First, thank you for your good thoughts and wishes. As CLWill noted via my texts, I made it through the storm with barely a scratch on the house and some judicious tree-trimming by Irma. I got power back yesterday (Wednesday) around noon and the house is cooling off and the moisture is being removed.
But what I went through is nothing compared to what many endured and suffered both here in Florida and through the Caribbean. I have friends in the Keys who lost not only their home but their livelihood. The last I heard from them is that they evacuated to South Carolina and will not be returning because they have nothing to return to. The strain and sorrow is permanent for them.
I can count my blessings and be grateful that all I lost were frozen foods and I can mutter about the inconvenience of no power for 78 hours and no internet or cable still. But at least I have a place to sleep and a place to wait for the service to be restored and familiar surroundings and friends to thank for providing me with a place to be during the storm.
If you are so inclined, please find a way to help out the people who really suffered during this time both here and abroad. Listings of resources such as reliable charities can be found everywhere on the internet.
I will try to resume blogging on a regular schedule once the little “Broadband” light on my router at home turns from flashing red to steady green. Until then, I’ll be on limited schedule.