It’s raining Tuesday evening as I check the weather reports on Hurricane Matthew. Tomorrow we’ll gas up the SUV and shop for bottled water, canned goods and batteries. Preparation plans advise stocking up on supplies for 3 to 7 days in case we lose electricity and water.

I just read that canned cat food is better than dry during these storms because it helps cats stay hydrated and they’ll drink less water, a precious commodity.

I imagine thousands of people along the southeast coast bordering on the Atlantic Ocean will be asked to evacuate. Because we’re about 12 miles from the beach, we’re advised to shelter in place. We’ll get plenty of rain and wind — and our creek may flood. Hurricane Matthew will visit us on Friday. Watchful waiting.

Let’s shift over to comforting and encouraging thoughts for all mental health. Remember, whatever you need to do, not only can you do it, but you can do it well. Two of today’s quotes deal with courage — we always have it, thought sometimes we must dig deep. The final quote asks us to imagine we’re angels.

John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer. 1907-1979
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Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
Sir Winston Churchill, British Statesman and Prime Minister. 1874 – 1966
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Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Sir Winston Churchill
Luciano de Crescenzo, Italian writer, film actor, director, engineer. (1928 – )
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We are all angels with only one wing. Only when we come together can we fly. Luciano de Crescenzo

See you next week,

Ann Marie

Here are a few previous Pause and Revitalize posts, if you want to immerse yourself in encouraging words as I prepare for Hurricane Matthew.

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Pause and Revitalize #1
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Pause and Revitalize #3
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread . . .
Pause and Revitalize #4
Thomas Merton quote
Pause and Revitalize #14


5 Comments on Pause and Revitalize #22: Watching Hurricane Matthew

  1. Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere
    October 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Thinking of you at this challenging time. You sound pretty prepared. I hope you won’t end up needing any of it 🙂

    • irisabbey
      October 6, 2016 at 1:31 am (5 years ago)

      Eilis, thanks for your kind words. It’s raining again but I’ve been the the grocery store (impossible parking, long lines, but jovial people) and David swung by the hardware store, so we’re in good shape. We’ll use tomorrow to secure the exterior.

  2. Pam Richardson
    October 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Prayers for you as you face this terrifying storm!

    • irisabbey
      October 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Pam. I just returned from the vet with one of our cats: an upper respiratory infection. Sure, today’s not busy enough. My husband and son are securing the exterior of the house. I think my son is on the roof cutting down a low hanging branch. I appreciate your thoughts.

  3. Botanic Bleu
    October 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Thinking of you and your family during Hurricane Matthew… hope you all are doing well. Thanks for sharing at Monday Social. Your inspirational thoughts help all of us to cope.



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