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on 19 September 2017 at 18:27:42 MDT

This part of this journal was written on September 12, 2017.

First of all, I want to express my most sincerest of sympathies to everyone affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma. I hope that you have very little, if any, damage and that your power is restored soon.

Second of all, we evacuated our home and headed inland about 70 miles to an uncle's house in Baxley, Georgia. We received a lot of wind and rain. Several trees were felled and a lot of limbs were blown out of the other trees.

Finally, I'm sitting in a hospital room in Alma, Georgia, next to my mother who's lying in the bed. The reason for this is because early Monday morning my mother decided to take a tumble and injure herself. She managed to bruise her hip badly, fractured her scapula, tore her scalp bad enough to need seven staples, has a bruise on her brain, and a number of scrapes on her cheek. Despite all these injuries, she's in good spirits, lucid and in relatively good health. I'm hoping that she'll be released from the hospital soon. I guess I'll know soon enough.

This part of this journal was written on September 17, 2017.

Well, my mother's still in the hospital in Alma, GA. She'll be there for another two weeks as she goes through rehab.

I returned from Baxley, GA, this past Thursday and found that we still didn't have any power but I had to go to work Friday. (I couldn't afford to take any more time off.) It wasn't easy sleeping with no power, no fan to keep me cool and no way to cook something to eat. We finally got power back at about 7:45 pm Friday. Ever since I returned my Dixie has not wanted me out of her sight but I guess she understands that I just have to leave because when I returned from work Friday and Saturday, she was lying on my bed waiting for me to return.

When I returned home, I walked through my yard and saw a lot of large and medium sized limbs all over the front yard. I walked around the yard and saw that there weren't any limbs near our pond but the pond is full almost to overflowing. I didn't see it until yesterday but a tree near the pond was blown over but not broken. It's low enough that I'm going to have to break out my chainsaw and cut it up, along with several limbs too big for me to pull to the side of the road. I'll post some photos to show how lucky we were later. The closest to any damage to our home we had was a rather large pecan limb is lying on the roof but didn't do any damage, except the facia below the roof was cracked there.

I hope that everyone I know that was affected by Irma got off as well as we did.

I should have posted these to my journal sooner but I've been rather busy between work and worrying about my mother's well-being. I hope that everyone affected by Irma made it through with little or no problems.

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