13 September 2008

Running on Car Batteries and A Prayer!

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Just  a quick note to tell everyone that we survived intact! We're fine!  I'm writing a longer post and will hopefully get it online in just a little bit. 

 

Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers and thoughts and well wishes.  Your prayers worked, that is for sure! I can't thank you enough.  

 

Joni

113 comments:

  1. Soooooo good to finally hear from you. Thank God our prayers for you were heard. There are horror tales coming out of Houston. Glad you're not part of it. Also, I assume your beloved tree made it.

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  2. This is such a relief. I was just telling myself, "They're ok, they just don't have power" I'm so glad to hear this is true

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  3. So relieved to hear that you're OK. Start bailing Texas.

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  4. Glad to know you're o.k. I'll be checking in to find out the after effect !

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  5. Yippee. It looked like this giant octopus was trying to eat Houston in the photos. Glad to hear you're fine, save your batteries.

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  6. Along with everyone else, I am so relieved to know you got through this unscathed. I must have checked this blog a zilliion times in the past 24 hours. Looking forward to your next post.

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  7. YAY!!!! So glad to know you, Ben & Elizabeth survived the storm.

    xoxoxoxo

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  8. Thanks so much for let us know you're ok and I hope you can return to your normal life ASAP.
    Hugs
    Maria

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  9. Glad to hear that you and your family are okay...I dont really even know you but I look at your blog often! Take care! ~Cindy~

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  10. I'm in Tyler, and it's rained all day and there are debris in the yards, but so far okay here. It's only 5 p.m., so hoping for the best. Looks like you're closer to the flood area. Hope you're safe!
    Brenda

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  11. So happy to hear this! Hope your tree will be ok too.

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  12. Thanks for checking in! i thought maybe your Internet service went down with the electricity.
    Are your parents in their high rise doing OK?
    Penny K.

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  13. So glad to hear your okay. I have checked on hear all day hoping to hear your tree stayed put!!

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  14. I have been reading your blog for weeks, but haven't commented until now. I have been checking all day to see if there was any word from you. So glad you posted, so everyone could quit worrying. You and your family have been in my prayers and will remain there, as I know you will have difficult days ahead. Laurie

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  15. It's good to know that you and your family are safe!!

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  16. I'm SO glad that you let us know you're fine. Prayer answered!!! Now, I'm praying that you get your power back soon.

    Stay safe,

    Sheila

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  17. Rain rain go away ... don't come back!!
    So glad you all weathered the storm. Hope things get back to normal and a starbuck's run is in your near future.
    Remember if you need a place to stay up north, Philadelphia, we have 3 empty bedrooms just waiting. xoxo MB

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  18. I was going to email you to find out how you fared! I left - drove up to our place in north Fort Worth and am glad I did. Took Mom and the dogs with me. I think Katy was just fine so I'm in no hurry to return till things have settled down a bit.

    So glad ya'll are okay!

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  19. I am a faithful reader of your blog,although I have never commented. I also have been checking on and off all day to see if you had posted. So happy to read you are ok. We here in Boston send all our prayers your way.
    Cathie

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  20. Hi Joni,
    I've been so worried for you an am so thankful that you're all right. Please keep us posted and you're right, the prayers worked!
    xo
    c

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  21. We're toasting you t'night with a good Napa Cab. So good to hear your loud and proud. Ginny

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  22. I've been checking your blog off and on all day to see if you were able to post at all (not that it's your priority at all) but I have been watching the weather channel and have seen Houston and WOW! My girlfriend finally got in touch with me and although things are ugly, her house is okay (one small leak) and her children are okay too. She's running on generators and is thankful that they came through with very little damage. So happy to hear that you came through well too. What a scary night for sure!
    Here in Chicagoland we're flooding but nothing like you all. I will continue to pray that all gets back to normal quickly.

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  23. Just another faithful reader checking in on you, thanks for letting us know you're ok.

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  24. Joni,
    So glad to hear that you are alright. I've been up north in Michigan babysitting the Grand's and there was no computer access since Dana had her laptop with here. I was so worried about you and am so happy that you are well.
    Hugs and best wishes,
    Sue

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  25. My niece works at the flight museum in Galveston and they flew her and her dog out on a B29, that they were also saving, and took her to within an hour of her parents in Denton. She lives one block off the coast so there's not a lot of hope there. But she's safe with her family.

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  26. So glad you made it through and you are OK! Try to stay cool now until the power is back!

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  27. HI! Thanks everyone for the well wishes. I just came out to my car to plug in the computer and see what's going on in blogland. I can not express how much your kind thoughts and prayers meant to me. The bloggers in Houston were keeping in touch with each other last night -- it's such a wonderful community that I am so proud to be a part of with all of you! Just amazing - the power of the internet. Thank you so much, so very very much! But - gosh, I'm SOOO bored!!!!! no lights, no tv really - just local, no ac, so boring! I'll try to send emails to you when the power comes back on. again, Thanks!!

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  28. Just thinking about you and checked in to see if you're doing okay. Glad to hear you survived intact! Had to laugh at all those cold cuts and cheese that were going to keep you from starving after all the power was out.

    We've been glued to the hurricane coverage on TV and praying for all of you in the path of the storm! -Julia :-)

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  29. Only you could get bored during a hurricane. That's what I love about you. Blog long soon!

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  30. Great to hear from you -- hope that your husband is feeling better too after his bout with a migrane! DH and I spent the evening at a local English pub -- fish and chips and LOTS of rain here in Dallas! Just a steady downpour!

    Cheers! Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  31. And we continue to pray. God bless and we are so thankful that you are okay. As one of your most faithful readers, I am wishing all of Texas a very quick recovery.

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  32. Glad to hear it! Our thoughts are with you all.

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  33. Joni, I've been thinking of you all day and wondering how you fared. At about 8:30 a.m. today the weather channel was saying the eye was in Houston....I'm thankful you are okay!

    Hugs!
    Judy

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  34. Hi Joni
    I'm so glad to hear you are well!

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  35. Joni,
    Wonderful news! I was glued to the TV with such trepidation all evening.
    I re-read your post from a while back on historic Galveston, what a painfully beautiful piece of history.
    I will be watching for more updates, as you and your family begin to return to life as it should be.
    ~Treacy

    Oh- and I totally empathize with you on the whole Starbucks thing....that is exactly how I feel about my Keurig Coffee maker. I would be crazed without it!

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  36. I was so relieved when I got home this evening and saw you had posted Joni. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  37. I'm so glad to hear you guys are okay :o) Hope your power is back on SOON!
    ~Des

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  38. Glad to hear y'all are okay. How are your Galveston friends doing? Have you heard?

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  39. I have been thinking about you and am most glad to hear you and yours are okay! Bless your heart!

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  40. Yipee! I'm so glad to know that you all are o.k. Who cares about he coffee--I'm just happy to know that yall "weathered" the storm. My sister even asked about you today. She had checked on you via your blog. We've been concerned! Hug your family extra tight tonight and say a prayer of thanksgiving!

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  41. Thanks for letting us know. God bless!

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  42. Joni, my thoughts have been with you and I've been glued to the news all day. I'm so glad so far everything is ok. I will now pray Starbucks will be up and running asap!

    Anna :)

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  43. SO glad to hear you are ok . Hope things come back on quickly .
    Chris

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  44. You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers...hugs ~lynne~

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  45. Joni, I am so glad you and yours are fine!! Have been thinking of you and praying for you guys!! Take Good Care!

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  46. Whooo Hoooo! You rode out that bad boy!
    Tell Hurricane Man you'd like a shiny new generator for a birthday present ha ha! I already asked Tangoman for one!
    Love you and glad you guys are okay.

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  47. The power of communication is so wonderful in this country. We can keep in touch by Blogging and CNN is right on the spot to keep us informed, but when nature "happens" we have no control. I wish I could beam myself over to Houston and help out. Thank heavens you are through the worst of it and I hope things can get back to normal soon for you!!

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  48. your a trooper! I hope all will be well soon

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  49. Joni, any word on your Galveston friends and their houses?

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  50. Looking at the pix on the NYTimes web site. Hope that oak tree held!

    This is tornado country and you can't really prepare for them. You just lay down in a ditch when you hear the sound of a train coming (that's what they sound like). But I think sitting and waiting for a storm that's rolling in has got to be much, much worse.

    Oh, and love that powder room!

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  51. Thank goodness you are fine! Pretty Scary!

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  52. Joni - have been thinking about you and wondering if you were flooded or wind-damaged or has lost your power. Relieved to hear you are all okay. xo xo Terri

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  53. Glad to hear you are ok!! (and still up and blogging ;)

    Emily

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  54. Joni, we are so glad that you have come safely through this devastation. I am sure that the you will not have come away from this uneffected though. Just looking at the pictures on t.v. makes your heart go out to all who have lost their homes or loved ones. God Bless Joni as your home town goes through this time. Hayley

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  55. We were wondering! Glad to hear your safe.
    Karla & Karrie

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  56. So happy to hear that you and your family are safe, girl!.......I have been praying for all of you!

    I know you will be glad to get things back to normal!

    With Regards,
    MIMILEE<><

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  57. glad to read that the you made it through the storm - the front page of the New York Times showed so much destruction

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  58. I was thinking about you...glad you're safe and sound!!!

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  59. Hope all is well for you and yours.
    Am keeping all ya'll in my prayers and thoughts.


    Cindy

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  60. Joni-
    A wet suit and goggles looks good on you!
    Keep on swimming...
    Patricia

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  61. good to hear you and your family are ok. Did you saran wrap that beautiful sofa in the living room just in case?

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  62. Thinking about you and missing your constant presence on e-mail and the internet! Glad all is well, or as well as can be expected.

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  63. Joni! I have been thinking about you and praying for you all weekend. I am so glad you are safe! I was just telling someone here that you were probably going crazy with the power outages! No fun, but just happy you are ok.

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  64. I'm so glad to hear your ok. I hope to see your next post soon. Take care,
    Lena

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  65. Thinking of you J dear, and looking forward to seeing you back on line. The US weather seems a little unreal out here in the Sahara desert.

    lots of love,
    M

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  66. Oh thank goodness!
    Was WAITING to see this post from you. Glad to hear you and yours are okay!

    Layla
    The Lettered Cottage

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  67. Oh thank goodness!
    Was WAITING to see this post from you. Glad to hear you and yours are okay!

    Layla
    The Lettered Cottage

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  68. Just saw the article in Better Homes and Gardens. Bet your blog is really going to get busy now. Good luck with any messy cleanup. We had rain and wind in Dallas but not nearly what they predicted. (as usual)

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  69. I am sooo glad to have you writing, I been concerned. Great to know you are intact and with such a positive attitude. My days wouln't be the same without your inspiring words, and your wonderful blog. God bless you Joni.

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  70. so so good to see your post and that you are ok.

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  71. so so good to see your post and that you are ok.

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  72. I thought about you all weekend, and I'm glad you hear you are ok!!

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  73. So glad to know you're ok! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the people in Ike's wake.

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  74. Hey, I was thinking of you today and just stopped by to see, if you are able to post. Thank you for taking your time for a quick note and letting everybody know that you are okay.

    Today I read in the news that even Europe is influenced by Ike. So far we have no wind, but it is freezing cold.

    Good luck! Until soon. Take care!

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  75. So glad your are okay... and on another note, Better Homes and Gardens just arrived in the mail today. Congratulations!! The house and you look fabulous! Well done!

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  76. Joni, just saw the BHG and you look wonderful! ( so does the house). Enjoyed it so much. Hope you are back with power soon.

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  77. I hope hear from you again, soon!

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  78. So glad to hear you and your family are alright!

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  79. It is great to read you are fine .
    We are waiting for you !

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  80. Is there any word on that beautiful Bolivar house you featured in July?

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  81. Joni, If you get out, drive by the house on Reba that you featured a few weeks ago. They don't have power but they have opened up their windows and everything looks so lovely. It would be a great picture for your blog. I'm a neighbor on Reba but I don't know them personally.

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  82. Joni...
    It's nice to know that you and your loved ones made it...a little drenched & soggy, but well & safe.
    San Antonio has been pretty busy of late, Dolly, Gustov & now Ike, many evacuated to S.A. & we're trying our best to help accomidate...but wish the rest of the country would help the way they did w/Katrina....it's getting a bit a tight & frustations even tighter.
    It might be a long wait...be patient, the calvary is on its way. :>)

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  83. I drove by Sally Wheat's house and her husband said their beach house escaped damage - their neighborhood in Boliver is doing fine. Hard to believe after seeing the pictures from Boliver, but hopefully since they are all new houses- they were built with good hurricane protection. So glad for them! Haven't heard about Shirley and Kirby's house, but knowing that it's been there for over 100 years, I'll bet it made it too. Still no power, nothing. So boring. Back in my car again, thankful for the car battery. And I'm soooo thankful for the ATT internet card which I highly recommend getting - it's a lifesaver as Comcast is down to all but 5% of its customers. Unreal. Tomorrow is Wed - this started on Friday - and still, it's like a disaster zone. Ben went to his office and took a laptop to charge it up so I may have a couple of hours online tonight! yippee!!! Thanks again so much for all your prayers and thoughts. They mean the world to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  84. Joni,
    Just checking in again and glad to see your post. You are in all of our prayers.
    Lots of love coming your way,
    Sue

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  85. Joni, we're all so thankful you are okay. What a terrible mess there in Texas...my heart goes out to everyone.

    I picked up the BH&G mag today in Wally World...saving it for tonight after my bath to read in bed!

    Hugs!
    Judy

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  86. Just thinking about you! Hope you have your power back soon....we loose ours all the time so I know it is the pits to say the least!!! I can only imagine the withdrawls you must be having by now ;o)
    ~Des

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  87. Wow...5 days is a long time...Hope it is not too hot, and horrible.

    Sooooo glad you made it unscathed and that friends and family did too.

    Keep up your great (albeit bored) attitude!

    Thinking of you!

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  88. So glad you are safe...I was thinking and praying for your safety all through the storm...

    xo

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  89. thank GOODNESS! i've been popping around blogland checking on all the houstonians i could think of. glad to hear you're safe!!

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  90. Will be thinking of you, watching the news and hoping you have plenty of coffee... I'm praying hard for all of the fellow Texans hit with this hurricane of a challenge.


    My bests,
    Devonia

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  91. we are pulling for you ! our prayers are with you and all of your neighbors and friends...xxo kristine

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  92. I was so happy to hear from you this week...I could just imagine you ticky tapping away on the lap top in the car. I will keep a gfood thought that you have power soon. Galveston was such a gorgeous place...it is so sad.
    I am so glad and your family you are safe and that your lovely home is as well.

    Love,
    Sue

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  93. HI Joni,
    I've been off the radar for fashion week, and just checked your blog. So glad to hear that all is well. My prayers are with you.

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  94. Joni,
    Can't you just feel all the love?

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  95. Exciting to see you in this month's BH&G!

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  96. So good to read that you are ok!

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  97. YAY ! I READ ON CNN.COM THAT HALF OF THE STARBUCKS HAVE RE-OPENED IN HOUSTON !! THINKIN ABOUT YOU !

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  98. Joni, I cannot BELIEVE you are still without power! Hoping and praying you get electricity soon.

    Congratulations on the BH&G feature! I asked my parents to hold onto a copy for me for when I visit over Christmas.

    Sending you good thoughts from across the pond :-)

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  99. Joni,
    I feel for you. Going for days, without everyday conveniences is so trying. Several summers ago, we had 100+ mph straight line winds rip through our city, and although we only went for a few days without power, most areas suffered for almost 3 weeks.

    Your sense of humor will surely get you through! I hope you are journaling by candle light, I am looking forward to reading all about your experience.
    ~Treacy

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  100. thank goodness.....
    glad to see you are up and running-
    like you said, back to slipcovers and seagrass etc

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  101. Hi Joni:
    I'm so happy to hear everything is OK & that your up & running! Also, I wanted to congratulate you on your article in Better Homes & Garden. I just saw the article yesterday & about jump out of my chair - loved it!!! In regards to Nancy Lancaster auto biography ,I still have not finished that book & I bought it when it first came out!

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  102. Just checked out your blog and the photos are amazing and there is so much information. Well done and thanks for all the good work.

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