Wednesday, September 24, 2008
If you have comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to express them. I have only a small amount of creativity in me and it's quite painful when I try to use it!! :)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We spoke of a few other things, but then a few minutes later Stephanie walks in the house moaning and groaning about the mosquitoes and how huge they are!
We laughed cuz Arlene and I were just talking about it.
Stephanie proceeds to tell us that the lady she was just babysitting for says that the large mosquitoes are called coastal mosquitoes.
Arlene pops up and says...
"Dang!, even the mosquitoes evacuated!!"
Monday, September 22, 2008
I don't know about you, but I'm excited!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I have now lived through two hurricanes and volunteered to help others during the aftermath of both Rita and Katrina and after each of these storms, the weather was horrendous. The storms pass, the sun comes out and the August/Sept heat creates unbearable conditions exacerbated by the lack of electricity and a/c.
Yes, we had some scary thunderstorms roll through the area this morning, many of us lost electricity for a second time in as many days, and many streets flooded again, but with that bad weather has come some seriously abnormal weather.
The thunderstorms this morning were caused by a cold front that's moving through.
A COLD FRONT!!
By the grace of God, we have a cold front that's blowing out the humidity in the air and bringing "cool" weather to the area.
I feel blessed to have weathered the storm without much damage to my home or car, but I know there are MANY in my town that are not as fortunate and the next few days/weeks are going to be spent without electricity or water. If there can be bright spots, it will be the opportunities we'll have to volunteer our time and talents to help our fellow friends and neighbors while they recover.
Thankfully we'll have good weather to do this.
Anyone know of any volunteer opportunities? Let me know.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Here's Arlene (and me) cleaning up and working off our "Ike 15." You can see where the fence was knocked down in a few places.
For the 2.5 of you who are just chomping-at-the-bit to see some exciting video, here you go. :)
Make sure you're sitting down before watching; they're pretty boring and you may fall asleep while watching!
This is the backyard at about 7am Saturday.
This is the frontyard after about 8am Saturday.
Our power was restored at 1:30pm this afternoon.
Did she sense what was about to happen or was it a coincidence?? Who knows.
See ya on the flip-side!
Friday, September 12, 2008
It kinda sucks that she's having to celebrate it from the safety of her home as Hurricane Ike comes ashore.
Good or bad, bet she'll never forget this one!
Maybe we can go to lunch sometime soon.
"Run from water, Hide from wind."
She has coined, "The Ike 15." It's the weight gained from eating all the comfort food during this weekend. I went to the store this afternoon to get a few "essentials" to carry me over during the storm.
The video below was taken around 6:30 this evening. Since Arlene and I are hunkering down, I thought I would try and chronicle the storm somehow. We'll see how well I do.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It's 9:16pm Wednesday evening and I'm just getting in.
Last night it was after 8 when I finally got in for the night.
On the plus side, I have learned a great deal from the meeting I've been attending these past few days and I'm actually excited to get back to work and implement the knowledge I've gained.
Granted, with Ike barrelling down on the Houston area, it could be a couple of days before that happens. ConocoPhillips put out an email this evening stating that the Houston offices would be closing at noon on Thursday with the plan to re-open on Monday. We'll see how that goes.
You all will probably think I'm certifiable, but I'm pretty excited for our impending weather. I wish we could enjoy it without all the destruction.
Monday, September 8, 2008
It's still way to early to determine where Ike will go, but for now they've got it coming to us.
Jeff Masters, at Weather Underground, predicts a western LA landfall.
Track Forecast for Ike - third paragraph (Jeff Masters' blog)
As Ike moves approaches within 300 miles of the Louisiana coast on Friday, there will be another trough of low pressure capable of turning the storm to the north. The GFS, GFDL, HWRF, NOGAPS, and Canadian models all predict that this trough will be strong enough to turn Ike northwards into central or western Louisiana. The UKMET and ECMWF models disagree, and think high pressure will dominate enough to force Ike westwards into Texas, between Corpus Christi and the Louisiana border. These two models have been trending too far south with Ike so far, so I would lean towards a landfall in western Louisiana at this point.
I'm taking my camera on the off chance that Ponca City, OK has some pretty landscape.
I'm scheduled to return home Friday morning. Just in time for Ike??