I May be MIA For a Few Days – #HurricaneFlorence

My daughter and her family live in Charleston, on James Island. As you can see from the latest map above, they are in what Erin is calling “the zone of certainty,” and have been given orders to evacuate by noon today. They are still deciding whether to head to the panhandle (they have access to a family condo there) or come here to stay with us. A lot depends on the weather conditions along each route, and the traffic tie-ups with something like a million people being evacuated.

Needless to say, if they decide to come here, I’ll be away from the computer for several days, but I hope you’ll carry on without me. Those of you who are set up as contributors, please feel free to share any news or promos you’d like folks to see and pass along. I’ll be back as soon as Florence trundles off to DIE somewhere.

And btw,Β  just as an added touch of irony, it was one year ago today that Irma was pounding Florida. At 10:00 last night, Mark and I held a memorial service for our old garage, which ceased to exist at that point in time.

Please keep everyone in Florence’s path in your thoughts and prayers. Hurricanes.Β  Don’tcha just hate ’em? I know *I* do!

63 thoughts on “I May be MIA For a Few Days – #HurricaneFlorence

    • I hope so, too, Harmony. These storms are unbelievably destructive and leave you cleaning up for months and months. (A year now, in our case). I wish this one would just blow out to sea, and leave everyone unscathed.

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  1. Oh Marsh. I remember well what you went through last year and thought of you last night when I saw the projected map of this next doozy. I’m glad your family is getting out of Dodge for safety. Keep us posted ❀

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    • Thanks, Debby. I’m very anxious for them and the “grands” to get out of harm’s way soon! And what we went through a year ago (today) is still an ongoing mess around here. Doing all the clean up by ourselves is a very slow process. We are still missing the roof to our Bali hut, and the back garden is still smashed. It’s been too hot to work out there for weeks. STILL in the mid-90s here! Gleep. Irma. The gift that keeps on giving.

      I just pray my kids get down here soon, and that their house isn’t flooded. They have spent two years remodeling every inch. Brand new carpets, fireplace surround, kitchen counters and backsplashes, kitchen island, laundry room, etc, etc, etc. A flood would be devastating! Keep them in your thoughts, for sure. Thanks!

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      • Already in my thoughts and protection bubble Marsh! So glad they’re coming to you. And hey, they still haven’t pinpointed exactly where it’s landing. I’m praying it doesn’t turn out to be catastrophic and lands back in the water. ❀ xxxx Focus on that! ❀

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        • After changing plans 3 or 4 times throughout the day, my SIL found out his restaurant would be closed an extra day or two, so they decided to head west to the panhandle. Even farther out of the line of fire than we are (we are predicted to have rain for the next 10 days straight). They have access to a family condo over there, and figured they’d just make a 5 or 6 day beach vacation of it, and pray their house is still there when they return.

          Much as I’m sorry not to get to see them this time, it really would work more smoothly if we plan a visit during cooler weather, and can actually go places and do fun things with them. We’d all be sitting here cooped up in the house, waiting on Florence to go away if they came here. As much fun as the 5-year-old is, Gramps can only play so many games of “Bonkin-zee Noggin-zee” (pillow fights) with Kaelen before he wears out. πŸ˜€ They are finally on the road and will be stopping for the night en route, then arriving tomorrow morning. They love it over there and will have a good time, and forget about the hurricane for a while.

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    • Aw, thanks, Judith. I’m keeping everyone in the path of this storm in my thoughts and prayers. And especially my kids and grandkids! It’s pretty scary, but I’m trying to stay positive. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • I suspect the winds will decrease, but the flooding potential is truly frightening. This is one scary storm! Thanks for your well-wishes, Balroop, and I hope they all come true! But now . . . we wait. 😦

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    • Thanks so much, Terri. It’s just a MONSTER of a storm. Thankfully, it appears it will pass us by here in Florida, content to let us keep on cleaning up and rebuilding from last September’s Irma. But my daughter’s home is right in the projected path, so I’m very worried. Will update on them in a bit. And I very much appreciate your keeping us and everyone in harm’s way in your prayers! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. I clicked ‘Like’ and realised how inappropriate it was.
    Just read this, and like everyone else I’m keeping you in my thoughts and praying that the storm drifts off and fizzles out. It must be awful to have another on the horizon just as you’re getting on top of things again, but when I read that your family were in the ‘zone of certainty’ the phrase gave me goosebumps. Glad they’ve moved out and hope that there’s no damage done to their home. Looking on the positive (!) side, this could be grist to your writer’s mill – I mean, they do say you should write about what you know…

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    • Everybody does that, Trish. I translate the “Like” click to mean “I’ve read this,” when it’s something sad or unsettling. Don’t worry! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. Yeah, “zone of certainty” has just kicked up a notch. The latest news is that the storm has turned south and is head straight towards Charleston, instead of into North Carolina. In fact, they are showing it impacting all of Georgia and possibly north Florida! OMG! AND they are saying it may not hit landfall until Saturday morning, instead of Thursday. Gleeep. Of course, it can still wobble in any direction, so it’s just a waiting game at this point. Getting ready to post an update on my daughter & crew. In the meantime, thanks again for keeping them (and everyone in the path of this potentially disasterous storm) in your thoughts and prayers. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Thanks so much, John! I really appreciate that. This is one scary storm, and I’m hoping every prediction is wrong and the whole thing trundles off to die in the mid-Atlantic. (I’m not betting on that, you understand. Just hoping. πŸ™‚ )

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