Good morning! Oh, and what a glorious morning it is! To say that I feel blessed is a major understatement! Irma was headed right at us inching a bit more west every hour. To be on the water and East of the actual Hurricane would have been catastrophic for us. But as if God answered our many prayers Irma decided to move a bit East of us. Because of that shift we did not end up with the 10-15 foot storm surge that would have most certainly put half my city underwater.
Our family is coming up on our 21st year living in Florida. We have lived through many Hurricanes, Up until Charley came to SW Florida in August 2004, we took each “threat” pretty lightly. In fact, up until the year AFTER Charley we never once boarded up our windows much less even considered evacuation! After all, the last BIG Hurricane to devastate our area was Donna, back in 1960! After Charley we got a bit more serious with Hurricane Prep. We bought plywood and boarded up our home each time a storm was imminent. But that was 2005. The year that every home in Florida practically remained shuttered or boarded up for the entire season. We were all so tired and weary from the prep, and the stress of the unknown.
The following year we made an investment getting metal shutters. They were a step up from the plywood, but after a year or two of putting them up and taking them down, my husband wanted shutters that weren’t so tedious to do by himself.
My husband just wasn’t sure what he wanted so we got a few of each style, accordion, Kevlar shade, Electric, , clear and metal. Seriously, our house looks like the model home for a Shutter Retailer! Here is my opinion. Although the electric are the most convenient, when your power goes out you are stuck behind them! LOL. the Power going out is one of the biggest inconveniences of a hurricane. Believe me, it gets stifling hot in Florida and if you can’t get the breeze because your at the mercy of electric shutters people get mighty grumpy LOL
I have no idea why I just blogged about my shutters LOL I guess they weigh heavy on my mind! The #1 rule regarding Hurricanes is, “stay for wind evacuate for surge”. Because of the shutters our home was a fortress from the wind. BUT this storm was bringing along her evil sister “storm Surge”. We have never, ever evacuated our home for any Hurricane but this time we had a mandatory evacuation. Our home is on a salt water canal, the elevation is 7.25 feet. The prediction was for a possible storm surge of between 10-15 feet! It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out our house would be totally submerged! We evacuated to my sons Town-home, we are at the most SW portion of the city, he is at the most NE section. We felt totally safe there. Then the power went out. But that was our only causality. Refrigerators needed to be emptied, food tossed. But all 3 of our family homes came out totally untouched. We were blessed and for that I am ever so thankful.
After our power and phone service was restored I was greeted with the surprise of “winning” another challenge at The Joy of Sets Challenge Blog. It’s such a fun way to challenge yourself to make a card with an assigned Letter in a stamp sets title. I wish more people would join in the challenges, it’s open to anyone that has a blog or is able to link back to their FB page. The stamp sets can be current or retired and the sky is the limit (well of course except the title needs to include the chosen Letter for that particular challenge.)
This weeks Challenge was to use a set that included a word in the title beginning with the letter T. I wanted to make a card reflecting how I felt about my fellow Floridians. I chose Totally Trees for my stamp set, because I love the Palm Tree! I thought by embossing it with gold powder it would be symbolic of how strong we Floridians are! Totally Trees is retired, but High Tide isn’t! I just love the water stamp in that set! I heat embossed only the edges of my scalloped oval. Stamping or adding color over a heat embossed image made this card so simple, no masking necessary because you just wipe the ink from the embossed image! The hashtags were made using the Labeler Alphabet set. I had to abbreviate Florida because it wouldn’t fit! LOL I hope people aren’t going to wonder what a Flastrong is hahaha
Final week! Don’t forget about my September class:
I will be offering this class locally in my home or yours for a small fee of $10. This fee will include materials and the lesson. If you make a minimum purchase of $20 the class fee will be waived. With your $20 order you will also have a PDF file so that you can make these at home following detailed instructions. (Sorry class fee does not include a take home PDF, just me live and in person:)
Now, of course I realize that you may be outside of the Cape Coral area so I will have this PDF tutorial as a gift to you with a $20 online order using Hostess Code P6XC47YJ
I’d also love to grow my YouTube audience and will be having a small giveaway to any USA resident that subscribes to my YouTube Channel during the month of September. Once you subscribe please leave a comment on this video so I know you have entered. The link to the video is here.
Thanks so much for stopping by, see you next week!