Two families sheltering in the safest of two homes, 4 people, 5 adult cats and 4 new kittens. We were lucky, we had a place to stay and we only got a weakened eye-way pass that was tropical storm level. We had minor limb fall, but had been doing ongoing tree maintenance since I bought the house. Some of the immediate neighbors lost fences.
In town, there were areas of bad flooding and massive tree fall. A big transformer went up in smoke causing a 2 alarm fire. Diesel was in shortest supply and stations along the I-75 escape corridor on the West side of town were out of gas off and on for days before and after the storm hit. As fast as power was restored after the storm allowed, it went down again as wet ground caused delayed damage from continued tree fall.
Power was out long enough in the area of the major stores, that they lost tons of food. Waffle Houses were reporting food was low and had sparse menus, but as tradition had it, they were open. It only took us 3 hours to get something to eat in celebration of our good luck. We sat and chatted and gave the waitress on the floor encouragement every time she fretted about being sorry about the delay. She had been on duty 13 hours at this point.
After almost a week things are better, clean up and restocking is still ongoing.
God has blessed us and I know all things happen for a reason. That said, we do not always know the reasons. What I see are these things. This town sheltered many refuges during the storm. It sold gas to those who needed it to the last drop, without looking at were the license plate was from. Food and water was made available to the last case and accessible to as many as could get to it. Emergency line crews sheltered here out of danger, so they could stay as close as possible to where they would be dispatched. Military and FEMA passed through here waiting for the storm to let them return to Florida as quickly as it was safe.
There are many for whom it will be weeks, months, and longer, before they will finally have homes again. Some will never have anything to go home to and will choose to rebuild or move on. My prayers go out the them. May God give them shelter from the storm, that may have passed, but still exists.
...A friend help me during Labor Day weekend to cut my stock of 1/8” Thick reclaimed MDF. The MDF was donated to me by a framing shop I used to work for. The stash yielded: 52-10” sq, 144-8” sq, 130-6”sq, 239-4” sq. Took 3 hours with both of us running saws. Now to sand and prime. Noooo, not all at once, took enough abuse to this old body yesterday. (Thank You – B, P, and H)
...I finished a long overdue project that had been in storage and not accessible due to my having no home or studio space where I could safely work. It came out beautiful. I am now officially out of the antique restoration business once it is delivered. I enjoyed it when I was younger and learned a lot. Faux finishes, dying fabric and thread to match aged materials, and color blending paints to repair designs. All good techniques I have been using in my own art work over the years.
…This last month I joined the new “The Abundant Artist Association” Trade Association for Artists and having a blast. Making friends and working with a lot of wonderful artists. Lots of good stuff going on inside. No I am not getting paid to plug this organization...
“Learn how TAA Association makes it easier for you to sell art, advocates for your rights with corporations, provides access to group healthcare discounts, and is putting control back in the hands of artists like you.” - Cory Huff.
Really looking forward to the 1st TAA Association Challenge which starts September 2017 (2 weeks): This challenge will be hosted by Gwenn Seemel. Check out her blog at GwennSeemel.com.