“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Puss and boots

It's an ill wind that blows no good, and at least I got a cool new pair of rubber, steel-toed, macho, macho boots out of Hurricane Ike's visit. As you can tell, Lily loves them too.

The storm is mostly over - it's grey & drizzly & yucky & really it's rainy still, not drizzly - I just looked out the window. Ike blew over - I mean right over - & my mother swears she knew when the eye passed over us, and Robert swears he shot the eye out of the sky, at which point it became a tropical depression (and it did). There are about 13,000 people without power - most in rural county areas. We lost power at 4 a.m., which woke me right up. The sky was yellow, yellow, yellow - an ugly sulfur looking glow. I lit a couple of candles, fed Maggie, and wandered outside to see how far the power outage extended. It was still & eerily quiet. Pretty unnerving. I had a few moments of high anxiety, thinking that it was going to be worse than I'd originally believed. But the power was back on in about 40 minutes or so, and I slept most of the day. Tried to watch Dr. Zhivago, which, as I just admitted to Robert, I have never seen all the way through, and have no idea how it ends.

So thankfully - knock on wood - the worst is by us. Thanks to all of y'all who emailed to check on me & kept us in your thoughts & prayers. I'm forwarding all those good thoughts on to the folks south of us, with a few of my own added in.


  1. I am glad that you're safe :-)

  2. Carol - OH, me too!! LOL! LOTS of trees down - more than I realized. It took a little daylight to bring them to my attention. But still, all is well. Thank you!

    :) Debi

  3. Jeesh.

    Will a storm has been raging in my head a real storm has threatened your home.

    I'm glad you are safe and I hope your owls and garden are also ok.

    Your comment made me feels lots better :)

  4. LOVE the boots, do they come in colors?

  5. Hele - We are all good. Things were much less dramatic than we'd been expecting, and that's ALWAYS a good thing!

    Michelle - Yes, indeedy, but not at the store where I bought these. The lovely Katie knows someone with "pretty" ones & she swears she got them at Target, but not here locally. I haven't checked online yet, but I think a pink pair would be very, very cool! Of course, they probably wouldn't have steel toes, but I only ended up with those toes because all the regular ones were sold out. Rubber boots, generators, and batteries were apparently the hot sellers Friday.

    :) Debi

  6. I've been thinking of you and praying for you and everyone affected by this storm. We got rain from it clear up here and there has been some local flooding but nothing concerning us.

  7. Boy, do you have ESP! I was just fixing to email you to see if y'all got any rain or wind or anything. REALLY! Just this very minute! That is so cool!

    I've been watching some of the folks who are staying at the church next to us & am gonna post about it tomorrow. It's nothing invasive & pretty cute, so I don't feel too bad putting it up.

    I'm glad you're okay. This has been one increible storm!

    Love you!

  8. Dearest Debi...been thinking about you so much this past week...I have been so busy, I haven't been able to keep up with blogs these days, but was wondering how you were doing, and how you were braving the big storm. So glad you are ok.
    A yellow sky hmm? How interesting. I know just what you mean about how unsettlingly quiet power outages can be.
    And those are some sexy boots you got there!!! ;)
    Going to read your other posts now and catch up with you.
    Lots of love

  9. Jaime - A VERY yellow sky. It was 4 am & I needed no flashlight - it was very strange.

    :) Debi

  10. I'm glad to read that all is well and you are safe (that eerie yellow sky gave me ths chills just imagining it). It sounds like you know how to take care of yourself in a difficult and scary situation--which I hope you won't need to worry about again.

    ps. Don't worry about Dr. Zhivago--you're not missing much. ;-)

  11. So I can't help but wonder what caused th eyellow sky at 4 a.m.?
    Nice to know that it has passed through (the storm).
    Great caption and imgae, that puss n' boots!

  12. Paula - The sky just gets weird when storms are coming in. I think the moon was nearing full & the sun was starting to rise & their light on all those clouds and . . . well, who really knows?

    :) Debi

  13. So glad the storms have passed....and those boots...Should I even mention my love affair with rubber boots? :)

  14. Oh you should! I have lots of cowboy boots, but this is my first ever pair of rubber boots & I found myself LOOKING for places through which to slosh!


  15. cute shoes girl!! i always liked the jeans tucked in the boot look myself.

    of course you realize that the main reason to watch Dr. Zhivago is for the ending....

    be sure to watch it all the way though next time.

    i'm so late in commenting here that there is no real point saying anything else regarding the weather.

    but stay safe!


  16. p.s. i just saw it and i can't julie said there is no real point to watching the end of dr. zhivago! it's all about clearing the tear ducts!

  17. Oh my. Conflicting Dr. Zhivago advice. Well, I can probably just rent it & watch just the last part, since I've seen the first part so many times. The first part always puts me to sleep, though! I will try. I promise.

    ;) Debi

    (The little wink symbol thingy just doesn't quite work in this
    font - it looks a little crazy!)


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