Hurricane Irene and my weekend move...
Hurricane Irene: Ready or Not - Here She Comes!
Well, this weekend is my big move, as most of you know...it was supposed to be Sunday. That was until Sunday was predicted to be the day we would be smack dab in the middle of a hurricane. So I was up late last night on the phone with my best friends, rearranging all of the details to make it work one day earlier.
Do you know what its like to pull off a move one day earlier? One day less to do last minute things. One day less to clean. Finding a truck at the last minute when you know half of the state is evacuating their homes and trying to take all of their valuables inland? Its a disaster before its even begun. But we are the kind of people who still think we can do anything regardless of the odds stacked against us. We'll be moving in rain, but hopefully not torrential downpours, flooding, and 150 mile and hour winds!
Roni and I drove straight through from Kansas to Maryland in 24 hours once...in two different vehicles. Running on pure adrenaline, caffeine and a host of other emotions that just wouldn't let us stop. Stubbornness was probably in there as well. What's a little hurricane?
I am stopping right now because I have been up since five o'clock this morning trying to pack. I have two rooms that still have to be done. I tried to take a nap this afternoon but couldn't fall asleep - too much anxiety, but I really needed to be off my feet. I'm just not capable of doing this packing stuff. But I'm doing it anyway.
Enough Mother Nature, We get it.
This week, A big part of the East Coast experienced our first ever earthquake. Now, hold on, all you Californians, stop laughing...yes, it was only a 5.9...but we just don't feel earthquakes here. It just doesn't happen. All I've got to say to the Californians making jokes about our reaction to our earthquake is, remember that when you have 6 ft of snow to deal with in one of your cities. Not that we handle snow all that well anymore, but you get the gist of it...its all about your environment.
I certainly never experienced an earthquake, until this week. Everyone I talked to said it felt like a huge truck was going by...only it got stronger and it wasn't stopping and the ground started shaking...and the rumble. I was outside on my deck. I first noticed that the birds flew away. There are a lot of birds in these woods so it got very quiet.Then everything began moving. It took me about two seconds to realize it was an earthquake, but I didn't move. I figured I was already in the safest place I could be so I just rode it out. I didn't start watching the news until about ten minutes later, and then I watched it most of the afternoon. The epicenter was all the way down in Mineral, VA and they felt it as far north as Canada and as far south as South Carolina.
I'm impressed Mother Nature, and grateful for the experience. No deaths, only some minor injuries as far as I know...and some structural damage. I say that this area needed a wake up call - they forget that we are just tenants, and that Mother Earth is far bigger and far stronger.
Bracing for the Storm
So here we are, in the calm before the storm. The sun's been shining most of the day, but I haven't heard the birds. You know the animals know what's going on. The humans that aren't evacuating the coasts (I'm close to the top of the Chesapeake Bay so our County is on alert as well) are cleaning out the grocery stores for batteries, candles, bottled drinks and canned goods. I sit here taking a break from packing and writing all about it on hub pages.
I needed the mental break. The physical one as well. The sky is starting to get cloudy... In 48 hours, this will all be nothing but a memory and I can breathe easy again.
Bracing for the Storm
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