Irma Clean Up and Front Porch Redo
Happy first day of Fall everyone! Whew! We made it through Hurricane Irma okay. Only minor damage overall. Just a gutter down and a ripped pool screen where a giant palm had fallen through. Our neighbors all helped each other out with sweeping up debris and hauling it off. One came over to help my husband replant our peach tree that was knocked down. Our neighborhood Facebook page had so many checking on others to see how they were doing. Many offered to bring others water and ice. I was encouraged by such a strong sense of community.
For us, losing power for five and a half days was the worst part of the whole storm. We had to throw out all of our food and ate mostly fast food once the restaurants reopened. The first couple days our boys’ friends had them over to stay cool and sleep over. Some lovely friends of ours had us stay in their in-law suite after their power was restored which gave us a wonderful respite from the heat.
Waiting out the storm (during the middle of the night) was pretty scary but preparing for it was also very stressful. Many stores were out of batteries and essentials. I waited in line for water at our neighborhood Publix for over two hours only to find out the truck wouldn’t be making the normal scheduled delivery. Ace Hardware had some a couple of days later–thank goodness! Since tons of people were leaving central Florida and heading North, gas was hard to find.
Front Porch Redo
Because the winds were expected to be very strong, everything from outdoors had to be brought in. Even the potted ferns came in. With hurricane-strength winds, anything could hit the windows. Our front porch was ready for a redo anyway so clearing it off was okay. Here is the front porch before everything was moved inside.
The ferns were ready for a rest. The afternoon sun is scorching. And ferns are much happier in the shade. My husband is happy I’m retiring them. They shed something awful!
After being up for most of the summer, the wreaths were sagging a little bit. They were simple to make by attaching a magnolia swag from Pier 1 to a basic grapevine wreath. I love the bold look of the magnolias though and will be hanging them back up next summer.
Even though it is still in the high 80’s, low 90’s here, I’m excited to decorate for Fall. My new wreaths are from Pier 1 (no surprise there) with some added burlap ribbon to make them look a little fuller. I wrapped them with these glimmer lights for some fun, night-time effect.
To create a little height, the mums are stacked on upside down containers inside the planters. They weren’t full yet so I set a grapevine wreath on the planter to close the space. I’m always a little lazy with my planters and rarely ever really “plant” anything in them. I leave the plants in their plastic pots they come in from Lowes or Home Depot. This makes it easier to change things up whenever I change my mind and want something different. Mums usually don’t stay pretty for long so I plan to put boxwoods in next.
Irma was our second hurricane to go through since moving to Florida. We’ve definitely learned more each time about getting prepared and dealing with circumstances afterward. Our family feels very blessed that we were kept safe during the storm. Our prayers go out to those that lost their homes or loved ones.