Gimme Shelter

Yes I am sheltering in place even though Mother Nature is about to unleash her wrath and fury upon the land where I live. I’ve received numerous worried phone calls and texts from friends and love ones of concern at my half-baked plan to stay. Their feelings that I should evacuate, or should have days ago, have been coming across loud and clear.

Agreed, it’s all a bit freaky. The worst hurricane in the Atlantic in history!! Yikes. This doesn’t leave for a good nights sleep mind you. And yet, I plan to stay and wait it out. Am I simply nuts?

Well, no, I don’t think so. Having been an emergency worker for 20 years, I wouldn’t choose to shelter in place without giving it some good hard thought and without reasons. Maybe my reasons are emotional ones: my pets and my mother, but I still feel the gamble is worth it.

Where I live is not in a flood zone and my apartment building is a cement box. I’m on the first floor and have hurricane windows on most of windows and on the ones I don’t, I put up my shutters. I have candles, canned food, batteries and will fill up lots of things with water, including my bath tub. And then I will simply wait.

Sure, we may lose power, but after being without power for 11 days in New England in the middle of winter without a wood stove, I guess I can handle it. I have a small battery charger for my phone, and if my car doesn’t get wrecked, then I can charge my phone in my car to let folks know I’m OK.

As long as my Mom, my pets and I’m OK, I really don’t care if I lose stuff. There is nothing I own that is more important to me than my ‘family’. Things can always be replaced. If it blows away or gets wet… so be it. Maybe I’ll end up in the land of Oz…

And the upside of these disasters is that it always brings out the best in humans. Maybe Mother nature does this to reminds us of our need to care about each other. My neighbors have been great. (Note: my neighbor for Canada flew BACK to be here for his Mom and just stopped by to make sure I was alright and didn’t need any help!)

So, yes, I’m staying and hopefully it won’t be a mistake. If it is, well, it won’t be my first mistake. If it’s the last, well…we all gotta go sometime.

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

The Rolling Stones


22 thoughts on “Gimme Shelter

  1. Sounds as if you have made your choice based on solid reasoning and you are as prepared as you can be. I’ll be thinking of you, and please post as soon as you can after the storm so that we know you and your loved ones (both two-legged and four-legged) are okay!

  2. You are brave and intelligent and capable. If there is one thing we can claim its the right to make our own choices. My prayers are with you and all Floridians as you ride this through. It will make a Hell of a story for us all to thrill to…..Blessed be dear friend😘.May blue skies be yours soon….

  3. Hi Amy, I completely understand your not leaving your home and especially with your pets. I would imagine that they would be very afraid of all that was going around them in the midst of “Irma” and to be confined in some sort of pet carrier. I pray that you all will make it through the hurricane as well as your mom. I think of you often and look forward to your posts. You all are in my heart.

    Susan Barker

    September 9, 2017

    10:11 AM


  4. Thanks love. It is moving to the West coast (sad for them of course) and they just downgraded it from a category 5 to a 3…). I saged my apartment and did a ritual, so it’s all good! xoxo

  5. Hi Susan. Thanks so much for thinking of us! I think we’ll be OK. The storm has just been downgraded and sad for the West coast it’s now headed there instead. It’s all a crap shoot. Maybe I’m just used to disasters? I couldn’t think about leaving with 3 pets or leaving my Mom here…after all, she’s why I’m here in the first place! Plus the roads are jammed anyway. I’m so glad you still read my posts. I’ve slowed down because of a weird experience I had on here. I ask about folks at the fire station every once in a while if someone calls me, although I don’t here from too many folks. Hope you and Ray are well. Much love!

  6. Thanks dear…The storm has been downgraded for now to a category 3. It’s also heading to the West coast, sad for them. Hopefully it will blast out to sea….xoxo

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