Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane Aftermath...Goodbye Irma

Hello friends! I am popping in quickly (while the generator is running) to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers over the past several days. Most of you know due to social media that my family and home survived Hurricane Irma. This was the worst damage we had. A large tree down on out power line. It snapped the wires and blew the transformer. 

The wire was holding it up here but it snapped from the weight and came all the way down.

Thankfully my home was unscathed. My dear hubby and son worked hard to get the windows boarded up and even welded these anchors for each side of the porch which have a tire rim welded to the iron bracket and buried in the dirt. A strap went all the way across the roof of the porch we built this year. It was tightened down to hold the metal roof intact. As you know, we live in a mobile home and many times the roof comes off in really high winds. They say this is largely due to the structures that are built on to the home. Even though we used hurricane straps when we built the roof, we didn't want to take any chances so the hubby welded these and they worked like a charm!

He also attached extra 2X4 support beams here and there around the porch. 

I cannot tell you how grateful I am that we sustained no damage to our home. 

The yard is covered in debris but that's no big deal. It can be and already is partially cleaned up.

Throughout the waiting game, people tried to remain high spirited and many funny memes were spreading across social media. Here are a few of my favorites.....

These were screenshots from my phone but I thought they were too funny not to share. Oh my goodness...the waiting game was the longest! Life has yet to return to normal for us...we still have no electricity but that's OK. It's a small price to pay and we are among millions that still have no power. So many lost everything so I refuse to complain. Gas is still in short supply and there is a limit on the amount you can purchase. Grocery store shelves are near barren of quick food and the deli and bakery cases are pretty empty too. School resumes for teachers Friday and the students return Monday. I have heard from several of my student's families and they are all ok. 

I visited a few of you but had no time to leave comments. I will try to soon, but for now, thank you all again. I am eternally grateful for your thoughts and prayers. They were definitely felt. Florida as a whole will need your thoughts and prayers for some time, so keep them coming.
Until next time.....

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