Hurricane Update

Thanks to all who have left such kind messages about our “weather problem”.

We are getting ready now to leave to wait out the passing of Gustav at my daughter’s house.  She lives near us, but has less large pine trees.  We do not want to be here with possible hurricane force winds surrounded by 120 foot pine trees.  We are hoping that after just a few days, we can come back home and check on the house.

Falling trees are the only thing that I am worried about since we are too far from a shoreline and too high for flooding.  We lost five big trees in Katrina, but luckily nothing hit the house.

The forecast, at this time, looks a little more favorable for us where we are (30 miles north of New Orleans), so it may not be as bad as first predicted.  Yesterday was a beautiful day, you would not know a storm was any where near us.  The sun was out and a lovely breeze made securing everything in the yard a little easier.  I snapped this picture of a yellow hibiscus just before I moved it to a safer location.

I know no matter what happens that the least will be a tremendous amount of debris that will have to be picked up, raked up, and piled up to be hauled off.  My attitude is if anything in the garden is ruined or lost, that will only give me an opportunity to try some new plants.  If we lose electricity and/or the internet (which we probably will) it may be a while before I can post again.  Please keep the Gulf Coast in your thoughts and prayers.


  1. PGL said,

    August 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    You are in my thoughts & prayers as you prepare for this storm. I hope everyone in your family remains safe & sound.

  2. Jan said,

    August 31, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks, PGL, for the good thoughts. I am sure everything will work out.

  3. Brenda Kula said,

    August 31, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    We live one block east of Broadway, which is Highway 69 in Tyler, the road that goes all the way to Houston. There is so much traffic! We seem to be where they evacuate to much of the time. So of course we welcome them, but try to stay off the roads to let them in. My husband (a psychiatrist at the state hospital) said they got a busload of them in there yesterday too. I hope everything is still standing when you come back!

  4. Gail said,

    August 31, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Take care and thank you for the update, I have been hoping it would not hit the NOLA area again.


  5. Jan said,

    August 31, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Brenda, there was bumper to bumper traffic on the highway outside our subdivision starting Saturday night about 11 pm, so I know what you mean about how heavy the traffic is. This is the first time that the entire southern portion of our state had to evacuate since the storm is forecasted to come it over a large area of the coast line. I hope everything is standing when we go back, too.

    Gail, we can only wait now for the storm to come in. We should be feeling its effects around midnight.

  6. deb said,

    August 31, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    We went to Canton Tx for First Monday Trade Days yesterday. On the way home on I20 there were more LA license plate than TX plates. Stay safe and good luck with the trees.

  7. Nancy Bond said,

    August 31, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    You, and all those who lives in Gustav’s path, are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe, and check in as you can.

  8. Jan said,

    September 1, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for stopping by Deb & Nancy and checking on us. It is about 6 am and the winds are really blowing and the rain is coming down. It is too dark to see outside what is going on. We should be starting the worst about 7 am. So far we still have power and internet, so we can check on what is happening.

  9. Sue said,

    September 1, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Thinking of you. It must be terrifying. GFingers crossed

  10. Jan said,

    September 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks, Sue. These storms can be pretty scary, but at least we have some warning unlike those that live where an earthquake or tornado strikes.

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