We are a few weeks into 2019 and life doesn’t seem much different than it was a few months ago. I haven’t had the opportunity to get back to blogging since October when life here in the Panhandle changed drastically.
October 10th, 2018 Category 4 Hurricane Michael hit our town. We had little time to prepare for such a massive storm, because when we all went to bed the night before, it was a Category 2. By 4:00 a.m., our emergency alarms were going off and it was nearly a Category 4 with threats of a CAT 5. Evacuations for major flood areas had only started on Monday night, and by early Wednesday morning, if you had not left, you better hunker down.
We stayed with my parents, the bf stayed with his elderly aunt and uncle. Michael made landfall by noon. It was the longest 4 hours of my life. The entire town and the neighboring town 25 miles away was wiped out. There was not one part of town that was not affected. We were lucky, we still have a home. We have a lot of broken trees, a busted swimming pool, and blue tarps on the roof..but we have a home.
It took us half a day just to clear the driveway off enough at my parents house for me and a child to get home and see the status of our own house.
We went three weeks without electricity. Washing our hair when it rained and nightly sponge baths to keep us clean. We lived off MREs, beef jerky and dried fruits. We drove over 45 miles to find gas, and waited in lines for an hour before we reached the pump to find out we had a set number of gallons we could buy. (Cash only) By week two we had a generator big enough to run our refrigerator and one grocery store was open so we could get some food. We cooked everything on the grill and limited our use of dishes since we couldn’t spare the water to wash them.
It is three months later, our kids on a split schedule, sharing a high school campus and attending school from 1-6 p.m. We have power and water, Walmart is open regular hours and most places take debit cards now. The mall is closed for good, as are a lot of stores. Target opens next month and Kohls a few months after that.
We don’t have internet and our cell services is just now getting back to where it was. So, with all that being said, my only access to really blog is at work. And I have been so drained that blogging has not been a huge priority.
But, that is all about to change. I can’t change what is happening in our town or control when our internet will be restored. For now what I can control, is what I create. I have survived a hurricane, so I think I can survive almost anything now.
Here’s to 2019 and hope it is Hurricane Free!