Weights and Balances (Year 5 Issue 3) September 20, 2017

Sept 20 2017 Year 5 Issue 3

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Hello Blog World, part deux!

I started blogging on September 9, 2013 at the suggestion of a friend who knew I was in the middle of a major lifestyle/health change and it has been a great tool and a lot of fun too!

Now four years later I am still blogging and we are in the midst of awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Irma.  Not much of a day to get out and celebrate, everything is closed, rightfully so.  So while I still have power I am putting out this little post.

Red-Hello

Getting ready for a hurricane is no fun at all.

 

UPDATE:

In Tampa Bay we were spared as compared to other parts of the state.  Feeling blessed and thankful to God that most everyone I know is safe and well.  Continued prayers for those in the Keys, Naples/Venice, Jax, GA and other Polk County to the east of us who in our area took a very hard hit!

Weights and Balances (Year 5 Issue 1) September 6, 2017

I have begun the 5th year of my weekly newsletter on health and weight loss.  Sad it coincides with the horrible hurricane known as Irma! Prayers for everyone in the path. Be safe, Be kind, Be prepared and Be Praying!

Sept 6 2017 Year 5 Issue 1

Hurricane Irma Thoughts

Living in Tampa, Florida for over 30 years, I have seen storms come and go but I have not witnessed such collective concern over an impending storm.  Hurricane Harvey seemed to been the “wake up call” that Floridians needed to take approaching storms more seriously.  But, has there ever been an “Irma” threatening the state?  In reality, not really but Hurricane Andrew ravished Homestead and other areas of Florida in August 1992.   This are photos post Andrew and Irma is slated to be far more destructive than Andrew.  (from the weather channel)  It is difficult to imagine anything more destructive but looks like that is what we are facing now.

An aerial view of Dade County, Florida published on August 24, 1992, showing damage from Hurricane Andrew, a category 5 hurricane which devastated the state in 1992, and one of the most destructive hurricanes in the history of the United States. Hurricane Andrew did extensive damage to homes in South Florida, leaving little behind in its wake. One million people were evacuated and 54 died in this hurricane. Hurricane Irma, which is headed towards South Florida, is slated to cause more damage than Andrew. (Credit: Bob Epstein, FEMA News Photo)  Uneven damage pattern in Lakes by the Bay development in the greater Miami area after Hurricane Andrew. August 1992. Hurricane Andrew did extensive damage to homes in South Florida, leaving little behind in its wake. One million people were evacuated and 54 died in this hurricane. Hurricane Irma, which is headed towards South Florida, is slated to cause more damage than Andrew. (Credit: NOAA Photo Library)

Florida Governor Scott has closed all schools, universities and state offices until at least Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and maybe longer depending on what happens between Saturday and Monday evenings.  People are crowding highways and toll roads trying to escape South Florida where landfall is predicted to happen sometime early on Sunday morning.  With a storm 500 miles wide and the whole state of Florida only 361 miles wide and 447 miles long everyone in the state are expected to be affected to some degree or another.  Whether wind or rain, Irma will be affecting everywhere and just a tiny variation of ten or twenty miles in the path of the storm east or west will mean major differences in what you will see feel or experience.

Most are filling up their gas tanks, purchasing water, batteries, generators, filling sandbags and other non-perishable foods.  There are many tips on storm preparations which are being shared in social media and people are posting where to find the necessary items.  Neighbors helping neighbors, this is what makes America great and Floridians special.  This morning when I was out walking my dog, a stranger came by with his car window down and bid me to stay safe during the storm and wished me good luck.  There is a difference in Florida a good difference overall.  Yes, there are hoarders and those who are rude and do not care about their fellow mankind but those are fewer in number.  Irma seems to be teaching us that all lives matter, skin color is irrelevant, your immigration status, your political party affiliation or your political philosophies are not important in the big picture as we facing the effects of Irma. If people could only feel that way all the time with no potential crisis before them!

Be kind.  Be safe.  Be prepared. Be Smart. Pray.

Irma