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Last night my inlaws (Junior and Linda) evacuated Sarasota with Linda’s daughter and her family. They arrived at our house last night. Hurricane Irma passed over Key West as a Cat 4 storm and entered the Florida penninusla around Marco Island as a Cat 3. At 5 a.m. this morning, she’s a Cat 1 and headed up central Florida.

Hurricane Irma Cone

The wind has been picking-up since about 2 a.m. and is whipping pretty good now. We have a couple of minor leaks, but nothing too serious.

Leak

UPDATE: 8:00 a.m.

Irma is coming through the panhandle now and is somewhere around Lakeland, Florida. It’s still a Cat 1. The wind is really gusting outside, but I’m just sitting here sipping coffee.

Hurricane Irma Cone

UPDATE: 8:00 p.m.

Well, the day is coming to an end. Our evacuees laft after the wind died down (about noon) and headed back to Sarasota. Although we were on the wrong side of the storm, we really dodged a bullet. The original predictions for this storm were pretty bad. As it turns out, we didn’t even lose power. I can’t say the same for a lot of people in NE Florida, though. There are a lot of folks without power and there was a lot of flooding along the river.

Hurricane Irma Cone

Overall, we had very minor damage. A couple of leaks, my pool pump isn’t working (think it might be the capacitor), and the wind pushed over my Big Green Egg…

Big Green Egg

Feeling very fortunate.

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The first week of school is over, well, the first couple of days of school are over. But it’s still summer in sunny Florida…

Rib Weekend

and I MADE RIBS!

Rib Weekend

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Summer is almost here, so time for some cooler (as in temperature) haircuts. Adam normally keeps his hair short, but Alex likes his hair longer (this time it was just about to his shoulders). Anyway, surprisingly, Alex opted for a nice conservative haircut, while Adam went with a flattop.

Alex short hair Adam's flattop

Handsome boys! And Adam looks a little like Howie Long.

Haircuts

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The 2017 Fall Baseball Season starts today and Adam is playing for a new league in Julington Creek…this is Cal Ripkin baseball and he’s playing for the Braves…

Braves"

and we’re ready to go! HEY-BATTAH-BATTAH!

Braves" Braves"

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Alex is getting itchy for the water. For the past two days he’s been going on about swimming. I tried to explain to him that the water was too cold for swimming right now, but he just wouldn’t accept it. So, I told him, “okay”, knowing he wouldn’t be in the water very long (if he got in at all). Anyway, this is as far as he got, but he still wouldn’t concede the water was too cold. I guess Dad still doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 😉

Alex in the pool

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Like the song goes,

♬ ♬ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ♬ ♬

and the lights and decorations are up, both outside…

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

and inside…

Christmas Stockings

We even have a special Elf tree…

Christmas Stockings

Remember when I said, our house always has a theme? Well, here’s why…at least this explains the Christmas season 😉

Christmas Lights

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You can always tell what holiday is approaching by looking at the front of our house! Cindy pulled the boxes off the shelves in the garage this weekend and there you go! BTW…the inside of the house doesn’t look much different than the outside 😉

Halloween House

Yeah, our house always has a theme.

Halloween windows Halloween windows

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Hurricane season is in full swing in NE Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to skirt the coast and bring a lot of wind and rain. In the last 24-hours the projection has changed between a Cat-2, Cat-3, and Cat-4 as it moves past/through Jax. Now, with less than 24-hours to go, it’s projected to be a Cat-3 with the eye just offshore…

Hurricane Matthew

There’s a mandatory evacuation for the coastal areas, but we’re not in an evacuation zone, so we’re going to stay put and ride-out the storm. Nana and Pop, who arrived Monday, are probably asking themselves, “now, why exactly did we come here?” 😉

LATER. October 7, 2016. 5:38 a.m.

In the latest hurricane projection Matthew looks to be just off the east coast of Melbourne. It’s still projected to be a Cat-3 as it passes Jax, but it’s no expected to make landfall. The boys and Nana and Pop, are still in bed sleeping. It’s raining and the wind is picking-up, but otherwise, it’s still pretty calm. More to come.

Hurricane Matthew

The calm before the storm…

Hurricane Matthew

LATER. October 7, 2016. 11:24 a.m.

So, the NOAA has updated the hurricane track and it looks like Matthew is still a Cat-3, but is definitely going to stay offshore as it passes Jax…

Hurricane Matthew

Right now, we’re getting some strong gusts, but it’s still pretty calm. The power is still on and the boys are watching “I Am Legend” with Will Smith.

Hurricane Matthew

In the backyard, with all the rain we’ve gotten the last couple of days, it’s looking like my pool will soon overflow…

Hurricane Matthew

LATER. October 7, 2016. 1:15 p.m.

The wind is really picking-up and the rain is falling horizontally in fits and starts. The hurricane is close now. The boys don’t seem to notice…

Hurricane Matthew

LATER. October 7, 2016. 2:00 p.m.

Well, the hurricane should be passing parallel to the Jax coast for the next 2-3 hours…

Hurricane Matthew

The wind is blowing harder in more sustained bursts, but everyone is holding up well. We lost power for less than a minute, but other than that everything is working fine for now. Except, it looks like I’m going to lose a section of my fence…

Hurricane Matthew

Yep, that section and a little more…

LATER. October 7, 2016. 4:15 p.m.

The eye of the hurricane is now parallel to our home. It’s about 30-miles off the coast at this point and still moving in a NNW direction. The worst of the storm will soon be past and the wind will die down significantly in the next hour. So far, we haven’t lost power and the only visible damage has been to our fence. When things die down a bit, I’ll take a walk outside.

Hurricane Matthew

LATER. October 7, 2016. 5:00 p.m.

Matthew has passed us and is moving north just off the Jacksonville coastline. It’s been downgraded to a Cat-2 hurricane now and there’s been a noticeable decrease in wind and rain. It looks like it’s just about over. Fortunately, it looks to be a non-event.

Hurricane Matthew

LATER. October 7, 2016. 6:30 p.m.

We’re still getting some pretty good wind gusts, but nothing like earlier in the day. It’s time for dinner now, and what better comfort food is there than breakfast? How about some biscuits and sausage gravy? Mmmm. 🙂

Hurricane Matthew

LATER. October 7, 2016. 8:00 p.m.

Well, Hurricane Matthew is on it’s way out. We finished dinner and cleaned the dishes, now we’re watching “Captain America: Civil War.” There’s still some wind and rain, but it’ll soon be gone. Tomorrow is a new day…and I gotta fix my fence.

Hurricane Matthew

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but the POOL IS STILL OPEN!

Pool is Still Open

I Love FL

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What’s SUMMER without a POOL PARTY?

Pool Party

And it was EXHAUSTING!

… for the kids, too 😉

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