Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stormy Hodgepodge

Here we are after that nasty Hurricane Irma. We were lucky, even though she was still strong as she moved into the Charleston area. Flooding, wind damage, lost docks and boats...and we were just on the outer bands of the thing. Here at our house, we were fine and never even lost power which is a miracle since Mother is here and is still on oxygen. Others were not so lucky. It seems the next one will go out to sea and I hope that's just what he does. I hate those things. 

But I love the Hodgepodge! And that's what we're here for today! Let's get started!

From this Side of the Pond


1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Sometimes. Elaborate. Well, there's this:



That's NashvilleDaughter on the left and her big sister on the right. I love this picture. 
2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? Nope. If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list? I do enjoy road trips but the west coast is not on my bucket list. Although, I would enjoy visiting Alaska or the Vancouver area. 

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? Other than hay fever? I love moving out of summer into fall and fall into winter and the nostalgia they evoke. As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? I do become quite nostalgic when fall arrives. The same with winter. Which season-season transition bothers you most? To be honest, they all bother me. Why do you suppose that is? It's due to the hay fever which, in my case, is not limited to one season. I'm also especially bothered by the transition from spring to summer because I know the oppressive heat is coming and hurricane season. But I do appreciate all the seasons, even summer. 

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Probably Chinese take out unless someone wants to go to Fleet Landing in which case I'll have one of everything on the menu. Do you ever lie about your age? I'll take the 5th on this one. 

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently? If we all threw our problems in a big pile, we'd grab our own back straight away. Maybe because our problems don't seem so bad when compared to others and maybe because there's a sort of comfort with our own problems.  

6.  Insert your own random thought here. Hurricane Irma packed way more of a punch to the Charleston area than I thought she would. Of course, it was nothing compared to Florida but we did have flooding and a couple of tornadoes that touched down not to mention the wind damage to homes all over the county. Hurricanes are scary storms and I am not a fan, no one is. I'm almost to the point that,  should another one hit us, I'm out. Moving. Changing my address. Every June-November we hope a hurricane won't come our way. Hugo was more than enough for me. I'm glad Irma is gone and I'm joining everyone in saying, "NO WAY, JOSE!" Please continue to keep Texas, Florida, Georgia, and SC in your thoughts and prayers. And let's hope we've seen the last of the hurricanes for the next hundred years at least. 


The following pictures were taken by local photographer, Mic Smith. You can visit his website here.  I think he did a good job of showing how utterly stupid people can be during a hurricane. 












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16 comments:

  1. Thank God that you didn't lose electricity with your Mom on an oxygen machine! Going over to check out Coaster Doodles right now. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Right?! She has the tanks just in case but they do run out after a certain amount of time. It was scary for a minute there for sure. Thanks for commenting and for checking out CoasterDoodles!

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  2. Oh those photos! I don't think i could live where there are hurricanes. You're brave people! And I always thought your four seasons were Beastly Hot, Football, Wonderful Winter, and Dread. LOL So glad you guys didn't lose power there. Take care. xo

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    1. It's just nuts. After Hugo we've been fairly lucky but if another one comes, that's it for me. One big one is enough. You're right about the seasons here! LOL

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  3. Still no power here and they're saying it might be Friday before it's back on. Crazy! I used to have horrible hay fever and other seasonal allergies, but started taking Allegra year round about three years ago and now practically no reaction at all. I try to buy it in sale-it's worked for me really well

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    1. I always wonder if it's because our lines are underground that we rarely lose power. Y'all must have been hit hard up there. We have about 14,000 without power still so that's not too bad. Three schools didn't make it back today because of not having power yet. I've tried Allegra along with a few others and no luck. Funny thing, I never had allergies until I moved to the coast 33 years ago. Ha! Thanks, Joyce!

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  4. Thankful you are alright. I am sending prayers and hugs.

    We have family in Texas that have clean up and my friend Marv lost his Winter cabin.

    Love your picture is worth a thousand words. :-)
    Carla

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    1. Goodness, so many lost so much. These storms are awful. Hugo was the last really big one through here. I've never seen such destruction and I never want to again. Isn't that the funniest picture? It's my favorite of my two oldest. :) Thank you!

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  5. I'm happy to hear that you survived Irma. I was wondering. I'm certainly glad she had lost much of her strength before she got to us, aren't you?!!!
    I can't believe the actions of some, during storms, as shown in those pictures. Crazy! Now people want to get snarky with the power people because their lights aren't back on, yet. More craziness.
    Take care,
    Kathy (Reflections)

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    1. Yes! I am so glad she lost most of her strength though she still packed a punch more than I anticipated. I'm glad it's over. Seriously, who goes out in that kind of weather? Idiots. LOL I'm pretty sure the power guys are working as hard as they can. But I do understand the frustration of not having power. I find the nicer I am to them, the quicker my power comes on under normal circumstances. :)

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  6. "sort of comfort with our own problems" - is that like the devil you know vs. the devil you don't? Some people and hurricanes - I don't understand. Oh wait, maybe it is that THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

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    1. Yep, pretty much. :) Maybe they don't but I'm pretty sure they're just stupid. LOL

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  7. Some pictures are worth one word "stupid" being the word................
    I am 54 never lie about my age, my nanna would never say how old she was................

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    1. I can't believe those idiots were out in that storm. My grandmother never told her age, either. And she colored her hair well into her 90s. :)

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  8. So glad that Irma spared you. We lived in Charleston in the 70s and experienced both tornadoes and hurricanes and neither was fun. We live in upstate NY now and I'll take our winter snowstorms over hurricanes and tornadoes any day!

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    1. I wouldn't mind winter snow as long as it's not ice. I'm just know I'd slip and hit my head on that stuff. I've been in Charleston for 33 years and I've never quite fallen in love with it.

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