Hello friends! Here on the South Carolina coast we are under a Tropical Storm Warning. Mother Nature, in an effort to remind us mere humans that she does not conform to our timetables, has decided to ignore the edict stating that storm season does not officially kick off until June 1st. Perhaps she is showing off for the Weekly Photo Challenge, Forces of Nature. Or maybe she is flaunting her skills in honor of Mother’s Day.
For seasoned coastal inhabitants a tropical storm is mostly an annoyance, an overgrown rainstorm with gusty winds that settles in like bad company that refuses to go home. We are currently in the calm before the storm with the sun still peeking out and the wind calm. By this evening and throughout tomorrow we will have periods of heavy rainfall and sustained winds around 25-35 mph with gusts from 40-60 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere near the South Carolina and North Carolina borders at about 8:00 am on Sunday.
Hardy coastal Southerners have been know to throw hurricane parties, using an impending storm as a reason to drink too much and run outside at the height of the storm, clinging to lampposts while ducking flying branches and screaming, “Holy crap it’s windy out here! Woohoo! Did you see that picnic table fly by? Woohoo! You don’t scare me, Mother Nature! Woo…” Thunk! Oops, not quite quick enough dodging that limb, were ya?
Being of slightly more logical mind, I have decided to host a blog party instead. The next two days will afford me plenty of time to check out new blogs and revisit others (provided the power doesn’t go out). The husband will be busy chasing would-be swimmers and surfers out of the ocean (Rip currents, people, rip currents!), and my cat will hide under the bed for the duration. It’s just you and me, friends, so let’s party!
Here’s how it works: Drop a link to a favorite post you’ve written, or one you are most proud of, in the comments section. Then grab your raincoat (umbrellas are futile unless you are determined to do a Mary Poppins), make sure there are fresh batteries in the flashlight, invite your friends, and settle in to ride out the storm! Please include a caveat if your blog happens to be of adult/ mature theme. If you drop a link I ask that you take the time to visit some of the other blogs, too. That is the key to a successful blog party!
I’ll get the party started – you can find my favorite post here.