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.