24 Little Hours

Its amazing what one day can change. Last night I could barely sleep knowing my sister was riding out Irma in the Orlando area. I watched as The Keys were destroyed and Miami, flooded. I watched as Irma, slowing but still strong, headed directly towards my sister’s house. I dreamt of cold rain and lashing wind. Then waking to check my phone for any updates. At 2am I woke in a panic and received a text stating they were just about to take a direct hit. I didn’t hear from my sister for the next 6 hours. The worry and stress was unbareable. 

In my sister’s neighborhood.

My brother’s girlfriend was staying at my moms. She was managing 2 horses, 2 dogs, a cat, and a bunch of chickens on her own. The property is in the middle of massive forested acreage. The amount of worry is indescribable. Finally, around 8am I finally got word my sister was OK and everyone was alive at my mom’s.  However, during the day I was not able to get damage reports. My concern for property damage made my day long and my stomach knotted. 

Near my sisters house

Orlando had restrictions for residents to return home. I can only imagine the fear my sister lived in while waiting for 6pm to roll around. She had word that her home was OK but the damage visible made that very unlikely. (As you can see from the above photos.) I am happy to say my sister’s house was nearly untouched!!! There was a few end shingles ruffled. At my mom’s farm there was a tree over the driveway that took out our power lines. Beyond that, the report is no other significant damage. 

It has been a rollercoaster of emotions and a test in faith. I know that along with Divine Grace that my dad was watching out for us. I can only hope that we will continue to be safe from Nature’s rage.  

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Sunday Meditations

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Labor day is just around the corner. A day that is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  I have not been following the news because it just pisses me off to no end. I have however, been watching videos on Facebook about all these people driving south, with boats and campers to help the people in Houston and surrounding areas. I am awed and proud of all these workers who are taking their time, equipment, and hope down to help. We are a country where we can afford to take the time off or borrow out our toys. It is just a fantastic display of America! We don’t need to wait for another hurricane to help. We can help in our local communities. Whether you donate to food or clothing shelters or help out at a pet rescue. We can all help and it will make a huge difference in our lives and in the lives of people who get the help.

Book Review: August

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I might hit 50 books this year!!! So exciting.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: I really enjoyed this book. Its very easy reading and any oddity about alien species is very well covered. The story flows well enough though there are a couple spots that seem to jump forward abruptly. Overall very fun! And I highly suggest it.

Discloser by Michael Crichton: Still one of my favorite authors of all times. It is fun to read some of his older works. He was talking about the future then that is our present now. This story involves computer equipment that we take for granted in our every day life. Cell phones and virtual reality seems like old news but this old story brings back the days when it was still in the bright future. If you are a Crichton fan or just want a good mystery this is a must read.

The Well of Time by Tom Henighan: It takes a while to get into a saga. They are tedious and wordy. This saga is no different. In the first hundred pages the heroine faces death and destruction a half dozen times. She runs into three bad guys (or girls) and is still clueless to her quest. It is a great read if you have a rainy day and no ambition to move for about 10 hours. For those looking for something more fast pace I’d pick something else.  

Pushing Through

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I have started writing about a half dozen posts and then deleted them because I feel that they are silly or stupid. I have been having a hard time feeling inspiring or inspired. I am forcing me to write this because I do have followers and I am letting y’all down. I am very annoyed at work today. Of course, that is probably I’ve only had 8 hours off between my two shifts. Plus I worked an extra 20 hours of overtime this week. So my attitude is poor and I should be sent home.

Beyond that I have been trying to be supportive of my mom. She is now an empty nester. (Way late if you ask me) My brother has taken a job with Border Patrol on the Southern border. He drove all the way there and my mom bawled. I feel for her, I really do. With dad gone what does she have. I told her to come see me but she still have some responsibilities at home. I hope now that with him gone she gets in gear about getting everything automated so she can travel more.   Beyond day one she seems to be ok. No big breakdowns or wallowing. So maybe things will be ok after all. In a few weeks she has to meet my sister in Vermont anyways. So there is that.

I will continue to post about my brothers adventures at the academy. I also have some travels coming up too that I will write about. So beyond being exhausted and annoyed things are moving forward. Hope the last of summer is going well for all of you as well. I would love to hear some stories!!

Sunday Meditations

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To light a candle is to cast a shadow.

I have always enjoyed that phrase. I know that many people would see that as a sad or negative statement. I see it as a realistic thought. Everything action you do has good and bad in it. Sometimes we only see the light other times we see the dark. Regardless we should be aware of our actions and both the good and bad that can come from it.

Sunday Meditations

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So I have been getting a little stressed lately. Trying to plan my life in a very unpredictable world is hard. I may have signed up for some training that all happens in the same few weeks. And its spazing me out. Beyond a bit of OCD having all these things up in the air is really uncomfortable. I realized that I am not in my happy place. I have lost touch of the one thing that keeps me calm. Or more likely, less stressed. This balancing point is different for everyone. You should take stock of what it is for you and when the world gets to spinning you can find a way to be at peace.

 

Sunday Meditation

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Sorry for being a day off last week. I guess I can’t read a calendar.

 

I remember as a child that I hated that my sister wanted to be just like me. She wanted to wear the same clothes and do the same things I did. It drove me bonkers. Now being somewhat older I see the wisdom of following someone’s footsteps. There is a lot that we can learn from others. The trouble is not seeing the bad habits or things that we shouldn’t copy. Be mindful if you are mentoring or guiding some young mind (young at any age). Try to be mindful of your own actions because someone might be learning from you and you aren’t even aware of it. Teach and be taught always and forever.