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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018 12:45 am | Updated: 9:49 am, Fri Sep 7, 2018.

This weekend, all I could think about was, “What was that?” Were you as surprised as me? I know I don’t watch much television and I knew it was going to be a rainy Sunday and Monday but geez…what was that?

I went to bed late on Sunday evening thinking I would sleep late for a change as Mr. Wonderful had gone to Texas for the Hurricane game with his brother and would not be home until late afternoon. Little did I know that on Labor Day morning, I would be awakened by the hallway pocket door rattling from the wind. Wait…the wind?

As I checked my phone, it was lit up with weather alerts and warnings. Tropical storm warnings! When did that happen? I went to bed thinking that we were going to have a rainy day but a tropical storm warning?

I looked out the windows to see wind whipping everything around and rains blowing sideways. Yes, the wind blew, and the rains came. The wind was blowing so much that the entire back patio was soaked. Tuti and Doc, the African Grays on the patio got a good bath.

Now my next problem was how to let the dog out? Yeah…the dog that I never wanted but for some reason has become my dog. As I slowly raised the garage door, Bruno did not want to budge. Needless to say, I had to get my umbrella, hang on tight and walk out into the yard so that the dog would go out and do his business. Thank goodness it was a quick one.

For those of us who feel they have post-traumatic stress syndrome from Andrew and Irma, you know that the day was not fun, and I was not enjoying being alone. Sorry…I just cannot handle storms. All through the day I listened and watched.

The afternoon was not as bad as the winds died down however the rains still came and so did the lake.

No, I do not live anywhere near a lake. Because we built our home on a lot of fill when we were building, when it floods, our home is high and dry however lakes form in the back and side yards.

Oh, did you know I live in a castle? Yep! Next came the moat as the lakes connected and soon I felt like a Princess waiting for her prince to come on his white horse although, it would have had to be a white canoe!

So, all our picnics, beach days, zoo plans, family gatherings were cancelled due to Gordon who suddenly showed up on our doorstep.

Tuesday, we woke up and the moat was still in place. Our road was under water but that is why I drive a truck. When I got out to Palm Drive all was clear until I turned onto SW 202 Avenue. I was happy that I had a truck as there is one spot that unless you had a truck, you would not get through.

Thinking back over the weekend and reading all the social media posts, I realize that I was not the only one saying, “What was that?” The tropical storm warnings came out of nowhere but in a way, I am happy to say that it was much

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