WTF Wednesday, row, row, row with your mate….

I wonder if there are divorce statistics on Hurricane season anywhere.  During Irmageddon MacGyver and I had more rows than we’ve had in the last five years.  Seriously.  And they were stupid ones too.

Like whether or not he was only trying to save the items in the garage because he only cares about his tools and not our furniture and whether I was saving the garden gnomes because I actually like them or because they were outside and could actually become missiles during the storm.

So not kidding

No, really I wish I was kidding.  And that’s just one example, they got even stupider but I’d rather not embarrass myself further.

Both of us were exhausted.  Remember that we had to prepare for Irma which meant we had days of preparing the houses by storing and then boarding up everything, and then we had to deal with the stress of the hurricane itself, and then we had to deal with the aftermath.  Fortunately, Englewood had very little damage at all but Nokomis and Clearwater were littered with fallen trees and we had some fallen fence panels in Nokomis and since we’re selling it, that home took priority.

A shameless plug for my house for sale here….

The County is actually picking up all the debris.  All you have to do is drag it to the curb but we didn’t want potential home buyers to have to navigate around all of the debris that would surely have been stacked a mile high at the curb.  Also, there was  the issue of time since the county didn’t give a date as to when they would be picking the debris up, so instead we loaded the majority of the trunks of the trees in the bed of the pickup truck and made a few trips to the dump.  That’s why I now have nerve pain in my hand and arm, and MacGyver has back pain.

Yes, we're stupid

Yes, yes we are.

And that’s also why I’m talk typing and why my post is late because it took me 25 minutes to get the computer to recognize Irmageddon, which it didn’t, and I had to type it, and it hurt, and so I suffered for this post, but it was all for you.  Don’t worry though, I argued with the computer.

WTF, it’s Wednesday and it’s not the same when you argue with your computer because all caps doesn’t have the same effect!  Stupid Computer.

WTF Wednesday, Florida Strong!

Irma was a big ol’ bitch!

Irma

She rolled in around 8PM on Sunday night with this alert on my cell phone.

Cell phone alert

It didn’t seem all that bad for the first few hours and MacGyver and I and the neighbors ended up heading off the bed around 10:30 because by that time the earlier reports which told us we should expect a category 4 storm to hit us directly now informed us it would be more like a category 2 and it would not be a direct hit.

So, we went to sleep expecting to wake up to no power and maybe some trees on the ground or on the roof.

Surprisingly, we woke up with power, but no internet or cable.  I have to use my hotspot to update the blog so that’s why the delayed post.  Well that and I’m sure you want to see pictures and it takes about 4 minutes to upload each one and that’s beyond annoying so it is what it is.  Maybe I’ll post more later.

Anyway, there was a ton of downed trees in my neighborhood and for a cat 1-2 storm, it was pretty bad.  Here some of the damage from my backyard.

leaning palm

We ended up losing this palm tree.

Flooding

The next pictures are all of neighbors houses.

tree

A neighbor’s house

tree on house

My next door neighbor’s backyard

And these are pictures from our house in Nokomis sent to us from a neighbor.  We lost a few fence panels and a tree was snapped in half and one fell across the canal but no damage at all to our house.  We are so lucky!

WTF it’s Wednesday and we may be cleaning up for a while but we’re still standing!

WTF Wednesday, Irma Ready

First let me just say that I do realize that Irma is a huge storm, no, the hugest.  The absolute largest storm ever.  The largest on record.  I do indeed understand that, I do.  And that is why we need to be prepared.  Prepared.  Not hysterical.

hysterical

MacGyver and I are in Englewood right now with my sister and her husband and my niece and her husband fishing for our annual fishing trip.  Of course, we would be expecting a hurricane, it’s par for the course.  I’m almost certain it wont come anywhere near us but we need to be prepared and we’ll do what we need to do.

The meteorologist have all kinds of scientific equipment to help them determine when and where this thing will hit but it’s the weather and they tell you constantly that it isn’t certain and they don’t really know yet and they won’t really have a good idea until later in the week so don’t panic.

dont panic

I did not panic.  I went to 13 stores and located 6 cases of bottled water.  MacGyver and I stood in line at the gas station and gassed up all the vehicles and filled up all of our gas cans yesterday.  We went to Nokomis and tied down a few things and I’m going over there today to put away a few more things. Our hurricane shutters are ready if we need them and we’ll head home to Clearwater early if we need to but basically we’re preparing as we get the proper info.  Basically we’re doing what we should be doing.

FISHING!

FISHING!

If things change, I”ll let you know.  It’s still too early to tell what’s going to happen and we’re all ready prepared just in case.

WTF it’s Wednesday and we’re prepared but we’re not in panic mode.