Sundown The Night Before Hurricane Ian

I must say thank you to all who contacted me about my safety during the hurricane. It is Thursday morning and I still have electricity. Yeah! Currently 43,000 people in my county are without power according to the news. I was very lucky. I had over a day of rain and wind, but nothing like poor Sarasota County. They had storm surge of almost 20 feet. Lots of flooding all around the storm’s path. Today the storm continues its path past Orlando to Daytona and then who knows. This morning the wind is like 40 miles an hour in my area and will decrease to normal this afternoon. Then I will open my front door and go into the yard to look around. It really doesn’t matter if limbs or debris are in the yard. I just pray all my neighbors are well. It’s amazing how stir crazy it feels when you know you can’t open the door or go outside. I will only move the sandbags by the front door. There are more tropical storms out there and hurricane season will not be over until November. I’ll celebrate November by moving the sandbags in front of my garage door and side door. I’ll bring them into the garage. Now I have photos to share.

By Tuesday afternoon, I was inside my home which was surrounded with sand bags on all exits. The chairs and table from the porch were all in the garage as well as the garbage cans. My car was parked next to Vickie’s house which is higher ground than mine. As we say in Florida, I was hunkered down. I had plenty of water and finger food. I wasn’t leaving my home until the storm passed. In the early evening as the sun set, I saw beautiful colors in the sky. These photos were take from my new sliding doors in the dining area. Remember I couldn’t open the door without messing up the sandbags. They are placed against a closed door.

The sky changed quickly. I was worried about a hurricane but stopped to enjoy the beautiful sky. Choose joy whenever you can.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

35 thoughts to “Sundown The Night Before Hurricane Ian”

  1. Thank God you are doing OK. I’ve been watching the TV about the hurricane. Naples was a mess and so was just about everyone on the coast. You know Carol, where I live, we never have any bad weather. I guess I;m lucky.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. Bad weather comes with living in coastal areas no matter where you live in the world. I must admit Florida gets a lot of it but many areas have natural disasters. There is an area of the plains in the USA known as tornado alley. There are communities built along the Mississippi River that occasionally are heavily flooded. The west coast of the US gets earth quakes. You live in a safer area for sure.
      I just love the sun I guess. I’ve been lucky living through multiple storms since I moved to Miami in the 1970’s.

    1. Yes the day before hurricanes is often a beautiful day. Today is windy but it’s supposed to stop this afternoon. Down the coast to the south is where there is massive flooding.

  2. It’s hard to believe that it could look so beautiful and then do all the damage it has. I’m so very grateful that you have power and are hanging in there. Hopefully there is minimal or no property damage apart from a lot of wetness but at this point, from what I’ve seen, lucky to be OK. You’re wise to continue to maintain the sandbags. Hang in there!

  3. Hey friend. I wanted to emial you but realized that I did not have your email address. I was so happy to see this post from you and that you were prepared and okay. Thank you for posting. We are getting the wind and rain today. Threatening flooding but we are inland and I’m praying it won’t be too bad.
    Your pictures are pretty and again, thank you so much for posting that you are okay. Hugs.

  4. Nature always seems to mix danger with beauty, almost like an apology? (Like the beauty of a blizzard). That was one beautiful sunset you saw. I would have felt stir-crazy, too. I’m happy you are safe. Spent part of this morning looking at social media posts and satellite photos taken in Sanibel (where I’ve vacationed twice) and Ft. Myers. Heart breaking. Alana ramblinwitham

  5. Noted on Debbie D’s blog that you had lived in East TN. I moved to L.A. from ET back in the nineties and I’ve love to go back. Beautiful place! My siblings all still live in Maryville.

    I don’t envy the hurricane situation, but we in L.A. sure could use some of that rain that fell on Florida. You came out with some nice photos!

    Arlee Bird

    1. LA has lots of problems with nature – earthquakes and fires top the list. Sometimes Mother Nature is a feast or famine type of deal. I’d have gladly shared the rain this summer. Take care.

  6. I’m so glad you suffered little if any damage; that’s a blessing. And I hope your neighbors were well. The skies before storms are always beautiful and powerful omens. Your photos do them justice.

    1. I am thankful for my safety and my neighbors. Hurricanes are one of nature’s disasters that destroys communities and lives. Thank you for being my friend. It means so much to my Jayne. God bless!

  7. It’s good to hear that you are safe, it must have been a very scary few days. I hope that you don’t need the sandbags again this year. Take care.


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