Like everyone else on the East Coast, I am preparing for Irene. As I write she is hovering over the Outer Banks and we should start feeling the effects of the outer bands in a few hours. Right now we are experiencing the "calm before the storm"with occasional light showers and a lot of humidity and an erie feeling that something is coming.
|Waiting for Irene|
|Everything battened down|
|The yard cleared|
This has been quite a week. Tuesday an earthquake, Thursday the news that I have to have surgery and now Irene. The earthquake was unexpected but with regard to the latter two there has been sufficient warning to get ready. As far as Irene goes, the boat is out of the water and "safe" in the driveway, the lawn furniture is tucked away as is anything outside that can blow around. We have water, propane for the grill and lots of ice in the freezer along with food that can be cooked as it defrosts if and when we loose electricity. The cars gas tanks are filled along with two five gallon portable tanks. We live on the cusp of the voluntary evacuation zone but our home is high enough in elevation (23 feet above sea level) that I don't think we will have a problem staying. It is calm right now and aside from getting out to the anticipated Mass at 5:00 there is nothing much we can do. So now we just wait it out.
The surgery is something that I have been anticipating ever since a sonogram revealed something last month. I needed to wait for an appointment with the doctor to talk about what needs to be done. In the meantime I looked up on the internet everything I could about the condition and spoke to quite a number of people. When I went to see the doctor I was a wealth of information and well prepared to speak to him. The surgery is a must and now I have three weeks time to get things organized at work and home in preparation for the surgery and my two week recovery, with a possibility of 6 weeks if it is found laparoscopic surgery can't be done. So, I wait this out as well.
Surprisingly I am quite calm, and I think that being well prepared has much to do with it. Also it has to do with being spiritually prepared. I believe those who have faith know that God will be with them though any storm. Waiting can be a spiritual exercise. It is a time for prayer, for reflection, for setting one's priorities and getting things right with God. We wait, prepared and ready to greet the Bridegroom. As I have said many times, it is a matter of trust. Also, what comes with all this is the knowledge that you can weather anything that comes your way and that you'll never walk alone. (YouTube wouldn't allow imbedding for this one so you'll have to click the link).