Back in the old neighborhood, enjoying the last of summer’s zinnias.
Category Archives: Nature
By nightfall, the gentle daytime breezes intensified. The winds pushed, slammed, and whipped against the house and stockade fence and made trees and shrubs dance a weird tarantella. Greenish-blue lightning glowed at varying intervals, and the night sky had an eerie, almost gothic, feel.
A lone gecko took shelter on the screened porch.
The hurricane’s eye passed over the neighborhood during the night, and morning from my front room windows revealed no damage, except for some neighbors’ fences that were pulled up or twisted. The chug-chugga-chugga-chug-chug of a neighbor’s gas generator in his driveway was the only non-nature sound in the neighborhood for hours. Wind gusts through the afternoon managed to send fences creaking grotesquely.
The electric was out for almost nineteen or twenty hours, and restored in time for when the mandatory curfew expired. This period was an eye-opener on how much we depend on electricity: No coffee maker, no laundry, no cellphone-charging.
I did, however, read a few chapters of a good book that was made into a movie. It’s sure to become a favorite of mine.
Note for future power outages: Remove and empty the ice maker and tray so melting ice doesn’t drip across the kitchen floor.
©2017 Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.
Yesterday morning, around ten o’clock, the skies were serene with an almost imperceptible breeze.
The breeze today found its strength in the far-flung outer bands of Hurricane Irma, and it’s robust. I can hear the wind hitting the house in unrhythmic gusts. I just learned that Irma slammed a place called Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys this morning.
What a difference twenty-four hours makes.
©2017 Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.