Waiting for wobbling hurricane Irma

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Irma diary
Thursday 3pm
Beautiful light breeze blue skies and I’m glued to my tv.
The anxiety is pounding in my head
My gas tank is full, I95 north is a steady slow stream of evacuees
I looked for a hotel and could not find one anywhere between Savannah and Atlanta. The news reported there are no available rooms in South Carolina
We’re still tossing around the “hit the road” option but I’m not sure there’s any good choice since Irma has not made up her mind on where to hit us
I have some cash stashed, lanterns, a 1 burner camping stove and a few good books to keep me busy
Thursday 6pm
2 models show the storm coming up through all of Florida that would weaken it for Georgia maybe to a category 1, going up the east coast is harder for us here on the South Georgia coast, but going to the gulf side, still does not put us out of the storm
We ll see…

Friday 10 am- under evacuating orders…..
Although the storm has taken a westerly turn they are still anticipating a major rain fall and high winds  in our area.
I cannot decide on the evacuation because the western turn  may actually have me evacuating from a category 1 into a category 1….

Considering a trip to Charlotte….going to watch NOAA and make a decision tonight

3pm Friday
Grocery stores manageable, lots of water available, charcoal, grills, candles and ice
Gas available
I 95 jam packed in north lane
Sunny, light winds
Talking with folks in the stores and at Jersey Mikes most feel the better choice is to ride it out, their reasons are lack of accommodations, the Florida folks need the available rooms desperately, and all roads out are very congested.

8pm Friday

Not out of the woods but more likely tropical storm winds for our area.
Going try and watch something other than the Weather channel and hope to sleep well.
Stocked up on water, popcorn, gator aid, and coffee.
I downloaded the power outage app
Have the outside porch furniture in, did a check in with the neighbors and they are  staying.
I’m still planning to make my final decision with the 8am update from http://noaa.gov  

I have stopped watching the local weather not because I think they are inaccurate, they just seem more dramatic, while they all compete for ratings, and it is adding to the anxiety.

Saturday 8 am
A slight sign of relief as Irma seems to be moving west
Thinking of all the Florida folks in the path of this storm and sending good vibes their way.
Still under evaluation orders here in coastal Georgia. I understand the storm surge but I’m confused about all lanes of I 16 going west while the storm is moving west…and if I evacuate that way what a mess it’s going to be to get back home

I remember Hugo in 1989 was barreling toward Savannah and then decided at the last minute to make that turn to Charleston. What a noisy night that was…
So we’ll see…still sunny and calm here in coastal Ga. this Saturday morning

Saturday 3PM
We are now on a recommended voluntary evacuation
Irma still not telling us for sure where she is going……Very stressful, so I put on “soft rock” music channel
Tying up the trash cans, putting out a few sand bags, no more sunshine just clouds, gloomy, temperature has dropped, t’s breezy, laptop bookmarked to live stream the weather channel
I think I’ll binge on a night of Dr House….

Saturday 4:28PM the rain is beginning-sprinkles-thinking of our Florida neighbors

Saturday 5PM- Looking better for coastal Georgia and S Carolina, just so much stress can’t wait until its over for all….

6am Sunday
Looks like the storm is going further west and we should have tropical storm winds and rain
I’m watching the Weather channel and the storm moving into S Florida
Praying it moves fast because after a week of preparation and waiting we’re ready to get this over with
The worst memory I have with Hutricane Matthew is the wind sound and cracking trees all night , and it was pitch black outside with power out everywhere
The temperature has dropped and trees are swaying….you can feel it

.Sunday morning 5AM…CAN’T SLEEP…rain on and off but nothing bad yet
Turned the weather channel on to see whats up and if there are any changes, path about the same
Florida Keys getting hammered, and it is such a paradise

Sunday 11 am path seems to be west of Coastal Ga. cloudy breezy rainy here
So everyone that evacuated to Valdosta, Atlanta ,Columbia from the Georgia coast will feel the effects

Lots of anxiety

6pm Sunday-Steady rain slight wind thats about it…definitely a bad hair day

8am Monday September 11
Heavy rain 39 MPH wind
Power went out for about 30 minutes
Unlike a normal rain this rain is not a soothing sound, actually just like Matthew it has a mean roar.  It also is hitting everything sideways. Emergency services are not available, I have a pack of crackers and 2 ducks following me out of the pond to my porch

3PM Monday September 11
Storm seems to be giving us longer breaks in between wind and rain gust
Fortunate to have power, since thousands in Coastal Georgia do not. I can’t wait to get out of this house but roads have hanging traffic lights, some flooding and loose limbs around so probably not the best idea today, there is also a curfew for this evening.

We are still on a flash flood watch but I feel a load has been lifted…and I do not even want to hear the word “Jose” shoo shoo….

7PM September 11
Just had a downpour with a wind gust but they not as frequent and the sun is peaking out.

Tuesday 8am
Let the sun shine in….now for a quick walk around the neighborhood….it looks good overall, messy yards but minimal damage

Its out of here…and I’ll say it again just like I do after every storm..

I’ll never stay for another one 😉

If you would like to donate to those in need from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma here is a link to the Salvation army, several organizations have ways to help

http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/hurricanes2017;jsessionid=66F6C1750CEB1B5A186938E0682B3E88

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I’m a rock star…reader

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One of my favorite pastimes is reading biographies and auto biographies of rock stars from my generation.  That would be from the 1960’s, 1970’s and even the awesome 80″s. I’ll just say it like it is “the best generation of music that is still popular today and forever”.

I usually sit in my favorite reading chair, put on a cd  of the musician or band and read away.  I’m always amazed at how much I did not know about a song or the person and what influenced them and the music that by all means changed the world.

It’s always a trip in time and I recall so many great memories,  A few of my favorites are:

John Lennon The Life   http://amzn.to/2xIjLSQ

Paul McCartney The Life http://amzn.to/2xIiJq7

Pattie Boyd- Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton, George Harrison and me http://amzn.to/2vXiO6S

Cynthia Lennon-John http://amzn.to/2xI47Hf

 

 

Savannah Wildlife Refuge

On the Georgia-South Carolina state line is a beautiful wildlife refuge to visit easily accessible to the I95 interstate.  For travelers the easiest way to get to this worth while travelers break is to exit in Hardeeville, SC.  You will get off on Hwy 17 and  take it south toward Savannah. There are directional signs along the way. (about 14 miles)

It’s a good idea to  wear tennis shoes or boots because you will want  to get out of your vehicle to see the abundance of birds, alligators, snakes, and bugs. Plan to spend an hour on the 4 mile drive through trail.  There are also walking paths at certain sites.  We did get a glimpse of a bobcat so I stayed close to the truck.

There is no charge to tour this natural habitat of beauty, and for all you sweet hearts you may even get a few love bugs to tag along.

Happy travels, bug repellent needed

Cool tip for traveling with kids

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Technology sure has eased the pain of hours in the car with the little folks but there are still stops along the way that bore them to no end.  I discovered this inexpensive way to keep them happy campers. I  found that giving them their own camera kept them busy enough taking photos of just about everything and everybody.  To keep it interesting they are now “photo bombing” and doing “silly selfies”.  When settling in at  night in the hotels instead of jumping on the beds they seem real interested in downloading and laughing at the photos.  You never know  you may just inspire the next great world photographer.

http://amzn.to/2wweak0 Children’s camera on my Amazon link-Thank you 🙂

Beautiful Savannah Georgia

Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and is a relaxing vacation destination or a long weekend getaway.  You’ll enjoy just walking the beautiful streets of the historic district, city market and cobbled stone River Street.  The weather is pleasant October through May.  The summer is warm, but you can cool off at Tybee Island. Great restaurants especially if you like seafood!

For more information:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60814-Savannah_Georgia-Vacations.html

Just call me money bags 💰

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So long to the days of scratching nine spots on a lottery ticket , getting a lucky 7 to be a winner, and a prize clearly noted under the bag of gold.

I had a seriously lucky feeling on my way home from vacation and decided to buy a lottery ticket in each state when I stopped to get gas.  Then to add to my hunch I decided to scratch them on July 4th, being the patriot I am and feeling good about contributing to the nations education system.

Sure enough I had a winner on a $2 ticket, or at least I thought so.  I let hubby take a look to confirm and he agreed that it was a winner but he did not calculate the same winnings I did.  We put on our bifocals and started counting the winning symbols, along with adding up the dollars.  I went to the state website for assistance and could not figure out how much we won.  Curiosity gets the best of us so we decide to drive over the state line and cash in.

To make this interesting I decide to make him a bet that I am right about the amount of winnings and if so he has to forfeit his half, I also suggest he drive so I don’t use up the gas in my car.

We find the closet convenience store and rush to the register in anticipation of a big win, yes it’s a whopping $15.00……..

Lunch is on me….as they say you can’t win if you don’t play