Thank you Debbie for re-visiting us in Louisiana and for your concern about us!!
I am more than an hour inland, so it is not going to be the devastation that it is in the other cities, but we will have our own problems of high winds and rains but no storm surge.
Some of the worst things about a hurricane: the waiting and not knowing what to expect; being without electricity (for a week during Katrina) and losing everything in the freezer; During Katrina and for weeks after, the grocery stores were only open a few hours a day because they would literally run out of food and close- same for the gas stations; the traffic; praying that a tree does not fall on your house and cleaning the duct tape off your windows.
Some of the best things about a hurricane: Neighbors coming over to tell you what they have to share... for instance... we have a grill with charcoal and my next door neighbor has a chainsaw; friends from all over checking on you and praying for you (thanks again Debbie); and spending a lot of time inside with your family (see how happy he is about it).
Now that a state of emergency has been announced, mandatory evacuations have began for cities south of me, and gas has increased about $.50 a gallon overnight, I have already been to the grocery store, Home Depot and the gas station, all of which are packed. Now I will be staying out of the evacuating traffic passing through my city, putting everything that is outside my house inside the garage (so it wont blow away or become an airborne missile), doing every load of laundry in the house (so we'll have clean clothes when there is no electricity) cooking a lot of food in the freezer (so we can eat without electricity) and I'll be praying for all of us in the Hurricane's path.
And thank you for taking a minute and thinking of us in Louisiana this long, holiday weekend and saying a little prayer, too.