Yet another month has gone by—it seems like time is flying!
At the start of September, I was looking forward to attending Parents weekend at Brooke’s college. I had intended to do a series of blog posts on our visit, and had started to pull together clothes I wanted to feature. But nothing seemed to be coming together. We had reserved a hotel room back in July, with a student body of 60,000, and a football game scheduled, we knew rooms would quickly fill. We had tickets to the jazz breakfast but the procuring football tickets was hazy, our dinner plans had stalled, as were the clothing selections I was working on. In the back of my mind, I had a feeling Parent’s Weekend would not come to fruition. Instead of Parent’s Weekend, we found ourselves evacuating Brooke with hurricane Irma setting her sights on Florida.
One of the things about hurricanes of this magnitude is that we do a huge amount of storm prep, even those of us who have been here a long time have supplies on hand. We top off our supplies, and add to them where needed. I always run laundry, clean out the refrigerator and freezer, and make sure I don’t leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher or trash in the bin so that if the power goes out we don’t have dirty dishes or food spoiling in the house. We set up a safe room, and “go” bags too. It takes about a week to put it all together. (And a week to put it all away too.)
Making the decision whether or not to evacuate is an ongoing consideration during the storm planning process which requires watching the storm’s path, packing and the making of arrangements. Whether one stays or evacuates, there are countless pros and cons. Clearly, if there is an evacuation order, we would go, but I have always chosen to live outside of flood and storm surge areas. My biggest concern was wind damage, and power outages. Luckily none of that came to fruition for us.
We picked Brooke up from school without a hitch, topped off our gas tank, got an extra palette of water and with the other things already on hand, we were in good shape. That is until Friday when we made the decision to go ice skating one last time before the storm. Roger and I are ice dance partners and were working on new dances—it was exciting and I couldn’t wait to for more. While practicing by himself, Roger fell and fractured his hip. We were told by the walk-in emergency center that the hip was ok, he’d just need to stay off of it, and follow up with an orthopedist before starting rehabilitation.
We limped home to wait out the storm. Roger was not in pain and we had all our prep done, so in spite of the set back, we were happy to be together and safe. We lucked out with the storm as well. We never lost power and there was no damage to our home. Our prayers go out to those who were not so lucky, and for those who are still picking up the pieces.
Once the power was back on at the doctor’s office, we called for a check up—to discover that Roger’s injury was considerably worse than we imagined. We had to rush him in for surgery. If my hair looks a bit more silver, you know why!
In My Bin/Things I am Trying:
Believe it or not, there was nothing in my bin this month! I used up my regular skin care, which I shared in Best of August (here), went for my monthly facial and got a whole new regimen which I will feature in an upcoming post. Because my skin had broken out, I took a break from trying things so I don’t have new things to share just yet.
On the Telly:
The night Irma hit, we decided on the original version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory—movies like that are kind of like a visual form of comfort food. We finished watching Longmire, which I told you about last month and are awaiting the final season which is to come out on Netflix in early October—and then we ran into a spate of shows that were so unpleasant we had to detox by watching Gilmore Girls and cooking shows. Right now we are watching The Commander, and The Line of Duty, both of which are pretty good, but pretty intense, cue The Gilmore Girls. The Line of Duty is quite intense, good that Gilmore Girls had several seasons. We are looking forward to the 8th and final season of Doc Martin on Acorn—if you haven’t watched the previous seasons, it you should it’s a total hoot— the final season will air weekly on Thursdays through November 8. I will probably wait until then to binge on the whole season at one time, cause that’s how I roll.
Favorite Look This Month:
A special thanks to Soft Surroundings for sending along the clothes and jewelry for this look.
Over on the Sharingajourney Facebook page we are having a blast with The 5 O’clock Question. Monday through Friday at 5:00 I’ve been posting a nightly question, and people are really getting a kick out of answering them and talking with one another. I love the thoughtful and funny community that is emerging! I invite you to join in the fun, share your thoughts and make some new friends.
On Pinterest, Cheryl from northwestmountainliving.com and I been sharing our favorite bloggers from our weekly Style Wise Link Ups—these ladies and their blogs are amazing!
I started a group board for anyone who feels inspired to post to it, just give me a follow on Pinterest and email (email@example.com) me with your Pinterest handle, and I’ll add you to the board.
Thank you, Dear Readers for sharing your journey! I look forward to seeing you on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.