Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Early tonight

Resting while staying in today.
Rarely do I have much excitement, in reality my perceived excitement may very well be tame for others.
Escaping a hurricane I suppose was a bit more realistic in the sense that was too very real in the danger department, and was mandatory to leave.

Yesterday, we received the paperwork from FEMA and today it was filled out and mailed.
A bit confusing at first, so Hubby tried calling to ask for clarification and the computerized voice said the wait would be 137 minutes, and so he hung up.

Thankfully amid the magnitude of papers sent in two separate envelopes there was a modicum of decipherable information and so we made copies of the necessary paperwork and got it into the snail mail as it came to us to go out today.

I had given the FEMA agent when I initially called our bank routing information for the reimbursement from the hotel expenses.
And according to what I was told its time frame is within ten days of receipt of all documentation.

Most adventures in life are made due to circumstances desired or beyond our control.
Many of us, myself included hate to give up any control.
But as I have aged I have mellowed in understanding how we at times must do whatever is necessary to be safe.

That said I still worry for so many people who want to be safe, but have little or no options to attain that ability.
Like in the news blurb I just received that "100 percent of Puerto Rico without power as Maria passes over country and causes severe damage infrastructure damage; hurricane downgraded to a Category 3"

I signed up for these newsworthy items to be sent during whatever I am doing online, even while I watch Netflix programming.
Helpful in staying informed.

I figured since I have been relaxing most of today why not take care of my blog early!

PS all three pieces of clothing I bought yesterday, two pairs of slacks and one blouse two sizes smaller than what I had been wearing did fit and had their tags removed, and since have been washed and dried and put away!

On that upbeat note allow me to wish you all a very happy good night and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

PSS Pray for all the people in Mexico where the death toll has risen to over two hundred and to our unofficial 51st state Puerto Rico where their fate has yet to be told! As well as all the other islands in Maria's path all need our prayers !

L'Shana Tovah to all my friends and relatives celebrating Rosh Hashanah!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Hubby and I left our mini manse around ten thirty, give or take five, six or seven minutes, and arrived in Punta Gorda at Coastal Dermatology just before ten fifty or there about. Where has all the traffic gone... la., la, la... next month they will be back, and this with catching two red lights, amazing!

The reason for going was for my six month check up with Elisabeth Webber PA, yep you General Hospital fans know the same name as that other nifty sweet kiddo nurse in GH! This one though has only two kids of her own, one of each kind yep a boy just born and a girl with a few years on her so I have been told, ha.
Once the exam was over prescriptions were told that they were to be called in, and my notification for follow-up in six months will be reminded via a phone call.

After there in the same parking lot is Bealls Outlet and a restaurant named Elena's, so Hubby moved the car over closer to the stores and to allow others the ability to use the handicap spot we had be in. I rode over on BIG BLUE; some may wonder why I need a handicap spot, well it is to get her out of the van since handicap spots are larger/wider and she needs a full girth to go in and out, as do I.

In Bealls I found two pairs of black slacks and an electric blue colored blouse, hopefully they will fit.
I cannot maneuver well in even their handicap dressing rooms. So I take things home and try them on and if they don't I exchange them with all tags and receipts in tact.

Lunch in Elena's was interesting they had enlarged it since our last visit, and their décor was unique, a little bit NASCAR with checker board black and white winning flag like tiles on their walls and floral rainbow styled patterns on their bench seats for their tables. Fortunately they also had free standing tables where they could remove a chair for me to pull in to, many were in wheel chairs there, but mad me look like a spring chicken, yep I was the kid again!
Hubby had chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes and extra gravy, I had a cup of soup, stuffed pepper soup, tasted better than you would think, and half make that a quarter of a crab salad on multigrain bread with lettuce and tomato, the other quarter came home, we both had water with lemon, tasty meal and reasonably priced too.

From there we took a drive to the bird sanctuary, but did not get out due to our mission was to see as we drove from Port Charlotte to Punta Gorda and back we looked closely and noticed that everything looked fine, all we saw slightly different was the piles of yard waste, branches and trees down but in an orderly fashioned stacked for pick up, a few had furniture out for pick up too.
Everywhere we went the topics of conversations were: "when did your power go back on?"

Many said the next day, on last Monday, but one 99 year old I met in Publix said just the other day!

After our Punta Gorda trip I had another doctor's appointment/ six month check up and breathing test with my pulmonologist Dr. Kapadia's respiratory therapist Dennis at two P.M. we were early for that by fifteen minutes, but we ran out of things to do in between. At two thirty I was to see the doctor for the results. My medication is working for one thing, but being inactive has suppressed my lung capacity slightly more, only by three points, not too bad and expected.

Finally we made it to our last stop Publix grocery, where only one of my two prescriptions was ready! The other will be in tomorrow; anyway I still have of the missing one left of the old.
We had many list items and expanded on that as we took a leap of faith and replaced our food that we threw out! Freezer items, thus the eating out, now we can cook once again!

Moving on...

As I write tonight my heart sinks with the thoughts of all those people in the islands being slammed by that category five hurricane, our hearts and prayers are with all of them!

The other natural disaster of the earthquake in Mexico is also sadness on my mind, again our hearts and prayers go out to them as well!

And now for our odd duck of a president who seems to find joy and toys with other an unstable government leaders with language meant to incense not calm our nation and theirs...

There are too many disasters created by nature Orange Frothy Haired Guy for you to challenge fate and make a manmade one or more!
We are not paper doll cut outs of people we are living creatures that need to feel safe for real!
This is NOT a pre-scripted reality show; this is our land and our lives, so watch it mister!
That is all!
Be careful!

Happy night to all and share those blessing and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Monday, September 18, 2017

"While times may seem difficult your future forecasts a quick turnaround."

 Believe it or not the first fortune I picked up was the one used for the title tonight; I believe to be apropos.
Maybe or maybe not the China City restaurant saved these hurricane appropriate fortunes and decided to generously send Hubby home with seven of them; were they foreseeing the future to be distributed after?
Coincidence I think...ha, who knows!

"To find yourself think for yourself." Rings true, not selfish.

"There is no one so rich that they don't need help or so poor that they cannot help." Interesting adage and also a truism.

"You will be showered with good luck." 2X   Now this is too two much, nah just right for each of us and very nice!

"You are heading for a land of sunshine." Hey, we are already here!
Florida minus hurricanes = the SUNSHINE STATE!

"When you gather all your resources together, goals are accomplished."

I decided to take a break from hurricane watch on here, but not actually if any of you read my posts on my FB page.

And no we did not over indulge in Chinese food, Hubby ordered a Pu Pu platter and I ordered steamed Chinese vegetables and shrimp, with a large egg drop soup for us to share that gives us leftovers with more leftovers!
So seven fortune cookies was just very nice of them, but we are fairly regulars there.
Not as much as we used to be though.

We are very lucky in Charlotte County we were one of the few of the sixty seven counties in the state where the children were able to go back to school today, and power is mostly back on except for 3% of the county. So stores and traffic lights are all powered too.

My doctors' appointments for the week have been confirmed, I have two, the dermatologist and the pulmonologist and I had one UPS medication delivery today and another FedEx at the end of the week and that makes things seem very much back to normalcy here.

Garbage collection was back to normal last week on Wednesday our normal day, and mail has been everyday since we got home last Tuesday.

Here we are extremely lucky, but many people have homes that were destroyed just miles from here and even on this block there is a house that lost its roof, and south of here in Lee and Collier counties 150, 000 people still do not have power just in those two counties. I believe out of the seven million of us that lost power one million statewide are still without.

Good news for Florida that Hurricane Maria will be curling north away from us, but horrifically is devastating the islands that Irma got too!
Pray for all those people!

Good night to all, and share those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

This is the why...and how, where and when...I did do this for the first time just this year, by the way...

Irma was a historic system that had never ever been seen before, and no one in any realm of life can deny that.

Scary, and a bit of a throwback to a fear of what might have been from personal memories of being in our own home and having it destroyed with us in it. A home bought very cheap at only 55k six years before Hurricane Charley August 13, 2004 did 80K worth of damage to it!
It is true we had had many renovations by then, but still...!

So enormous was the devastation dollar wise, for a miniscule home, square footage wise that we were in shock. And before that there was Andrew when we, myself, Hubby and our sons all while living on the other coast, but way north of where Hurricane Andrew 1992 hit, five and half hours away were able to go down there and help, and so we did. At the time I was working in promotion and knew many people at Hawaiian Tropic and requested of all things sunscreen due to the people losing their homes and being exposed to the elements and we did not want to go there empty handed, while retrieving the couple of pallets of sunscreen the fork lift driver offered us dog food he was a volunteer with the Greyhound pet Association, and we were thrilled and had no idea how much he would donate, but it was two tons, yes that is what he did and we had a trailer for all the items and collected them and brought them down to Homestead then! When we got there it was night time and we were told where to off load the sun screen and so we did. The next stop was to find where to off load the dog food and that turned out to be at a shopping center that took a horrific hit, Campbell Shopping Center, and they had set up a pet MASH unit for pets in what used to be the Humana office, but was condemned for people but okay for animals? The next day we went to look for the Red Cross to see if we could help them, but they had more than enough help and so we went back to see if the vets needed help, and they did. Crazy as it may seem we somehow were put in charge of triage, determining which pets needed help first by being the most seriously injured or ill. It was amazing, exhilarating, and we stayed much longer than we thought we would and made many friends. Were interviewed by all news agencies, local and national. We reunited families and pets, that was the best, and also fostered them out to people who were away from the hurricane area.

That was twenty-five years ago, and after we were able to help we could go home to all our creature comforts.

Any-who, that was major then, and Hurricane Charley was just thirteen years ago and we could not go home from him since we already were home, so much different and that was a realistic fear with Irma too and so thirteen years and about one month later here was Hurricane Irma!

In all the thirty-one years and three homes on both coasts of this state of Florida with all the threatening hurricanes this was the first time we were given the mandatory order to evacuate!
Never before.

So when that happens you must be crazy not to pay attention to any and all news, so yes, all three networks, the weather channel, cnn, weather underground, you name it, and we listened and monitored all of it and passed it on to you! We also live our lives as retirees, and me being disabled, seeing doctors, grocery shopping, cooking, yard work, laundry, going out to eat and shopping and going to whatever things of interest were available locally, and as far as other viewing pleasures, regular TV and Netflix streaming, anything BBC mystery wise for me and Hubby mostly Vampires for him.
So if anyone found my obsessiveness with my blogging about the impending major historical storm and now others that seem to be coming this way or not I seriously believe that is your issue not mine.

Just the title of this blog tells you that! I am SPEAKING MY MIND, not yours.
The map graphics that I have been using have been from:
Weather Underground, and if you have not been to that site you should go and read Jeff Masters blog there. He is quite knowledgeable in all things tropical including hurricanes etc. and has called the actual landings of these things as often as all others in the game of predicting.

Knowledge is Power as per Sir Francis Bacon said way back in 1597 as we all know, but too many improperly have been given credit for it, so I do try to learn from as many available information industries as possible and that are so accessible with the highways and byways of all technologies.

Any-who, below is the most recent five o'clock P.M. today position of now Hurricane Maria, they are still not committing to where she will go as far as if a US landing, sadly the same islands that Irma decimated will be hit again by her, Maria.

So I will calm or jangle my nerves with anyone else who needs to know, but as I reiterate KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, so in this case when we know what is happening then we can do whatever we have to! Ignorance is not BLISS! In these cases it can be very dangerous. PS anyone who lost power and got it back without any other physical damage to their home has no idea what all the people who lost their homes are going through! Just saying...

Now read or look at what I post here or ignore it altogether your choice or just pay attention PLEASE! BE SAFE!Maria

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Oh no! Weather weary! And yet we still do not know where she may go? THIS JUST IN: NOT HERE!

Calm down! We all know what to do! If the worse happens...first we must find out if or where she is going, right? RIGHT! This is another wait and watch system. So many weather aspects can change her trajectory. DO NOT PANIC! But pay attention or not, denial can, nah cannot work!
Just stay tuned. I know I will... that is all.
LIGHTNING RARELY STRIKES IN THE SAME PLACE TWICE! Whew! Although we were hit directly by Hurricane Charley! Although, miraculously Irma spared our home though one home on our block lost their roof!
Do this DO NOT USE GENERATORS INDOORS! I am so sorry I had to say that, but apparently there are still people who did not get the memo, and nightly on the news people are dying after the HURRICANE from that, another one of those things like WATCH SMALL CHILDREN NEAR WATER and another one people seem to forget although nightly on the news too, DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN HOT CARS!
Geez, I am so glad I got that out so much anger about those things was building up!
Stupidity knows no boundaries, sex, race, national origin does not matter when these horrors of negligence have been committed!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As your town crier, NEVER MIND!

That made me exhausted, and so...have a very...

Happy Good Night! (on me.)


Share your blessings and we will too!

Also next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Florida's aftermath

Our state of Florida of enormous size and population has made it once again through another "natural" disaster, battle scarred and missing loved ones, but not unlike the Phoenix will rise again to become the paradise loved by many and as it once was remembered. This was the first time in history that our entire state was bombarded at the same time by one enormous storm 400 miles across and a changing categories from a 5, to a 4, then 3, a 2, and a 1 and occasionally wobbled back and forth as terrorized and it roared through our substantial state!

People helping people is what happens after in these situations, and Floridians are no different each and every time.

Most could nearly declare that they have become proficient in the know how of accomplishing the care and treatment before during and after these things striking.

Frustration, sadly goes with the territory, but just when you reach your limit, surprise... either something positive happens or something... dare I say worse happens that makes the previous problem at the very least not seem as bad?

Other than loss of life and property the lack of food, air-conditioning, gas, ice and water are hardships undeniably for the survivors, the basic needs; is what tests our resolves.

Lines for food and fuel makes one feel the surreal-ness of the situations, as if only extras in an end of the world movie of the next fictional disaster fare!

But no, if only, no this is the current reality here in ninety percent of our state!

At one point seven million households were without power!
Now it is down to two million, five days later, with ninety degrees weather and feels like temperatures of over one hundred!
Mosquitoes are laying eggs, right now!
Sewerage is seeping into waterways, driveways and streets right now!
Rivers are cresting to overflow stages, right now!

And Hurricane Irma has left the state a couple of days ago!

So remember folks as the NEWS lessens its reports nationally know that it is not over here or in Texas and it won't be for not days weeks or months even years!

Helping with sending additionally monies to United Way, Red Cross or any other legit organizations can be of help, or physically volunteer if you can do that too. The news just said United Way will need you.
Most all of us do have insurance though, we do, but many still need help with cleaning up.
But some do not have any insurance and can use your help.

We were very lucky just when Hubby was having difficulty with our second generator the other one was already not working and he went out to try to fix our last and only one, he heard a humming noise next door!
The people had evacuated too and were not back yet when Hubby realized our electric had been restored just in the nick of time!
He did go out and buy the replacement for the defective part today, since you never know what could be next...Hurricane/tropical storm Jose is steering away from Florida, but please friends up north and in the mid-Atlantic states be careful he could be coming there!

Also off the coast of Africa there is #14, a fish storm we are told that could become Lee will circle back into the northern waters not touching any land masses, and then there is #96 that we have already been told is something that will be monitored and it is heading west and north, and her name would be Maria... Geez and not that Westside Story one, darn, since she was nice.

 Ahhhhhhhhhh, Florida, our chosen home for all of us... our sons are safe hours from us in either direction and even Number One had power back the day before us without any damage, so yay!

Folks all be safe and try to always have a happy good night and share those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trying hard to get back to...a

Formula for a Return to Normalcy
Tilda Kruegel 2004
We are in flux, but soon we'll be able to return to what we remember as home. Hurricanes have caused all to be in an uncontrollable situation. We must take back that control!
As a state we must reconnoiter all options to regain our strength as a whole entity, train ourselves to be valiant, reclaim what we lost, and make it better.
We can network our knowledge and resources.
We can show compassion for one another in this horrid commonality of misfortune. The old adage is true, misery does love company.
Understanding, first hand, what others have been through gives us all something we can relate to.
A TV show psychologist stated that to cope with such traumas, we must turn emotion into motion. Simply said: do something! Energy should be well spent in a positive, productive way. This way we disallow negative thinking to take over.
And yes, we have plenty to do to accomplish our tangible tasking.
From simple, annoying, repetitive calling of insurance agents and contractors to physically getting in there doing the work to repair or replace.
Life has never been simple, but with a recipe to regain whatever we consider our normalcy, this unreality too will become familiar, bringing us again to what our lives once were.

The above ramblings were written by me after Hurricane Charley ravaged our home and also about the other hurricanes that our neighbors experienced after the Summer of the Storms.
It was printed/published in the book of the above name, "Summer of the Storms", by Peace River Center for Writers that I belonged to then.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

So sorry due to technical glitches ...

I will not be doing a pictorial essay on our Hurricane Irma adventure...NOT!
First let me start with saying for us this hurricane was night and day from Charley.
We are extremely lucky that the threats of a fifteen foot surge did not materialize but was the reason that we received that robo call at 8:00 A.M. Saturday morning for a mandatory evacuation of our area the A red zone! And so we did.
The hotel we did go to was the Extended Stay America Suites hotel that took us without reservations, we called literally from a bank parking lot a half a mile away for an immediate room, they were the third hotel that I had called from that parking lot!

No frills but a decent kitchenette with a full sized fridge, two burner stove and microwave and dishes and dish towel, but out of coffee pots and toasters, and pots and pans.
We were only going to stay three nights so it did not really matter, until we found no restaurants were open or groceries!
We had brought some food but not that much.
Any-way, we did have air-conditioning free WiFi, and cable TV, so news was available and sending my blog was also able.
So we settled in and registered for two nights, the desk clerk suggested that and said the third night would not be an issue if we needed it.
Oops! When we realized we might need to stay that additional night due to the hurricane seemingly to slow and would be on its way up the middle of our state when we would be homeless once again... we definitely needed that extra night!
The new younger man at the desk told Hubby that he had nothing available for that third night and that we should call corporate and that was that!
Hubby told him what his co-worker had said, no problem, but oh there was!
Hubby returned to the room with the corporate phone number and I called.
This younger fellow, Hubby described as a twelve year old, but wasn't of course was right according to head quarters, I asked if she had any other of her hotels in the area that she could check, and she said no!?  And this was even though I harshly protested and ask her where she was and did she realize that we were in the middle of a hurricane here and told her as I hung up that she was cold! Very cold!
Hubby did something I do not recommend he told an itsy bitsy lie when he went back down to the desk saying that corporate did not know what he the young fellow was talking about and that he should handle it!
It worked!
He quickly, registered us for two additional nights and said if too many don't worry we can cancel the extra one.
Do not recommend doing that, but...
Any-who, we were desperate and desperate times call for desperate measures!

I took care of checking out and asked for the refund of the additional night that we had a receipt for being charged, but when I asked the woman at the desk said that we were only charged for three nights the fourth was no charge! Ha, joke on us.
Moving on... and to home...
As I had teased about our trip home was precarious, and it truly was. We like most everyone we know were watching any and all news of the Monstrous Hurricane Irma
400 miles across and category 5, barreling right through the middle of Florida, but with eventual leanings more towards the west coast where we live!
So of course we were tuned in.
And we even saw how each community had gotten the brunt of her wrath, with wind, flooding and every other imaginable punch she could swing at all of us Florida paradise lovers!

Even our route to our get out of town locale Lake Mary was flooded and ruined and did not escape her power!
So when it was time to leave we debated going main roads that most newscasts were showing that were nothing more than fancy parking lots, with stop and rarely go we finally reconsidered our off the usual roadway back road way to get home, and even though Route 4 from Daytona to Tampa wasn't too bad, always a parking lot even without a hurricane, we exited when we saw the 17 exit that runs parallel to I75, so there was the same road we had taken to evacuate, so we took it once again. One of the women at the hotel had told me the flood waters had receded and since she was local I believed her... STUPID ME for listening to her, and that is why folks I rarely listen to anybody! She was way too faraway from where we were going to know by eyeballing it!
Arcadia was flooded and the roads from it were too!

188.9 miles from home, we left at 10:30 A.M. from the hotel and arrived home by 4:30 P.M.!
We did stop at Publix for chicken and salads and the line was only seventy minutes of a wait!
Thankfully Hubby got gas quickly the night before, since lines that we saw on the way home made those gas shortage ones look like a breeze!

The problem with our chosen path home was when we arrived on the road towards where we really thought there would not be a problem we put in
"HOME" into our GPS, and since ours is two years old, apparently, me thinking Geez that isn't old at all, it is for a GPS... it insisted that we take 17 even with the road block cones up... and yup... several maybe fifteen miles down the road was more cones proving that they were not just there as cheerfully colored decoration in the gloom but meant something significant, THE ROAD WAS FLOODED...   still!
So we trecked back to where we took a road that was on the old school paper map we took with us, 64!
Heading towards Ono, Florida the home of Solomon's Castle the picture of Hubby and I was taken there in 2005, anyway, YAY!
We knew where to go and all the way as we closed in on home we looked for signs of devastation but there was lake like puddles and limbs already removed from fallen trees, and other floras... but not too may roofs damaged or completely, off to be honest we only saw one.
And that one was our first house on our block!
As we came closer to ours we examined it from the front, and we both breathed a sigh of relief it appeared unscathed. Our Charley experience left us with 80K in damages also insured.
Anyway, on closer examination we did lose some soffits on the west side/ garage side, and both front facing gates were broken, other than that, okay!
Hubby went into the backyard for the boat exam and he came back quickly with first a frown and then a happy face, the boat was alright too!
We already knew we had no power, since I had found out nearly 7m Floridians did not, so why would we. The generators were where Hubby left them and their full gas cans and so we have not been without power! It was dark and HOT, 85 degrees inside when we arrived home, that was dropped nicely to seventy-five!
Today Hubby took half the shutters off making the house a more happy home.
The PICS would not go... the genny spits sometimes, she is thirteen, could be partially why, who knows...!
Florida Power and Light I called today and they say we could have power back by.... drum roll please... 9-22-17! NOT GOOD!

Meanwhile, gas driven generators can be expensive to run, $97 bucks today for more gas... and so I contacted FEMA @ 1-800-621-3362 and they will pay for the hotel/motel, but not gas, chain saw yes, humidifier and dehumidifier, weather radio, and generator all yeses too, but you must register, and so I did again.
At least if the cost of the hotel could pay for our gas I figure?

Happy good night to all, and share those blessings and we will too!
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


A precarious drive home created a bit of excitement!
This is late, very, very late... busy resettling in for a partial return to normalcy.
Please forgive...I have run out of steam... and I promise that I will give more details and pics tomorrow!

Happy good night!  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Leaving for home a day early!

Spoke to a NBC-2 affiliate in Ft. Myers to NBC in NYC, news anchor Rachel Pierce, and asked her if any of her team knew how much damage, if any, or flooding, if any, in Port Charlotte?
PS we have been watching their 24/7 coverage of Irma from my laptop in our hotel room, excellent by the way!

The answer was short and not sugar coated, but also very hopeful, Port Charlotte did not receive much damage nor flooding, but most likely is out of power; not verbatim, but the gist of the answer.

Nearly six million people are without power in our state of Florida, so of course, why not us too, we lose power due to mini rain storms even without a historic rain event like IRMA, so yeah sure!

With two generators and gas to fill them, hopefully they are still where Hubby left them along side the garage in that courtyard. Even the six foot wooden white gate was nailed shut, all of our other four gates too, we should be fine.

It could be days, weeks or months until the power is back on!
Been there before, we can cope... I sure hope! Yes we can, yes we can!

Hubby is out scrounging for food, Steak and Shake is open but once there he found the wait to be two to three hours!
He thought he found a Publix grocery in the shopping center near it open, but no dice, they have great rotisserie chicken and salads to go with them.

But he did find out the Target was open, next door to the Publix, and he is bringing back to our temporary home Extended Stay America Suites two frozen dinners, one a diet special for me and him a lasagna, but also... drum roll please...  a pint of ice cream to share and finish since ice cream does not travel well on a few hours car trip, its flavor undetermined, his choice, my surprise!
Sort of defeats the purpose of my smart lite dinner, oh well...

We are under stress!

An understatement to say the least.

Comfort food, mixed with doing things in no air-conditioning, sweaty... see there is a balance!

Any-who, we have been calling our home's landline that has voice mail on it, and we felt trying that could determine if we have any electric power or phones, and nothing happened, no answer... although two times there was a busy signal that was a bit strange and disconcerning, the conclusion was our version of reassuring logic someone else was trying to call us at the same time? (Albeit we do have call waiting... uh oh!)

Does it really matter?

We are still nearly two hundred miles away from OUR HOME.

And there is no one to ask to check.

Odd question anyway, police could you see why our phone is getting a busy signal...NAH!
Oh well.

Moving on...

Hubby and I also tried finding any local stores here to buy things, some were, as I mentioned above
they have reopened.

And that positive action spawned my desire while Hubby was out to see if any were open at home in Port Charlotte!

I thought it would be great if our local goto shops were.

Sam's Club, I tried due to them having food, and other storm related necessities as well as gas, darn no one answered!

I then called our Super Walmart and they too would have many things we needed minus gas...and the phone was answered!
A woman saying that she was security said that they would be open tomorrow at 7 A.M.!



Who would have thunk it something as simple as locating a food source in a civilized land such as FLORIDA, okay maybe, maybe not... would be such a BIG DEAL?

Love to all, try my dear Florida state friends and neighbors to our north and across the Gulf and relatives all over the place try to have a happy night, we are through the worst of it, so share those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

188.9 miles away from our home!

I had taken nifty PICS of the outside of our temporary home, Extended Stay America Suites, but for some reason the normal transfer that I use is malfunctioning. All I can hope is that since I now sent it to another email address is that it might work?
Who knows.
Boredom with mellowed anxiety, is that an oxymoron?
Any-who, we are very much trying to get the information of what is happening at home via The Weather Channel.
Unfortunately, the weather channel in the midst of all the excitement consequently has their own problems with its viewers not being able to get their transmissions as slickly as we would all like to.
Our hotel has the Dish-Network a satellite system for access to their programming.
But sadly with the disaster when we most desire and need to know the technology is being tested to its limits!
Errors are appearing on the screen when we lose the picture from the satellite transmissions.
Checking our cells and laptop they too have had staccato sometime-rs workabilties, (another Tobism, its been awhile)!
My cell phone just came across with a blaring Emergency Alert Severe red triangle with a black exclamation point inside of it, stating that, "A curfew is in affect from 7: P.M." or some such thing.
Since it disappeared off my phone when I looked away! Weird!

Any-who, even here the rain has been all day long, and to give you an idea of where we are the title tells our distance, but not direction, and we are north east of our hoo.
Although, I do realize we are much safer here even with them possibly getting hurricane winds of 85, a bit different from 120-130, here rain too in possible double digits, but no storm surge, home now 15 FEET from the land and we are on the water, here we are at a 62 foot elevation and inland over forty miles.

Now we just got a tornado warning till six-forty-five!
Hubby refused to come into our safe bathroom here, inner room!
He is too big to drag and Gus went back to sleep!

Maybe I will be able send pick tomorrow if we make it through another weather emergency!

Love to all be safe and share those blessings and we will too!
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mandatory evacuation call at 8 A.M.!

Pooped, drove all day, due to traffic on I4 across the state to Lake Mary, will stay for two nights at a hotel, although they too may have hurricane force winds!

The reason for the call was our surge of 3 feet was now going to be 12+!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Mandatory Vs. Voluntary Evacuations!

Okay folks, and yes, we are still here!
Do not think we are crazy until you hear me out, and even then please do not think that, but seriously I think you too will change your mind...
Yes this nasty thing has decided to move to the western side of Florida, our side, but as we all know is that Irma almighty 2017 monstrous hurricane of gigantuan historic proportions as well as speed, is nearly 400 miles across still with it being a category 4, with winds of 155 mph, and gusts to 185, moving towards us at 12 mph, and horrifically destruction is her objective, and has been her MO on her way here!
She will be making her appearance in our Florida sunshine state first with tropical storm winds tomorrow, and then on Sunday wee hours of the morning at 2 A.M. her wrath will be felt!

That said, most all people who with us who know that they are getting a direct hit from her were told that they MUST evacuate, and this includes rains measured in feet, and wind measured as above by category that will be a 4, and that will also create storm surging as high as 12 feet, tsunami! So, we have been told oddly enough also being on a saltwater canal we will have that wind yes, but our home went through Charley a cat 4 with no time to put up shutters and this time we had plenty of time and they are up, rain accumulations of only 3-6 inches, and storm surge of only 1-3 feet! Our home is block stucco and frame structure, and even originally went through Donna in 1960! The only reason we had roof damage with Charley 2004 was due to one broken window from our neighbors roof going through it, and to this day it is still an empty lot, so that cannot happen again, and thankfully all our surrounding neighbors have boarded up, we all had enough time this time!

And we have two generators in our side garage courtyard and our gas grill that is being saved in our large stucco shed. Today I boiled a few eggs, 4, and baked potatoes 6, and made some other foods as well as homemade tomato soup, since this way besides the canned tuna, salmon, sardines and soups etc. we have things that in short work can be heated up, either on the grill that has a side burner. We have enough gas for the generators for a few days and at night for my CPAP! My chair is fully charged as well as our constant with the cells and laptop. We have a crank, battery, electric type radio, TV light contraption. The only thing that no longer works is the TV due to HD?

Hubby worked on the boat lift bunks today turning them the rest of the way sideways out of the canal, and the real reason besides the draft was due to our Bimini not being able to go up with it in the other position and very importantly if the storm surge could smash it into the rails the other way, and now it will just go up and float there! Even though it is well insured like everything else is, since it is brand new!

So we are here for the duration, and if I can safely take pictures I will.

We were given the option to leave, NOT MANDATORY!
With all the people who have very good necessary mandatory reasons to leave and the roads are so full with all of them, and our prayers are with them... we are blessed and so I wish them safe security in their travels and shelters.

Love to all and a very happy good night and share all those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

We are about where the red dot is:
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Wish us luck!
Countdown to Irma, a day and half...!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Barrier island homes, manufactured and mobile home people have been told to evacuate ... mandatory!

Even in our county they too were told to leave where the GFS, or American model keeps saying its not coming here that its going to the east coast, but now again the European is saying it is coming here to the west coast! PS for my northern friends who went through Sandy, the European model is the one that got that right for all of you...
Hubby now agreed to when we are "told" to evacuate that we will!
I am concerned that will be too late.
Meanwhile, I have gotten most everything ready to go, and all suitcases are in the guest room ready for all the clean clothes that were ready two days ago!
My other concern is to pack for a long weekend or as if your home will be gone and take everything, yep sadly that is my way of thinking now? Yes, worried, and I do believe for a very good reason.

Our odd rental neighbors across the street house's owner did board/shutter up the house, but what we can't figure out is why they decided when Waste Management will not be here till next week when all is said and done they put out a couch, chairs, and other possible projectiles to be picked up! We even called to find out if they called perhaps, but Waste Management insisted they will not be picking up such things till after and no they hadn't!

The news is saying that only regular garbage will be picked up until tomorrow.
And that you should, make sure all garbage cans and as all other things are secured!
Our pick up is Wednesdays, so we were done.

So Irma now still a Cat 5 will be a Cat 4 by the time it makes landfall on either our east or west coast or smack dab in the middle, and that statement alone is why I am very anxious! And our Governor Scott has been travelling the state basically telling everyone to leave! Calling it worse than Hurricane Andrew which was the worst until now!

Even if I still drove and wasn't wheelchair bound I would never leave without Hubby and Gus.
So I am stuck.
And it appears that if we do leave it may take quite some time.
Now I have that clotting disease, Lupus anticoagulant, where sitting for too long can cause lethal clots.
I had it more than likely forever, but was just diagnosed.
I do wiggle my ankles and raise my arms in enormous waves, and even that is supposed to be helpful.
I do know my swelling has gone down when in the chair for very long.
My other concern is my CPAP for my sleep Apnea, you see it is an electric system that I do not have a battery back up for, was told that they did not have one.
And so does my motorized wheelchair need to have a electrical recharging system.
Although, I have a manual wheelchair as well as my walker turns into a manual transporter, so at least those are doable to adjust to.

So much to think about.We do have shelters for people with special needs, but none allow dogs that I am aware of, and most are full already.

All hotels are to take you and your pets, so that is what we will do, if we head north and then west!

Please all my friends and relatives in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas all be safe, since what they are saying Irma is heading your way.

We are on that saltwater canal, but have a frame/block/stucco home so that is why we have not been told yet.
Waiting for our turn...

Take care, good night and share those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tempers flair!

I have taken issue with and have gotten quite annoyed with people who actually never experienced a hurricane and take cavalier attitudes with others who have genuine concerns for systems that are predicted to be a major catastrophic hurricane.
What annoys me is the assumptions of so-called intelligent people that you are foolish or crazy to be very concerned!
They have never been in a home being destroyed by a Cat 4 with you in it!
Or helped after in the devastation of the likes of a cat 5 such as Andrew!

Ignorance, lack of relatability, no compassion?

That said, it does appear now that we are looking more likely to NOT be in the direct alignment with the wrath of Irma, yay. But the path has changed several times so we continue watch and listen and to stay informed. Hubby has determined that we do not have to evacuate, and although our county of Charlotte had declared a state of emergency and gave the children off from school Thursday and Friday, no shelters have been open, yet. The schools are usually used for that purpose, apparently some did not get that memo since they tried going into the schools today while they were in session!
South Collier, Monroe and Miami/ Dade counties are still in dangerous territory and have been told to evacuate, Irma will be down to a cat 4 by the time she reaches them, still horrifically damaging.

We are considered in the red zone on the west coast for evacuations, due to being situated on a saltwater canal minutes from the harbor and then the Gulf of Mexico by boat. And still our emergency management feel there is no necessity to evacuate us, so that should be reassuring.

Although, we are still in the cone of concern the news medias keep reminding us, but Irma will be making a slight, enough, turn to the north east or not?
They, "the professional soothsayers" in the field of weather predictions insist there is always that wobble factor or some other such adjective descriptions of why we must stay tuned!

This has been a roller coaster ride metaphorically speaking, direct hit no direct, maybe.
So whether or not you have any previous experience with these things, your nerves can be tested only due to your own desire to be well informed!

To be fair, sure its a crap shoot this predicting thingy.
And I can tell you first hand that it was down to the wire with Hurricane Charley August 13.2004 that was going to go to Tampa one hundred miles north of here, and the last minute took that horrific right that Cat 4 nasty destroyer of everything, like a war zone!
And yet ten miles north and beyond was left unscathed.

Ask me if I am happy that Hubby has determined that we do not have to evacuate, no storm surge and the most we might get is tropical winds below 74 mph, sounds safer... but.

You see, Hubby was trained, while a fire chief in NJ, in emergency management in 1984 and used his knowledge while a deputy here in Florida as well on the county's First In Team and yearly went to hurricane conferences.
So I trust his opinion.

Lester Holt just came on NBC stating the we in Florida are in for a major hit from Hurricane Irma, WOW clarified on our east coast!

Either way a one two punch with Al Roker backing him up with the clarification!

Your latest coordinates!


Good night to all and to all be safe.
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

High Anxiety! Calm down!

And as we all know the best way to do that is to think clearly on how to handle this anxious situation.
Having a plan, using logical ways to deal with any real problem is to tackle it with calm resolve.

The issue with this now major Hurricane Irma, a category 5, of 185 mph with gusts over 220 mph, encompassing a three hundred mile area... is a bit unimaginable on what we should do and frightening of course, now in the Leeward Islands No one knows for sure when or where it will be going to in Florida; to us on the west coast or to the east coast, although they are all in agreement that we will have to deal with some effects of this massive storm either way!

Collier County residents south of us have been told to evacuate now if they can.
Other counties, ours included have also declared a state of emergency.

Hubby says that by the time he gets our hatches literally batten down we will be able to attempt leaving by Thursday at the earliest.
Meanwhile he had me order comfort food from Wally's Barbecue, the difference between Wally's and Sonny's is Wally the chef, has a Cordon Bleu certification, other than that Wally's is less than mile from here, while Sonny's is about six miles away!.
The news showed that staple items are flying off all store shelves, thankfully we had shopped prior to the panic shoppers.
The last time we got gas it was 2.11.9 a gallon,  tonight Hubby topped off our tank for 2.69.9 a gallon; we just needed five gallons thankfully!

The possibility too is the storm water surge could be as high as 23 feet!
We are waterfront with a nine foot elevation, you do the math.
Most all storm shutters are up except a few in the front to see out of and our back door to let Gus out.
Those shutters though will go up before the storm comes!
Some of our shutters are clear to see out of, which is nice.
Others Hubby took an old boat windshield and cut into them to put in little windows.
He has the outdoor furniture boat and sheds yet to secure.
My job is laundry and packing and food, dry goods and cans.

Oh no, Hubby was still outside and our evening shower is coming down!
He is in!
He has not stopped all day, in a way, thank you rain!


Keep up with local news reports! Tomorrow they should have definitive directional info, although the European model has it coming to us on the west coast and the American model has it going to the east coast.
But storms are so unpredictable, at least we now have a plan, as should you have too.
It might be busy work that you might not need to do, but at least you are doing something...true!
I will be here for you, so do not worry turn your concerns into positive action.

Take care, good night and next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Now we are getting serious!

 Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency for our state of Florida due to Hurricane Irma!
Hurricane Irma is now a category 4 storm as of five o'clock today, same strength as Harvey and Charley and shows no signs of getting smaller, it could even increase to a 5, just like Andrew!
Her estimated time of arrival is this coming weekend!
Apparently, heading towards the similar path of Hurricane Andrew, a cat 5, circa 1992, southeast Florida, but with enough size and wind that us on the west coast have been told to prepare too! And then there is always the wiggle factor could be on us?

Although, we have to prepare every year from June 1st through November 30th, since this is our hurricane season, yearly! After thirty-one years you would think this would be old hat, but we only had one direct hit.

So mostly we just tweak our already semi-ready preparations, shuttering up lastly, food and battery inventories as well as cell phone cords and weather radios, medications verified, enough, food and water enough for at least thee days. Good that I get my medication and Hubby does too... we both get our three months' supply of prescription medications delivered by mail, and I just had my month's supply of Copaxone delivered, gas is full in the car, as well as additional for generators. Laundry is kept up with in case we do lose power and also to pack if we have to evacuate. Pet food and Gus's medicine is ready too, and cleaning supplies for after.

Many stores on the news show that water is being sent from other areas of the state since many stores have low supplies. People are going berserk already in stores clearing out most of the shelves!
I WANT TO YELL STOP! But in truth that would be hypocritical, since this is very scary and too "déjà vu" for too many of us due to going to help for us after Andrew and of course those who survived it, and being hit directly by Charley, but we did survive it too!
And the European and American models where this storm is going they are oddly rarely, are both in agreement!

Wednesday, will be the day for an absolute direction confirmation,so we all  must stay tuned to all coverage from all access weather methods, TV print computers phones whatever and keep them well charged. The internet will go down, so keep that old landline to call the insurance people, and yes gather all those important papers and put into waterproof folders, same with all other important papers, etc. Those vacuum plastic bags that float is where I will be putting all family pictures, and our wedding album etc., Hubby suggested placing those under the beds to stabilize them.

Weather Underground current map:


Good night to all and to all be safe!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Look what Hubby found!

While I have been whiling away the hours with my genuine concern about Hurricane Irma, Hubby too has been doing his do diligence in preparing our lift for its sideways turn of its bunks.
You see, with the Sea Hunt a center console fishing boat it needed a deeper draft to catch water for maneuverability with its higher horse power engine but also a four stroke, 115 Yamaha, meaning more efficient gas user, yes even when we bought it in 2003. The new 2017 50 four stroke Yamaha on the Bennington pontoon boat has a shallower draft and so turning it sideways out of the main canal should mean we can still have plenty of water to go out, got that?
Which brings me to this non indigenous critter, Iguana, that have been seen more plentiful south of here. Another pet allowed to escape or someone tired of and let loose, anyway he/she is only the second of its kind we have seen in the nineteen years in this home.
He/she was photographed climbing on the construction test cylinders that Hubby removed from the seawall that formed an oval where the Sea Hunt's bow used to jut into and my ramp would go onto in to the pontoon boat, now my ingress will be on the large dock. The finger pier has been removed, it was in nasty condition anyway. But Hubby was happy we got the water pump a seven horse power with a two inch hose, a Stanley from Home Depot, bought a few weeks ago not rented, renting one was about the same price, and Hubby has decided on so many other uses for it than just helping to pull out the old pilings, now no longer needed, most were rotted and broke off. He used a winch to help with the pulling after the loosening. So reconstruction or better yet as an explanation, a reboot.
A reconfiguration. Any-who, pictures will eventually follow I suppose.
Hubby took the picture of our green friend here. Guess he knows what I like.    

We do not touch wildlife and do no encourage our pet critters to either.
Although, many a possum has intrigues our dogs, but once they snarl at you, i.e. the opossum, with those snaggletooth grin with a snarl to back it up, oh well, no pet parent intervention has been needed.
They are mostly cowards anyway; the possums that is, as many a family dog when all is said and done.
Even those tiny lizards that  are plentiful here in Florida, all of our four footed furry friends do nothing more than chase them, since early on they find out they do not taste very good!

A normal fierce rain storm has come in and it is loud and nasty!
Reminding me of the weather person's update on Hurricane Irma a Cat 3  right now and heading due west, and now she is about a week away from here and they are suggesting we get prepared for any and all possibilities!
Irma could be as high as a four or five category storm as she moves closer in the Atlantic!
Oh darn!
Here is newest five day track:


Now we should all watch carefully and pay attention!

On that note allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night, and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Don't worry, be happy! Leave it to someone like me with experience, a professional worrier, ha.

Today we had quite an ordinary day!
We left the manse at approximately 11:30 A.M. to head out to our local Cracker Barrel restaurant and dry goods at the highway exit, as most do exist there for tourists are their mainstay. But alas Hubby insisted upon leaving to drive the parking lot to see if it was others from other lands/states visiting; and no, they were all from FLORIDA, how odd?
We came to the place for their fabulous rainbow trout, which is wonderful and comes with two each fillets with also three each sides, Hubby's mashed potatoes and gravey, mac and cheese and spiced apples, and mine with hash browns, spiced apples and brussels sprouts pecan and cranberry type slaw and (2) biscuits and (2) cornbread for us both, each priced at $10.29! The mini smorgasbord, came pretty much home with us, in our remembered iced cooler! We devoured it all at dinner.
Oh I did find two cute blouses there with their enormous 70% off sale, one blouse was marked $34.99, but I got it for just over ten bucks, and the other was marked $19.99 and I got that one for six dollars, too cute!
From there again off to Publix and then Winn Dixie, and home.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, Irma!
Not too many famous Irma's out there:
Hope not notorious in the next couple of weeks!

All maps thanks to:


 Ensemble members.

Five day.


On this note of trying to stay calm, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Take the holiday weekend off from worrying about Hurricane Irma.

Nothing in the way of the hurricane coming near us but unfortunately this coming Wednesday too close for comfort to the Lessor Antilles Islands over a thousand miles from Florida, but someone please pray for them! The graphic below shows it heading towards them as a category 3 WITH 111-130 MPH WINDS! Although, no one knows for sure where it will actually be going this whole holiday weekend is fine. The only weather we will be having is our normal summer afternoon rain systems.
Even right now we are experiencing noisy thunder with rain pours eminent.
Best advice stay tuned to your local stations for all impending weather reports!
The gods are angry!
Even the Pope blames the ecological crisis on moral decay!

Our filtered layers for the earth to be protected has diminished therefore our more frequent harsh weather events, extremes in heat and cold, wet etc. are due to denial that its our responsibility to DO SOMETHING!
When the guy at the top, in charge of our country, sticks up his nose at the need to take care of the problem of Global Warming and doesn't care about doing his part and encourages others not to either... even when it slaps him in his face, I just don't know what to say to that, do you?
He will not listen.
So others stop too, but PLEASE DON'T!
All of these weather systems severity may very well be caused by all that he denies.
Study up, and think about it all, I know I will be.
Whether you believe in Global Warming or not, wouldn't it be nice to know more?  
 Here just three of the many sites on the topic:

And so we all learn more!

Nothing wrong with that!

On that note please allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Please try to know more and teach others.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Our future is uncertain on any day, so learn to take charge and help yourselves!

Apparently, I with some others opened a can of worms about now Hurricane Irma well away from us over three thousand miles from the USA, and that is a correction from last night:
Keeping up with more access! Is all that I am doing here.
It is also true that not until next Tuesday this Hurricane Irma will be still about 1800 miles from here.


Knowledge is POWER, and always has been, being aware and prepared are an absolute and so I have decided to give myself and all of you a refresher course on hurricane preparedness, okay?
The hot key below is the site, so if it is difficult to read below, which I see it might be, go there, but so many do not click on the sites I post so I thought I would make it more accessible, okay?

Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation.
Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.
Some highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:

Gather Information

Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm surgeflooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.


Keep a list of contact information for reference.
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  • Emergency Management Offices
  • County Law Enforcement
  • County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
  • State, County and City/Town Government
  • Local Hospitals
  • Local Utilities
  • Local American Red Cross
  • Local TV Stations
  • Local Radio Stations
  • Your Property Insurance Agent

Risk Analysis

Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.
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Plan & Take Action

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Supplies Kit

Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

Health & Environment

Follow guidelines to guard your community's health and protect the environment during and after the storm.


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  • Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
  • Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate.
When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet...
Be alert for:
  • Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.
  • The calm "eye" of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.


  • Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
  • Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.