Awaiting Irma’s Impact

 

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water supply including the fur babies

School has been canceled and I gratefully slept in this morning. For over a week Irma has been clamoring for my attention and I began by evaluating what I had in my hurricane supply kit and what needed to be replaced or supplemented. As she maintained her ferocity I made contact with my go to place in the upstate to make sure the fur babies and I would be welcome. I made a list of the things I would need to pack to take with and what I would need to to do in the house and yard, some of which is on the agenda today,

On Social media, people are already grumbling about the fact we didn’t have school today, and while I might have preferred working a least a half day today so it would be one less day to make up, I again am grateful for the time to secure the classroom yesterday afternoon and have a two day window to take care of the house, yard and evacuate if needed.

We are still twenty-four to thirty-six hours for knowing the actual impacts to expect, but the track last night and this morning indicate my evacuation place will get the same or possibly more impacts than the lowcountry. So I will press on with prep and be glad to be busy and not glued to the TV for every minor shift in track and wind. A decision to leave will have to be made by Sunday morning, regardless the house and yard will need to be prepared.

Having lived in the lowcountry for thirty-one years I am now a hurricane veteran, my first being the devastating Hugo in 1989. I was a victim of the evacuation debacle of Floyd, had a crazy diverted route home from Mathew and have hunkered down at home for others. So I know it is better to be over-prepared and overly cautious with things like canceling school. Storms will do what they do, no matter what science tells meteorologists with all their models. A last minute jog either direction or a sudden slowing down or speeding up is always a possibility and can drastically change the circumstances for impact.

By Tuesday the tale of Irma in the lowcountry will be written and we will know what the impact is. Somehow I don’t believe it will be as life altering as Hugo. Those of us who lived here for Hugo describe life in terms of before and after Hugo, much like the country does for 9/11. The images of trees snapped like toothpicks, the crumpled metal roof of the house I lived in balled up like a tissue tossed on the street, the water mark on the wall about as tall as me and the coating of pluff mud on most of my belongings are still as vivid today as twenty-eight years ago. I imagine Texas will view life that way with Harvey being the divide in time.

Hugo taught me one thing that has stayed with me, things are just things. If I have my family, including the fur babies and we are safe and healthy, then I have everything I need. Houses and stuff can be replaced, pictures are a sad loss, but the losing of them doesn’t erase memories. So if you are in the path of Irma it may impact your life with inconveniences and problems but as long as you have your life and those of your loved ones, you are blessed beyond measure.

 

 

Southern Winter Whiplash

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What will it be today?

I realize as I pen my thoughts, my friends and family that live in northern climes will have no sympathy for the plight of those who suffer from winter whiplash. What they would give for seventy plus degree days sprinkled among their winter days, or so I imagine. I certainly can’t imagine anyone enjoying frigid weather or snow day on end.

We truly have been blessed this winter, more warmth than cold. Still the swings have my sinuses working overtime and my daffodils are already blooming. What in the world will the yard be like in March?  Today was a lovely 74 and we will be dropping to the low 50’s by Saturday and then shooting right back up. One day it is sandals and short sleeves, the next is scarves and sweaters.

One thing Charlestonians are fond of saying is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes and it will change.” It is not quite that volatile but sometimes it does seem we can cover all four seasons in a week. The exception is summer, when the only change is what degree of hot it is and how bad the humidity is.

Rotating seasons in your closet is not advisable. You will need access to it all.There have been days, I have started off with a sweater and a scarf and ended the day in sandals. I am not a fan of cold weather, but I can find enjoyment in a cool day, particularly if it is accompanied by a bright blue sky.

There in lies the lesson I have learned. No matter what the season, weather, day…I should look for the gift each is bringing. There is always at least one thing and sometimes many things to enjoy. If we have a frigid day, enjoy the chance to snuggle up inside. If it’s hot, play in the ocean. Soak up all the sun you can and be thankful for the drops of rain that make our lowcounty so lush and green. It’s all in the mindset.

Our weather may be a roller coaster of conditions, so I’m going to enjoy the ride.