Juannie is still at work helping to get the store prepared for the storm. Once he gets home we will clean out the back yard and bring in all the plants and lawn equipment. Then we have to pack up what we will bring with us to be ready to leave - probably tomorrow morning since dear Katrina is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon/evening.
I am amazingly calm. I guess I've realized that there's nothing we can really do to prevent it and worrying ain't gonna change the outcome of all this. I may have a cider in a little while as I continue to wash every possible piece of laundry, gather together dog accoutrement and start deciding what comes with us and what stays here. I am planning to bring lots of clothes, especially work garb. Luckily, my job will probably kick into high gear because my group will be responsible for repairing all the damage to buildings owned by our client and there are lots of them in Louisiana and Mississippi in the potential path of the storm.
We also need to think about what we might need to clean up the house in the event of flooding or roof damage. I think we will pack up Juannie's SUV with cleaning and repair supplies. We will park it on higher ground at the mall near our house so that it doesn't get filled with water if the street does flood.
Do Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest really make up for all this Sturm und Drang? Right now, no.
**edit** Okay, my sister-in-law just called crying because her cat with diabetes has disappeared. They haven't seen him since last night. If he doesn't get shots at least once every 24 hours, he could die. I started crying right along with her. I hate this crap. I really do.