Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hunkering down with Gustav

I thought of a lot of things to write about that might be interesting for those of you who don't live in hurricane-prone parts of the country, but there isn't enough time left to write it.

We've spent the last several days making preparations to ride this one out. Kim and her dogs are with me and mine at my house, which is about ten miles southeast of Baton Rouge, if you're watching on the weather channel. My other daughter, Kelli, and her husband, Troy, are at their house about 20 minutes away from here. Michelle is there with them, and Brad, a deputy sheriff, will go to their house as soon as he finishes his 16-hour shift. Jez, Kelli and Troy's outside dog, is in the house with their little indoor dog, BeBe. My grandkids, Kalyn and Koby, are at Kalyn and Adam's house, along with Kalyn's dad and stepmom, a couple of friends, their two dogs and several extra ones.

Trying to go to a shelter with all these pets is pretty much out of the question, even if we were inclined to do so.

We're well-stocked with non-perishable food and water, so our biggest concerns are wind damage, water damage, and (the most probable outcome) lack of power. Temperatures have been in the 90s all week, with heat indexes in the 100-plus range.

If the power goes out, I'm not sure how long it will be before I can get back here to let you know we're okay, but I'll post an update as soon as I'm able.

In the meantime, we're off to catch a little sleep before the scary weather sounds arrive to agitate the dogs.

I'll see y'all on the other side of this storm.


  1. Good luck. I hope you don't suffer any damage.

  2. Sylvia Kirkwood9/01/2008 1:08 AM

    Yes, do stay safe. I'm holding good thoughts for you and hope you and the pets (our wonderful friends) can weather it out. Look forward to hearing how things go. You're in my prayers.

  3. Sending thoughts and prayers Velvet, constantly. ANd yes, please post as soon as possible.

  4. Am thinking of you V and praying that you and your family will all stay safe and sound. Will be checking back for updates - I know it could be awhile though.

  5. oh, I completely forgot you were down there! I hope you're OK, might be a while till you get power back on. Hope your family is OK too.

  6. I hope it all went better than anyone sounds like it did. I'll be very glad when you can post and let us know how you all are. Carmon

  7. Thinking of you. And the pooches!

  8. I've been thinking of you and your family all weekend. I spoke to mine Sunday but haven't been able to reach them since.

    I do hope you are all OK!

  9. Just a note to let all of Velvet's friends know that I just talked to her and she asked me to post a note to let you all know that she and her family (and pooches) are all just fine. It was pretty scary in Baton Rouge - worse than Katrina was on them! They lost power Monday morning and don't know how long it will be out but she'll post as soon as she can. I know she appreciates your concern and friendship.

    Thank you all for your prayers and concerns and please keep them up.

    Velvet's Sister

  10. I'm so glad everyone is OK. Being without power is horrible, I know...but as long as no other damage has been done, then we can be thankful. Hope everything is quiet for you by now Velvet. And to Velvet's sis....THANK YOU for letting us know they are all OK.

  11. Thanks so much for letting us know Velvet and the dogs are okay! That's a relief, and hope Velvet gets power back real soon. I bet Velvet has a story to tell and I can't wait to hear it!


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