Friday Meanderings

Today I’m using my iPad which is using my iPhone for a hotspot. Very thankful for tech that I don’t quite understand.

Heavy sigh.

Having said that, there may be auto corrects and other weird pagination because I’m using the iPad. No photos today because I use my desktop for pics and it has no energy right now.

Kind of like me.


I keep a mental “things to be thankful for” list.

Since last Monday, the day of the beginning of the mass evacuation to who knows where for people running from Irma, I’ve added my little Publix on Halls River Road to that list. Because I never had to actually enter the manic drivers on their exodus on US-19. And then after five days hearing that there was no water or soup on the shelves and we will all die from starvation and dehydration and storm surge–my Publix was fully stocked last Friday!

When I was gleefully pushing my cart full of produce and beer to my car last Friday, I received the first mandatory evacuation notice from the county. Kind of put a damper on my joyous mood.

That was the first of many notices and that was followed by numerous storm surge warnings. Yes. According to the sheriff’s department, the end was imminent. The sheriff himself even made a video showing what the storm surge would be like. Possible 6 ft at least 3 miles from the coast.

I turned the sound off on my phone. Couldn’t handle that emergency blaring any more. Yes, I know. I’m going to die. From something. Eventually.

Happy to say that none of that happened. Irma did rip into our little fishing village and we’ve been without power and cable since Sunday at 8:30 pm. I do not know what the wind speed was when it hit us but numerous huge trees were ripped up. Toppled over. Onto the lines. Onto houses. Onto roads. But no storm surge. Seriously, that’s the killer.

I’m not surprised that the power isn’t up yet for everyone. We are still down but many of our neighbors have AC again! Yippee! We are next. Any minute!

So last Friday I was whining about the propane delivery but might have forgotten then to mention that we needed the propane for the water heater, the stove top, and the automatic generator. The generator takes care of most of the first floor. That includes the AC in the master bedroom. Which we gave to Terry’s 92 year old mother. We have it better than most.

And Amerigas didn’t deliver on Monday but did show up on Tuesday. When Terry told the driver that we were sheltering Terry’s mom the driver made sure we got the full tank.

Thank you driver at Amerigas. Maybe I won’t change companies after all.

We are VERY fortunate. As Irma drunkenly stumbled up the coast she could have made a turn to the west. But she chose to make a more easterly path. We were spared.

But. My friends are still looking for gas. And ice. And power. And cable.

Next week. Back to normal.

Or as normal as we can be!

Have a great weekend!


Friday Meanderings

We’ve been traveling.

Here’s Maggie in her car seat!


Doesn’t look very happy does she?

She did pretty well for a 17 1/2 year old dog.  But I think that’s the last road trip for her.  (Mostly because Terry and I are worn out from all that driving!)  It’s flying for me next time!

Had fun.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen some of these snaps.  But, just in case you didn’t….

girls at park
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Aunt Jes arrived for a week long visit!
Adley waiting for her guests! Such a good little hostess. She greeted everyone with a hug and a kiss!
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Faces still fogged up from sleep, the “Peterson” girls wish us good-bye! They were so tired but still so beautiful!

And we were gone!  Back to Homosassa!  Miss them all!

Got to correct some statements from last week’s meanderings.

First, the Fall After School session at the Old Homosassa Learning Center will begin on September 11th.  We thought we could get it all together by the 5th but we have a lot to do!  The new coordinator, Ruth Toner-Hatfield, met with the principal at the elementary school this week.  The plan was to meet much earlier but the beginning of a new school year is a busy time and that’s the first time Mrs. Harrell had available.  We are very excited to have Ruth running the program.  She’s a retired educator and has great ideas to make learning fun for the kids.  Last year when I was trying to coordinate everything I knew I was in way over my head!  It takes a special person with a special skill set to be a teacher.  That’s not me!

Besides perfecting this year’s school program, we also have some cleaning, organizing and painting to do in the learning center building.

The second correction is on the yoga program.  After a lot of discussion with Tiffany, our yoga teacher, and many of the students, there is a new schedule.  Continuing Yoga for all levels on Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am – 11 am, a new class has been added on Wednesday mornings from 9 am – 9:45 am.  This is a yin/restorative session meant for beginning students.

Got more stuff going on.  Like the Old Homosassa Heritage Park.  Don’t have details yet but will share as soon as I have some.

And just gotta say, haters gotta hate.  They are still out there on social media spreading their lies and innuendos.  The community here in Homosassa is stronger than ever.  We have over 90 members in the Civic Club now. Many of them active members ready to help when the call goes out! From adversity grows strength!

The Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood festival committee is pulling everything together.  This festival brings the money into the civic club that in turn gives it back to youth groups, veterans organizations, and our community.

So what’s going on for us this weekend?  Jes and Andrew are coming to visit!  There might be some….Scalloping.  Eating. Drinking, Dancing. Celebrating!

Have a great weekend!