Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends!
I’m keeping it short and sweet today as we made it home from the cabin just in time to begin preparing for Hurricane Ian.
We’re on the Atlantic side of Florida (the side the storm is projected to exit) and while we’re expected to get heavy rains, gusting coastal winds, flooding, and storm surge we likely won’t experience nearly the impact our family and friends will have in the Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, and Orlando areas.
If you’re in those areas too, we’re keeping you in our prayers!
I’m writing and scheduling this post on Wednesday as we’re expected to lose power later tonight so I wanted to grab a few pictures from around the island to share before things got too intense.
We’re all safe and accounted for which is the most important thing.
The picture you see above was taken at the boat launch not too far from our home. We were shocked to see the water up this high already because technically the hurricane isn’t even in our area yet!
Here’s a shot of the dock and ladder at that same boat launch almost completely submerged.
I have two cousins one who lives in the Fort Myers area and the other who lives just outside of the Tampa area so please keep them in your prayers as they’re expected to suffer a direct and catastrophic hit.
I’ll try to share another update as soon as it’s safe to get out and about again. The picture below is one street over from our home.
Until then, thank you for lifting our family and fellow Floridians up, it means so much.
Thank you again to everyone who’s reached out to check on us. It makes me teary in the best possible way just thinking about it!
Our power, water, internet, and cell services have been completely restored and we were able to get off the island late Friday.
While we still have a lot of yard and tree debris to clean up, the flood and storm surge waters have mostly receded.
Part of the roof at Bliss Barracks will have to be repaired thanks to the hurricane and several large areas of the town my parents, sisters, and their families live in flooded due to rain, wind, and storm surge.
All of these things are minor inconveniences though, as countless Floridians across the state are dealing with conditions that are much, much worse.
My cousin in Fort Myers had damage to her shed, boat, outdoor pool, patio areas, and garage. They’re all ok but as you can imagine they will be without water, power, and sewage services for at least a month, maybe longer.
She has spotty cell service which is a huge blessing that at least allows her to communicate when possible. Since there is no power to run grocery stores, gas stations, or banks, our family has teamed up to make sure she has plenty of food, water, gas, and cash to get her through until services are restored.
My other cousin who lives just outside of Tampa has damage to her home, pool area, outbuildings, and boat as two huge oak trees came tumbling down in the middle of the storm.
Thankfully they were not hurt or injured and have already started ripping out drywall, insulation, and have started patching as many things as they can.
Mold and bacteria are dangerous any time but especially after a hurricane and flooding.
One tree has been removed but the other one will require a professional team due to downed power lines and the tricky way it fell on the house.
We’re also prepared to support her family in any way they need for as long as they need.
All in all, both of my cousins and their families are holding up as best they can. We know they and many others will not only be repairing but rebuilding their lives completely for years to come.
Thank you again for keeping them and fellow Floridians in your prayers.
This post outlines how to help Cuba and Florida if you’re looking for a way to help.
PS: Can you believe this is the same boat launch as the one I shared above?
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…
This former Boy Scout Camp turned family compound is amazing.
This French American Villa in Los Angeles is perfection.
This new to me home store has so many beautiful things. The video of this tablescape is stunning!
Foxhall by Zoe Feldman is filled with lots of beautiful details.
Currently Crushing on Marie Flanigan!
My friend Rachel recently introduced me to this fabulously creative blog.
Speaking of fabulous have you seen these budget-friendly fall decorating ideas and home tours yet?
This rustic fall tablescape for a chowder dinner that Michele created is so pretty!
If you’re looking to stretch your ironstone collection, this platter is a pretty alternative.
This tea towel is almost too pretty to use!
These silhouette necklaces would make a great gift idea.
Words to Live By…
Fourth Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- October: Celebrating Home by James T Farmer, III
- November: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K White OR How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis (both of these books have been recommended to me so many times!)
- December: The Power of One More by Ed Mylett
- Devotion: Courageous Kindness by (in)courage
On the Menu this Week…
- 10/02 Sunday: Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragu Pasta
- 10/03 Monday: Cinnamon and Pecan Crusted Salmon
- 10/04 Tuesday: (National Taco Day) Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Ranch Slaw
- 10/05 Wednesday: Fig and Kale Salad
- 10/06 Thursday: Roasted Pear and Parsnip Soup
- 10/07 Friday: Turkey Biscuit Skillet
- 10/08 Saturday: Antipasto Mozzarella Sandwich with Pesto
- 10/09 Sunday: Creamy Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms and steamed veggies
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
Neutral and Green Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
October Bucket List…
*You can find the rest of our Fall Monthly Bucket List Ideas here
- Celebrate Oktoberfest
- Decorate the House for Halloween
- Bake a Loaf of Pumpkin Bread
- Attend an Outdoor Fall Antique Event
- Buy a New Sweater
- Enjoy a New Decorating Book
- Navigate the Pumpkin Patch or the Corn Maze
- Paint or Carve Pumpkins
- Host a Halloween Dinner, a Spooky Soiree, or Indoor Candy Scavenger Hunt
- Keep Sundays Sacred
October Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Attic or Basement, Pets, and Travel Plans
- 10/01 Organize Pet Cabinet and Supplies
- 10/08 Organize Garage, Attic, or Basement
- 10/15 Finalize Holiday Travel Plans
- 10/22 Finalize Seasonal and Holiday Decor Ideas and Plans
- 10/29 Create Winter and Holiday Bucket List
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 10/03 National Techies Day
- 10/04 National Taco Day
- 10/05 Do Something Nice Day
- 10/10 World Mental Health Day
- 10/13 National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
- 10/15 National Mammography Day
- 10/16 National Sweetest Day
- 10/20 Chicken and Waffles Day
- 10/22 National Make a Dog’s Day
- 10/23 National Make a Difference Day
- 10/26 National Pumpkin Day
- 10/29 National Cat Day
- 10/31 Halloween
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.