Monday, September 11, 2017

After...

Thank you to everyone for your condolences and good wishes. I survived the storm alone in my building and though the complex and my neighborhood are littered with downed tree limbs and plant debris, damage appears to have been minimal.

What is not is the impact to my spirit. The death of Jacob within hours of this harrowing weather event has left me spent. I am tired, heartbroken and now, having to either repair or replace a non-functional HVAC system, another worry I do not need. My unit still needs painting finished up and several other odds and ends. I'm taking a break from everything for a bit just for some breathing space.

Until Next Time...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

RIP Sweet Jacob




September 9, 2001-September 9, 2017

You take the biggest piece of my heart with you, my beautiful boy...

Scary...

The storm has again strengthened and taken a more westward track. Winds are now expected here of at least 76 miles per hour. I have put water food, important papers, flashlight and supplies in my small and windowless bathroom and plan on going in there with Jacob later tonight. I hope we make it through this. Loss of power will mean no Internet so this may well be my last post. Live well and be safe.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Preparing For Irma...

Presently battering the islands of the Caribbean, Irma remains a category 5 hurricane. Poised to land in the US this weekend, it is most likely that Florida will be impacted, turns or no.

I have stocked up on canned and dry items, water and supplies. Water and canned goods were scarce today and yesterday, so much so that friends brought over two flats of bottled water because I had none. Told this morning that my condominium board said no to boarding up windows, my present contractor said he would do nothing for fear of being sued. The facilities manager who is himself a contractor as well as a resident, has been speaking to board members about this decision in an attempt to reverse it should conditions warrant boarding. Tape will do little. At this point, I will be looking for sand bags to place around doors. I have borrowed some from two friends who are not yet convinced that this storm will be serious.

 Since it is larger than Andrew, the 1992 storm that ravaged Homestead and Miami, I do not agree. I've found a pet-friendly shelter and spoken with an acquaintance who told me to call if my area is evacuated. My contractor did agree to purchase an air mattress that I will place in the bathroom shower to sleep on. Jacob will be in there with me. As there are no windows in that room, it may be the safest in my flat. Were I still driving, I'd have pack up and left the State, fur baby in tow.

Until Next Time...