Friday, September 08, 2017

The Sky is Falling




Waving madly.... It's been a while. Still here, heart still beating, pulse normal, stitching sporadically, reading voraciously, waiting for Fall. Maybe my brain will feel less withered if the temperature ever again drops below 80 degrees Fahrnheit and umpteen degrees muggy.

 We've been living in a jungle all summer. Jungle defined: an area of land overgrown with dense forest and tangled vegetation, typically in the tropics...We'd fit the definition if it weren't for the OC regularly braving the heat, pests and humidity to beat back the agressive greenery .The spiders are loving it. I think their plan is to trap us in their silken  masterpieces, dry us out and feed on us 'til Christmas.




Hot, muggy, steamy, rainy. But am I complaining? I wouldn't dare. Just stating the facts. I only have to turn on the news or open the newspaper to realise how much worse off we could be.






Right now, Chicken Little is amok on television and on the roads, running madly in circles, announcing  that the sky is falling. Lady Irma. Will she? Won't she? Only her meteorologist knows for sure (maybe). Here? There? Everywhere? The roads north are choked with traffic. Gas is scarce. Chicken Little continues to shout, stirring up a frenzy.

 The OC is the calm at the eye of the frenzy. Years of emergency management, I guess. When the rest of the world is listening to Chicken Little and wringing their hands, he looks dispassionately at the facts. Panicking never an option. He did however voice just a little bit of alarm when they announced a slight westward change in her path. Into the gulf would not be pretty.

As for me, I'm supposed to be scarpering off to the west tomorrow to visit grown children. How do you pack for forest fires? Though not to be too dramatic, I think they've got them under control.....No flight cancellations yet, fingers crossed. From one 'intersting' weather event to another. With any luck, Irma will lose force and spare a lot of people a disaster. Sad for the ones she already hit.
 And if she continues to be a bitch, as one of my blogger friends called her, we'll deal with it.

Meanwhile, this is what the jungle looks like today....







I hope it won't have changed too drastically by Tuesday.

If you live in Florida or anywhere along the coast or the Gulf - good luck, hunker down and stay safe.

Watch this space for an apres Irma update - I hope it'll be from out west and that it will not involve too much drama here or there.













11 comments:

Pam said...

Goodness, I've just this minute emailed you and then thought to check your blog. Hope all hatches remain safely battened down and that your flight goes ahead ok. Fingers crossed (does that work?)

Elephant's Child said...

Loving your jungle, and hoping that the world-wide weather excesses come to an end. Yesterday.

Molly Bon said...


Pam - I'm hoping so! Reality is setting in as I pack, and realise it was just a dream that I could take my computer along. May be incommunicado for a while.

EC - If wishes(and hopes) were horses.... You know the rest, but thank you anyway!

Marigold Jam said...

Thinking of you and hoping all will be well. Friends who live in Florida have e-mailed to say they are heading north 700 miles to stay with children of friends in Indiana but from what you say the journey north will be a nightmare. Our thoughts and prayers are with all in USA who are or might be affected. Keep us informed if you can.

Sabine said...

It is hard to imagine that such a beautiful and dense jungle could be ripped apart by ferocious storms. Hope your flight is not cancelled and that all will be well in the end.

Colette said...

Happy to hear you have plans to leave - hope you got out okay. Thanks for the blog plug!

lgsquirrel said...

Thinking of you. Stay safe.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Stay safe ... God bless .

ganching said...

Hope all is well with you. My friend's mother lives in Florida. She is in her 80s and has just had a mini stroke. She spent quite a lot of time sheltering in a walk-in cupboard in her house.

Secret Agent Woman said...

All that steamy weather makes for beautiful flowers. I hope you have a good (fire-free) visit.

Molly Bon said...


Marigold - yes, all is well, thank God, though unfortunately not for everyone. It was a difficult decision for folks to make, given Irma's capriciousness. If it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, she really embraced that!

Sabine - Oh it can, and we experienced the full fury of Mother Nature back in '04/'05. This was a cakewalk by comparison, at least for us. My flight was'nt cancelled, all fine in the end.

Colette - Yes, I got out OK. Sorry to read you guys had no power and quite a bit of damage. Glad you got through it safely.

LGS - Thanks Squirrel!

S&S - Thanks!The amazingly positive from it all was hearing from far flung friends, concerned for our safety...

Ganching - A windowless walk-in closet is one of the safest places to to be in a hurricane - smart lady.

SAG - And mildew! But, yes, the flowers love the rain and humidity...