Friday, August 26, 2011

Batten Down the Hatches

On Tuesday we experienced a 5.9 earthquake with the epicenter about a 40 minute drive from here. We did find cracks in our new house, in our master bedroom - the addition that was put on in 2006 or 2007. But wait, there's more!

This is in a store in Mineral. In Louisa County, VA
This weekend, the weathermen are telling us to brace for Hurricane Irene. If this storm maintains its current path, the eye will make landfall right over Morehead City, NC, into Sandbridge (the top of the outer banks of NC) and right on into Norfolk & Virginia Beach, continuing up the coast for an almost direct hit to the Jersey Shore and New York City. They've announced mandatory evacuations for people in low lying areas of Norfolk, VA and in Poquoson, VA and Sandbridge. (We are 1 1/2 hours from Norfolk. We go there regularly to watch Norfolk Admirals Hockey.) They are telling Richmond to expect Tropical Storm-like conditions. (Hello, Isabel followed by Tropical Storm Gaston are still fresh in my head.)

I go with my family to Emerald Isle every year, since I was a little girl. EI is located on the opposite side of the island from Atlantic Beach. Atlantic Beach exits the island on a bride that connects into Morehead City. The island only takes 20 minutes to drive from end to end. Catch what I'm throwing? I'm a bit on edge about my dad's beach house.
Short Story Long, give a prayer or 2, push good thoughts to the universe, channel positive energy, meditate, cast a spell, or any other methods you may practice, to turn this storm into more HYPE than BITE for the entire eastern seaboard this weekend.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Love to Eat? How 'bout when a good cause is involved?

SO, while I'm still working on editing my pictures and excursions post for my trip to Puerto Rico AND finishing up the decorating of our screened porch (yes, Fall is around the corner + I've been home for a record THREE Weeks Straight = time to work on our new house), I'll take a moment to help spread the word.

There's a cookbook floating around out in blogland that I've just spotted on one of my FAVORITES. Kate herself is a contributor as well as 49 other fellow bloggers. While I have run across some of the other blogs, I intend to check them all out. Because, you know, I need to add to my 67 followed blogs.

Anyway, 100% will be donated to the American Red Cross. To read about the hard work and donated time and resources, check out HowDoesShe and to order one today, either e-book or hard copy click on the link below to take you where you need to go! I'm off to order mine!