Peace Out, Irma!

Hi friends and happy Wednesday.  And I do mean happy.  After 30 hours without power(yeah, I’m looking at you Irma) we are back in business and the air conditioning is cranking.  I’ve lived in Florida a long time (43 years) and we’ve faced our share of storms.  The hurricanes of 2004 (we had 3 come through our area) were the worst for us but we weren’t without power for very long.  Less than a day actually.  This time was different and I am eternally grateful our power was not out longer.  It’s just too hot and humid here to be without air conditioning.

Although I hadn’t planned on posting anything today I thought I’d share a few pictures of what Irma did in my neighborhood.  Our house fared pretty well.  A few panels of screen were blown away from around our pool but thankfully our large oak trees are still standing and we had no water damage nor broken windows.  It also seems our roof survived.  All good news since Nolan’s trip to the Emergency Room on Saturday is going to cost us over $4,000.00!

The last time I fixed my hair or wore make up was Friday.  When I was rushing Nolan off to the doctor and ER on Saturday I threw on my rain boots and rain coat because it was raining.  Of course, as luck would have it, the rain stopped and the sun was shining brightly.  I was stuck for hours looking RIDICULOUS and because I’m INSANE I felt the need to tell any human who would listen to me that when I left the house hours ago it was raining.  Honestly no one cared, especially when Nolan had tonsils the size of Texas, but apparently I am more superficial than I’d like to admit!  Anyhow, here’s a picture of my leopard print boots.  I wore them with my hot pink rain coat.  It could have been totally cute if I had washed my face, combed my hair, and slapped on a little make up but…












That was about as good as fashion got for me over the weekend! I sent that picture to my sister in law and she commented that she wanted boots too. Brace yourself for where mine are from…Walgreen’s! Yup, no fancy wellies for me. Our rainy season is when it’s hot so it just doesn’t make sense to invest in anything expensive. I keep these at work for when it rains and I have to load kids in cars. They do the job!
Up next are various pictures from our neighborhood. My husband and I took our dog out to survey the damage on Monday morning.














































Having no power and no internet was difficult! Being bored and hot is not a good combination. Add to that a curfew for our County that was in effect from Sunday evening until Monday night and we were stir crazy. We cleaned up the yard and the gutters out front. Once the curfew was lifted we sent the boys to sleep elsewhere so they could be in air conditioning. My husband and I stayed home and slept with the windows open.
He went into work on Tuesday and I stayed home and cleaned. I was bored so I cleaned bathrooms and dusted, even vacuumed since ours was charged up and ready to go! Last week I loaded my Kindle up too so I read like it was my job!
Speaking of jobs, schools are closed here through Thursday so no work for me. So many schools still have no power. I am praying this is resolved soon because so many of our kids rely on us for meals and stability. My heart hurts for my sweet babies who are at home in uncertain conditions. Without getting into too many details I know that some of our sweet students live in homes where adult supervision is questionable and I worry when the stress of a storm like this impacts their fragile home life.

I snapped this last picture Monday night. Despite all the craziness over the last few days with my sick man child and the wrath of hurricane Irma I am blessed beyond measure. The candle in the picture is my current favorite from Wal-mart. It is under $5 and smells AMAZING! Seriously, it’s a 3 wick candle and my house smells so yummy when I burn it. Go to Wal-mart and get one or 6 like I did, it’s Pumpkin Waffles and it was on the air freshener aisle!

I hope you’ll join me in saying, “Peace Out Irma!”



  1. September 13, 2017 / 4:25 am

    Only you can find humour and a fashion post in a hurricane, Mrs R! (Love the boots BTW). But it does sound like a bad experience, despite coming out of it with only superficial damage. What happened to your freezer contents?
    I hope your manchild is ok now. But $4k+?!! I took hubby to A&E a quite a few times in July/August and the three bills ranged between £150 and £190, and they even offer a BOGOF – revisits are at no extra charge within a week of your first visit. Well of course when he heard that, he couldn’t wait to use his BOGOFs and was usually getting me to take him back there within an hour of getting home. Looked a bit obvious! Joking aside, the returns were absolutely necessary as he did worsen.
    On a lighter note, I see in one pic that you have a touch of England in a little corner of Florida – Devon and Miss Faversham!
    Hoping that Jose steers clear of you and that you’re back on our screen with more than just knees-down soon ?.
    Hugs, X.
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    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Yes,our neighborhood is full of references to England! I live in Avon on Lymington and we have Cambridge, Oxford, Yorkshire, and Georgetown, how’s that for a little British influence?
      Can you believe that bill? We hadn’t yet met our family deductible for our health insurance so a huge part of that bill is all ours. I joked with my son that I knew he wanted a Cat scan of his neck for Christmas, hahaha!!! He wasn’t laughing. Oh well, this too shall pass, it’s just money, right?
      We got lucky during the storm because our neighbor allowed us to run a chord to his generator so we were able to keep our fridge and freezer on. Thank goodness because what a mess I’d be cleaning up today! So glad it’s over. And today my son left to return to school so now I’m sad that he’s gone again. All these crazy emotions in one week are exchausting!
      I’m hoping to have a more fashionable post on Friday, guess we’ll see, right?!
      Thanks my dear!

  2. Vicki Higgins
    September 13, 2017 / 5:58 am

    The boots are great! I too have leopard boots and wore them with my lime green raincoat. I wish I could include a picture. Glad you faired well and I agree with the air conditioning, but the positive thing was it was not rainy and humid afterward, which made it bearable.
    Have a good week off of school.

    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Oh Vicki, we got so lucky with the cool weather immediately following the hurricane! So glad we got power back yesterday because today is sooooooo hot!!! Extremely lucky we are!

  3. Jaymie Ashcraft
    September 13, 2017 / 6:43 am

    I’m so glad you and your family are ok! I love that candle!!! I have it too!!

    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks Jaymie! That candle is amazing isn’t it? Smells like Fall!

  4. Andrea
    September 13, 2017 / 6:50 am

    OH my dear friend, scary stuff and no bored and NOT a good combo. So glad it is over read hello cute stylish rain boots for surveying. Pumpkin Waffles…YES!!! Was-Mart here I come, what a deal!! Love ya girl, hope things go smoothly back tomorrow!

    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Oh girl, you NEED this candle, you will LOVE it!!! Thanks for all the well wishes, we are slowly returning to normal here and Nolan is headed back to school today which makes me sad. Glad he was home but I hate the leaving part it always tears me up. I know you get that.
      Anyhow, happy Wednesday beautiful friend, let me know if you get that candle or I can send you one!

  5. September 13, 2017 / 7:07 am

    I am so glad to hear that you guys are okay, and that your power is back on. I can’t imagine some of the devastation in that state, and my heart goes out to your students. I hope everything resumes to normal very soon for you all.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
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    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Thanks Blaire, what a crazy week it’s been. The grocery stores are all still trying to restock and a lot of our traffic lights are still out but we’re getting there! Thanks for the well wishes!

  6. Lisa
    September 13, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Hi Kellyann!

    We were lucky in Port Orange–Irma dropped a few leaves and we were without power for about 24 hours. Like your SIL, I totally want boots now! haha

    I admit that I attend dirt bike races from September through May and it’s hard to look cute and clean. Those boots will help (a little!). : )

    Glad Nolan is feeling better–poor guy! Seminole County is off all week so I’m trying to catch up on some projects–like organizing my closet….again. I think I need to get some retail therapy first. Here I come cute boots!!


    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Lisa, I am so happy to hear you fared well in the storm and yes cute boots will be a happy addition to your wardrobe and serve a great purpose! I used to get excited about the Hunter boots but they’re too expensive and my Walgreen’s boots were like $10! Go grab yourself some! I wanted to organize my closet a bit but when the power was out it was too dark and now that we have power it’s the last thing I want to do, lol.
      Glad Irma is past us now! Have a great rest of the week off and fingers crossed the governor waives the days and we don’t have to make them up.

  7. September 13, 2017 / 11:20 am

    HALLELUJAH!!!! for the power coming back on. YUCK! Thanks for posting today even though it’s not your usual schedule. I’ve been wondering how you were doing. Well I’m certainly happy y’all faired as well as you did. Your heart for your sweet little students is precious Kellyann! I know that has to pull at your heartstrings and you are for sure a favorite and a blessing to those little ones. I can’t believe Nolan’s bill??? What the heck? You crack me up because I would have totally been explaining myself to everyone I made eye contact with if I’d been in your situation. #soulsisters Enjoy your day off in the great American AC!!! XOXO
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    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 11:32 am

      I am so happy to hear that you understood why I explained my wardrobe choices, I was afraid I was coming off as too superficial, haha! Glad my soul sister got me!!! Can you believe that hospital bill? We hadn’t met our family deductible yet, ouch. Is it wrong that now I want to go have every procedure done I possibly can until 12/31? I am enjoying the AC so much but it’s still kinda scary because a lot of our traffic lights are still not working and no one knows how to treat an intersection, hello, 4 way stop! In fairness half the people who live here don’t know what to do at a 4 way stop because they’re too busy checking their phones to pay attention! Ugh!! Not that I am complaining mind you, merely making an observation. Enough of that, thanks for making me smile always!!! Love you girl!

  8. September 13, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Those boots! I love them so much, and from Walgreens, super cool! I can imagine you in leopard wellies a pink rain coat and no make up, hehe. Glad that Irma left and you have power back. So does that mean you had to get rid of everything in the fridge and freezer? Boo! That super sucks if you did 🙁
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    • Kellyann
      September 13, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Oh it may be hard to imagine Sarah, but it’s true! I was a scary sight in my hurricane get up and no make up! Let me tell you that THIS FACE OF MINE needs make up, lol! Anyhow, we were super duper lucky that our neighbors let us run a chord to their generator so we were able to keep our fridge and freezer on! We were so grateful. We learned back in 2004 when we had three hurricanes and had to throw everything away that there was no reason to keep a freezer full of meat this time of year. So we mostly had vegetables and ice pops in the fridge and I hardly shopped last week in anticipation of the hurricane. We’ve learned a couple of lessons along the way, lol.
      Glad you liked the Walgreen’s boots – they are my answer to Hunter wellies!

  9. September 14, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Oh my goodness – I thought of you this weekend and prayed you were ok. So glad there wasn’t more damage. I can’t imaging knowing the hurricane is coming and hoping it will pass you by without too much trouble! We get bad wind storms here, but obviously nothing as bad as a hurricane. Peace out Irma for sure!
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    • Kellyann
      September 14, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks Lana, I so appreciate the prayers! We were so very fortunate but so many are still suffering with no power and no water! Our grocery stores are still waiting to be restocked and some of our traffic lights are not working. This storm really did some damage. What a difference a week makes!
      Thanks again for thinking of me – you’re so sweet!

  10. September 14, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Oh gosh, having no power is NO fun! I had to chuckle that you spent time cleaning while you were bored at home! I guess there is always cleaning to be done! I love those rain boots, so cute and hey Walgreens has some fun finds sometimes! Your neighborhood is beautiful, minus all of the tree damage, etc. Hopefully it’ll all be cleaned up soon!! Glad you all are ok (except for the tonsils and hospital bills- yuck!).

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    • Kellyann
      September 14, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      I can’t believe I was cleaning either!!!! Funny thing is that the MOMENT the power went back on I stopped cleaning! My friend texted me this morning begging me to walk with her because she was so bored at home all she was doing was cleaning and pulling weeds, hahaha! We are so grateful we came through this relatively unscathed, there are still so many people suffering and going into the grocery store is crazy – the shelves are practically clear because everyone is waiting to be restocked. It’s wild!

  11. September 14, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Wow, Kellyann! I’m so glad you shared pics. And why did I not put it together that you lived down in Florida! I knew that. I’m sorry I didn’t check in sooner. My dad lives in Bradenton and my cousin lives in Tampa, so my thoughts were definitely with Floridians this week. Would you believe the power is still off for some here in Georgia? My older boys went back to school yesterday. Anyhoo, you’ve definitely had some adventures this past couple of weeks with you “man child” (that cracks me up) and then no power. I’m glad that everyone is ok, as well as recovering! As always, thank you for sharing YOU! Love the rain boots btw. 😉
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    • Kellyann
      September 14, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks Chrissy! Yes, my man child, I swear when I think of him he is a tiny little boy not the 6 foot man he has become! I am praying that everyone gets their power restored by the weekend. People are getting so sick from the heat – it is no joke with temps in the 90’s and brutal humidity. If you ever make it to Fl to visit your family you’ll need to let me know, Tampa and Bradenton are not that far from Orlando!!

  12. September 14, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I love some of those cheap Walmart candles! They are surprisingly fragrant! I am glad you didn’t have too much damage and the power is finally back for you! Being without power can be really difficult, I can’t imagine it in your hot, humid weather! I used to work in a school district where kids relied on school to get 2 of their meals a day and so it was rarely cancelled, but in situations like this you really worry about them!
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    • Kellyann
      September 14, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      I can’t believe how good these Wal-mart candles are! I think they’re every bit as fragrant as Bath & Body Works.
      There is nothing worse than being in this hot, humid weather with no a/c. People are having heat strokes and being hospitalized,it is no joke. The heat is brutal. I am praying power is restored to everyone in the next few days. It is really out of control and miserable! I know some of the neighborhoods zoned for our school have no water either so it’s particularly bad for them. Our neighborhood loaded up a truck of supplies and delivered it to their community center today, although it’s a small gesture I’m glad we could help.
      Thanks Laura, I know as a teacher you know how I feel!

  13. September 14, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Kellyann I am sitting here laughing myself silly over you explaining to everyone about your rubber boots! Girl we are long lost sisters. I totally would have been doing the exact same! So glad you guys are safe and that your boy is doing better. I totally get it about those sweet babies your are worried about. So many who already had so little now without even more. The entire reason I got involved with our local foodbank was after seeing the backpacks at my own kids school one Friday that were going home with kids for the weekend…and realizing that many kids were in that big of crisis right in front of my face and I didn’t even realize it. Hope you guys get rolling back to normal in Florida soon!

    • Kellyann
      September 15, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Shelly it warms my heart to know you don’t think I was being too superficial explaining my wardrobe choices during a medical crisis! Ha! I’m not alone. I’ll be happy when we return to some form of normalcy next week when school resumes, these kids need a break from their lives even though they sometimes don’t realize it.
      Slowly but surely we’ll rally here in Florida and get back to some new normal. Right now I am just praying that all my friends and family get their power restored. It is so hot and humid and unbearable!

    • Kellyann
      September 15, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Thanks Justine, me too!

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