We are fine. Irma was still a bitch but in lowercase letters. We prepared for the worst and it didn’t happen, at least not to us. We have power and some minor debris to clean up, but that’s it. So, now, please turn your attention back to those are still suffering from Harvey and Irma, from the wildfires in the West, from the earthquake in Mexico, from the monsoons and floods across the globe. There is still plenty of suffering going on.
I had hoped to be more active on my blog since our return from our road trip. Unfortunately, Irma (no friend of mine) has other ideas. As many of you already know, Hurricane Irma has torn up islands in the Caribbean, leaving devastation in its wake. Its path is set on Florida but still we’re not exactly sure where in South Florida it will make landfall. Just that it will sometime late Saturday. The latest report (as of 10 AM, 9/7/2017) is Irma is expected to go straight up the center of Florida and then veer out west.
At this point, we can only hope that those who should evacuate heed those orders and take shelter. Irma is a B-I-T-C-H. This one hurricane is likely to be more devastating than the combined impact of the hurricanes that criss-crossed Florida in 2004 and 2005.
My heart is heavy with worry for my fellow Floridians. I live in north Florida, near the border with Georgia. At worst, we’ll have tropical storm conditions and power outages.
That’s why I’m posting this now and why I’m turning off scheduled posts for the time being. Why post when I might not have the power (literally and figuratively) to respond to comments?
In meantime, please enjoy what a few of my friends are up to.
There’s a delightful post on Jill Weatherholt’s blog featuring John Howell’s fur children: https://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/summer-spotlight-lucy-bailey-and-stella-howell/
Katie Sullivan is able to sleep now that she’s started the third book in her Changelings series: http://dadialogues.org/2017/09/05/daily-lines-here-we-go/ For a review of the first book of her series, Into the Mist, go here: https://1writeway.com/2014/12/09/a-different-kind-of-book-review-changelings-into-the-mist-by-katie-sullivan/
Finally, friend and fellow blogger/writer Phillip McCollum has been setting writing goals and keeping them, to the delight of his readers: https://phillipmccollum.com/let-us-write/
Okay, this should keep y’all busy for awhile. Cheers and stay safe wherever you are.
Marie A Bailey
Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.