Prepping for Isaac, thinking of RA


Gosh, I’m sleepy. Must stay awake through supper, the season finale of True Blood (must see if Lucy’s character appears to survive the likely bloodbath and if Bill turns any more batsh*t crazy than he has already done) and keeping an eye on what a gentleman named Isaac is doing.  I watched the last series of Garrow’s Law and am bummed out I won’t know what happens next for Will and Lady Sara and their expanding family.

We are trying to get ready for Isaac, whatever he may bring. The larger generator has been ordered and should be delivered out here Tuesday. It’s heavy–100 lbs.–but it will also be able to power the fridge, freezer, A/C and TV if we alternate between them.  That would allow us to save the perishables, have a bit of news and entertainment and keep from roasting to death if summer heat remains. 


Benny took a hose and has it supplying water to the roots of the big pecan tree out front. As we have seen first-hand, drought conditions + hurricane winds equal toppled trees, taking the root balls and all. Better, we figure, a higher water bill than a tree smashing into the house or across the road. Just in case we lose water service, we are filling up empty containers.


We don’t know just when or where the storm will make landfall; various models have it Monday or Tuesday, and it could hit anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to the coast of Louisiana.  Certainly, it is a wait and see situation for us.


I wish the whole thing would quietly fizzle and die out before any more damage is done and lives lost, but I have a fear such won’t be the case.  I feel guilty hoping it makes landfall much farther to the west because it’s going to impact people no matter what.  I don’t wish this kind of thing on my worst enemy.  It’s almost the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Nobody wants something like that to happen again.

So, I need to think about something good, something positive.   Ah, I think this fellow can help me.



Screencap from behind the scenes featurette for Spooks 7. Courtesy of RANet



Richard during interview prior to Spooks 7. Courtesy of RANet


Storyteller Richard charming us with a Cbeebie tale. Courtesy of RANet

What do you know? I do feel better.  Thank you, Mr. Armitage.  You are good medicine for a stressing soul.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. I hope everything turns out OK for you. And that that generator workd to keep you cool and entertained LOL

    Thanks for the nice pics/gifs

    • Thanks. Worried about perishables more than anything, although we did get reimbursed by our homeowners’ insurance when we lost so much stuff last hurricane. We are getting to be old hands at this. 😉

      • Completely OT. I was just listening to an interview with Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. He had the most atrocious accent – I think he was trying to do an American one! But it was woeful. I thought he was supposed to be a good actor? I’ve never seen him in anything yet but I want to hire “X-Men: First Class” one of these days. If he’s supposed to be either a young Ian McKellen or a young Patrick Stewart, I hope his English accent is good!

        • I have seen in him several things including Jane Eyre and Inglorious Basterds (or however they misspelled it) as well as the X-Men movie. He did a good posh British accent in IB along a German accent (he was impersonating a German officer) and more of a northern accent in JE. In the X-Men movie, well–he is playing the guy who becomes Magneto, so he’s a young Sir Ian–I would say it has more of his natural Irish lilt.

          • That’s interesting about the Irish lilt. Hmmmm,

            MF is a cutie and so are Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddlestone. I still prefer Richard’s look and those others just can’t compete in the sex god stakes!

            • Yes, they are all attractive and talented guys, but no one else has quite the allure and smouldering sex appeal of Richard. And he’s cute and adorable, too! It’s rare to find that combination in one man. Not to mention the heaps and heaps of talent.

              • I second, third, fourth and fifth what you said. I was looking at some pictures of RA in different characters and interviews yesterday and the man is so attractive and sexy in every single one. RA is not even trying to be handsome and sexy; he is just IS without realizing it.

                I especially LOVE the last photo.

              • There are people who try so hard to be sexy and alluring and you can see them trying. With Richard, it is innate and effortless, and that makes it all the more appealing. Cbeebies Richard is just too adorable for words. *sigh*

  2. Lots of good thoughts and “chase Isaac away” vibes heading your way, kiddo. Let’s hope all the prep work is just a dress rehearsal. We went through the same thing for Irene this time last year (almost to the day). It ended up be just a rehearsal for us, but folks in other parts of the state, including my sister and her family, were without power for days.

    Take care, Angie. You found a terrific way to keep your spirits up! 😉

    • He’s never failed to cheer me up yet. 😀 I don’t know why I have such a sense of foreboding with this particular storm. I think we’ve seen so much damage done by precious hurricanes we just want to be on the safe side. And I don’t think having a generator is a bad idea, anyway,even if we don’t need it this time. There’s always the good chance of a next time.

    • Last year I was going through the mess with that storm that shall remain nameless. Thank goodness for homeowners insurance, and wonderful neighbors. BTW, we have been having torrential downpours this weekend in southern VA and northern NC. The community directly to the south of us has had horrible flooding. My friend missed it by one street. My sump pump has been working overtime. I keep thinking, please send it to the drought areas!!! But we have more rain in the forecast.

      It sounds like you and Benny are as prepared as you can be. Keeping you in my thoughts and praying that it will fizzle out.

  3. Your “Isaac” preparations sound well in hand. It’s a comfort to know that you have your wonderful Benny to take care of everything. I cannot imagine how someone would cope with such a situation if they were on their own.

    With your thoughts of “something good and positive” you have in fact cheered US up no end with both the pictures and the gif! 😉 Where would we be without him? He gets us through all sorts of troubles and trials – little does he know it!! Just look at those twinkles of mischief! You find yourself grinning right along with him. 😀

  4. I’m thinking about you ,Angie. Two years ago I wouln’t have belived that this is possible to worry and think about the people whom I know only virtually. Please,be carefull! :* I send hugs and kisses to you and Benny(can I?.;) )

    • I think Benny would be happy for the hugs and kisses, too. 😉 Thanks and I know what you mean. I feel more connected somehow to the world and when bad things happen or threaten to happen where someone I know online lives, It do find my thoughts and wishes and prayers going to them.

  5. **hugs** Sounds like you’re doing everything right. I expect the generator willl be handy even if, as I pray, Isaac degrades to a tropical storm and does not do any damage. And of course, you and Benny know about how to use the generator so you don’t let the carbon monoxide build up anywhere. Batteries stockpiled – check. Water saved – check. Freezer full of ice – check. Richarding well – check. Friends praying hard – check. Hang on and hope, dear friend.

    • Yeah, we are doing as much as we can. Benny reminded me earlier to make sure all the gadgets were charged up–the two Kindles, the laptop, etc. and we are loaded up on batteries, too, along with lamp oil. You know, between blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes, we are getting to be old pros at this survivalist stuff. 😉 The humidity has doubled since yesterday. You can feel those systems at work.

  6. One year ago hurricane Irene came through my adopted city and left behind quite a bit of destruction. The river swelled so flooding was a huge problem for a long time. The flooding also brought up the river rats. One house that was over 100 years old slid right down into the gorge. Thank goodness no one lived in it for years. Others who lived along the river became homeless because of hurricane Irene. I live right across the street from the waterway and one of the locks. My community came out for days and weeks to help those who were affected by the hurricane. That part was wonderful to see.

    • Events like this allow us to see both the best and worst of humankind, or so I have experienced. There are the miserable souls who will charge $10 for a small bag of ice or price gouge for gasoline (thankfully the law tends to crack down pretty quickly on such vultures). BUT there are also all the friends and neighbors and strangers who band together to help clean away debris, to provide meals and a place to sleep; kind souls who offer comfort and hope.

  7. Stay safe everyone who might find themselves in the path of that storm. It feels very different to see such things in the news if one “knows” people living in that area.

  8. Watching the NY Times storm tracker, hoping it will fizzle to mere rain. The FMS must be going crazy. Again, wishing you safety and strength.

    • I could not sleep, it took forever and then I was awake off and on. My stupid eyes kept sticking together and to my sleep mask. Allergies flared up again *sigh* Finally fell asleep after Benny left for work and got up at 9:30 so I feel a bit loopy. Yeah, the FMS is kicking up. Plus my brain was racing around with thoughts of the novel. The wind is already up here with heavy rains and high winds forecast for tomorrow. Hopefully the UPS guy will make it out here in the am to deliver the generator. Benny thought it would be best to deliver it directly here so he wouldn’t have to lug 100 lbs. in and out of the Jeep. Thanks for the good wishes, much appreciated.

  9. Hopefully you are spared of Issac and all the neccessary preparations will not be needed. But it’s good to be all set for whatever there will be. Angie, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you out there in LA. Thinking about our gorgeous Man can be quite a good distraction, even in stormy times… All the best for you and the yours!!

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