September 21, 2008

Bye Bye IKE & A Hurricane Survivor


"After every disaster, God shows us a ray of hope"

A hibiscus from our broken tree after the storm.

Hi every doggie, kitty cat, hammie & your parents. This is the Mommy writing tonight's blog. I got a call from my neighbor this afternoon at work telling me that the power was back on....on my side of the street. Mona is not home yet and she isn't very happy about it. The house was a mess, lots of dust from leaving the windows open for almost a week, a refrigerator that needed to be cleaned , grocery shopping to be done, so I decided Mona would be underfoot and Jody's Mom said she would keep her another night. Everything has been done and I miss my little girl. Chris said not to worry about it, that Mona was having a ball playing with Jody, the other dogs and her daughter Emily. Mona slept with Emily last night....I sure hope she hasn't forgotten the Mommy.

As Mona previously reported, we had very little damage, except for the garage and Ike destroying my hibiscus plants. The flower picture tonight was taken several days after the storm. Someone commented once that hibiscus must be a very hardy plant and it must be because I saw lots of hibiscuses all around the neighborhood thriving. Like the quote says "After every disaster, God show us a ray of hope".

After the storm when I finally let Mona outside, she walked all around checking everything out and kept going to the gate, sitting there looking out at the street to make sure everything was OK.....I think she looks bewildered.

These pictures were taken last Saturday in the early evening just as it was starting to get dark. It was amazing to me that the sky could be so beautiful after almost 12 hours of being pitch black and howling winds. I don't know where they were during the storm but the birds were back as you can see.

I have been getting comments from people at work that I must be crazy because I had Samantha's ashes with Mona & me during the storm. Samantha was my baby just like Mona now is and it is nobody's business but mine how I choose to leave this earth....thank goodness it didn't happen but I wanted my girls with me...."Am I crazy?"

SAMANTHA ANN (my favorite picture)

Just to show you how tough the hibiscus plant was that cracked, here is a picture of what is left of the pot. The pot has been in the same spot for so long that the roots have grown through the hole in the bottom of the pot. The wind couldn't get the pot out of the ground so it settled on cracking the pot. We are going to leave it just the way it is & see what happens.

And here is the crack.

I have to say that Mona was very brave during the storm. She never once barked and stayed on the mattress the whole time. I think I was more scared than she was. Friday Mother Nature decided to take all the cool air she had blessed us with all week and it got very hot. We went to Highlands to stay with Tippy, remember she is Mona's poodle cousin and her Mommy is my cousin Shirley.
Shirley and Tippy had evacuated to Arkansas but came back after Ike left. Highlands was hit very hard too but Shirley was lucky and had no damage and her power came back Tuesday. Before they came home, Tippy got a haircut from a friend of her Mommy because they were afraid she would be too hot since she is so fluffy. She looks naked like when Mona gets her summer haircut.

Mona wasn't very nice to Tippy while we were visiting. Mona does not want any other doggie to be on my lap so when Tippy got on my lap she would growl at her. I tried to tell her that we were guests and she had to act like a lady but what can I say. Here are a few pictures I took of Mona & Tippy modeling their new harnesses that Judy made them. BTW....Judy and all her boys made it fine through the hurricane, except their beautiful yard took a beating. Last night she cried when I left her at Jody's house and I cried too.

Begging for bacon!!

Napping after their snack -- notice they are not touching!!

One last thing to share before I sign off tonight. Right after the storm, the hospital found a little cat wandering around in the parking garage. Everybody has been feeding him, hoping he will let someone pick him up but whenever they try he runs away and he is very quick and disappears. Unfortunately, there are some heartless people that have tried to run him off and he is scared and doesn't know who to trust. This morning on the way into the crosswalk from the garage, he came over to me and actually started purring, rubbing against my legs and I was shocked......he actually let me touch him. Just as I started to pick him up one of those jerks I mentioned started yelling at him and he took off and disappeared again. Neil was at work today and he said he saw the cat but it wouldn't come near him. When he left, he took a frozen TV dinner and left it for him. As I was leaving to come home, he was eating from the tray Neil had left and since I had my camera I took these pictures of him. He didn't seem to be scared of me but again ran off when someone else tried to approach him. Sorry these pictures aren't very clear but they don't have all the lights on in the garage yet.
I did find out where he has been hiding. In the very last picture, if you look very closely in the extreme left hand corner at the top is a small crack.....that's where he runs whenever he wants to hid. I tried to get a picture of him sticking his head out of the hole but it was too dark. I am afraid he will get run over if someone doesn't catch him soon. I wonder if he is trying to tell me something. I was very tickled that he would come to me. Someone named him "BABY IKE". Appropriate don't you think?
Well that's it for tonight. I am counting the hours now until I can go get Mona after work tomorrow. I just hope she will forgive me for not picking her up tonight and want to come back. The big bed will be very lonely tonight.

As Mona would say if she were here......Love, kisses and (((huggies))) to all!! ... the Mommy


Southbay Girl said...

Mona and the mommy....mommy and I are so glad to hear you are safe and sound! We were very concerned about all of our texas friends!! And mommy doesn't think you're mommy is crazy for holding on to her two girls!! She would have done the same thing!!

Velcro and mom

Joe Stains said...

ah dang why do people have to be so mean to that poor kitty!

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Mona's mommy,
I really like your quote "After every disaster, God show us a ray of hope".. I am still feeling pretty low and am on the lookout for my 'ray of hope'. Fingers crossed!!
Thank goodness that you are safe and sound.. don't worry, your little girl won't ever forget you!!

Bolo said...

Are you back yet Mona? Give your Mom a kiss for taking such good care of you. Guess you get to snoopervise the clean up eh?

Maggie and Mitch said...

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa, it's so nice to hear from you, Mona! Not a day went by when we didn't think of you! Your hibiscus looks beautiful in bloom! It's glad you're back too!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Khongrats fur surviving all that -

The skies usually are amazing following the nasty storms -

Hope someone khan khapture Ike The Khat -


Peanut said...

Oh we are glad the electricity is back on. We hope Mona is not to mad at you. lol I hope the kitty lets someone come near him soon. Poor thing.

Lady Kaos said...

I am so happy to hear you two are okay. You are totally not crazy for having both your girls with you. If that's what you needed to do, then that's what you needed to do!!! If those mean people would stop being mean to that kitty then someone really nice could pick it up and take it somewhere safe and then the kitty wouldn't be there any more. Mean people aren't too bright! That's a strong plant!! It showed Ike who's boss!!
Glad you're okay and you have electricity!!! I hope you and Mona can get back to normal soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mona and the mommy! I'm so glad you are back and safe and sound! I hope the little kitty gets a home soon, he is very cute, for a cat!

Mom thinks that it was natural for you to take both girls. As you said it's no one's business anyway.


Roxie, Sammy and Andy said...

Mona and the Mommy!

It's so great that you are back on line. We tried to let everydog know that you were okay but we are sure there are some we missed. It has gotten hot here again too. It was so nice last week. We are glad you have your electricity back because it would be awful without air conditioning.

Love the hibiscus! Thanks for sharing!

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

happy said...

Hi Mona and mommy, we're so glad to hear you are safe and there were little damages. Glad to hear Mona is doing fine and being very brave!

We have an award for you. Do come by to pick it up when you are free.

Simba said...

I am way behind on everyones blogs. Will catch up soon.

Simba x

Georgeous said...

SoOOOo glad you are all okay!
I love Mona's vest, she does look most cute!
Love George

Murphey said...

Glad your power is back on and you are both safe. That Ike was a real bad one!


Tina said...

hi how are you ?