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Help–Hurricane Michael

I live in the Panhandle of Florida, approximately 75 miles from where Hurricane Michael devastated Mexico Beach, and Panama City.  Other much smaller communities were destroyed as well but aren’t talked about right now.

I have posted pictures of my family and I having fun, with no damage.  It so could have been us if the storm hadn’t turn.  We were blessed by a cold front coming from the North, that’s it.  We are helping by donating items that we purchased for the storm and didn’t use.  If you feel the need to help but don’t know where to start please see below.  If nothing else, please pray for those affected and those helping.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Many of us are being contacted by family, friends, church groups and community members wanting to do something to help in regard to Hurricane Michael.

On a consolidated effort we are recommending Volunteer Florida. They are located in Tallahassee and are the lead agency for volunteerism in Florida. Their board of commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

They can be reached at www.volunteerflorida.org info@volunteerflorida.org   https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerFlorida and 850-414-7400.  If you go to their website, you initially have 2 options, “donate” money or “volunteer” to choose from. Those links will take you to other pages to fill in information.

There are a lot of people that want to deliver supplies. For law enforcement, public safety, emergency workers, residents, animals, etc. We are trying to determine needs, the receiving point and coordinator for those efforts. It’s a huge effort and could sometimes cause significant logistical complications on site, and please don’t recommend anyone just head that way without coordination. They may arrive and not be allowed to enter the area, nowhere to deliver and the community doesn’t know it’s there to collect.


2018 · Anxiety · beaches · Hurricane · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Hurricane Michael

As we wait on Hurricane Michael…

We are staying. We are not in a water or in a flood zone, although if you remember from Hurricane Nate in 2017, we lost a tree just from the rain.

As we get up this morning, Michael is a category 2, but moving farther East. Still staying here.

Prayers, good thoughts and vibes appreciated for everyone affected. Stay safe!


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Sunday Thoughts

Love where I live…

It’s been an exciting week for me, with lots of changes I will talking about next week. Overall good things that have come from hard work and excellent leadership examples.

Today I needed to rest, and take this in. Tomorrow will be busy, but ready for the opportunity that it brings.


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Sunday Thought

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

I miss Fall in Northwest Arkansas.  Fall in Florida, well, it was 92 degrees yesterday.  David and I went to the beach.  It was beautiful, and I am very grateful to be able to live here.  I really do love Fall here.  It is still warm enough to enjoy the beach (even get into the water), and it is a lot less crowded than in summer.The water was crystal clear, and a nice breeze.  It was just nice to sit and enjoy the sound of the waves.  This is something I normally do with Carmen.  David hates the sand, and would rather stay indoors or go to the mountains.  I don’t blame him.  But I love it here.I just miss trees that turn a color other than brown.  I miss the crisp air in the evenings.  I miss this…  Oh, I know, that I should be grateful, and I am very grateful to live where most people come for their vacations.  I just need to see this again in person.  Fall.  Trees with colors, yellow, orange, and bright reds.


Maybe next year we will travel to Northwest Arkansas for the turning of the leaves.  I would love to do that again.

What is your favorite season, and why?


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National Beach Day

I love where I live as I live 15 minutes from the beach.  I am posting older pictures for this holiday as I am at work, and have homework to do after.  Ugh.  But…2ec561f4-5786-4dae-9695-4c833242c3bc-3Today is National Beach Day.
Again, I get to live here.


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Beach Therapy

I live in Northwest Florida on the Emerald Coast.  I don’t live on the water, actually about 15 minutes away from the beach.  I don’t go as often as I would like, and it seems that the weather doesn’t always cooperate with me.

Friday was perfect.  It was going to be a busy week, and I knew that I needed to clear my head.  It was windy, but perfect.  The water was still cold, but warm enough to cool off.  Not a lot of people.  Just the sounds of the waves, and birds.  Really nice.

My kind of therapy.


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My therapy for today:

Major benefit of living on the Emerald Coast is this. Sounds of the waves, and having the sun on my face is relaxing for the overwhelming mind and spirit. 

Perfect day.  

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming. ✝️


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The Gulf –

Carmen and I last weekend on our beach.
The beach is beautiful this time of year.
I keep expecting oil to show up, but it hasn’t.
The water is still a beautiful green/blue and the sand is 
still as white as ever.
I love this place.  
I love just sitting, and listening to the waves roll onto the beach.
Love the Emerald Coast.
You should come for a visit.