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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We survived without damage, but...

The storm has passed and here where I live everything is fine. But that’s not the case for those down east. And sadly the worst is probably yet to come as every drop of rain that fell in NC will eventually make its way to the ocean. The flooding there will not be over for a while.

New Bern has been on the news so I’m sure some of you have seen pictures. That’s where my two elderly cousins have their homes. In the picture below you see a small retaining wall to the right – that’s one cousin’s lawn. 

I know she’s safe. Her son’s came and got her. The other cousin, ninety-one, has a small apartment in town. She refused to leave with them when they tried to get her to – which sounds just like her. I know she has no electricity or running water from news reports. She has four children, but none live in state. We’re over three hundred miles away and no one can get in anyway. I can only pray she’s safe and that her sheer, ingrained, stubbornness hasn’t killed her.

Another cousin lives in Washington, NC about seventeen miles from New Bern. That little town was where my mother grew up and I love it dearly. That’s the sitting for all my Cassie books, Cal and Jenny too. My cousin’s home is on the river and her deck and lawn is what I see in my mind as I write about Cassie and Tom’s lovely home. I know they’re safe. She and her new husband loaded the dogs into the RV and headed to family in Kansas. I hope ‘Cassie’s’ house is not too badly damaged, but I’m glad to know they’re safe. 

Just for those Cassie fans who know the books well. Here is the walkway by the river where Tom and Cassie were walking when they ran into Cooter.

Last week my sister and I had made plans to go to New Bern this week to visit our cousins.  Not sure when that trip will take place.


  1. Glad you're safe and dry, PK. Sorry about your extended family though! Prayers for you all ! Hugs! Windy

  2. Hi PK, I am so glad you are safe, I have been thinking about you. Hope your family are all okay
    love Jan, xx

  3. Hi PK, thank you for posting this, I have been thinking about you. So glad and relieved to hear you are safe. Thoughts and prayers for your cousins.


  4. Hey PK,

    Thanks for the update. I am glad your family is ok. I have had you in the back if my mind all week.

  5. Glad you and your family are safe. Sending positive thoughts to your cousins and anyone else in need... Hugs

  6. I was just going to email yo to see how things were. Happy to hear you escaped damage. I hope your cousin is safe.


  7. Anonymous8:59 AM

    So thankful you are safe. Will be praying for your family. Sue-B

  8. Don't think you'll be going to the area anytime soon. Glad you're safe and hope the same for the stuborn cousin.

  9. So glad to know that you made it through okay. Will the flooding that the news is telling us about affect you? Hope not.
    Rosie Dee

  10. Wow, that is a lot of water. :( I hope that your cousin is safe, and that you will be able to find out about her soon.
    Hugs, EsMay

  11. It’s good to hear that you’re fine, I hope your relatives are as well.
    It’s such a scary situation for so many that it’s hard to imagine.
    Thinking of you all right now.

  12. Thank you everyone for keeping us in your thoughts! We are completely fine but the coast will be a mess for a long, long time. Cousins granddaughter says, "I think she's okay." Doesn't tell me much. But we'll stay on it.

  13. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Managed to get my ipad up and going........... Thinking about you and glad it is over. The aftermath is tough!

  14. Happy to hear you are safe and dry, PK. So sorry to hear about your affected family members ... hard for those who had to leave their homes and concerning for the cousin who stayed. ... take care ... hugs! ... nj

  15. So happy to hear you are safe PK. Hope it is all clear for everyone soon. Oh dear Cassie's house and area better be alright.
    Hugs Lindy xx

  16. Sorry I’m late here! Glad you are safe. Hope the cousins remain ok and things settle soon!
    I remember what happened after Katrina. Lots of my family moved on from NO. Changed forever.