Hurricane Andrew ~25 Years Ago Today

On this day 25 years ago…

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On the evening of August 24th 1992 Hurricane Andrew Category 5 hit hard and relentless. It missed Key West by about 60 miles. The devastation and death toll was highly underscored by the government.

The hurricane also tore through aviaries, Miami MetroZoo, Monkey Jungle and businesses that peddled exotic animals. That damage unleashed hordes of monkeys, wild birds, llamas, vipers, cougars, gazelles, and, according to some reports, one lion

Today 25 years ago, exactly a month after my arrival in the Keys.

Hurricane Andrew devastated the lower Florida coast, notably Miami and Homestead, missing us by a mere 50-60 miles.

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Source: Miami News

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Key West Grotto
Personal Photo Collection

They say 65 person died in the storm of the century.

A storm of such magnitude and devastation, such catastrophic destruction only killed 65 persons.

Not believable any way you may look at it.

Guess they did not consider all the illegal persons, undocumented farm workers in the Everglades and surrounding area’s that were missing.
The minimal caretakers of hospitals, zoos and so forth.

I will never forget the stench of death as we drove my grandson to the Miami Hospital for his surgery.

Driving through Homestead it literally looked as if a bomb had been dropped.
Everything was barren of life, just flattened out like a pancake.

My grandson was only 5 years old.

The hospital was empty of persons and personnel, like a tomb of sorts, a hollow echo.

The papers filled with page after page of missing loved ones.
1,000’s and even double, even triple that were gone in a flash, blown and swept out to sea, the Everglades.

Those that were found never had a proper burial and were disposed of in mass graves.

The Media will say anything as their comments in the news “Florida sunshine is open,we are still here.”

This regrettably contradicted and misaligned with the Billboards signs asking “Have you seen my Loved one?”

Those that hunkered down and did not heed the evacuation orders were left on their own. Everything closed. The hospitals, police protection.

We belonged to that group.

A bit of wind that knocked several coconuts to the ground.
Loss of electric, phone service was our fate.

After an amazing four hurricanes (Charley, Frances, Jeanne, Ivan) hit Florida in 2004, you would think the following year wouldn’t be as bad.

Then Dennis, Katrina and Wilma all made landfall as hurricanes in Florida during the historic 2005 Hurricane Season.

Rita passed south of the Florida Keys that year, but did produce significant storm surge flooding in Key West.

Hurricane Wilma was quite the experience. No electric for 9-10 days. The Storm Surge brought massive Flooding from the Gulf and The Atlantic saying a Howdy Do.

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Source: Keys News

Many of our beloved trees were ripped apart during 1998 Hurricane George.

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Personal Photo Collection

and Hurricane George took out Houseboat Road, which made the City Government of Key West very happy indeed.

Clip from the Keys Newspaper

Bustelo Coffee Holder Zuma Yamaha

searching for a coffee beverage holder for my 2009 Zuma Yamaha


After repeated attempts at purchasing a delicious coffee.  Even before arriving at destination, it has spilled entirely out even with a lid.

The recipe:

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After searching for a coffee beverage holder for my 2009 Zuma Yamaha and coming up with no results ;

I designed this.

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Directions

Always have Bustelo on hand

Find hammer which has not been used since trying to open a coconut years ago

Find a phillips screwdriver

Attempt to hold can while hammering a hole with said screwdriver

If successful, take a quick tie and secure it to the outside of basket.

 

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Now, you can have coffee at the beach and it will hopefully be a full cup.

 

I wonder why Yamaha put in a slanted holder in front. It does not hold anything drinkable.

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No Rattle with that Quiver


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Queen Minnie is purr-fection. She’s 12 years old. 

 

She is such a curious and serious feline. Very petite.Doesn’t seem to age.

Her tail quivers like a rattlesnake without the rattle.

Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.
Sir Walter Scott

Happiness

Although a tail in motion isn’t usually a positive sign, exceptions do exist. For instance, if your fluff ball’s tail is shooting straight up into the air while it’s vibrating and shaking, she is probably feeling giddy about something. If your cat reacts this way upon seeing you, take it as a huge compliment. After all, cats never lie about their emotions — one of the greatest things about them.

Source:

Quiver and Shake

Enchanting Bow After The Rain


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R A I N B O W

© Photography by Karen M.

Always keep looking up, or you might miss it. On the other hand occasionally look down so you don’t trip up Winking smile

Remember the rainbow, not the storm.

Your reality is how you perceive the illusion of it.

© C. m ART z  2015

“When experiencing profound love, but unable to change for the better, losing this love can repair another.

To quote Carol Burnett, ‘You have to love someone enough to let them hate you.’

Sometimes we must leave abusers to teach them love after first letting them experience

it, if love by itself is not enough. The loss of it can be profound.”

Source:

http://www.tokenrock.com/blogs/once-broken-repair-is-a-long-hard-climb-1232.html

Egret March Everyday


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Birds of a feather flock together

~Welsh Proverb

These lovelies greet me every morning when I open my front door. The three cats sit in front of my open door. They are curious yet mesmerized by them. They don’t try to eat them. Glad China’s taste for birdie appetizer was satisfied with Buttons (parakeet). Than I mistakenly gave the birds avocado. Evidently Bows (parakeet)ate the most of it and had a seizure, fluttered and died in my hands.

They are joined by seagulls, roosters, hens and chicks, and the occasional iguana.

They have a fondness for Cuban bread.

I was thinking of the vintage candy Chick-O-Sticks (Can only find them online)

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At the store I decided to go with sesame honey crunch and peanut butter crunch candies. The ones that don’t have so much sugar.

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Actually I was thinking of things Hempy Bug Hamster would like. Pumpkin seeds (Natural). Sunflower seeds unsalted.

Popped a Stella so I am over and out.

The visitors.

I love reminiscing. Especially when the stories are the same. Lots of laughs.

Of course as we well know each of us takes a snapshot in our minds of events, so when it doesn’t differ you know it was a good one.

Those were the days.

Thankful Blessings that we are here NOW to remember it.

Motivating Love Not Fear


 

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© C. m ART z  2015

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. ~ John Lennon

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“You cannot let fear become a thief. It will steal so many precious things.” Unknown.
Painting by Edvard Munch.

Tid Bits:

There are only two emotions. Love (Happiness, Peace, Contentment, Joy)

Fear (Anger, Hate, Anxiety and Guilt).

All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear.

Hummingbirds
“It is said that Hummingbird conjures love as no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life.”

The Elixir of Hope


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Someone gave me a wooden plaque many years ago with this writing on it.

 

“A friend is a person who is for you always

He wants nothing from you except that you be yourself.

He is the one being with whom you can feel safe.

With him you can utter your heart, its badness and its goodness.

Like the shade of a great tree in the noonday heat is a friend.

 

A friend is an impregnable citadel of refuge in the strife of existence.

It is he that keeps alive your faith in human nature,
that makes you believe that it is a good universe.

He is the antidote to despair, the elixir of hope,
the tonic for depression…….

 

Give to him without reluctance.”

-Anonymous-