Happy Independence Day!

If I disappear for a day or two, you can probably blame it on Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa, which appears to be heading straight for us. The biggest question is, how strong will it be when it goes over our area. It has been losing some power, so we are hoping it will not gain back up to hurricane strength, and instead,Β  will get weaker and weaker–but you never know with these. If the “winds” of Fate are kind, I’ll see you on the other side! 😊

19 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day!

  1. Happy 4th of July, Marcia! Hope you stay safe while dealing with Elsa and that it doesn’t pick up any more strength before it gets there. It’s looking like we might get some remnants from the storm here Thursday into Friday, but how much and how badly depends on the track and if it stays inland or goes more offshore by the time it gets here.

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  2. My thanks to ALL of you for your thoughts and prayers for those of us who might be in harm’s way. (I know you’re saving some for the poor folks in Surfside who already have almost too much to bear with the collapse of that condo, and possible storm winds and water impacting the search teams).

    The possible good news for us is that the storm is still slowing down (on forward movement) and still no longer a hurricane. It is not projected to hit Florida’s coast until sometime around 8:am Wednesday morning, and current projections show it coming in far enough north of Tampa Bay that it may not impact us at all, other than lots of rain. We could miss even the tropical storm force winds. Of course with it moving farther into the Gulf before curving toward Florida, it can also pick up strength. I hope it comes in far enough north that it doesn’t even hit Gainesville, where my son & family live!

    The best of all scenarios would be that it flounders in the middle of the Gulf and DIES, rather than causing more misery for the folks along all the Gulf Coast and those of us here in Florida. We haven’t made a lot of storm prep for this one, largely because we have most of what we’d need. And Mark decided yesterday that he was tired of running extension cords through the house when we have to use the generator, so he has fixed up a permanent outside outlet and a special cord that will allow him to shut down the normal breakers and plug the generator into the new outlet to run the fridge, window a/c, and a few lights. I don’t understand how this works, but he’s pretty good at what he does (chief engineer at a large downtown building) and he says it’s going to be very useful. (Don’t tell him I’m still hoping we don’t have to test it out Tuesday!)

    Back to battening the hatches just a bit more so we don’t have flying flower pots during whatever winds we might get. I’ll check in again later.

    Stay safe, everyone, and enjoy your 4th of July! (You’re right, Jacquie … not quite the kind of fireworks looming over us that we expected. πŸ˜€ Still. It could be worse!)

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    • Thank you, Joan, and same to you. Well, about the Happy 4th, that is. I don’t think Elsa’s going to bother Texas, though of course, hurricanes can be pretty unpredictable. But we’ll try to stay safe! And we’ll be watching fireworks on tv tonight, plus listening to some going off around the neighborhood, I’m sure.

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  3. Happy 4th – and may the storm wear itself out quietly at sea away from shipping. Crossing my fingers and sending hugs across the pond. ❀

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    • Thanks, Trish, and that’s exactly what I’m hoping. A hurricane is exactly what we DON’T need, for sure, so hopefully by Wednesday it will have died a lonely death in the middle of the Gulf! Will keep you posted when I can. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Thanks, Kass. Hope yours was a happy one, too! We’re still doing a few more things, just in case. It’s looking less dire than the way it started out, but as you know, hurricanes are fickle things! It could gather strength or die completely, or turn left, instead of right, or any number of other permutations. I’m with you: prepare for the worst, but pray for the best! I’m glad it doesn’t look like it’s adding even more misery to the Surfside area, but none of Florida is officially “out of the woods … or should it be SEA? … yet!

      Stay safe!!! And thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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