Friday, September 22, 2017

Fly On The Wall In A Hurricane

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, seven brave bloggers are inviting you into their homes to be a fly on
the wall to see what REALLY goes on behind closed doors.

     At the Doyle abode, we've been preoccupied with hurricanes. It has been an active season in the tropics with many of the storms hitting Cat 4 status and above, destroying property not only on the coastal regions but inland as well. I live in south Florida, and Hurricane Irma left her mark here, too. Our family and our home survived, thank God, but my lovely yard is a different story. Yes, we can replant, but it was hard to see 12 years worth of labor destroyed in a matter of hours. My husband wept the morning after the storm when he saw what was left of our yard. But in typical Doyle fashion, the entire family pitched in to clean up the debris and start the replanting process. And through it all, we never lost our sense of humor. Because that's what Doyles do in the worst of times.



     When Hurricane Irma made landfall, it sounded like the hounds of hell were outside my window. The god-awful howling lasted a good 14 hours, with tornadoes and microbursts whirling through our neighborhood. There were nine of us hunkered down here (plus four dogs, a rabbit, and three chinchillas) in my small home, and when we lost power for several days, things got interesting. We entertained ourselves with card games, silly stories and a LOT of stupid photographs. We were sweaty and tired and bloated from eating SO MANY HURRICANE SNACKS. That might have been the biggest casualty of all; most of us gained at least five pounds in just four days from a diet of cookies, chips, vodka, and beer.


     If you were a fly on the wall in my home this past month, you would have seen a lot of panic, sleepless nights, and binge-eating. But you also would have seen our own special brand of humor when it comes to handling stress:

"I see that you tried to sneak some healthy snacks in with the regular hurricane snacks. Don't you know by now that non-GMO means non-tasty?"

"I'm using Hurricane Irma as my excuse for this week's online retail therapy."

"Mom, you need to get out more in the sun. You're starting to look like Casper The Ghost."
"I don't think going outside right now during a hurricane is gonna help me get much of a tan....."

On hurricane snacking: "It's all fun and games until the hurricane is over and you can no longer fit into your jeans."

"My God, I wish the power would come back on soon, because this house smells like sweat, dog pee, and the ghost of old farts."

Me, panicked: "The internet just went out, and I heard we won't get it back for at least a week
Hubs, smirking: "Hon, you'll just have to learn how to entertain yourself now without spending hours on social media."
Me: "Yes, but it also means you can't play War Machine or virtual basketball on your iPad, either."
Hubs: **blinks** "Wait----what?"

"Remember all those times I said I wished that I could have lived during the romantic Renaissance era? Scratch that. I'm already sick of pooping by candlelight and bathing in cold water."


     Fingers crossed that there are no more hurricanes this season. If there are, I'll to be forced to buy the next size up in jeans.



Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado                  http://www.BakingInATornado. com
Menopausal Mother                     http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Searching for Sanity                 http://singlemumplusone. blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade                    http://spatulasonparade. blogspot.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope                   http://batteredhope.blogspot. com
Bookworm in the Kitchen             http://www. bookwormkitchen.com/    
The Blogging 911                       http://theblogging911.com/ blog

22 comments:

  1. I was following you on FB to see if you guys were okay. Had me worried but I knew you'd survive and do it in style, with lots of laughs and love.

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    1. We sure did--thank you for caring about us <3

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  2. Well, at least you laughed your way through the storm. I'm so sorry about your yard, but you did fare better than my beloved Marco Island.

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    1. It was either laugh or cry..... yeah, seems Marco Island, Naples and the Keys took the worst hit. It will be awhile before they are up and running again.

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  3. These hurricanes have been scary!! Glod to see you were able to make the best of it!!

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    1. We sure did. I just wish hurricane season would hurry up and end!!

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  4. I hope the hurricanes are over but I doubt it. Global warming is feeding these monsters and I fear they are on their way to becoming stronger and more frequent.

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  5. You handled that disaster with grace and aplomb. Well played, Doyles. Well-played!

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  6. Hurricanes are awful, but I think you know that and this post made me laugh

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  7. I think that kind of binge eating also happens up here during snowstorms. Plus, you are cold, which makes you want to eat. I'm laughing about needing a bigger pair of jeans. So many reasons why I think we are all ready for the hurricane season to end!

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    1. Definitely! I went to the doctor today and was mortified to see that I really did gain a few pounds from the storm!

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  8. I was thinking about you all down there. Glad you're okay. I lost the frig, but it was on it's last leg anyway. Finally got the new one, Life is good again...until the next one. I live in SC. Loved stopping by for a visit. I thought you had quit blogging. Glad to see you're still here!

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    1. Quit blogging? No, not at all---just cut back on the number of posts per month. I'm concentrating more on article writing for other websites. A girl has to make money to eat, LOL (or pay for her hurricane snacks).

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  9. So happy to see the Doyle's didn't lose their sense of humor. It really does help get through the tough times. Luckily your home and family are intact, Marcia but sorry about your yard. YAY to those hurricane snacks. Great fly on the wall post! I don't want to poop by candlelight either. :D

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    1. Yeah, the pooping-in-the-dark part was NOT fun....

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  10. I honestly think a good humor can help us through the tough times. Glad you and your loved ones are alright.

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  11. Glad to hear you and your family are safe and sound. Those snacks look awesome!

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    1. They were quite tasty....but now I need to lose at least five pounds from it.....

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