Irma was a long nightmare..
we made the decision to evacuate
a week ago..
and I hope you never have to make that decision..
I agonized over what to take and how to
protect what we have..
with so many family photos to save,
I left them in a large plastic tub and put them up high
enough to survive water..
my dear friend Robin told me to put small photos and
antiques in the dishwasher and it would
be water tight when closed..
We took our current files
and wrapped the older ones in plastic..
I secured my studio,
loading most of my supplies in my closet and hoping for the best..
I took art with me..
some of my current pieces and several pieces that
and my current art journal..
the evacuation process was trying and the traffic was difficult
but the waiting and watching from afar was
knowing that it was going to demolish the Keys as it had
so many of our favorite islands..
was hard to imagine
and with family in Orlando and many friends throughout the state,
my attention was divided..
Irma took her time and she meandered around our state
with fickle unpredictability...
she kept us on our toes, just when we thought she would go west
she shifted to central
and that saved our home and our village..
The drive home was horribly long
and took 12 hours on back roads..
this is what we came home to..
we almost drove into it in the dark of night..
since we live in a rural place,
all the power was out due to these large trees that
came down just one street over from our house..
We regained our power last night..
and it gave me a little time to ponder the nature of power
and how we take so very much for granted..
we are fine, the house is fine and all is well..
thank you for your well wishes and your concern..
I am so grateful and blessed..
so many are suffering in our state,
as well as through out the islands and my heart goes out to them..
I will start unpacking my studio today..
and hopefully have something to show
Thank you so very much for your kind concern and best wishes!