Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hi Ladies, I am back!

Well, Hurricane Gustave blew through here on Monday and really gave us a run for our money! Much more damage to our house and property than with Katrina 3 years ago! Nothing really major -- some shingle tabs, pieces of soffit and facia and the awning over our back porch are gone. Lots and lots of large branches laying around the yard -- just going to take a lot of time to clean it up.

The very worst thing was being out of power for 5 days -- 2 days less than Katrina. The upside was that we continually had a lot of cloud cover and rain so it didn't get up into the 90's like it did the last time which was definitely a blessing.

Someone asked why we couldn't evacuate. We have 3 dogs and 1 horse. We no longer own a horse trailer and so someone needed to be here to feed and care for him. Also, they really don't want you to bring your pets when you evacuate and there is NO WAY I am leaving my dogs! They did have minimal shelter provisions for pets and their owners this time, but I am not sure how that worked out -- I haven't heard any reports from people who used the service.

I checked out the files you all said were missing and you were right. So, I am uploading them tonight and will post the link tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for your concern and prayers. I am so fortunate to be involved in a community where there are so many wonderful people!


  1. Hi Sharon, Welcome back and glad to hear your damage was not too terrible. At least all of that is repairable. Sorry you were without power for so long, but happy you are back among the bloggers again. Have you ever considered making a "hurricane" digi kit. I have a house in Florida that weathered Francis and Jeanie in 2004 ( we were ONE mile from the eye as it landed in Fla ) which I still have all the pictures from as I never found a kit suitable to scrap them with. The usual beachy kits are too much fun in the sun and perky and bright elements...too playful. We need grunge backgrounds, dark clouds, wind, hurricane flags, hurricane icon from the weather channel, windswept palm trees, surf (without surfboards!) words like boarding up, flooding, clean-up, FEMA, evacuation time, an element of the "evacuation route" street sign, blue tarp element, shelter, .... I think you get the gist of my thinking. I can't be the only one with unique pictures from these kinds of storms. Hoping you might give this some thought. Sounds like you have some major hurricane experience too! So glad all is well with you and yours.
    Doris Gould

  2. Glad you're safe and sound!!! I couldn't leave my furry children either, so I know how you feel.

  3. glad to hear everyone ~ including the furbabies ~ is safe! :)