Wrapping Up Irene…

All is well at the Garner’s!  We woke up Sunday morning to find the water completely receded from the yard, and our little dock nestled up against the bulkhead, secured by only one pole, but floating within the other two poles, perfectly corralled.  We just don’t see this as a coincidence, it was too perfectly placed!   The winds which never reached anything close to hurricane level, still managed to bring down a lot of smaller branches and so there was some sawing and chopping and raking that had to be done.  We never lost power, so we never had to delve into our emergency … Continue reading Wrapping Up Irene…

Goodnight Irene…

Aw come on!  You knew I was going to say that!  Irene is not quite finished with us, the outer edge is passing over and the wind has really picked up.  Our little floating dock was lifted completely off all but one piling and is hanging on by a rope. We are praying that in the great scheme of things, our little dock will stay put, or at least not damage someone else’s property.  The wind has shifted strong and the water in our little inlet is blowing back up our yard and across the road, the bigger gusts (49 mph) forming waves with whitecaps.  Despite this … Continue reading Goodnight Irene…

Waiting for Irene: Early Afternoon on Saturday

It’s noon on Saturday, and Grace, so far, is very unimpressed.  “This is just a rain storm…” she stated with disgust.  This is my “extreme weather” daughter who has watched all of the weather-related videos available on NetFlix several times, and loves to check Weather.com first thing every morning.  Greatly anticipating her weather.com debut, her plan is to record our extreme hurricane experience to post on weather.com.  Alas, nothing we are experiencing so far is worthy.  The wind is picking up – the internet has gone out once, but came back up.  A smallish branch has fallen from our neighbor’s pecan tree (loaded with pecans), and our … Continue reading Waiting for Irene: Early Afternoon on Saturday

Waiting for Irene…

The last few days of homeschooling have been a tad less productive due to the impending arrival of the first big Hurricane of the 2011 Season, Irene.  Our last big Hurricane was Isabel in 2003 which took out huge established trees, closed schools, knocked out power for some for weeks, and flooded Hampton Roads.   The first decision is whether to go or stay.  It’s a decision that if made early, is made without all the information.  Hurricanes at sea are quite powerful, stirring and stewing over the open sea, and media hype often plays up the danger, particularly in our post-Katrina … Continue reading Waiting for Irene…