Friday, August 26, 2011


Today we spent the day getting ready for hurricane Irene.

While George spent the day making sure our greenhouses
don't go flying off in the wind,
I spent the day putting away anything that could do the same.

It's not always easy to have a business so exposed to the elements.

But we handle it the best we can.

You would not have been able to tell by the weather today that in less then 48 hours  we will go from 80 degrees, sunny and calm to
heavy rains and winds over 80 mph.

While I was putting some perennials under the benches out popped a praying mantis.
Obviously he had been enjoying the day too.

They say that praying mantis symbolize peace, quiet and
calm in our lives.
I need that right now.

I need to not panic but stay focused on getting through this storm.

I have few more things to do tomorrow morning ( in the rain)
and then we will hope for the best.

I hope any of you in the path of Irene
stay safe!


erin said...

stay safe! looks like it's going to be a doozy.

June said...

Carole I am keeping all of you in Irene's path in my thoughts and pray you are safe and all your property as well (and the praying mantis!).
I love your new table and skirt in your last post. I need to get over to z's and see her lampshade too.
Sending all my best to you and George and Maynard Greenhouses!!!!

mary pernula said...

Love the photo's the pray mantis is a good sign........I will be thinking of you both. Hugs Mary

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Carole, I'll be praying for you and yours. Just listening to predictions on CNN. Be safe and stay snuggled in.xoxo Debra

Tardevil said...

Wishing you luck as you ride out the storm. Can feel your pain, as I have property in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and I can only watch what's happening there on the weather channel and Facebook. Hopefully, none of us will receive any damage. Hoping and praying!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Hopefully it will just be a lot of rain. Tomorrow morning we are all going out to the store to get our favorite non-fridge comfort foods and we have our uno cards, candyland, and candles ready :) Stay safe!

oldgreymare said...

Your photos are so lovely it is hard to imagine how different it will look by Sunday. Hopefully no different just a little damp.
i am trying to calm my fears for the kids, I know they are pretty safe, but I would certainly feel better if I was there with them...
So all of us out here are praying for all of you over there and we'll catch ya on the other side of Irene.
Stay safe and we're thinking of you.....

You could be having a blasted garage sale ya know. ARGH! Think I'll name the sale tomorrow Julia..they go in alpha order right?


Dorthe said...

Dear Carole,
I dearly hope that you after sunday, can whipe your fears away, and that everyone and everything are still safe and on its place.
Prayers and thoughts,

Jacqueline said...

As you know Carole, we are thinking of you, George, the cats and Maynard Greenhouses. You and George have done all that you can so, here's hoping that Irene will have calmed down a lot by the time it reaches the East coast. Take care, look after yourselves and I shall keep everything crossed that it won't be as bad as they think. XXXX

SueAnn said...

You stay safe too!! I am not in the path and I can only imagine the anxiety of this time you are going through.
You have my good thoughts and prayers!

Alaina said...

I wish you luck and I hope you fair well in the path of Irene.

T's Daily Treasures said...

It is a bit crazy out there with earthquakes and hurricanes. Irene is widespread but hopefully she will fizzle a bit now that she has hit land. Of course, flooding and wind will cause damage and the storms that spring up as a result of the hurricane will be a problem. I sure hope it won't be as bad as predicted. Your images are so beautiful. Take care and stay safe! Best wishes, Tammy

MJ Ornaments said...

Stay safe Carole! I've never experienced a hurricane but this one looks scary. Your photo of the praying mantis is amazing.
Take care,

Margie said...

What a glorious site Carole. Visiting from Suzanne's magnificent space in blogland.I hope the mantis is a sign from Mother Nature that she is going to go easy on the coast. Take care. I will be back!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Dear Carole, I so hope that you'll be safe and won't have any damage from the storm.
Your praying mantis picture is gorgeous! Hopefully she brings you luck.
Keeping my fingers cross and wishing you a safe weekend!
Hugs to you,

Bead and Needle said...

Boy, your photos tug at my heart...they are ALWAYS so beautiful! Here's hoping the storm dies out considerably before it gets to you, Carole...stay safe!

Cozy Little House said...

I'll sure be thinking about you guys and those plants too!

Romeo said...

Carole - saying a prayer for all of you. Be safe and well. Check back in when you can....we'll be anxiously awaiting news from you.


"Her" and Romeo

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

Will be thinking of you, stay safe and hopefully it is a good sign with the praying mantis.

Sending hugs and well wishes

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Carole...hope you are weathering the storm ok! Not too bad in my neck of the woods, although my son would disagree as he has alot of leaves and twigs to clean up tomorrow!

Faded Charm said...

Hope all is well and safe. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you face this horrible ordeal.


Giulia said...

Yikes. I have been thinking of you Carole since late Sat. Irene left here & then the news out of NY/Conn/NH/VT was so bad. Hoping to hear from you soon. xo

Theresa said...

I hope all is well with you and George and your crew of furry friends. Take care Carole, t. xoxoxo

Italian Girl in Georgia said...

Dear Carole,

I thought of you this weekend and hope you are all okay. After you dry off, take a moment and stop by my blog...I've got something for you! {Wink!}

Ciao bella,

Tamara Jansen said...

I hope all is well with you out there! We know that feeling of dealing with Mother Nature....

sandra said...

Hoping and praying all is well with you! Hope to see you on here soon! God Bless!