Sorry I have been absent for so long... will try to make this catch up as short and enjoyable as possible!!! lol
I quilted a bit daily until October 4. That is when we realized Matthew was a big storm... soon upgraded to a Hurricane and would hit on or close to where we lived...
Here was our home on October 5th... we lived without windows in this house a day before we left to evacuate... Evacuation was NOT mandatory for our home location but was favored by the local weather authorities so my honey and I decided we would leave...
We arrived on October 6 very late to our hotel and had a great but small accomodations.. the hotel was called "Microtel"... I didn't imagine a hotel room could be so small! But it kept me and Rick and Daisy all free of wind and rain and hurricane conditions for 2 nights :) The staff there was very friendly and accomodating... we did bring some food and drinks with us.. but no refrigerator is available in any of their rooms... they did have plenty of long lasting ice in their ice machines though!
We waffled back and forth whether to return Saturday or Sunday... finally we both felt good about making the 8 hour trek home (going a more direct route than we had to go to evacuate) on Saturday... just a day after Matthew had left... we didn't have our neighbors info and couldn't even find out from the power company here if we had power... but forward we went!
Daisy whined a lot on the way to the hotel... she couldn't seem to understand the car was moving... we did bring her big cushion for a nest on our travels... and the shot to the right is on our trip back home....
We were so happy to cross from Alabama to Florida coming home too!
On our way there my smart GPS that sees accidents and traffic ahead of the path it wants us to go rerouted us so we went from Florida to Georgia then to Alabama!!!
When we finally arrived home Saturday afternoon... Rick wanted to make a quick check alone... so I loaded my arms and prepared for the worst... but the front of the house looked just as we left it!!!
And we had POWER!!!! YIPPEE!!!!
The next day I took these 2 shots... this is the main of the debris from our back yard... our sweet right next door neighbors had cleaned the front of our yard to welcome us home :)
Rick then carved into it with one of his routers after I sketched it only the tree stump... "Matthew Oct. 2016"... this way this tree will have engraved in it why it was saved... we saw soooo much debris as we got closer to the coast on our drive home....
We did lose gates to our fences... well they need some major repairs anyway... and the fence that separated us from us and our left hand neighbors came down completely and it was their fence as they have a pool with a screen enclosure.. they say they have no $$ to replace the fence... so that will happen after next years budget starts... that means once the house taxes are paid!!! lol Rick can do the work but the fencing costs about $1200... so that will take a couple months to save for!!!
All this has left us very greatful to have a concrete block home with lots of rafters my honey had previously not understood... now we both have a better understanding of why we had this home still and now we don't plan to sell next year but to continue upgrading this home in general instead... it is only increasing in value.. to us and to Zillow! lol
Below is a temporary fence we put up from our Florida room to the back fencing that is intact... to keep Daisy contained and not have to watch her sooo closely....
We moved the computer into what was my daughter's room.. we now call the office!
When we did evacuate I took tons of my sewing projects... I didn't want them ruined if the house was... and this new book I had just received in the mail!
Here is a shot from Sunday of my sweet granddaughter Kaydence...
Thanks for reading and hanging with me through this drought of writing... more to say in future posts and hopefully some quilting will start SOON!!!!