Saturday, July 09, 2005

Saturday Morning

It's quiet here in the Pine Grove at 7:40am. The Squirrels are chatting but few birds are singing. Not a good sign. When the birds leave, it means something's coming.

We are under a Hurricane Warning for Dennis. Not good. According to Accuweather, we are in it, give or take 50 miles or so. Not good.

The LH has gone with a crew to board up his office. Our plywood boards are in the greenhouse waiting for the crew to come here. When the boards go up, I am in the driveway trying to make my getaway. Boards make the house dark and miserable.

I didn't grow up with hurricanes. Nope, no experience for the first several decades of my life. I heard about them, particularly Camille in 1969 a Category 5 storm. The LH lived through that and mourned the loss of his Beatles albums which for his teen aged self was a major catastrophe. His aunt lost her home, his home was surrounded by downed trees and his entire neighborhood damaged.

I am blogging because I am anxious. We are in a "hurry up and wait" mode here. I run around and secure stuff then sit staring at the Weather Channel or checking on the NOAA weather site on the 'net.

The LH stays calm throughout the hurricane stuff. I wish I had giant medications. The children seem to do fine as long as we are together. The cars are gassed if we need to evacuate.

I'm canceled for worship tomorrow. "Don't come up here", said my elder, "Stay and do what you need to do." My congregation is on higher ground. Sounds like a sermon title, doesn't it?

God of Mighty Wind and Soft Breeze, Creator of the Great Waters and Fragile Bird's Nests, give aid to those who are suffering from this storm. Give aid to those who watch and worry. Give clear judgement to our civil officials who make decisions for our safety. Watch over the very old, the very young and the very scared.
You who speak through the wind and the quiet, grant us your aid. Amen.


Friday Mom said...

Praying for you and others affected by the storm.

the reverend mommy said...

Praying -- and I am going to lead prayers tomorrow -- I'm going to use your prayer with your permission.

St. Casserole said...

Reverend Mommy, I'd be pleased if you want to use my prayer.
Boards are up on the office, I've got a kitchen full of supplies like batteries, junk food (it is necessary to eat stuff you don't eat usually during storm situations) and instant coffee. If the power goes, we can heat water on the gas inground grill. Or, I hope we can because TLH and I need coffee for functioning.

Quotidian Grace said...

Good luck, St. Cass. I hope the storm remains in its currently weakened state ( category 2 at last report). It brings back memories of Alicia in 1983 which passed directly over our house, but mercifully we escaped serious damage. Try not to listen constantly to the news because it really heightens your anxiety.

Purechristianithink said...

Yup--talked to Mom in Pensacola this a.m. She's just grateful that Ivan already knocked down all their trees so there is nothing left to fall on the house. Good Luck!

Songbird said...

Thinking of you and praying with you, and also borrowing your prayer tomorrow, if that's allright.
Bless you.

reverendmother said...

Grace, Alicia passed over our house too, and dropped a tree on it. It really wasn't as bad as all that, and we were in Dallas at the time, but your comment brought back memories.

Stay safe and dry, St. Cass.

Apostle John said...

Stay dry! I've lived with hurricanes for about 20 years -- on the coasts of Florida and Georgia. I've lost track of how many I've been through and always fared fairly well. Of course, right now I'm in SC and not at home, so I guess it is easy for me to say :)

Kathryn said...

Can't imagine what it must feel like, knowing what's heading your way....we have so little real "weather" in UK that life grinds to a halt whenever it is even slightly extreme.
Stay safe. Praying for all of you from here x