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Goodbye to You, Isaac!

Since Friday evening, we felt Isaac’s feeder bands with increasing force — Sunday and Monday were particularly…”active.” If you haven’t witnessed a tropical storm, hurricane, or their feeder bands, it’s a most amazing and beautiful sight — to stand in the open and watch a storm’s dark feeder clouds rapidly circling around you. The sheer force and expanse of these storms is awesome, and can put things in perspective.

However, I’m particularly grateful today, given our flooded neighborhood and city, that I freelance / work from home — GRATITUDE!

Flooded cul-de-sac

A new lake in the cul-de-sac! The other streets were equally…damp

And on another bright spot, the fish and ducks are VERY happy with the extra real estate.

Thanks St. Francis, for keeping those waters just a few feet from our little home….

A Motled Duck surveys her newly expanded lake

A happy Muscovy Duck eating at the water’s edge — near the house

An anxious Mouse surveys the lake, staying far above the flooded porch floor

Now, sending good wishes and love to the northern Gulf Coast, as a strengthening Isaac approaches on Katrina’s anniversary.

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  1. Thank goodness y’all are ok. Love the cat’s expression. ❤

    August 28, 2012
    • Thanks! There’s much concern in our area at the lack of warning with this massive flooding. Ah well!

      One kitty: perturbed. The other in deep, DEEP hiding…

      August 28, 2012
  2. Pam #

    Lovely!

    August 28, 2012
    • I think the critters are happy to see the sun for the first time in 6 days! 🙂

      August 28, 2012
  3. Holy moly, Feygirl. That’s mighty close . . . . Sending you purrs for safety and staying dry.

    August 28, 2012
    • Hee, thanks!! I LOVE rain… But hooooly moly is right, especially when one chose NOT to partake in flood insurance!!

      August 28, 2012
  4. Where we live in st. Pete we hardly had any rain at all! thank goodness for that right!

    August 28, 2012
    • SERIOUSLY! They completely didn’t expect this… Or should I say, there weren’t *sufficient* warnings for the massive flooding that took over South FLA!

      August 28, 2012
  5. Wow, thats a lot of water… glad to know you guys are safe 🙂

    August 28, 2012
    • Truly amazing how much came down in the space of 2 days… Thanks so much for your kind thoughts!! Now sending those to the Gulf Coast, eeeks…

      August 28, 2012
  6. You have a cat named Mouse? That’s great. Mouse is adorable. My parents live on the western edge of the Mississippi gulf coast and they get pretty nervous about hurricanes after Katrina, but they’re not too worried about this one. As long as Isaac doesn’t build freakishly overnight, they should be fine. There’s already a bit of flooding but the surge shouldn’t be nearly high enough to come near their house. I know my mom will be much happier once it’s ever though.

    August 28, 2012
    • I haven’t checked the weather this AM, but from what they’re saying, it doesn’t seem to be a Katrina, for SURE. But so much love to the Gulf Coast, and your parents!! I have friends living there, and it’s a scary situation, for sure.

      Mouse is an awesome kitty. So named, when he wasn’t even weaned, and I met him stumbling at 4-5 weeks old around a parking lot, as I dropped my groceries and he tried to climb into my lap…. I searched frenetically for his siblings, and I still hold out hope that someone like me nabbed them. He looked JUST like a poor little mouse… 🙂

      August 29, 2012
  7. Like the weather post, but I really like the duck and cat photos.

    August 28, 2012
    • Thanks so much — I do too, hee, I can’t resist the critters!

      August 29, 2012
  8. So mom? think the water will catch me? Love Mouse, he’s awesome. Love your dated song, it’s soooo ’80’s

    August 28, 2012
    • I love how Patty popped in my head right away! SOOOO ’80s.

      Mouse is an exceptional kitty. Totally cool kat. The other was in DEEP hiding, I believe he’s a storm-traumatized former stray, poor guy.

      August 29, 2012
  9. Good to hear your okay. I’d been wondering. Next hope is for New Orleans. They’ve barely recovered. Me? It taught me to carry my disaster kit with me.

    August 28, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I’m sending as much love to the Gulf Coast as I can… But it doesn’t seem to be a Katrina, for sure. As many hurricanes / cyclones as I’ve been through, it’s amazing the last-minute preparations we attend to. BATTERIES? Oops.

      August 29, 2012
  10. So glad to know you are safe and sound…if a little damp!

    August 29, 2012
    • Thanks so much! We DEFINITELY didn’t expect this amount of…dampness. 🙂

      August 29, 2012
  11. soooo glade u are OK,,, i luved the photos ,, it s said that people live nature’s events are the most sensitive and talented ,,, greetings from Egypt

    August 29, 2012
    • So very sweet of you! MANY thanks. I’ve never heard this expression — having lived through many a hurricane and cyclone (I was raised in the South Pacific), I’m no stranger to their force. But everywhere around the globe, people must contend with Mother Nature and her events, yes?

      August 30, 2012
      • yes,, I do Agree,, of course.
        In Egypt i had noticed that most talented are the ones lived or raised in the parts and spots near deserts and the south where nature is still innocent, and show events like storms and so. Thank u for caring to reply and comment FeyGirl .. Glade i get to know u and your elegant, inspiring blog.

        August 30, 2012
      • “…where nature is still innocent.” how interesting! i love your perspective of people’s relation to nature — just fascinating. thanks so much for your poetic vision. ♥

        August 30, 2012
  12. I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD ATTITUDE!!!! A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR!!! SUCH ATTRIBUTES ALWAYS GIVE WAY TO A HAPPY LIFE – METHINKS!!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

    August 29, 2012
    • Aw, thanks so much! You’re very sweet. If you had seen me looking out the window with those rising waters though, hahahah!!!

      August 29, 2012
  13. Lots of water, but much better than it could have been! I was in two near the North Carolina coast in the mid 60’s. I will never forget them.

    August 29, 2012
    • Most DEFINITELY! It was the most flooding we’ve ever had — even with the dual hurricanes of ’05 — but the winds were only TS-level. And the house made it (decently), heh. Growing up in the Pacific, we had our share of cyclones — I can’t seem to escape these storms! They’re amazing to witness, though.

      August 30, 2012
  14. What great pictures. My word, once mother nature decides to get involved, there really isn’t much us human’s can do. I wish you safety through the storms.

    August 30, 2012
    • Thanks so much! We definitely got hammered with much more rain than anyone expected. The flooding was more than the dual hurricanes of ’05. I just hope the Gulf Coast manages to cope through this monster TS.

      August 30, 2012
  15. Glad to hear that the water didn’t get into your house. This was the first time that I got to meet Mouse. I had to chuckle about the name. 😀

    September 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much for your kind wishes! This flooding was definitely not expected in our area… A bit too close for comfort, for sure.

      Heh, little Mouse! One of the crazy house kitties here. 🙂 He was an abandoned kitten from my apartment days — so tiny, barely weaned, that he looked like a mouse, thus the name.

      September 13, 2012
      • Mouse’s coloration is beautiful. What color is his eyes? I can’t tell from the profile, but they look light.

        September 13, 2012
      • They are a bit lighter… And it’s even more thrown off, because of the fact that one eye’s outlined, and one isn’t — making their sizes looks different, an optical illusion!

        Poor guy also only has a half of a tongue, go figure… Totally cauterized. We think it may have happened on a hot wire or on an engine (in a car?) before I found him / he found me at 5 weeks of age.

        September 13, 2012
      • I’m so glad that your found each other. Very sorry to hear about the tongue injury prior to his adoption, but I would imagine he has adapted well by now.

        September 13, 2012

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