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August 27, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

All righty, Red.

Red Hibiscus flower. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Did Laura see red and stop? (© image)

We were ready, but she had other plans.

Hurricane Laura shifted east towards Louisiana away from us. 

She abandoned her frothy, watery petticoats at the coast – substituting an air of wildness and wind.

Totally oblivious – just blowing on down the road – some are just heartbreakers, I guess.

Fan palm against blue sky. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Our Fan palm standing tall against blue sky. (© image)

A couple of smiles amid all the mess left behind:

  • The West End (the bay side on the back side of the island) Galveston man sloshing his way through almost knee deep water to check on his house who stopped by a young reporter.  A few words how his home on stilts looked like it rode out this storm better than Harvey three years ago. Harvey took off off one side of his house. As the man left, he called back to the reporter over his shoulder, “The gators have been washed out of their banks. You might wanna be careful.” I thought the reporter was going to leap straight out of the water.
  • Gotta love the Orange County man who got up early, started up his small front end loader and drove up and down all his subdivision streets pushing trees and rubble off to the side so cars could get through. He was done before the reporters even showed up. Then he and other neighbors started working with chainsaws cutting up the massive downed trees around the neighborhood. The reporters seemed so surprised. But that’s just the way it’s done in hurricane country.” If it’s to be it’s up to me”, so they say. Neighborly in any case.

Cheers to all those who were on the roads headed to East Texas and Louisiana to help. Applause for the groups already hauling food and supplies. Just returning the favor for help sent this way when needed.

With a little help from your friends, it’ll be OK

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Fan Palm photo bombing. A wave from the land of the free of the sea.(© image)

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  1. disperser / Aug 27 2020 6:04 pm

    I always wonder about people wading in floodwaters . . . you have no idea what you might be stepping on, what chemical and stuff is in the water, and, of course, what denizens of the deep might be laying in wait for an unsuspecting passerby . . .

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2020 6:46 pm

      Even after they had the polio vaccine, my dad said we couldn’t get in flood waters….not as much yard chemicals then, but it was still nasty and possible sewer throw-up. Creepy. And snake slithery. Thanks for the splashy remark

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  2. shoreacres / Aug 27 2020 6:23 pm

    Or, “red, right, returning…” For your amusement, another hint of red. Over in Orange, they reached Peak Texas.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2020 6:44 pm

      That’s an even better and more appropriate interpretation. People are all in reverse on the way home. Good call from here. (County Judge Dora said they are “monitoring the situation where the storm hit.” Will the idiocy never end) Thanks for peeking in and leaving a comment

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  3. Littlesundog / Aug 27 2020 6:48 pm

    Most power generation and distribution companies in Oklahoma send help all over the country to help in times of power outage. I know OG&E sent a number of crews to Texas Tuesday morning to be ready to work when the weather passed. Those fellas work 24/7, sometimes away from their families for two or three weeks (or longer). I’m so glad you escaped the worst of the storm. Forrest’s uncle who lives in the Zwolle, LA area said oddly, he had little damage – mostly a few limbs down from wind.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2020 6:55 pm

      He must be lignin’ right (as my dad would say) or has friend in high places.
      The Woodlands and Montgomery County are pretty annoyed as they have been without power for 8+ hrs – the grid management is using rolling brownouts to help reroute power to where it’s needed and into the disaster areas. Those complaining will live – and they have their lives/houses intact…shade is good ( but sometimes it would be nice to have a pool!)
      Bless the linemen and keep them all safe…..from, the gators, too HAHA
      Thanks for electrifying the comment stack

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  4. Spinster / Aug 27 2020 7:32 pm

    Good that you and yours are alright.

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Aug 27 2020 10:20 pm

    I’m so glad the storm has passed and y’all are OK.

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  6. marina kanavaki / Aug 28 2020 2:32 am

    Phew……
    🐾😉👍

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  7. Kate Crimmins / Aug 28 2020 9:08 am

    Glad that you made it unscathed! Hopefully no gaters hiding in the ‘hood.

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Aug 28 2020 3:08 pm

    We missed a hurricane this time but we have a long way to go to the end of the season. Good to read stories of people helping people. And you never know what could be lurking in those waters! Stay prepared!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 28 2020 5:10 pm

      The Sept hurricanes tend to be the dangerous ones.
      This year the pantry’s been kept stocked with virus concerns, so prep was just filling in a few spots.
      I do hope there is some diversion of cleaning materials and supplies to the areas hit – some of that stuff is still hard to find.
      One thing about coastal areas, people tend to help their neighbors quickly – most have been there themselves at some point.
      Snakes. I always worry about snakes, One tried to get in our garage through a door partially tied and braced open to provide shelter during one storm for a couple of strays – only to be met by a very angry cat…not even a big one, just “not on my watch” determined – she chased that snake all the way across the deck and into the yard. Guess that snake spread the word – none others seen for months.
      If we can just get through Sept, then we can relax.
      Thanks for rowing a comment this way

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  9. Curt Mekemson / Aug 28 2020 3:45 pm

    Would have been amusing to see the reporter skedaddle at the mention of the crocks. I probably would have been right there with him/her. Glad you are all right Karen. And glad we had passed through that area earlier! We had enough ‘fun’ dodging a hurricane on the Outer Banks and the Derecho in Iowa. Who needs Covid to worry about? 🙂 –Curt

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  10. Ally Bean / Aug 29 2020 5:30 am

    I’m glad that Laura missed you. The tail end of her wrath was predicted to hit us this morning in fact. But there’s only a little rain, no horrible winds. There’s something to be said for giving up– and Laura figured that out.

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