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Whew...That Was Close!

Monday, 29 September 2008 20:28 by Robbi

So much for our quiet, uneventful summer! Yep, Ike certainly made sure that we would not be bored.

As our town, Seabrook, is waterfront and most definitely in a flood plain we were in a mandatory evacuation zone. However, after hearing everyone's horror stories about being stuck on the interstate for hours whilst trying to evacuate for Rita we decided we were not going to put us or the furkids through that. Besides, I've lived nearly all my life in Florida and the Carolinas so I have been through many a hurricane. I told Richard that unless it was Wrath-Of-God Category 5 I would be staying put. As he had never been through one before, he deferred to my judgement. Poor guy.

Subdivision Entrance

As I'm sure everyone knows, Ike was a strong category 2, just under a 3 but he certainly managed to do his fair share of damage. We lost power fairly early Friday evening so we listened to the radio to hear updates as Ike landed. About 2am the eyewall came over us. We also heard that familiar "freight train" sound as a tornado passed over our house and toppled the chimney on our neighbor's house and then downed a tree.

Neighborhood Tree

We were very lucky about flooding. We live on Taylor Lake which had an 8 foot storm surge. The water came up our lawn and crested about 2 feet from our door. We are very thankful that we all came out unscathed. Our house is a bit battered but that can all be sorted out by roofers, carpenters and plumbers. The most important thing is that we are alive and well.

After the waters subsided we took a walk through our neighborhood to see the local damage for ourselves. We talked to one neighbor who showed us a tree in his front yard with a nail sticking out of it - turns out the nail was blown into the tree during the high winds! Just a few inches to either side and it would've ended up in his living room window! Scary.


We also saw several buildings with heavy roof damage. This is a local shop that lost it's entire roof.

Scribblin Sisters Shop

We spent a week without power but it's impossible to complain really when you realize that some people lost everything. So now the cleanup and rebuilding begins.

Broken Fences

I've seen this before. It's a slow, painful process. Months from now we will still see homes not rebuilt and ugly scars on the landscape. But I know the people will bounce back and in time this will be a memory. People are resilient.

Samson's First Birthday

Wednesday, 30 July 2008 15:29 by Robbi

Samson is such a sweetheart of a boy and we love having him here with us. As many of you know, he has not been doing too well lately. We know our time with him is limited and we have no idea how long he will be here. So we decided to pick a day to be his birthday so we could have a special celebration for him. Of course we'll never know his real birthday. As we were told that he had originally come from a breeder, we feel pretty certain he never had his true birthday celebrated. And the girl that had him after that did not indicate that she had ever given him a birthday. So, we had a clean slate and an opportunity to give him something he has never had - his own special day!

We chose a Sunday so we could have the whole day with him and not have to leave him for work all day. We had a lie in and extra cuddle time. After a special breakfast and a short nap we dove into the presents!


We weren't sure how he was going to react to the presents. Of course I had to open them for him, but he was right there ready to grab whatever came out of the wrapping paper!


I don't believe he's ever had toys of his own and we thought it was high time. We had to tell Phebes off a time or two for trying to nick them - we wanted them to be his and his alone. He was in heaven! He spent the rest of the afternoon lying in the donut bed chewing on them until he was so tired he had to nap. After the nap he had his special dinner (mmmm, extra sardines!) and then a cuddle on the sofa. Before bed he was able to have a bit of his treat roll that was another one of his presents.

All in all I would say he had a fantastic day. We took lots of photos and made sure we gave him lots of extra cuddles and kisses.


He is our sweet little precious boy and we are so honored to have him here with us. I am so sorry that he has missed out on this until now. But he doesn't seem to mind. In fact, he's even let Phebes play with his toys - what a sweetheart!

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