Wordless Wednesday: Waiting For Matthew


Hurricane Matthew

A few words for this Wordless Wednesday. . .

I’m tired of Matthew and he hasn’t even arrived yet. For a week, the local news in South Florida has kept updated on the storm’s track — and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

Hurricane Matthew is my first hurricane in my new home and garden.

At the onset, Fort Lauderdale was in the famous cone of uncertainty. Then it was out. Then it was in. It was like a bad hokey-pokey — but that’s what it was all about.

Once Fort Lauderdale was placed under a tropical storm watch, it was like a switch went off in everyone’s head. I happened to be at work watering plants, when car after car pulled up.

Within minutes, the store was packed. Generators, batteries, water, propane, and sand flew out of the store.

When the hurricane watch was issued, the supermarkets and gas stations were overwhelmed.

Fortunately, Joe and I started prepping early. The garden and patio have been put away, and the house has been shuttered. We were also able to shutter Joe’s parents’ house and some friends who spend summers up north.

Of course, we both forgot to wear sunblock — so we’re a little red at the moment. And we’re waiting for whatever Matthew has for us.

It’s a weird site to see so many homes and stores shuttered. It’s an even weirder feeling to reach a point of preparing and say, “We’ve done all we can do. It’s out of our hands. Just get here so we can move on.”

Then there is the one forecast model that’s, well — twisting me into a knot of rage at Matthew. This particular track calls for Matthew to hug the southeast coast, and then travel west at to sea, where it will curve to the south and loop back to South Florida.

Mother Nature can be a cruel prankster.

If you’re in the path of the storm, please prepare and be safe.

21 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Waiting For Matthew

  1. I’m ready for him to come through our Golden Isles on Friday/Saturday/can’t make up his mind and be gone. We’re battening down the hatches up here. Be safe and see you on the other side of what’s-his-name. Fingers crossed he doesn’t come back around for a second date.

  2. You and Joe are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so glad you are all prepared for the ‘event’, and hope it will be a ‘non-event’! I’ve never had to be in a shuttered home during a hurricane, and am not sure I would want to be! It looks frightening. Please be safe, and I’ll talk to you real soon! Love you!

    • Hi PD. We dodged a bullet because Matthew dodged us. There was some wind and rain — but nothing compared to what happened in Haiti, the Bahamas, the northeast coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. I’m counting my blessings!

  3. Here in Stuttgart, our cable tv system — created for U.S. military families — has the 3 network channels from southern Florida, which is fun to watch for the local news. So I was pretty sick of Matthew reporting too. But I was glad to see that it skirted around you. Poor North Carolina though! Take care, Cindy

    • Hi Cindy. Just catching up on comments — and, yes, south Florida was very fortunate, but I do feel for the people caught in the worst of the storm. Be well in your part of the world.

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