he wants one just in case. Last summer, PGE was turning electricity off for millions of Californians due to wildfires. This year nothing. Hmmmm makes you wonder if they did all of that as pay back, because they got sued.

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    1. Hi Debby
      Yes for once I think I did have it all together. First time in my life...LOL...We've lived here for 17 years and have needed to get one of these for so many of those years but we always forgot about it until hurricane season would come again and then of course we didn't have the money. I'm just so grateful we finally got one...Thanks for coming by :) XO

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  4. I can't even begin to imagine a Hurricane. We've lived through a few earthquakes, but none that effected us. You sound like you really know how to get ready for one. I just think your dear friend looks like such a sweet and generous person. Glad you are OK and hope it doesn't do any more damage. Stay safe and will say a prayer for you.

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    1. I'm smiling reading your comment because I can't imagine an earthquake.. I guess we eventually get used to living with what's around us...Yes my friend Deb is truly one of the best friends I"ve ever had.. She really has an amazing heart.....Thank you so much for taking time to come by today Wanda and for the prayers! XO

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  5. I have never had to deal with a hurricane. Tornadoes are what we have in Texas. But Summer, Sabrina and Rayne nearly died in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria. They recently reported pwer outage and hurricane weather but thankfully NOT on the same scale as Maria! It made landfall right in the are they lived. Sabrina says so many residents still have PTSD from their experiences..
    Good job in being prepared! Love and prayers....from Texas!

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    1. Hi Linda,
      See now, hurricanes can frighten me but tornadoes terrify me.I can only imagine how many people still suffer from anxiety and panic from that hurricane. It was horrible for the people in Peurto Rico... Thank you so much for coming by Linda :) XO

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  6. We have been keeping a close eye on the storm. I have a brother in law that lives in a campground on the water. His place is good. We have a camper about a mile from him on the sea side too. Our campground was flooded but the water will recede quickly. We are going down on Thursday for a long vacation.
    Stay safe down there and glad everyone is ok.
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      So glad the waters receded quickly.. Thats' what always gets us here. Not so much the storm itself but the catastrophic flooding of the rivers in the days afterwards. Have a wonderful and much needed vacation!! XO

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  7. This is really insightful and hope you are keeping safe! You were able to prepare well it seems and using a generator is a really good idea! Thanks for sharing this,
    Laila

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    1. Hi Laila,
      I'm so glad you liked the post and thank you so much for coming by and commenting!
      P.S. I love your name :)

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  8. I know the storm must be over by now, and I hope you are all safe. You've done a wonderful job of preparing for this storm. You remind me of my daughter who lives in Virginia. She does all this stuff too ahead of a storm. The storm has now gone through her area, done its damage, but thankfully she and her family are okay. Our turn comes later today and tonight. Hopefully, it will not be so bad. Stay safe, hugs, Edna B.

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    1. Hi Edna,
      Im glad all is well with your daughter and I will pray that this storm passes you as easily as it did us! ... XO

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