It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Hurricane

I am Fine. The Cats are home is fine.
Everything around me is ......Fine.
My daughter and her new too -adorable -to -be real puppy are fine.

My whole neighborhood seems to be fine ..  I have to go buy groceries, I hope the store is fine.

When my husband and I moved here to Florida years and years ago, I was horrified with the Tornado warnings and Hurricanes ...
My husband laughed at me when I ran into the hall bathroom and sat in the bathtub .. the dog thought it was all great fun and jumped in with me.
Tornadoes frighten me more than Hurricanes, there is no time to evacuate and run away.
Hurricanes on the other hand are huge , destructive and include massive amounts of water ..

So imagine my delight when I heard we had a Category 5 Hurricane coming and I had no idea where to go or what to do .. I live in a condominium .. with a State forest behind me ... right behind me, it is sort of my back yard ..
I am not near an ocean or big waterway but who needs an ocean when you have a hurricane ? It brings its water with it .
And there are no hills and dales, just flat Florida.

I packed up the things that are very precious to me and stuck them here and there, places I hoped would still be intact when all was over ... and that was when it hit me.

I don't want to live like this .
I don't want a fear like that, lurking in the back of my mind every time it gets cloudy or rains a little.
I have no friends here, it isn't that sort of place ... people who have lived here for years will become friends and there is a sweet Southern way of nice and friendly but it is superficial, they don't ask you to go out shopping or anything ... they are just really nice when they talk to you for a few minutes.

So now is a time for a lot of decisions to be made and planning to be done and all kinds of Stuff.
Posting might be erratic ..  there is really very little to post about, living here .. how interested is anyone in the fact that I saw an Egret walking outside ..
A  turtle was rescued by Me , the Turtle Whisperer and taken back to the Forest where he made his wrong turn.
Otherwise, I am surrounded by nice strangers and beautiful skies and a forest and I might as well be on Mars for the feeling of isolation I have all the time.
So while I am able to .. I will make the next big change .. I am going home.


liparifam said...

Wonderful that all is well! Here, too, though four houses at the end of my street were taken out by two humongous trees (I'll email pics). It was so scary when we heard them falling! Many downed trees in our surrounding neighborhoods and local park. I'm glad you are going back home; I know how it feels to be isolated. On the one hand, I love my privacy and a big green space around me, but on the other, since I'm on my own now, it gets very lonely. Hence, my moving into the city to be near my daughter...

catcrazyaf said...

I would be terrified by the possibility of hurricanes. I'm glad you'll be relocating to a place where you feel safe and also won't be so isolated. That's such a lonely feeling. I know your cats are a comfort as are mine. Good days are ahead. P.S. I enjoy your photos so much.

Mary said...

So glad to know you and the kitties made it through without problems.
Yes, time perhaps to move back - even though there's no perfect place it seems when it come to weather.
Hugs - Mary

Fat Dormouse said...

Good to hear you & the cats are fine. I hope ypor plans come into fruition. I like reading your blog - it's interesting...such a different lifestyle to mine!

NotesFromAbroad said...

catcrazy, I am terrified .. there is just nowhere to go .. but stay here and tough it out. I am planning on moving though, I can't live like this ..

NotesFromAbroad said...

catcrazy, I live in a gated community and there are people all around me .. I am not that kind of isolated.
I plan on leaving here mostly because of the weather and how boring it is.
I prefer NY ..

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