Where to begin? Once again I am behind on blogging! There is so much going on at Mashie Lane! We were very fortunate last week to be relatively unscathed by Hurricane Matthew. This was my first Florida hurricane and I was flying solo. Mike sent me a long list of things to do in preparation of the storm. Most of them I had already covered, but there were a couple of minor “major” things to do the day before Matthew was predicted to hit. Like cleaning out the cottage gutters.
The gutters on our side of the property weren’t bad. Our neighbor has a large oak tree that drops leaves like crazy. The back gutters needed a little bit of cleaning but the ones next to our neighbor’s yard were packed.
Our neighbor has vacated the property and we’re not sure if they are going to rent the house or sell it. All I know is this thing has to go. I have had enough of neighbors at our house and the rental properties who have “landscaping” that ends up costing us money. However, that subject is for another post.
I pulled all of our patio furniture, plants, lights and decorations into the garage. I also rolled in the trash bins and my tenant’s stuff from the cottage. Boy did that stuff stink up the garage!
The rain from the outer bands of the hurricane hit on Thursday evening. Of course, the windows that are in dire need of replacing began to leak. Fortunately, it was only a small amount.
Another side benefit of this storm was high humidity. And with several windows that need to be replaced, the house is not sealed up very well. Time to run the air conditioner to knock out the humidity!
The storm continued through Friday afternoon. There was only one casualty at our house. One tree came uprooted and is leaning on another tree. It is right by our neighbors’ roof line, so they came out and took pictures for insurance purposes. Really??? So, there is some tree work in the near future. Here are some photos of the aftermath:
And then Saturday came, and it was time to put everything back in place. Just in time for company. This was the first time that hubby’s family had seen the house since we remodeled it.
Mike’s nephew was on hurricane cleanup status. He loved the backyard!
I didn’t get pictures of the BBQ spread that we had, but these cupcakes from Publix were pretty and yummy.
Though we haven’t done our big reveal of our front patio area (darn hurricane!), this was the first time we got to use it and I couldn’t be happier!
I’m looking forward to hurricane season being over with!