Hi Folks ~ Well, Matthew is coming pretty close to FL and we’ll be on the west side of the hurricane unless the storm decides to turn more easterly. That’s not what is predicted though, but only time will tell. It moved closer to FL this morning, so that sent me into ‘freak-out’ mode.
My husband and I always took care of getting ready together. I got in touch with my pastor this morning, and a couple of the men are coming around 3 this afternoon to put up my plywood hurricane shutters. The plywood is all stacked behind the barn, and the grass, weeds, etc. was about 2 ft. tall until I headed out there before lunch to weed wack and mow.
My wacker ran out of string. I restrung it and must not have done it right because I did a little and then no more string. I unplugged it, then took the bottom off to get to the spool and I can’t even find the end of the string that broke. I then got out my mower, raised it to it’s highest level from the ground and started mowing.
I’ve cried out of sheer frustration and from missing my husband, and because I am having to ask for help. Then the fact that help is coming makes me cry too.
I am praying that all will go smoothly, and that the hurricane won’t come too close. Please keep me in your prayers for strength and for peace. My 3 little barn girls have not been through a hurricane, so I don’t know how they will fare out in the barn, scared poopless no doubt. There are plenty of hidey holes for them. Straps and more straps went into building the barn, so they should be ok.
Miss Tork and I will be right here inside Plum Cottage. Praying on my part and trying to stay calm. She’s not been through a hurricane either.
Lines were forming at the gas stations. No jugs of water at the grocery. I bought 2 24 packs of water, and hopefully, our water will be ok and it won’t be a problem. Hopefully the power won’t go out, or be out for long. After Wilma, we were without power for 13 days.
Here’s the path I mowed to the back/west side of barn. I’ve not been back there since my attack of plantar fasciitis, which is about 5 months now. Feet are doing much better and I am thankful for that. Nothing like a hurricane threat to get my fanny in gear to work on the area. I’m also hoping no fencing will come down like in the past.
Stacked up plywood, ready to be put on windows.
DH & I always got busy cleaning up right after hurricanes too. So this is a whole new experience for me being by myself.
I’ll stop for now and will finish this after they guys put up the plywood.
Four dudes showed up and we were done in a little over an hour.
I am so thankful for their help. I’ve been told to call a couple of people that I can stay with if the storm is really, really bad. I don’t want to leave here though, but hopefully it won’t be bad enough to leave.
I am exhausted, physically and mentally.
The little cottage is dark with almost all of the windows covered. I’ll be glad to have them uncovered again.
Here are some of the windows from the inside. We made all of our covers from recycled wood. DH cut all of the heart shapes. Makes me love him all the more.
Ok, that’s it.
Pray for all those in the storms path. Haiti already has been hit hard.
Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady