Saturday, September 16, 2017

Aftermath of Hurricane IRMA

Auburndale, FL (Hi   95  Lo  75)

It's been a week and we're still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane IRMA. It's hot and there's a lot of people without power. We're so lucky to have power.  We went out on Monday to check around the area. There's no stop lights, no grocery stores open, no restaurants. There is two gas stations in our neighborhood and they had long lines. We're right off I 4 so it was packed.

Our neighbor a few doors down lost her back section of the house. It's an add on and it flew up over the house and went a few doors down on the other side of the road. We heard it land at 3:53 in the morning last Monday.

A look at the pier by the clubhouse. They replaced it after hurricanes in 2005. It's gone again.

Jim checked the roof to be sure all is ok, which it is was. Our roof was put on about 3 years ago so we didn't lose one shingle. Jim says this roof is easier to walk on then the RV roof.

There's still lamp posts down. The community is in better shape overall.

This big tree fell on the house, car and golfcart. I feel so bad for them. It's a big oak and we've learned they're the first to go in any high winds.

Our pet ALI  the alligator is back in the canal. There's several that live at the other end of the lake, but once in awhile we see one in the canal behind us.

I'm still working to get "critters" done for the craft show. It's October 21, not much more time. I hope all the vendors are still coming. I'll start calling in a couple weeks to be sure the hurricane hasn't changed plans on vendors attending.  My little Shih Tzu.

Every month the Vets of the community get together for breakfast. Here's a picture of the group this morning. They just reopened the restaurant yesterday. They're one of the lucky ones. We're hearing most of the county will have electricity by tomorrow.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane IRMA left her Imprint

Auburndale, FL Hi 81  Lo 78

This is our take on the hurricane IRMA. The biggest hurricane that's hit the USA, bigger then the well known Katrina.  The storm came in from Africa and because the water is so warm it grew to a Cat 5 hitting Marco Island at Cat 4 on Sept 10. It was a fast moving storm so didn't leave a lot of water.  Here's the posts I made on Facebook during the storm. The hardest decision was to stay with the mobile home or leave. We've learned over the years that the media makes a storm a lot bigger and worse then it really is so we stayed. The picture above is Florida under the hurricane. Below is two different views from the ISS (International Space Station).  (Click to enlarge).

September 7, 2017
The storm is east, we're going to get wind and rain but nothing bad. We are packed and ready to head out if the storm takes a westerly turn. Our home took a couple other Cat 1 hurricanes and we're not expecting more then tropical winds. We still have open minds, but so far we'll stay. There's several people in the park staying we're not alone.

September  9, 2017  12:51pm
UPDATE: We're securing the house the best we can. We went to the shelter to check it out which is  4 miles from us. They can take 160 people and there's 30 as of 12:30. We really don't want to go before the storm gets here and spend 2 nights. We're waiting on the report of eye going more to the West. We notice a big difference in the climate. There's a muggy feeling besides the normal feeling of just humidity. There's NO birds at all on the lake and canal. It feels different, we've never felt before. Houses around have boards on the windows. Some of the people in the park have changed their minds and going to relatives. We can go either way, just like the path of IRMA. I'll keep you posted. Polk County, Auburndale is location to follow on wind maps.

September 10, 2017  
 Sunday Update: It's 9am and we have a light rain and very little wind. It looks like the eye of Irma is staying to the west. We're staying in place. For those in the park and have left we'll keep you informed till we have no cell service. We can charge our phones in the car. We're not suppose to have the eye of the storm till 12 tonight, but I'll use fb as a diary of what happens. We'll stay safe.

Update Sunday 2:00pm. Still everything is fine. Gusts are a little stronger but nothing to shout about, birds are flying around, rain bands are sideways but very light rain. We can barely see it raining. We can't hear it on the roof like normal. Two tornadoes past earlier, didn't drop. Still have electric. The worst will be thru the night. I'll keep updating every few hours.

Update Sunday, 5:00pm. Winds are picking up with the bands coming over. The palm tree is bending more, but we still have power. I'm hoping it doesn't go out till the pizza is done. I'll keep posting. We have the generator ready to go when we need it. I'll keep posting as long as I can. We can charge the phone in the car. Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. We're still pretty calm about the whole thing.

Update Sunday 8.00pm We are getting big bands of rain. Wind has picked up. Power is going off and on so that's about to go out. I'll post again if I can later when the main storm goes past us and if I'm awake. We're fine.
We decided it was time to put on helmets. The walls were creaking a bit and the wind was trying to come in the bedroom windows, including a little rain. We thought the helmets would help if the roof came down. 
Update Sunday, 10:45pm. Flickering power. The wind is getting more powerful. It's noisy and the walls creak, but we're still ok. We were in the eye of Fran in 1996 at night. I still don't get to see what's going on with Irma with the eye going over again at night. I'll report again thru the night, but thinking of going to bed, maybe in the bathtub. rofl

September 11, 2017
UPDATE MONDAY  12.45 am we just had the eye go over us. We made it! The winds howled and the place creaked, but no damage that we know of right now. We still have 6 hrs to go. No real feeling of danger. We still have electricity. It's been flickering but not totally out. We'll give a report later, we're going to bed. Thanks for prayers and texts. It means a lot to us. God is good.

UPDATE MONDAY 8.00AM. I just woke up!. I put in earplugs to get some sleep. We drove around the park and saw LOTS of damage in the park.  It's mostly cosmetic only a couple have more then just shingles off the roofs. I took pictures of a few homes that are damaged, some wanted a picture of their home so it's included.   I have an album setup click here. 

We had texts and calls through the whole storm. Thank you to everyone for being there. It really helped the nerves. These storms are so unpredictable. It was good to know what was going on, but would like to have the whole experience during the day.  The one thing we learned. The front part of the storm was all driving rain. Noisy and couldn't see anything but rain sheets going in front of the light pole. The eye was loud and everything was creaking. There was a lot of metal sounds and explosions of some sort somwhere. Our community electric is underground, so we don't have transformers. When the eye passed it was really loud and no rain. It came from a different direction so things started flying and carports were coming apart. The lake had very high waves that went into the houses across the lake from us. We didn't have any high water at all. Today the winds are still 30mph gusts sustained at 21mph. IRMA is on the way to Georgia. 

It's amazing how one week of planning for a hurricane does to your mind. You think totally different in buying food what to pack how long to plan without electricity. I go to the refrigerator and try to use anything that will go bad in three days. You're train of thought is always looking ahead on what will be ok for the next three weeks. 

NOAA has taken pictures of the area effected by IRMA. Scroll in to see details.

It's Florida, there's going to be hurricanes. We'll figure out what to do next time. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Labor Day Party - Hurricane IRMA

Auburndale, FL ( Hi 91  Lo 76)

Monday was labor day and we had a potluck in the clubhouse. There were 130 people and lots of food.

One of the games was shuffleboard. I play every Tuesday and Friday with a few folks and thought I'd be the first one off the court. I ended up tie with the best player in the park. We ran out of time on Monday so played each other on Tueday. He won, but at least I had a score on the board. My goal in life, is to beat him.

We had a good time. It won't be long the snowbirds will be here and we'll have a good time with get together's when they get here.

Wednesday we started thinking about what we'd do for hurricane Irma. We usually don't get a direct hit in the middle of the state so we didn't think we'd move north. We laid awake wondering if we should or shouldn't leave the state, but with the track of the storm going East and a lot of decision making we decided to stay in place. The traffic is horrible trying to go north and the coastal people have a mandatory evacuation.
I'm still crocheting for the craft fair. I'm working on Christmas decorations.

I'll post again when we get thru the storm. It may be awhile if we lose electricity. I do post from the phone on Facebook. Pray for Floridians.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hurricane Harvey - Movie from the Past

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 97  Lo  75)

I don't normally post weather activities, but Hurricane Harvey has been around for a week in Texas and it's the main topic on everyone's mind. It's catastrophic and lots of people are without homes. It came in as a cat 4 into Freeport, TX. It's flooded Houston and surrounding cities east and it will be years before all the rebuilding will be done.

Here's a couple pictures of before and after on a highway in Houston area.

Nothing else matters in comparison on what's going on in Texas.

It's now September, I thought August would never end. It should start cooling down a bit this month.

We finally got the older TV out of the kitchen and updated to a flat screen.  A very heavy TV set. We could only get channels under 100.

Now we have a cable box and all the channels.

The people next door was getting gutters put on the boat shed. The boy was talking on the phone walking around the roof.

We went to a movie in Brandon about 45 minutes from us that's a blast from the past. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was playing at a Dolby theater. It was great seeing it again after all these years. One of our favorites.

Now that it's September there will be a lot more going on. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Movie - Eclipse - Hurricane Harvey

Auburndale, FL (Hi 88  Lo  76)

It was time for another movie mainly because it had Daniel Craig the "James Bond" in the Bond movies as one of the stars. We loved Logan Lucky, it's a family movie and well done it's  about a heist at the Charlotte NASCAR track. We both gave this one a thumbs up.

The highlight of this week and all the talk was the full eclipse. We had friends from NC that went out to Casper, WY to see the total eclipse with less danger of storms and cloud coverage. There's a lot of photos online but we found a couple that were from the ISS (International Space Station) that really showed what it looked like from space.

The dark spot is the moon covering the earth.

One of the best videos of the whole eclipse.  (Click on the links).

The ISS was caught going in front of the eclipse. Here's the video:  it comes in from the right and goes from 1:00 to 8:00 angle.

One picture from a satellite.

Wednesday was the luncheon with the women  in the park. We had several new people this month and a great turnout of 41. There was a lot of laughing and meeting others that we don't normally see.

This is a neat picture from the Arches.

This weeks crocheting fun is playing card holders.

Friday hurricane Harvey came into Texas as a cat 4 hitting Rockport, TX.  We have several friends living in that area and prayers go out to them.

See you next week.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Auburndale, FL   Hi 95  Lo 77

It's been a quiet week. I haven't moved much from the chair working on crocheting. It's too hot and humid to get outside.

We decided to go to IKEA this week. Jim wanted a desk and we found one along with a comfortable chair. That place is awesome. It's well laid out and even picking up what you want is easy. Everything is marked well. (Click on pictures to enlarge).

Jim took the whole next day putting together the desk and chair. It sure looks nice in the corner.

While Jim was working on the desk, I decided to reorganize my craft cabinet.

I labeled all the plastic boxes so I could find the craft I need.

It's been very hot and humid which bothers my breathing so I'm crocheting for the craft bazaar that's coming up in October. I have a good start, but still need to get a few more items made. Here's the angels and sloths.

We've had some gorgeous sunsets. Photos never do them justice but I'll end today's blog with the best.

Next blog will be the eclipse.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Three Day Trip to Georgia - Movie Time

Auburndale, FL  Hi 90  Lo 75

I still get hitch itch, (It's wanting to get on the road and go someplace.)   Saturday we went to Georgia to see Jim's cousin Adele and her husband Dick. It was only for the weekend and we came back Monday. (Click on pictures to enlarge).

They moved from Maryland to a community in Georgia to be closer to their kids.

The entry to the community.

The view out the back door is breathtaking. The sunsets are gorgeous, although I had to take their word of it. We didn't see one.

Another view without the storm.

Next door left

Right side

The clubhouse. They have a lot of activities to keep residents busy.

There's an outside pool

and also an indoor pool.

A large gym.

Just one of the many boat docks on Lake Oconee.

We had lunch in another area by lake Oconee.

We went to Greensboro, GA to a couple antique stores. Jim found an old army helmet.

Sunday isn't the day to find restaurants or stores open. It was surprising we found a couple places open. We had a great time playing Rummikub.

Thank you Dick and Adele for a great visit. We hope to see you again soon.

On the way home at a rest stop we saw this snake along the sidewalk. People were going past it without seeing it, but we weren't sure if it was dead or not. We didn't want to go find out.

We love going to the movies and since it's so hot out we got out of the house to go see one. This week was Atomic Blonde. If you're a James Bond fan, you'll love this movie. It's James Bond but a woman. It's not for the younger family member. There's lots of twists and turns which you don't expect.

Tuesday night we had a birthday party for Sandi and Alice who live in the community. It was a super time of laughing and gifts and eating.



Cindy, Sandi, Marie

Mary Lou, Donna, Alice, Peggy

 Donna, Peggy, Shirley, Linda

Hostess, Kathy

I wanted another drone, something I can fly in the house. We found a neat one that's really little. I'm still learning to fly it, but sure is fun. I figured if I learn this one, the bigger one will be easier to handle. 

I'm back to crocheting. I'll take pictures and post next week.  It's been a fun week, see you next Saturday.