Prepared for Hurricane Irene

I don’t know if anyone will actually read this since I blog so infrequently but maybe one day my granddaughter, Lilah, will.  I had a lot of readers before she showed up but she keeps me so very busy.  I take care of her 5 days a week from 8 in the morning until 8 at night and I wouldn’t trade her for blogging for all the money in the world.  At just 2 years and 2 months old she is a whirlwind of activity and at 62 years old I sometimes wonder how I keep up with her.

Anyway, this particular post is about Irene.   Wednesday afternoon at exactly 1:51 PM I was sitting in my comfy chair in my air-conditioned room playing my favorite Facebook game, Frontierville. Lilah was sound asleep taking her 2 hour afternoon nap.  At that exact moment my chair wobbled.  At first I thought it was my cat jumping on the back of my comfy chair but immediately I realized I was staring into my cat’s eyes as he sat on the bed wondering whether he should jump on the back of my comfy chair.   My next thought was that a ghost had unknowingly entered my room and was trying to get my attention until I realized that, no, I was not the Ghost whisperer. It never occurred to me that it was an earthquake.

By then a couple of seconds had gone by and I forgot all about the wobble.  My memory has been deteriorating very quickly lately.  About 15 minutes later I got a frantic call from the wasband (ex-husband) wondering if I had heard anything about the earthquake.  It took me a minute but I did put 2 + 2 together and realized I had actually felt the damn thing.   WOO HOO, my first earthquake.  We discussed the earthquake in full and then said our goodbyes.

I immediately turned on the news which I watched in between playing my Facebook game.  Some time later I heard the newscaster talking about a hurricane.  My ears perked up because I love anything having to do with the weather.  Wow, I was very surprised to find out that a hurricane called Irene was headed my way.  Immediately the excitement started to build.

Well,  here it is Saturday night and the big fierce hurricane due to hit us tomorrow has dwindled down to a mere category 1 and will probably hit us as a tropical storm.    When it comes to stormy weather I like to prepare.  I had made sure that we had all the snacks, books, and alcohol that we needed.  Oh yeah, and food and diapers for the little one.  OK, chill out, I am only kidding.  I made sure that we were fully prepared.  My daughter and I went on to hurricane preparedness websites and checked off everything we needed and actually went out and bought what we didn’t have.

By this morning the only things we needed were ice, gas, and cash.  We were a little worried about finding ice at the last-minute but the local liquor store had plenty (last minute because I forgot to buy any).

Now, after all this work, the hurricane has been downgraded and I have more cookies, cake and ice cream than we could ever eat in a month.  Now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to see any damage to anyone’s property.  I don’t want to see anyone hurt.  I just love really bad weather. When my kids were young we used to chase thunderstorms.  Yup, we would jump in the car and follow them.  My kids still love a good storm.

Now it is just a waiting game to see what happens tomorrow.  No evacuation here.  We live on an island and the last ferry off is long gone.  We are here for the duration.

Took the above photo myself tonight.