So here it is, Thursday Sept 7, 2017 and I’m patiently waiting for Irma – the unwanted guest to arrive. As opposed to pacing my floor, looking out the window, watching the direction the clouds are heading, checking the wind and running back and forth to the news (in hopes of hearing something different), I decided to write about it and perhaps share with out of the area people who are not in the same situation as myself, my family and my fellow Floridians are perhaps experiencing thus (and in hopes) giving you the ability to understand what “waiting for disaster to strike” is like.
For starters, I’m very grateful that I don’t have kids. On the other side of the coin, I have two little doggies who God has given to me as great companions and, I happily taken on the responsibility of being an excellent pet parent for all their days (or unless I’m raptured up) whichever comes first. You see, I reside on the Palm Beach/Broward county line in Humble Boca and my humble abode is about 1 mile away from the ocean. And from the looks of it, I’m on Irma’s direct path! I thought seriously about evacuating to the shelter only to discover it’s right down the street from me, which tells me – without even looking it up – I’m not in an evacuation zone, however, this storm is huge and no matter where I go – unless to the Midwest and grab one of my many cousin’s sofa or, off to California (which my friends have graciously opened their doors) – there’s no avoiding it. But suppose I did exit, what would forever be on my mind (until my return) would be my family’s safety and wondering if THEY are okay. I would also feel IF I decided to take the ride, as if I am abandoning them which to me is not happening. So I must remain in my humble – yet cool (for how long? I place in God’s hands completely) abode. The other “thoughts” that popped into play was: From my humble abode to Orlando is normally a two-and-a-half-hour drive north and, because of the panic that has already set in, would turn it into a 4+-hour drive to make. And, putting THAT aside, if I do exit it would probably take me light years to “return” to see the damages. These are just a few of the many thoughts that are running in a orderly manner through my head.
When you’re waiting for the storm to arrive, many thoughts go running through your mind like: Are my windows going to be bashed in? Should I keep my car near me or in the concrete parking lot on the other side of the block on the second floor? And if I DO park my car there do I need to worry about someone taking my gas or even stealing the “Paula Mobile”? Yikes! But let’s put that aside. Lets talk about when the power goes out. Heck, at least I’m on the hospital grid and it will be up in 3 days max. BUT, during those three hot and balmy days WHAT do I eat? Since I’m the daughter of King Jesus, I’m not eating plain tuna from a can. 😉 So, the question is: Should I make several noodle tuna dishes Friday evening and keep it in the frig? I have plenty of ice packs and I’ve been making ice since monday. Should I make more hard-boiled eggs? Should I make some chicken and fish and zip it up with my vacuum sealer and while I’m at it – zip up my important papers too??? Make sure to pull out the lantern (just in case) along with those D-batteries that’s recently been sparse. What about my clothes? Should I bag em all up and leave them hanging in the closet or should I put them in a plastic bin? What about pictures, should I bag those too along with the clothes? As for shoes… I don’t have many and all I need to do is zip it cuz they’re hangin’ in my humble closet ready to go. But, forget about any fashion show next week cuz I’ll be in survival mode and helping neighbors so I gotta make sure the Harley boots, sneakers and hiking boots are ready, along with work gloves and hats! Then there’s the “after the storm” clothes – which I’m just gonna pac in a large carry bag with socks, underwear, tops, toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer, lotion, mosquito wrist bands, Neosporin, Band-Aids, floss, shorts, brush, TP, paper towels, washcloths, deodorant and hair ties! Vitamins and Rx’s – they’ve been bagged since Monday and I’ll throw that in too!
Now for my babies food -that’s gonna be interesting! Both dogs are rescued dogs. Skippy the Amazing 3-legged shih tzu dislikes “hard food”. It has to be mixed with distilled water and he’s on a special diet to boot! So I’ll be making THAT tomorrow too! Little Girl on the other hand is a vocal Maltase who enjoys all food including Skippys! Their food can go in the roller thing that I recently got which will also stash their distilled H2o, treats and special food. Heck, if I have to exit stage left – it will even hold my food!
This morning when I woke up I kept on staring at my sliding glass doors. Actually, I’ve been staring at them since monday. I pondered the thought of running to home depot, grabbing some lumber and boarding up at least the slider. Of course they would have attached it to the roof for me but getting it up-the stairs would have been a sight to see (I weigh 109.2 lbs) let alone me getting it off the roof of the Paula Mobile. A few moments later my tech head neighbor invited me over to watch (and help) move things around in HIS humble abode. And shortly after my arrival he mentioned that Andre (the unit’s owner) was on his way to board up his sliders.
The little voice inside my head (since monday) was screaming at me this time saying: “board up the slider NOW!”. I’ve been through “warnings” before that I did heed (which is another God story for a later date) and decided (since we did what we needed to do) to politely excuse myself for a moment to act on what I’ve been told to do. Upon exiting I ran into one of the board members. Long story short, she told me to take the wood that was abandoned in one of the storage units – which I quickly snagged up and Andre arrived with a great crew, AND extra wood to not only board up his unit sliders but mine as well. THAT my dear friends is God in action and I am forever grateful for everything He does for me even if I lose everything. (which by the way, I have in the past and it was built up in a VERY mysterious yet amazing way. (that’s ANOTHER God story for another day.)
Friday is here! The emergency alerts are stating to begin. I must get some sleep because I know for sure I’ll be awake all night on Saturday and all day Sunday praying without ceasing. Zero Hour is quickly approaching. It’s the calm before the storm and all I can do now is wait for disaster to strike. To be continued…
In the meantime, check out this video. You’ll be glad you did and you can’t say nobody warned you 😉