Not a Normal Day

“Not a Normal Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Today was supposed to be a normal day with just severe thunderstorms and winds.  When I woke up the weather didn’t seem too bad even though we were in a tropical storm watch area.  Hurricane Ike was about 200 miles off the Louisiana coast and headed to Texas.  I left for work early and since I live about thirty miles north of New Orleans, I have to cross Lake Pontchartrain using a bridge that spans twenty-four miles over water.  I must have gone only a mile or two on the bridge when a squall hit with blinding rain and unbelievable winds.  Instead of doing 60 miles an hour, the traffic was down to about 25 mph.  I really had to hold on to the steering wheel since there were wind gusts of 50 mph.  Just before I reached the half-way point, dear hubby called with the news that work was closed, so I turned around and came home.  I was so glad to be out of that storm.  Soon after returning home the squall had passed, but the winds were still strong and gusty.  The yard we had just finished cleaning up from Gustav now has debris again.  Not as bad as before, but it looks like yard cleanup is again on the agenda for this weekend.


In between rain showers, I did get to walk around the garden to see how things were doing.  I had not returned potted plants from their protected area since I was waiting to see where Ike would go, and now I am glad I waited.  So far, everything seems okay.  I noticed the bleeding heart vine is starting to bloom more profusely now.



One more thing caught my eye today.  A camellia I bought last year has a seed pod on it.



I noticed it when I was checking the buds.  I may just try and plant the seeds.  I found an interesting site about camellia seeds.  It looks like this pod is not ripe yet.


Please keep the people of Texas in your prayers.  It seems as if the storm surge from Ike is going to be bad, and many people have not evacuated the area.  I am really worried about those people after having seen what the water did to Mississippi and Louisiana during Katrina.


  1. fairegarden said,

    September 13, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Hi Jan, you had me worried with this story as you were on that bridge. Bridges like that over water that go on and on scare me even on good days. The long stretch on I-10 over the swamp comes to mind and even the Golden Gate in San Francisco. We are watching the weather channel about Texas as we used to live in Houston and have many friends there. Be safe.

  2. Jan said,

    September 13, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Oh, Frances, it was scary on that bridge. I, too, have been watching the news almost constantly. While we have had a great deal of water come into our coast and so far there has been only minor flooding, I am so concerned about Texas and Southwest Louisiana. I know what these storms can do, and I am so worried about the reported 90,000 people who live so near the coast that stayed.

  3. tina said,

    September 13, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Sounds so scary! Those winds can do some damage. Glad you are safe. I love the seedpods of the camelia. Lucky you found it!

  4. Brenda Kula said,

    September 13, 2008 at 9:30 am

    It’s about 10:30 a.m. here. So far not much going on. But the winds are picking up. Just hoping we don’t lose electricity. I have bad asthmatic bronchitis right now. Don’t know if I can handle the heat, or the open window!

  5. Jan said,

    September 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Tina, a hurricane is nothing to be complacent about. Things are pretty quite here now. Isn’t that seed pod something. I didn’t know camellias had them until recently.

    Brenda, I hope you keep your electricity esp. since you have asthma. It seems that maybe you will not have it too bad. I’ll be thinking of you.

  6. Kathy said,

    July 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Hi, saw your post about the Camellia seed pod. Were you successful planting it? I live in NO and did fine during all the Hurricanes recently. How did you fare? Are you in La? Thanks for any help with the seeds.

    Kathy LaGrange
    River Ridge, LA

    • Jan said,

      July 31, 2009 at 7:58 pm

      Hi, Kathy. The Camellia seed did sprout. but is very slowly growing. The original plant has even more seed pods this year. I am just outside of Covington, so I am not too far from you. We did okay with the recent hurricanes. Only a lot of tree damage. Keeping my fingers crossed that this hurricane season remains quiet.

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