Monday, September 11, 2017

We Survived Hurricane Irma!

We spent a miserable night with the howling winds as Hurricane Irma came right up through the center of the state...where we live! I don't know how we managed to have such little damage but we are very fortunate. We have some loose shingles and our lawn and the golf course behind us is littered with leaves, Spanish moss and small branches. We still have Tropical force winds today so we can't get outside yet. There's no way to know yet what damage is in our neighborhood and community. 

The winds were FIERCE overnight and the wind pounded the windows. We had moved our furniture away from the windows but we had very little dampness on the windowsills.

WHEW...we are busy today putting our house back in order. At least I cooked extra in case we lost power, so we will be eating good this week. So far our power has blinked on and off but stayed on for the most part.

Thank you ALL so much for your prayers. And thanks for all of the sweet comments and thoughtful emails. We continue to pray for those that have suffered damage and for those still in the path.

I always love to go to Princess Sassy Pants to see her beautiful art and quotes. Thanks to her for this perfect post!


I'll be back soon. Don't have too much fun while I'm gone! teehee!

Your blog buddy, Diane

53 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So glad you are safe and minimal damage! It is 3pm here and the heavy storm and winds are starting. I hope we don't lose power but I'm prepared if we do! Hugs!

It's me said...

I am so glad you are ok....amen !....so sad for all those people who lost their home and everything....love from je Ria x ❤️

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, I am so glad you and your hubby are safe. Minimal damage is good, things could always be worse. I try to look at the bright side and no one was hurt. Thanks for the update, I was thinking of you!

Sandy said...

Glad all is well. I can never wish them on anyone, but rather pray they will weaken. It has been some tense days seeing where it would go.

Susie said...

Diane, I am thrilled you are safe. My g.daughter survived too. I am proud of how brave she was. I have not heard from her myself...but her mom text me at 7:00 this morning and said she was fine. Blessings and hugs to you, xoxo, Susie

ann said...

Diane, you certainly have been in my thoughts. With the continual news coverage on Irma, it was hard not think about our friends and family in her path. We are so thankful that you are safe and well.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Good to see your update! You are the third to check in ( I've been checking on blogger friends that I know are in Florida ) and I am relieved for you.

Linda H said...

So glad you're safe and don't have much damage. Thanks for letting us know. Many are not so lucky. Such devastation! So very sad .

Linda said...

Praise God! I've had 'survivor's guilt' here in Texas over the weekend just knowing the uncertainty y'all were facing with dire dangers possible and even probable! One by one, all my friends have been or are being accounted for and I'm grateful to see you post!
Enjoy your good food and I hope your heart can now rest easier!

Linda said...

I forgot to say I love your Princess Sassy Pants and went over to visit! Amazing! Thank you for the link!

JG said...

Great news Diane! Very happy you & your hubby are safe!!
~Judy

Red Rose Alley said...

So glad to hear you're ok, Diane. And without much damage to your home. Nel is also ok in Georgia. By the time it hit her area in Georgia, it lessened a bit, but gusts of wind and rain came all day. Love the Sassy Pants art and quote. : )

love, ~Sheri

Danice said...

So glad that you all are OK, and had only a little damage. Were praying for you. This weather is so bad. Most northwest AL schools are closed tomorrow.

Cloudia said...

WONDERFUL! So grateful

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

So glad to hear that you made it through and that you and your family are safe!

Gina said...

Diane, I am so thankful that you and your husband are safe and sound. Your home safe is the icing on the cake. I am so happy that you have power too. We lost power for 11 days due to Hurricane Sandy a few years ago. Not fun. xx

The Sketchy Reader said...

I think it could have been so much worse in Florida....especially since the forecast was so dire! I'm happy y'all weathered the storm, and I hope that your clean-up will be easy!

xo,
RJ

Lorrie said...

Wonderful news, Diane. I'm sure the cleanup will take awhile, but it's good to know the worst is behind you. I've been thinking about, and praying for, all my blogging friends caught in this hurricane.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So glad to hear that all is well, Diane! I can't imagine how frightening it must have been. Continuing prayers for all those who were in the path of this terrible storm. Hugs xo Karen

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

So thankful that you survived the storm Diane! What relief, what joy, what thankfulness! So many have much devastation to deal with, but amazingly few lives were lost, and that is the most important thing. I prayed for you, and am thankful for the Lord's protection over you and your home! Stay safe throughout the cleanup efforts! Very cute little meme from Princess Sassy :) Blessings, prayers and hugs for you :)

Geraldine said...

So good to hear you are ok Diane. I was thinking of you, watching the coverage on CNN. A long way back for so many people to recover. Take care and stay safe.🌞

BeachGypsy said...

so glad y'all are okay! We made it through too but I'm telling you---that Irma was ONE MEAN ONE...very bad girl. We didn't even get the real hurricane here....we got the tropical storm warning and the feeder bands and lo and behold----suddenly today we started getting tornado warnings----THAT WAS SCARY. Our streets and sidewalks are flooded and hopefully start to go down tomorrow. Save me a big plate of that roast please, LOL

Lynn said...

So glad to hear you are ok! Take care:@)

Vee said...

Thank you for reporting in! That is a comforting graphic.

Arlene Grimm said...

I am so glad to hear you are ok Diane. It was quite a fierce storm. By the time Irma got here last night, she was pretty much spent for which I am glad. Prayers for all in Florida as they begin the big clean up.

Cherdecor said...

Hello Diane, It was a happy moment when I saw your blog come up on my feed this morning. I am so happy that you were protected from what could have happened. My friend in Winter Garden lost power for the night and day, then it came back on. I am glad that you didn't lose power for that long. Be safe!

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

SO happy to hear that you are ok, my friend. I said a lot of prayers for my blogging friends in Florida. It really saddens me to see how many people are suffering because of this storm. xo Laura

Prunella Pepperpot said...

I aam so relieved to hear you are safe and sound Diane. Still praying for all of those affected by Hurricane Irma.
Hugs from us xx

Maggie Ann said...

I'm very glad you are ok !! Praise God for his tender mercy....

happyone said...

Very glad to hear you made it through Irma.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Very glad to hear you had so little damage! I have friends in Ft. Myers and Jacksonville who are still without power and have quite a bit of damage from winds and flooding. St. Simons looks like it did not fare well either. We are supposed to go there in 3 weeks so we'll see.

Connie said...

Hello Diane, this is good news. There were so many people praying for the residents of your state . . . people from all over the world. I believe that when that many people come together with a single purpose to their prayers it makes the Lord very happy and that is the reason the hurricane did less damage than what was predicted. They is much power it prayer. My brother's home was also spared. Trees came down in his yard but done hit the house and although they are living in a mess and by the power of generators, they are safe. My prayers are still with you all. God bless the state of Florida and her people.
Connie :)

Karen Ann said...

Glad all is well!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Always happy to read the good word "safe". We have several friends in Florida who did okay also. Thanks for posting and hope your power stays on.

Deborah Montgomery said...

So thankful you're okay! So smart to cook extra ahead of time. That can be very comforting when the power's out. My BIL who is up here right now told his neighbors to go in his house down there and eat up all the food in the freezer that's melting!

Ariadne said...

Glad you are safe!AriadnefromGreece!

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh my...you were lucky! So glad because everything I see looks and sounds awful on the news. So glad you have power because so many don't. I think you were lucky indeed and so happy for you! I too pray for those who weren't as fortunate. Love Miss Sassy Pants art....she said it all!
Whew...big sigh of relief! Hugs ~ Sam

Dewena said...

I'm so glad you are safe and well!

My mother and sisters and their families in Orlando are safe too, as is our daughter and son-in-law in Ponte Vedra Beach! Much clean up to do, but safe, thank God.

I love the Princess Sassy Pants!

Angie said...

Diane - I am so glad you are safe and not too much damage. Our family in Daytona Beach was also very fortunate. we will continue to pray for those who have lost so much in this storm.

Happy@Home said...

I am so glad to hear that you made it through and are safe and sound, Diane. Hope you enjoy your good eating now.
Love the artwork!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

So happy to see all my FLorida friends safe and sound. xxo

Lowcarb team member said...

Diane that is good news ... so pleased that you are safe and with minimal damage too.
Great choice for the Princess Sassy Pants quote.

My good wishes

All the best Jan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

hi Diane... I am so glad you are OK and hope things have improved even more for you by now. We felt so helpless up here all the way across the country. (watched the local Ft Myers news on their website all weekend -- a surreal experience being here and feeling like we were there). Apparently, Upriver Park dodged the bullet too. The word from the management is 'no significant damage' -- trees down, no electricity, wires down etc etc, but no houses down or flooded, no roofs blown off... so it is looking reasonably good. They haven't been able to do a house-to-house check yet because of those wires, but are supposed to let us know as soon as they can. No word on our boat. Everybody in our park evacuated, so that is the good news -- people are safe!!! We were very lucky that there was no storm surge.

so far so good. Be safe and be careful when you do get to go outside.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

So glad you came through with minimal damage.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So glad for the update - we think of you several times a day. Our weather has turned Autumny cool - some sunshine - some clouds - we are so lucky. Now to get on with autumn decorating - won't be long until the holidays. Have a grand rest of the week, once those winds die down. Hugs.

Carla from The River said...

Hello my dear friend,
I have been praying. I am so happy you are alright!!
We have a friend in Tampa too. He is alright as well.

Marv lost his winter cabin in Rockport, Texas. My Texas family lost an out building due to saturation on the roof. A lot of clean up, but all alive!!

Love to you,
Carla

Maggie Ann said...

How nice of you to visit and leave me a comment! Lavender Dreamer, you are special,,,,hugs, Maggie Ann

carol l mckenna said...

Oh so glad you are safe and minimal damage ~ Love Sassy Pants ~ ^_^

(A ShutterBug Explores)

podso said...

Thankful you did ok and didn't even lose power. We are housing family members who came up here to get away from the storm. It's been quite a time for so many.

Linda Walker said...

Diane,
So glad to hear you made it through without damage. I thought of you for days! I still have a friend in Key Largo I have not heard from and another in St. John. Hoping everyone is OK....stay safe....still have a ways to go with hurricane season. ;(
xo
Linda

Debby Ray said...

Sweet Diane...what a blessing to hear that you are safe from that old Irma. We have family and friends throughout the state and it was so hard to keep up with which was the safest area since the predictions of her path changed moment by moment. I know how scary that must have been for you and it is such a relief to hear that you were able to come out of it safe an sound. Thanks for letting us know...HUGS! Prayers continue for all of those not so fortunate.

Kathy said...

I am so glad and relieved to hear you made it through Irma without any major damage.

Linda Walker said...

So Happy to hear! I thought about you during the storm, hoping all would be well. The storms have been nasty this year and it's only the beginning of the season, hoping the Atlantic settles down now. Enough damage already!
Take care, Linda