Saturday, September 04, 2004

UPDATE 7:45 AM Saturday; Hurricane Frances 2004

Well, it's still heading for us. If you're looking at a map, we're in Sumter County -just to the left of lake county. Our particular town is just miles from where they expect the eye to hit. We are in the Southwesternmost corner of the county.

Right now it's a little gray outside and a wee bit windy. They're really not expecting it to actually hit here until tomorrow around noon time. They DO anticipate winds and rains increasing as it nears. We're expecting anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of rain. Our property is high and dry and doesn't traditionally flood. We'll see what happens this time.

For those of you who are concerned, the only ones that are being evacuated in this county are those living in manufactured homes (glorified trailers) and trailer dwellers. Our home is sturdily built on a concrete slab. We've boarded up all of the windows. It's dark as a pocket in here. I have plenty of ice, water, flashlights, batteries, nonperishable foods.

How do we feel? A little anxious. A tiny bit scared. It's kind of weird. You have that feeling that you want to protect your home and family at all costs, but with something like this, there's only so much we can do. A hurricane is wildly unpredictable.

What's the neighborhood look like now? Yesterday there were four homes that have done nothing to board up. Last night the Alcoholic across the street began working on his windows. He's really F'ed in the head. Instead of attaching the boards to the exterior of his windows, he's taken them inside. I don't know what he's thinking. We're a little concerned about one of the two others on the street. Mizz Jean and Mr. Jim are older and their house looks a little less than well kept up. They have a tremendous amount of "Yard Art" (to quote <a href="">Amanda</a>). Their "fence" is constructed entirely of lattice and two by fours. They haven't boarded up. Doesn't look like they did anything with their "yard art." The other guy on the street is Mr. Antisocial -don't get me wrong we don't expect or even want to be friends with EVERY person on the street, but don't be lookin' right at us when we wave and do a 360 degree turn to face your house like you didn't even see us.

Do we have anything we wish we'd done? I wish we'd bought a generator. I think after Christmas all my substitute teaching money will go toward buying one of those for next hurricane season. That and a ride on lawn mower. And a treadclimber. And a Kitchen Aid Mega Mixer. And a powerwasher for the driveway and patio. And... Okay, so I've got all my pay spent for the next six years. It'll give me something to keep me goin' in every day. LOL

I wonder when the cabin fever will set in? This is the first time in over a year that Daddy's (Hubby) been home with us for more than two days in a row. We're glued to the news channel. I'm sick of hearing about the darned hurricane, but too scared that I'll miss out on something. It's been all they've talked about since Wednesday. All other programming was pre-empted. I might go in our son's room to watch a little TV Land. "Greeeeeeeen Acres is the place to be.... Farm Livin' is the life for me...."



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