An unplanned three-day weekend… and some fill in fun!

October 25, 2012

Earlier today, I was out walking the dogs and as I was meandering along, letting them stop here and there to sniff in the grass, watching the water gently lap at the grassy shore, and the grey clouds drift in the sky — I realized how quiet and deserted it seemed.

An approaching hurricane does that. The birds were quiet and instead of chirping in the sunshine, they hid and found a safe spot somewhere, away from the wind and rain. The tennis courts were deserted and no matches were being played this morning. The streets were devoid of cars… It just seemed eerie. The scratchy call of the crows high up on the wires of the power lines made it even more so.

From the time I hear we are under a tropical storm watch and then warning, the waiting begins.

First, to find out if and when the schools close. Today, the call came at 9:30 am… an early pick up today, no school tomorrow. The kids are excited. Why not, an unexpected three day weekend for them?

Then, more waiting and watching. Where exactly is the storm going? Will it change it’s prospective path? How strong is it? How big is it? How far do the feeder bands extend from the center, the eye, of the storm?

I constantly check the forecast, keep abreast of the latest news and try to stay calm.

I am calm. On the outside. Inside. A different story.

I am not scared, maybe a bit worried. It’s more like being on hold. I always feel this way… like my life is on hold and won’t continue until after the storm passes and things return to normal. Whatever that is!!!


Thank goodness for Hilary and her hop. Joining her for her weekly link-up is just what I need to take my mind of other things. Namely, Hurricane Sandy.

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Irene from Me, Myself and Irene (she came up with the last two statements)

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:
1. ___ is my favorite feature
2. Thinking about ___ makes me ___
3. It’s been a long time since______
4. I just don’t understand_____________


My answers:

1. My eyes are my favorite feature.

2. Thinking about Thanksgiving makes me very excited. My sister and her family will be here and I can’t wait to enjoy the holiday with her and the rest of the gang.

3. It’s been a long time since I had a spa pedicure. I believe it was around the time I was pregnant with my youngest and that was over 4 years ago!!!

4. I just don’t understand why there is always such a long wait at the doctor even when you have an appointment. What’s the point?


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  • Jan October 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Have to agree about the wait at the doctor’s …… they don’t make house calls anymore so how can they run so late?
    All the best for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Susi October 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Very true. It is what it is, I’m afraid. 🙂

  • Judy October 26, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Yeah! We wait a long time for our doctor too. H eloves to chat so he takes a lot of time. He is alos 82 years old and has been my doctor since I was 4 years old.

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      That’s absolutely amazing. Talk about a family doctor. 🙂

  • Rorybore October 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I have to agree about that Dr. waiting game. The absolute worst was when I was pregnant with my 3rd and had to drag the other 2 kids to my appointments. The waiting room was really, really small and most other mothers also had other children along. What a zoo!! I finally told the receptionist, I’m taking the kids out to the hall for a walk – you come find me when she’s ready.

    I need an American family to adopt me so I can have another Thanksgiving 😉
    Although wild turkeys just ran through my front yard – no kidding.

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Rory, I know exactly what you are talking about. Waiting room are small, kids have no patience and it turns into a horror show!!! I told you already, that I’d be happy to adopt you for the holidays, right? 🙂

  • Wayne October 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    The appointment at the Dr. drives me nuts too. What is the point?

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      I’d like to know the answer to that question myself, Wayne! 🙂

  • Jamie October 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’ll be thinking of you… and relying on your Instagram feed to keep me informed of your status!

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks, Jamie. I didn’t take too many pics on Instagram… I needed my hands walking the dogs and holding on for dear life because of the wind. 🙂 We are okay and the sun has returned.

  • Janice October 27, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I hate Dr appt waiting I always leave thinking well there was 35 or 1 1/2 of my life I will never get back geez thanks!! Stay safe have you in prayers Sandy skips on over you but I do understand about being on high alert it is un-nerving !!

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks, Janice. All’s well, that ends well. We had sunny skies but very windy conditions here today. Another one we got very lucky with.

  • Hilary October 27, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I hate waiting too… the other day I had a dr appointment and i was shocked… they took me on time – was amazing!

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Hilary, isn’t it sad that it surprises you when you get taken in right away? Really, should be the other way around. Hope you guys are okay.

  • melissa October 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Stay safe during the storm! As a resident of a state with frequent hurricanes, I know what you mean about life going into pause mode until it passes.

    And, yes. Doctors who make us wait…argh. I think they should be charged a fee for being late 😉

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Melissa, you are so right, especially when the patient already pays for VIP status! It’s pretty ridiculous. Hope you guys are being spared by Sandy.

  • Megan Broutian October 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I hope things go back to normal very soon. Stay safe. Thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way!

    • Susi October 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Megan. We did okay. Got very lucky again. Not something I can say for the poor people north of us and in the path of what this is turning into. Crazy weather.