I was reminded this week that hurricane season is upon us. The ominous newscasters really didn’t give it away, as they tend to blow things a wee bit out of proportion, especially on a slow news day. What clued me in were the grocery store shelves emptied of all manner of bottled water.
Frankly, I think that everyone is missing the boat on this one.
If a hurricane were eminent, I would be emptying the cookie shelves.
I believe that Irene has turned her attention away from the east coast of Florida, so we have dodged that bullet. She has however, sent a bit of rain our way. A couple of nights ago, an Irene inspired thunderstorm graced us at 3 AM. It began with a small clap of thunder that no one but Jensen heard.
He made his way to our room and stood next to my side of the bed. And what luck, just then a bolt of lightning lit up the window and the resulting thunder was accompanied by a loud scream from a small boy. Three inches from my head.
I noticed that my housekeeping skills have taken quite a hit as I clung to the ceiling fan.
When my heart regained a more regular rhythm, I left the comforting of the boy child to his father while I went in search of flash lights that worked.
And a Xanax. That’s one of those things on my hurricane preparedness list that is a must have; flashlights paired with the right sized batteries. (Not the Xanax, although…)
Bingo. I had managed to squirrel away a few of the good flashlights in the house far from the merry band of offspring that love to hijack a flashlight or two for purposes of frightening a younger sibling during threats of unsavory weather. It should be noted that I saved one flashlight from an timely death when Jensen wanted to flush it, so that he could see the inner workings of the toilet in the dark…
I look forward to a quiet (as in no activities) but rainy Friday,
trapped indoors tucked safely at home, while while watching the last vestiges of Irene gently blow north.
I believe that I may take a page from Cailey’s book, as this is what I found this week:
As if it helped…
Stay safe, all my neighbors up in the Carolinas. And stock up on cookies.