Yearly Archives: 2017

Clearing deadfall

I’ve been picking up deadfall in my east garden. I got off lucky, no real damage but every branch and twig in my giant oaks that wasn’t actively hanging on came down in the storm. It’s a chore clearing them all out but the space is so much more open now, and open space means new possibilities. Some people in our lives are like that, too. At one time we had a shared purpose but that time is gone. It’s time to stop holding on and drop onto new ground. I guarantee you, where ever you land, you can make a happy life there. Even happier than the life you had before. But you won’t know until you drop the deadwood or let go.

Tarot Card of the Day: The Chariot Reversed

Your Card for today.  Meditate upon the meaning this card might have for you since it showed up at this exact moment. Not everyone saw this.  Not everyone attracted this message onto their monitor.  YOU DID. There are no mistakes.

I love the reversed cards, they indicate our routine life has been put on hold for a designed purpose. Reversals can have to do with lack of sufficient effort or support. It can be where we feel blocked or discouraged, where we feel fearful.

MEANING: In reversal, the Chariot is still a card about movement. This movement can be literal from one physical place to another or metaphysical – a change in where you or someone close to you needs a change in their heart and/or mind.  The reversed Chariot can indicate that you need to take a hard look at where you are going and why. Don’t allow yourself to engage in movement just for the sake of movement. Purpose and direction is important at times. Continue reading

Storm Debris Collections To Begin This Weekend

Collections of storm debris will begin this weekend and all such debris set out in the right-of-way will be collected. Here are the guidelines, including cut up trees and limbs into 4’ lengths. What I do is haul mine all out there and whatever they don’t pick up for being too big, I’ll cut down to 48″. They’ve always picked mine up, but mine are all dead branches, light and easy to pick up. Here’s the Space Coast Daily article telling you all about it.    Continue reading

I rush to finish the mag before I drop wi fi again

This afternoon I was reflecting that I’m relaxing for the first time in a week. Hey, I had it easy after Hurricane Irma, I know not everyone did. You may not even be getting to relax yet. I didn’t lose power with the storm last Monday but I lost Wi-Fi for 2 days. It was final layout week for the October mag so I was a little frantic about wanting to hurry up and get it done while I had Wi-Fi. I kept thinking it could be taken away at any moment. I felt a giant relief when I sent the mag off to the printer this morning. I reflected today that I really caused myself a lot of unnecessary stress thinking that the Wi-Fi could drop any time, which is ridiculous because I could just go around the corner to a friend’s and hook up to his. So today when I dropped Wi-Fi, I felt a sense of vindication for having gotten it done early even though it caused me some stress.  I know Florida and Georgia folk are feeling stress this week. Mine is nothing compared to theirs. I took a walk around the yard and saw I need to rake up the deadfall that came down in the storm. There are a lot of oak leaves and bamboo leaves, those are nice and fluffy. I’ll keep those on the ground and run the mulching mower over them because it keeps the ground a little higher in the side yard where it used to be low. I’m glad the weather has cooled off so much and since I’m up before sunrise I can be out there in the yard this weekend and get it cleaned up. I don’t know when they are going to pick up the tree debris, they are beginning collection this weekend. I already have a pile of it out there as wide as the house. Everyone does.

What it takes for FPL to restore power to everyone

Florida Folks on restoring power. Please pass this around and it will give some idea of what it takes to restore power to all the homes after a hurricane. Then  people awaiting power will realize what it takes to get the job done.

1st You have to check the line from the generating plant which in most cases is a 230,000 volt or 500,000 volt line. This is generally done by helicopter to fly the line and see where it is damaged. Once they know where and how bad they can send crews to fix it. The generating plant feeds the switch yards and transformer that send power to the substations.

2nd the switch yard in most cases steps the power down to 69,000 volts and then sends it to all the substations. So all the lines to the subs station have to be checked and marked for repairs. The sub stations have transformers that step the power down to what we call 15KV or 15,000 volts. From the substations it goes out and is what we call distributions lines.    Continue reading

Brevard County designated by FEMA for individual assistance

Brevard County homeowners, renters and business owners may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.  Brevard County Emergency Management was notified Wednesday by FEMA that, based on initial damage assessments, that Brevard qualifies as an Individual Assistance county. To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma. Those who suffered Irma-related damages are encouraged to register with FEMA: Online at, or On the FEMA Mobile App, or by Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA).
Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.
People deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.   
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Florida homeowners can ask their mortgage company to delay payments but the full 3 months is due at the end of the 90 days

If you are in Florida and have a mortgage, you can do this, contact your lender. I just did it with my mortgage company and my next payment is due in 90 days.  Please note that all 3 months’ payments will be due in 90 days.  The lender is required by federal law to give you this if requested. Homeowners FINANCIAL HURRICANE TIP: As we now live in a Federally declared disaster area (State of Florida), if you have a mortgage, your mortgage holder is required by federal law to give you a 3 month forbearance (M&T called it a moratorium) on your mortgage payments at no cost and no credit implications, if requested. My next payment is due December 2017 and the amount due = the full 3 months’ amount.  If you want the 3 months to be added to the back end of the loan extending the term 3 months, you need to request a loan modification instead. After I wrote this, I cancelled mine and just made the payment. It was less hassle than trying to get the homeowner assistance guy to give me a straight yes or no answer. I told him it was my understanding a forbearance would extend my loan by 3 months and those 3 months would be due at the end of the loan, is that correct? He could only read a prepared statement to me.”


Legal Aid Hotline available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida

A legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. The hotline operates through a partnership between The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Both English and Spanish voicemail recordings give instructions for callers to leave a message requesting storm-related legal assistance, and to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems.  Assistance through this hotline is available to qualified Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma in all Florida counties. Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help such as:    Continue reading

Vibrational Resonance — Blessed? Cursed?

I’ve still got flowers while some of my neighbors after Hurricane Irma don’t even have bushes left

A Facebook friend posted asking if one person is blessed does that mean another is cursed, example if a disaster hits one house and leaves the one next door intact.
I don’t think one has to do with the other and I think what we experience is as a result of our vibrational resonance. Who knows what all goes into determining vibrational resonance? Seemingly mean and bitchy people can seem lucky while someone kind-hearted and generous can experience sorrows, so we know it has nothing to do with outward appearance.

I noticed I did not move 4 plastic chairs in the west woods. Here they are the morning after.

Certainly our daily pattern of thought, optimistic and pessimistic, helps determine vibrational resonance /frequency. I think of vibrational resonance as what station am I tuned to on the radio dial? And it changes moment by moment and thought by thought and there are things like past momentum (and perhaps karma) that factor into it as well.  Vibrational resonance plays a part in determining who’s in harm’s way and who escapes by the seat of their pants but that’s not to say that any luck or misfortune is the “fault” of the individual. It could be the default setting of someone who hasn’t yet discovered they can train their mind toward more hopeful expectation and thus change their future experience.  I don’t know if it has to do with anything but I always expect and believe there will be a positive outcome to situations and so far that has been my experience. I was just thinking of that this evening as I walked through the yard and noticed that so many of my Turk’s Cap bushes still have flowers. Some of my neighbors after Hurricane Irma don’t even have bushes.

SUNDAY 8:00AM IRMA update, NHC Advisory #45A

IRMA per NHC 8:00AM Advicosry 45A

8:00AM IRMA update, NHC Advisory #45A. Irma slowed to a CAT 4 as she crossed Cuba.  Changes from last advisory in red.

The center of Irma is about to make landfall in the lower Florida Keys. Maximum sustained winds of 130 moving NNW at 8mph (down from 9mph.)  The pressure is 929 (up from 928 — up is good!) The lower the pressure, the more powerful, the more potential for tossing stuff around.    Continue reading