Friday, September 8, 2017

To Stay or to Go?

Knowing whether to stay or evacuate during a hurricane is never easy.  There are people in mandatory evacuation zones and flood plains of course.  Families in ancient houses with questionable roofs or mobile homes have an easy decision.  Our house has windows rated to 150 miles per hour.  We had 28 inches of rain during tropical storm Fay and stayed bone dry.  The ocean is 6 miles away with two causeways and a two barrier island as buffers.  Still, we watch and wait.  The highways are packed with the people who have to evacuate.  We have friends who left for Atlanta or north Florida yesterday, they are still on the road.  So for now we are staying put.
 Yesterday was busy getting the outside ready.  Extra caulk on windows, sealed cracks, taking care of potential projectiles like the trampoline.  We still need to drain the pool and fill the extra water jugs.  That brings me to other important plans.  Hurricane sewing.  I have several quilts hanging in the closet waiting for a turn to be quilted.  Fortunately, I found lots of good backing fabrics while organizing last week.
Twinkle Stars was a Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt of last year perhaps?  It is now freshly pressed and ready to be loaded onto the frame.  First though, I'll take a few minutes of my new favorite hobby, bouncing back and forth between the weather channel, tropical tidbits and wunderground.  The 11 am update should be out soon.  

23 comments:

Karen said...

Prayers for your safety and many others. Take care.

Alice said...

We are near the coast up here in Virginia, so I am also staring at the weather channel at times like this. Irma sure does look evil!! Be safe and have fun sewing!!!

barbara woods said...

we are in the n. west corner of Ga. and we are Irma watching to, want be as bad up here but praying for you

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Stay safe!

Libby in TN said...

Tough decision. Keep safe and let us know how it goes.

Robby H. said...

Wishing you and yours a sense of peace in your decision and a safe outcome. What a difficult decision for so many.

Magpie Sue said...

I'm watching from the Pacific NW - where we've just had our first bit of rain in over two months (a long time for us!) - and praying for your safety. Aren't we blessed to have the technology to know storms are coming so we can prepare ahead of time?

Lori said...

Thinking of you.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Be safe, my friend!! Best of luck with quilting your Twinkler Quilt while you wait to see when/if the power goes out.

Sherry said...

Prayers are going out to everyone in Irma's path. . . I've been watching from NJ and the pictures of the Caribbean are just heart wrenching.

Decisions about staying or going are always tough. Keep your options open and batten down the hatches.

Stay safe & dry.

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

Stay safe. Thinking of you.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good to know that you've prepared the outside. Here's hoping those on the road can get where they're going before the rains start. Sending all best wishes to you and your neighbors!

floribunda said...

I have one of those rainbow stars tops, too -- must remember to post a photo if I didn't already! Stay safe and dry...

Lin said...

I hope all will be well for you. Sending love and hugs. xx

Mari said...

If you're not in the mandatory evacuation zone, whatever you decide will be right for your situation. Be safe! And please keep us posted if possible. Praying that you and everyone else comes through just fine. Sanctuary available here in Delaware if you need it!

Karee said...

Praying for your safety and for all those faced with Irma & Harvey storms, shelter, and clean-up. Technology is marvelous as it leads to preparedness. May you be protected.

Deb A said...

The darn thing keeps moving west! Hope you are safe. We got Grandma all tucked in with sandbags. Grandpa is pulling down his hatches tomorrow. Time to start hauling the projectiles and getting them in the shed in our yard. Greg was to be off work at noon... and is still there trying to fix an issue with emergency badges. So much for being home this afternoon to tuck up the house. Good thing we have tomorrow morning too! Hoping you all stay safe, dry and standing with little to no issues. Quilting is the best therapy for stress... and boy is this stressful! I'd much prefer snow =).

Amber said...

Stay safe

Carol Stearns said...

Keep safe and hope you made the right decision. I live in the panhandle. Waiting and watching

swooze said...

Is it an above ground pool you are draining?

roth phallyka said...

I am also staring at the weather channel at times like this. Irma sure does look evil!! Be safe and have fun sewing!!!


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Pamela Arbour said...

I am so concerned for you. We are still trying to recuperate from Harvey. Our house was dry and had no damage but so many businesses, especially those with groceries, are having a hard time keeping up since so many of them were destroyed and it was hard to get trucks into the area with supplies. I know it will take Florida a long time to recover. My prayers are with you and your family. Please keep posting so we know how you are doing.

Emily said...

I love those rainbow stars! Hoping for you & your family to stay safe & dry.