Today is day #4 of strong winds and rain (though the sun was out earlier and the wind has died down for the most part.) I can't help but feel sorry for people here on vacation - a little disappointing, don't ya think? Although the weather is usually a little warmer and dryer down on the beach then up here in the middle of the island, so maybe Waikiki Beach is still busy with surfers and sunbathers.
The storm blew over a couple trees and road signs and knocked dead branches out of trees. It even killed Emily's little sunflower seedling. Poor Emily. A large amount of garbage was blown onto the fence near our backyard, and 3 stray bouncy balls ended up in our driveway.
Last night, after putting the kids to bed, I was reading on the couch (Nathan fell asleep at about 8pm - I think he's still on Arizona time) when the power went out. And it got very very dark. I heard Hannah get up and go into Sydney's room. It was cute to hear them talking to each other. Outside I heard a few shouts and the wind howling.
I clicked off the lamp (didn't want it to turn on in the middle of the night) then I felt my way up the stairs to check on the kids, then into bed. Luckily I did not crash into a wall or hit my little toe on a chair leg. Before I went to sleep I thought about how very unprepared we are for any kind of emergency.
We have no candles.
We have camp stoves but no propane.
We have absolutely no water.
No 72 hour kit or any thing like it.
No phone that doesn't need electicity to work.
No spare batteries for flashlights.
Nor do I know where the flashlights are.
And no children's tylenol.
Luckily the power came on around midnight, and I didn't have to gather downed branches to build a fire to boil water this morning.... But I am feeling the need to buy a little of this and organize a little of that - you never know when we might just need it!