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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricanes and Earthquakes

Every year we go through the ritual of watching, with baited breath, the track of the many East Coast hurricanes. This year is no different. I was working on the opal wrap and trying different things with it when I kept getting distracted. First by a rather freaky earthquake and then by the track of hurricane Irene. So far, we are still on track to get hit by something, just don't know how bad, yet.

I had a tear in my eye after viewing a sad dog video when the table started swooning beneath my elbows. I say swooning because that's what it felt like. I wasn't convinced that it wasn't me. I thought I was having some weird emotional reaction to the video. But, the swooning became outright swaying. I stood up and realized we were having an earthquake, of all things. I was about to go outside when it stopped. How weird is that??? I have lived in Virginia for a long time and have never experienced THAT before. Well, actually a Navy F-14 jet went down near my home about 30 years ago and that really shook the place, but never an earthquake.  So, I cracked open a couple of beers and waited for another. So far, no more rockers.

I'm tracking hurricane Irene, now. She seems to be on course to play havoc with my coastal city just north of the NC/VA border. That means battery runs, grocery and water runs. I've dragged out the hurricane preparedness tote, too.

If we have to pack up and leave, which we'll determine today or tonight, then I won't be doing any jewelry or blogging until the storm passes and if I still have a place to live in. I'm not horribly worried, just prudent. We live with this threat like Californians live with earthquakes. We'll just play wait and see.

If any of you reading this are in the danger cone, don't play around. This one probably isn't a candidate for a righteous hurricane party. Y'all in hurricane alley know what I mean.  I love a good hurricane party, but this time, I think I'll pass.

4 comments:

  1. Tela, Please be safe! What a week here in VA who would have thought a hurricane and an earthquake. I would not want to go through a bigger earth quake and as far as the hurricane, here in Richmond we will get a lot of rain and gusts.

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  2. Tela, you and all that live up that way are in my thoughts and prayers. I have lived in Florida all my life, and I do not take these warnings lightly. I have seen what just near misses can do to us! That it itself is a wake-up call, and when Andrew hit....Well, "nuff" said.
    I chuckled when I read the part about you popping a couple of bears. My son called from New York after it stopped. The office where he works decided they had enough excitement for the day, took the rest of the day off.....and that's what THEY were doing!!! LOL LOL
    Sorry I droned on....You are in my thoughts.
    MichelleO.

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  3. Glad you will be safe. Too bad your jewelry fun got interrupted though. Pass me one of those beers please!!

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  4. Thanks, ladies!
    Christine- I bet Richmond was really shaking! It shook pretty good here at the Beach. Wow! That was the last thing I expected when I woke up!
    Michelle- I was born in Fla and spent many years in P'cola and Jax so I know exactly what you mean. OMG! Andrew was HORRIBLE! Yup, first thing I wanted after the quake was a drink. It was just so weird!
    Mary, is Mich Ultra ok? :)

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