Katrina V

“Katrina V”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Five years. It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. You have seen the pictures of the devastation the occurred in New Orleans and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I thought I would show you some pictures of what Katrina did to our property. We are located about thirty miles north of New Orleans and were not affected by water. It was the wind damage that knocked down trees and left debris all over. It took weeks to clear our yard. This is what we saw when we returned a week after Katrina hit with winds near 100 mph.


Our Front Yard



Our Driveway


Uprooted Tulip Poplar


Our Backyard


Backyard - Another view


Back Yard View from Second Story


This is what our street looked like by the end of September. Everyone piled the debris along the street for pickup.


Debris Piles Along Street


Finally, at the end of September the first trucks started showing up to pick up the debris. It wasn’t until the end of October that all the yard debris from Katrina was picked up. We were so glad to see it go.


First Pick Up Day


We were so fortunate that we did not have any damage to our home. After seeing the damage that the 125 to 150 foot pine trees did to some of our neighbors, we couldn’t complain about being without electricity for three weeks, telephone for five weeks, cable TV for six weeks, and the internet for almost eight weeks.

This house was just two doors from us. It took six big pine trees right down the middle.


Neighbor's House


Another neighbor’s house where a tree hit.



It has been almost five years since I have looked at these pictures, and they bring up so many emotions. While our neighborhood has been restored, so many of our neighbors had to move away because of transfers to other cities or elderly people who moved to be closer to family or destroyed homes forced others to move to other areas.

I hope we never have to go through something like this again. I hope no one ever has to go through this.

4 O’clock Stroll

“4 O’clock Stroll”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Walking around the garden this evening after work, I was struck by the scent of the 4 O’clocks.  Even though it was very windy from Hurricane Ike which is churning in the Gulf, the sweet smell of these flowers was prevalent.  Now that the evenings are getting a little cooler, they open earlier.  It is the cooler temperatures of the late afternoon that causes the flowers to open, not the time of day.  These old-fashioned flowers add color and fragrance to the late evening and remind me of my grandmother.



The flowers produce black seeds and readily reseed.  They make a shrubby plant about three feet tall and almost as wide.  With the first frost, the leaves and stems die back, but, here, the tuber survives to re-sprout in the spring.



Dear hubby mowed the lawn today, and everything looks so nice.  I couldn’t help but think as I strolled around the yard that only a week ago everything was a mess with branches and limbs everywhere.  My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Texas who are in Hurricane Ike’s path.  I know how scary it can be with a big storm bearing down on you.  I just hope they can come out of this with no damage.  Please keep everyone who will be affected by this storm in your thoughts.