First, thank you to everyone who wrote and sent good thoughts our way.
We were very lucky on the south shore of Maui.
Some of the residents of the Big Island (the one called
Hawaii) were not so lucky. There are still about 9,000 people without
power, and some of them may not have power again for three weeks.
Photo by MANUEL VALDES — Associated Press
Here's a link to the article that has more photos of the area. There's also a whole discussion of the voting fiasco that is simply unbelievable. (No food, no water, no power, but don't forget to vote this Friday.)
We had several clients who stayed at the school over the hurricane warning days. All went very well. The storm warning gave us a good opportunity to review our emergency supplies and procedures. We were well prepared. Okay, it wasn't so great that the majority of the flashlights had gone walkabout. They're safely secured now so that won't happen again.
The tree where we we sitting when we decided to move here is safe and sound.
The things the stores sold out of first?
You can tell Dear One and I are not locals. We walked down the canned food aisle and we are now well stocked with canned fruit, vegetables, soup, and a few things I'm too embarrassed to mention. (Can you say Bush's Baked Beans, Mary Kitchen Roast Beef Hash, and Bumble Bee Albacore in water?) I actually forgot how much I like fruit cocktail. So mushy, but a treat from when I was little.
There are two new storms forming and the news stations are dramatically predicting their paths. They're both so far out they may miss us by a thousand miles. My greatest fear is that people will start ignoring our tsunami and storm warnings since we've escaped the last few times.
I'm off to go visit my very favorite blog, Gone to the Beach. I glanced and saw Mango Salsa. It's one of my favorites. I've been known to eat it all by itself. (R., I bet your salsa is better than the one I make.)
Off to grab some knitting time. I'm making my umpteenth hat and I'm starting to think about making something else.