The Coach and I spent 8 days in the GA mountains; it was lovely. Well, most of it was lovely.
FUN FACT: I do not watch the news or read any news. Considering where our world is, this works much better for my psyche, but often I’m caught off guard.
Wednesday I was perusing the FaceBook and I noticed on one of our GA ‘hood pages (there are several) people were up in arms about a tropical storm heading in that night with high winds and lots of rain. Me: HELLS BELLS, I thought this only happened in FL!
Sure enough, hurricane Zeta made her way into the mountains around 3 in the morning with sheets of sideways rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph. Our power went out at 5:30am Thursday morning. At 6:00 am Thursday morning all nine of our smoke detectors told us they wanted new batteries. THE JOY!
Luckily our home did not suffer any damage aside from our upper porch (veranda, patio, deck, balcony?) was slightly flooded.
A few homes did sustain some damage in the area; mostly from fallen trees. I took a walk that morning and could not believe how many trees were down and you could hardly see roads for the fall foliage.
The day before, I was out walking the ‘hood and enjoying ALL of the fall colors.
The roads are very hilly with lots of winding, so I was being careful while walking to make sure I stayed on the correct side of the road, so no one came flying around the corner and flattened me. (the speed limit is 25)
But me, being me, part way through my huffing/puffing walk, I realized I was NOT dressed appropriately for a walk in the woods.
Also the day before Zeta came ‘a calling, we took a ride down to the lake to see how it looked during the fall. Just lovely. There is a convocation of Eagles living in the area, and when I see one, you will know when you hear my shrieking. Have I seen an Eagle before? Yes, but those are Florida eagles, I’ve yet to see a GA eagle. Surely, they have an accent.
Anyhoo, we were without power for 35 hours. Which sounds horrible, but considering when we are without power in Florida we also do not have running water because we are on a well. (after hurricane Irma, we didn’t have power for 10 days) I was thrilled to be able to flush a toilet AND wash my hands–squeal!
We’re back home to our business, pups, butterflies, etc. We contemplated staying a few more days in GA, and I almost had the Coach convinced, but then he started rambling on about commitments, a business to run, etc….you know, all that boring stuff! Anyhoo, life is good.