Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Eye on the Sky

3 years ago this morning I was pulling in our yard toys and trying to buy a generator at Home Depot (they were all out). Our dear friends, the Dragonfly and The Sergeant, had arrived the night before (right around midnight) for a planned weekend with us, and a day trip into the French Quarter, on their last leave before the Sergeant would have to ship out to Iraq.

By noon we were in our cars driving back to their place.

Today we are nervously watching the weather channel and getting used to the name of a new threat: Gustav. We are straddling the line of trying to do the things we have to do in our life: attending Open House at The May Queen's school last night, work for the Big Guy, a teacher luncheon today for the preschool where I work. At the same time we are lining up potential places to stay should we have to evacuate. We are trying to make sure that our papers are in order, and ready to take with us. We are discussing whether we expect wind damage or flooding, and again eyeing the trees around our home and confirming our feeling of relative safety from a large pine tree taking out our home, as they did so many homes in our area three short years ago. Today The Big Guy is down in the city for work, and I told him to look fondly around the place, as it may not ever be the same.

Not that it's the "same" now.

We're nervous here, and rightfully so. If Gustav follows predictions it will be here on Monday as a category 3 hurricane.

So any good thoughts and prayers you can send this way would be appreciated. And maybe every hour on the hour you could look southward and blow. Maybe we can stop him in his tracks? Hey, it's worth a try.

20 comments:

wheelsonthebus said...

Oh, girl. Thinking of you.

thailandchani said...

Oof. I can't imagine that region getting hit with anything again.


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Mary Beth said...

Sending lots of positive thoughts your way - and trying to get a cute little tropical storm to visit the gulf to distract Gustav. Good luck with everything - I'll definitely be thinking of you this weekend.

the dragonfly said...

Oh man..

Thinking of you, and praying too.

I'm glad we could be there for you three years ago. We're a bit far away now, but we can still send our prayers, right? :)

p.s. The hand in my new header is my mom's; I took the picture on the Little Mister's birthday.

Chaotic Joy said...

Oh no. I haven't been watching this. Praying now. And purely coincidentally, Clara is doing her help by blowing on me right now. Not sure if it's the right direction though

Jennifer said...

Good thoughts, prayers, more good thoughts, all heading your way, friend. Hang tight.

Chrissy said...

Oh, no. I hope and pray that it misses you this time. Stay safe!

Chantal said...

oh it is worth a try! My thoughts are with you.

Furrow said...

Good grief! Go away, Gustav! It's been done. Get an original idea!

Thinking of you...

Aunt Becky said...

Yipes! Sending all good vibrations and wind your way. Please let us know how it goes. I'll be thinking of you.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, PM, my thoughts and prayers will be with you, your family, and your city. And that coastal area.

Melissa said...

This is just not fair.

Prayers and all for all of you.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

ugh. crossing fingers and toes.

Emily said...

Oh. I just watched the news and immediately popped over here to check on you.

Praying Gustav makes a hard right...

Rima said...

Ugh. Stupid, stupid hurricanes! Keeping my fingers crossed and blowing like mad over here!

Nap Warden said...

Oh no...sending good thoughts right away!

flutter said...

every thought love

Kyla said...

I'm hoping we can stop him in his tracks.

niobe said...

Thoughts and prayers.

carrie said...

I'm blowing from up here. Is it helping?

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts -