I want this waterfall!!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
My lantana tree fell over, which is not a surprise because it falls periodically even without a storm. Before Fay it was on the agenda to spend some serious time weeding this garden and that certainly hasn't changed. This is the only real damage. I think the branch broke some slats in the fence. No big deal, but I'm sure the neighbors will leave it there for another three weeks. Do you like their paint job? A few months ago they painted as far up as they could reach and then left like that. Attractive, huh?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fay's coming right at us!!! And the party is deferred, because after two false-alarm, sunny-as-could-be hurricane days I'm definitely having to go to work. Actually none of it would be a big deal if my daughter's first day of school wasn't canceled again, and I didn't have to shuffle her around between parents and grandparents. She's mopping pathetically around the house saying "I want to go to Kindergarten!"
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Overnight, Fay went from the west coast to the east and is headed back north, completely going around us. After school closings, changing work arrangements, buying emergency supplies (matches, batteries, beer, etc.) it turns out, we have pretty sunny skies right now. Ocala wore its hurricane repellent. A bit of a bummer too. Here's a secret every Floridian knows, but you almost never hear about. Hurricanes can be a bit of fun. Our version of a snow day. Now, by all means, you need to take all necessary precautions and always leave if the authorites recommend it. But once you are hunkered in, off from work, house full of non-perishable snack food, and no electric, what are you going to do but have a party? It also makes a bit of sense. When you have bunch people you can pool your supplies and take care of your friends who's living conditions may not be so favorable (aka mobile homes). In the '04 storms, we hung out in our garages and barbequed with neighbors - kegs going up and down the street from one house to another. But the real parties where in college. In Tallahassee, which was more prone to flooding and had actual hills, one hurricane party featured drunken party goers riding plastic garbage cans down the flooded street. Ahhhh, those were the days. Anyway, if you have suffered from hurricane damage, I don't mean to make light of it. I just wanted to post the other side of hurricanes you don't often hear about. Do you want to plan your own party? Check this out. (Really, a gas powered blender. How genius is that?)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Looks like it will be an interesting week. By the time it reaches us, it will be a tropical storm. We still have to be concerned about the power being out, tree limbs falling and potential tornadoes. Fortunate I don't live on the coast so the storms are not as severe for us. The major bummer is you can see that the storm will be over us on Wednesday at 8:00 am, the exact time my daughter was supposed to start her first day of kindergarten. It is unlikely that it will be open because even if the storm is not severe, they often close schools to serve as shelters for evacuees. If in the watch area please take care.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is mainly for my benefit. If I don't link this post I'll never find it again.
Posted by Wicked Gardener at 10:34 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It is all Michael Phelps fault that I was not the garden this weekend. I blame the Olympics for being far more interesting than my weed and mosquito infested garden. Every time I thought about going outside, I looked out the window at the pathetic garden area then over to the sofa and the air-conditioned living room. Guess what won out? Oh well, I think both me and the garden needed a rest. I am still around and will try to catch up on all of your blogs, (what else would I do during the commercials?) so if you stumble on my blog, come and say hello!
Go USA!! (. . . and for my Canadian friends, Go Cana . . . yeah, well, don't worry. The Winter Olympics are just around the corner.)