Jasmine Becket-Griffith (jasminetoad) wrote,
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
jasminetoad

STOP RAINING!!!!

Seriously - this is getting ridiculous - why won't the wind and rain stop?!?!?!

Matt and I went out and walked around the block to check things out. In our immediate vicinity at least it doesn't seem to have done as much damage as Hurricane Charley did. Only a few smaller trees down, but there are a lot of bigger branches that have fallen, etc. The main problem looks like the water - there are ponds where there are normally parks!!! Water everywhere.... They said on the news to watch out for snakes, water moccasins, alligators, etc. - they are getting out of their usual lakes and swimming through people's yards, HOUSES, etc. There is a mysterious pond that showed up in Spring Park and I heard bullfrogs there, hehe. They warned people to keep their dogs on leashes - as one newscaster put it, "I hate to say it, folks, but dogs are like chocolate chip cookies to alligators".

What is really, really pissing me off is that "Hurricane Ivan" seems to be making his way slowly up towards us now too. If he continues along his projected course he'd be here by next weekend or early next week, which SUCKS because my sisters, nephew, and brother-in-law are coming down to visit us during that time!!!! I want them to have an enjoyable vacation, not to have to be "hunkered down" and have a 72 hour curfew or something. Amber & Chris want to look at houses, apartments & neighborhoods around here as possible living locations, and they want to go to the beach and stuff - and everthing is such a huge mess - power is out for about 5 million people right now, streets & highways completely barricaded, floods everywhere, etc. The theme parks and airports and stores are all closed. I'm sure it will be mostly better by the time they come down on Thursday though!! The airport and everything will definitely be open by then. But if Hurricane Ivan comes this weekend it will make me very angry and sad. ((Chris/Amber/Kachina/Theo: Don't worry though, we will figure out a way to have fun no matter what!!!!)).

Bah humbug. Okay, I'll be painting shortly - you'll be able to watch me HERE - I might start on some Autumn or Halloween paintings, seeing as it's getting to be that time of year....
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