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Hurricane Irma

Blog Friends,

An update on my absence from my blog.

For the past week, we had been getting warnings of an impending hurricane.

Naturally, I began to prepare for it. I had gone through a hurricane in August of 2004. Although we were spared damage to our home, it was devastating for my daughter who lost her home. Recovery to our town took years. Florida is known for their hurricanes. It’s a way of life for us. Many homes are capable of tolerating hurricanes but there are still old Florida Crackers houses that are destroyed each time there’s a storm.

Fortunately, our home can manage the storms but it cannot withstand water. They’re predicting this storm to be of huge magnitude. Hurricane Charlie sustained winds of 165 miles per hour. This storm is sustaining 185 mile per hour winds with storm sugres of 225 miles. It is a BIG ONE.

It has pummeled many of the islands in its path during the past few days. The images are devastating. Warnings are being issued for residents of the Florida Keys, Miami and many areas on the east coast of Florida to evacuate. We are in the west coast of Florida but a hurricane can change from moment to moment. We are in the Sarasota area which is one hour south of Tampa. They predict we will be getting high winds and major flooding.

Our plan is to wait out the storm in our home. The exits roads are packed. The possibility of being on the road during the storm is high; plus, the slow traffic uses more fuel which our state is running out of already. We have prepared for days without electricity and water. We were without water and electric with Hurricane Charlie for 7 days. Our hurricane preparations are water, canned food, peanut butter, candles, battery radio, first-aid kit, medications, toiletries and our cat needs. We are preapring for evacution by packing a backpack with two day of clothing and personal necessities. Our home has been secured as best as we could secure it.

Please pray and sends your good thoughts to all who are being effected by this hurricane.

May Hurricane Irma pass quickly so that we may return to our beautiful tropical paradise.

Blessings to all,

Isadora 🙏🏻

 


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Nurture Yourself – by Dancing in the Rain

Orchids pink with rain.webRaindrops Falling on my Petals
2014 © photography by Isadora


Nurture Yourself by Dancing in the Rain

It rains everyday in Florida during the summer. There’s a pattern to our summer rainfall.
Mornings are sunny, afternoons are cloudy until about 2 p.m.; then,we get a downpour of rain followed by sunny skies once again. Of course, this pattern changes when there’s a hurricane or tropical storm brewing in the gulf which is part of the weather summer pattern. So far, this year we’ve been fortunate. There haven’t been any.

What we do have is rain … and more rain … and more rain. My feet have almost changed into flippers.

I’m not a fan of rain. It brings my spirits down. Cloudy, gloomy days drain my energy and enthusiasm. I need to see bright shiny sunny days. I want to see sparkles on the water behind my home. I want to hear the birds singing.

Don’t get me wrong. I know that flowers and trees need rain. My orchids tell me that.
My grass is very, very green too. I know there are dry arid places with shortages of water that would cherish this rain.

In fact, I enjoy the rain. I know that’s a contradiction. But, I can take a nap (yes … nap) and listen to the rain falling as it taps rhythmically on my windows. However, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen the sun. Too many days for me to count.

I’m sure you’re wondering – What does rain have to do with nurturing?

I’m glad you asked.

Today, while I was sitting on my patio, I began to look at rain differently. The heavy showers reminded me of the challenge that rain is for me. Then, I began to see it in a different light.

Rain is like the things that happen to us in life. Everyday we’re faced with challenges. For everyone the challenges are different. If we look at every drop of rain as a challenge we’ve overcome our outlook would be much more positive.

Our lives are sprinkled with droplets of problems and stresses we have to rise above.
Life pours worries, obstacles, misfortunes, stumbling blocks and, at times, nightmares filled with thunderous lightning of difficulties into our lives. Stress builds like puddles in a gully.

How would we gauge our troubles and woes if we never had grey rainy days?

We can very easily get upset about these issues that life has decided to pour on us. But without these storms, how would we appreciate the rainbow that appears after downpours of rain?

Instead, I’ve decided to appreciate every drop of rain because without it I wouldn’t be able to appreciate that I’m alive and able to enjoy it. I’ve decided to look at rain in less of a monotonous humdrum way. I recognize without the changes rain gives us life might be very dull. I decided to be grateful for the rain as it’s creating beautiful colors in my garden by nurturing my grass, trees and orchids.

I think I’ll go out and find a rainbow while I dance in the rain ….

How about you?

2014©isadora

Heart - bright colors

A lively tune to get you into the dancing mood. Let’s have a DANCE party !!!!


Lara y Reyes – La Barranca

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Becca whose blog On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea hosts Nurturing Thursday every week to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy”, she says.
If any of my readers are interested in joining nurturing, I applaud and welcome you to do so … the more the merrier!!

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