Saturday, September 16, 2017

Farewell Irma (personal post)

Well, we survived the biggest hurricane to hit our area, Miss Irma.  We lost power at our home situated between Lake City and Fort White Florida about 9pm Sunday, September 10th and the power was restored on Tuesday, September 12th about 4pm.  When the power was restored the kids all jumped their sweaty tired butts off the sofa cheering and hi-fiving each other.  I was happy to, I'll admit.

We are very spoiled, that much is true & I realize it more being without power for a few days.  We were lucky enough to prepare ourselves with water - but were not so lucky to have found gas before the hurricane hit nor a huge abundance of food.  And since we don't have a generator we were survived off pbj sandwiches, canned foods that we could eat without heating up and cereal.  Thank goodness for our coolers & my sweet husband for providing us with lots and lots of ice.

I just keep thinking about how much worst it could have been.  How our home could have been damaged much more then loosing a few singles.  How our bunny could have died of fright, because those howling winds and the rain pounding on the window so hard I thought it would break was enough to frighten even me.  We were lucky no tornado touched down in our field and came screaming through our house.  We were lucky to be living in a field, with no trees (lol), because after the storm had passed I saw tons and tons of pictures on facebook about trees coming down on homes, power lines, businesses, roads and more.  We didn't have that issue or the fear of that issue.  Sure we were hot, and sure we were scared.  But we had each other and we had a little fun too.

We painted, we colored, we played some games, we watched movies on the tablet, we charged our phones using portable battery chargers that we had ready to go ahead of the storm.  When the storm passed we were blessed to have some cooler weather outside, so we could open the windows and cool down the house.  The kids could go outside and play on the swing, or just be outdoors in the cool breeze.  We read books, we talked a lot & just spent quality time together.


Sure that sounds lovely, but I also got frustrated with the quiet, wishing the kids would leave me alone for two seconds because as soon as the power went out I became their sole source of entertainment.  They looked to me, and me alone for all their needs - even flushing the toilet with the water we had stored in the tub for flushing.

My husband wasn't home during most of this, he works for the Department of Transportation and so before the storm he was a road ranger on the interstate making sure travelers were okay during evacuation of southern and the coastal towns of Florida.  Helping when they ran out of gas, broke down, had a tire out or just about anything you can think of.  After the storm, he went back to work to drain streets, school parking lots, put up stop signs at all the red lights in town because the entire town is/was out of power.  Cutting up trees, clearing roads-you name it he was doing it to try to get our community back to "normal".

I look on facebook and hear so many people complaining outloud for the world to see about how they don't have power, imagine not having power or running water at your home at night, while you've worked all day in the heat and muck from a storm trying to get things back in order.  Imagine coming home from working all day in that mess and not even having a warm shower to clean yourself off in, or a warm meal.  Oh and speaking of such, we will be getting a generator for next time.  I have to be able to at least make my hard working husband some dang food for when he finally gets home at 8pm at night.  And also, thank GOODNESS for COLD BREW tea, lol.  It is the best thing known to man, honestly you should try it.  It was the least I could do, have cold tea for him when he got home lol.

I know people had it way worst then we did, I know some didn't have it that bad at all.  A lot of people understand what it takes to get an entire state back in power, back with enough fuel for everyone and food stocked in the stores.  I appreciate everything everyone has done, not just for my family - but for our small community!  I learned a lot from dealing with this storm.  I learned some things I need to do, some changes I need to make in how I run my household.  I also learned some things not to do, and some changes I need to make in myself regarding my patience.

Farewell Irma...It was certainly NOT nice knowing you!


xoxo, Lela

xoxo, Lela

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