After the storm

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry that I was not able to post a video this week.  We had an expected, but somewhat unwanted, visitor in the form of Irma.  We live about an hour north of Tampa, Florida, and hunkered down to weather the storm at our house.  Living in the country, we were well versed in downed trees and power outages, and were ready to go without power for several days.  Predictably, the power went out when the first tropical storm winds started to blow on Sunday.  We were beyond relieved, because we took much less of a storm than had been predicted.  Downed trees missed every vital structure, the power went out but our generator functioned well, the winds blew but our house, barn and animal structures stayed intact, even the roof shingles remained in place.  Through the hard work of our local crews, and the many who left their home states to help out, our power came back late Wednesday, and our cleanup began.

But while we are getting back to normal, we know many who have lost much more.  Our prayers and our efforts are going out to those we know who did have damage to their homes and properties.  It is very heartwarming to see all the instances of neighbor helping neighbor, strangers becoming friends, and the community working to grow stronger for everyone.  Often, it was just people helping each other, without any official government agency involved, as we were meant to do.  Please keep all those folks who are still very much affected in your thoughts and prayers.

Meanwhile, I am working on a project that should be ready for the coming Sunday.  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby