Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew, Out

He was here and now, he's gone. There was a hullabaloo before hurricane Matthew arrived but not so much during his stay. I tried to take some videos for y'all but I warn you, they're not very good.

Here's the backyard around 8:00 Saturday morning:



The hullabaloo took place on social media and the news media and that governor of ours. But we did not fall for it at our house. I've learned a thing or two about myself and the low-country of SC over the years- trust my gut and whether or not I need to evacuate during a storm.

This one is, hopefully, the 9:00 one:



Seriously, my intuition told me this was not going to be the ginormous event the media said it was going to be. I did not flee on Tuesday evening or Wednesday. I did not flee on Thursday or Friday. We sat right here and Matthew never gave me cause for concern. However, had my gut told me to leave, I would have been out of here.

This should be around 9:30.



There's a 10:30 video that has some harsher wind and shows more water and harder rain. But where is it? Who knows??? Oh, found it but it's too large, apparently. Just imagine stronger winds and more rain.

This little cutie went with her parents to my mother's house because when you have a little one, everything changes. Great-Mimi didn't mind one bit having them there for a couple of days.



Our 'hurricane party' was small and uneventful. We played games, had some drinks, ate some food, laughed like crazy, and enjoyed a bit of guitar playing and loads of off-key singing. The off-key singing had nothing to do with the drinks. Had we had too much to drink, the singing would not have been off-key. :)

This is where all the pictures would be had I used a different camera. I messed with the setting on my little Nikon and, DANG IT, nothing but a big blurry mess. 

However, I did get a couple to come out fairly decent... OK,, they aren't blurry. 

Silly sisters. The oldest and the youngest lovelies.

The old and the young.

It took me YEARS to learn to listen to my gut. Some people call it, 'Women's Intuition.' I have been known to call it that myself. Call it what you will, I believe it is God given and not to be ignored. If I have the undeniable feeling that I am being told, "Trust me, I've got this," I try to listen. And, I've gotten much better at it as the years pile on my aging pyramid.

CAUTION: this is where I wax philosophical----After the storm, there is a mess to clean up and waiting to be done if you are left without electricity and all the stores are closed up tight but, in all that, there is a peace and calm. Isn't that the same way with our life storms? In the aftermath of Matthew I did reflect on this topic and discovered that most of my life storms have been self-inflicted. Yeah, not something you really want to see or admit but there it is.

If anyone else does this to themselves now would be a good time to let me know I'm not alone in that boat. Or in there with 12 year-olds

Image result for sce&g restoring power after matthewI'd like to give a shout out to SCE&G, our electric company. I have NEVER sung their praises before but you better believe I will from now on. They were out in full force DURING THE DANG STORM. We didn't lose power until Saturday morning but had it right back by that same afternoon. When I called to report the outage (yes, chances are they already know, but they like for everyone to call it in anyway) the girl who helped me was SUPER SWEET and I'm kicking myself for not remembering her name.





calders18_tbl_resized.jpgAnother shout out goes to Calder's Buffalo Pub, the ONLY place open in the whole town. The owners were super sweet. The wife had to go pick up the chef but they got there and the kids were able to get burgers and watch some college football. They brought burgers back with them and, YUM! Breezy and DoodleBug said the regulars at the pub were helping out as well by taking orders and busing tables. Such a friendly and inviting atmosphere. So, a great big KUDOS to, Calder's Buffalo Pub! We will be back!






If you and/or yours was in one of Matthew's path, I hope you had no more than what we experienced or even less.

Have a great Monday, y'all!



18 comments:

  1. I'm glad you were safe. The media does tend to overdo sometimes, but geez, if they don't and the catastrophe happens, the public will not be so forgiving. Your baby is beautiful.

    Amen to trust Me, I've got this.

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    1. Thanks. Reporting is fine with me but let's not exaggerate. Just tell it like it is and I'm more willing to listen. :) I know they get excited and maybe some people won't pay attention if it's not exaggerated. Who knows. LOL

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  2. As you know, we had less and are thankful that you fared well up there. I was a little concerned about y'all in the Charleston area. I also wonder how Folly Beach came through. Hopefully there is beach left in front of those beach homes. I understand that gut feeling very well and have also learned to 'listen' to mine. I get it completely!!

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    1. I think Folly was ok but they had a lot of water. Edisto was hit hard though. Most of the bad stuff hit north of us. I hated it had to hit anywhere but, I'll admit I was glad it didn't hit hard here. I am not a fan of hurricanes. So glad y'all were spared too! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm enjoying the pictures of your new grand-love! What a cutie! And all that hair! :)

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  4. So glad you are okay. When you live through a few, you learn how to read the weather.

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  5. I am so glad you kept posting as long as you had electricity. I kept watching face book to make sure you guys were all okay. I also kept up with your wondering if you were going to go or stay. I am so glad every thing turned out okay for you. The rest of your state looks pretty waterlogged though.
    So glad everyone is fine.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I just didn't feel the need to go. And most of those who did are wishing they hadn't. Getting back into town was ridiculous. I-26 was a parking lot. Most of the bad stuff was north of us and on into NC. I was really hoping it wouldn't do any damage to anyone or their homes.

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  6. My Aunt lives on Hilton Head Island, and well, being 86 decided to move inland to ensure that she had cold ice and wine - not kidding, those were her immediate concerns - that's why she is my spirit animal!

    Her long time friend checked on her place, and other than lots of debris, no water damage that he could see - whew!

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    1. Haha! She sounds like a hoot! She was wise to go inland as I've heard Hilton Head took a hard hit in places. Glad she didn't get the water damage. That's a big mess. My mother had an 8 foot water line in her house after Hugo.

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  7. Yeah sometimes we are told to expect something terrible in the form of some kinda storm and it ends up being no where near as bad as expect the worst storms are usually the ones we don't expect.

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    1. They have gotten them right before. There is no way I would have stayed for Hugo in '89. I just wasn't feeling it this time. Sometimes, they say we have clear skies and it's pouring down out my window. LOL

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  8. I tried to leave a comment here, but I'm not sure it took, so here's a second one to say I'm glad you were safe!

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate that. :)

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  9. I'm glad you didn't have any damage. We didn't either but the coast is a mess just East of us. Nice temps this week...enjoy! Hugs!

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    1. Good! I was hoping no one would have damage but it seems those north of us did. I'm welcoming those cooler temps. BIG TIME! :) Thank you!

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