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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurricane Hiatus

Hello, dear friend!
(I mean you... not Irma.)

The approach and imminent threat of Hurricane Irma
has made it necessary for us to evacuate our home
and our city and seek shelter elsewhere. I need to
break away from blogging to ride out the storm
and deal with the aftermath. We have family
in various parts of the state. Everyone will
be affected by this storm and Mrs. Shady
and I will need to render assistance in
the days or possible weeks ahead.

I don't know how long I will need to be away,
but I will return with a new post as soon as
possible. I look forward to resuming my
regular visits to other blogs as well.

Thank you very much for your
messages of caring and concern.


  1. I really hope that you, your wife, your friends and your home will ride this hurricane out with little issue. I know it will be horrible but I truly wish you and all you know the best.

  2. I forgot (!!!!!) you are in Florida, even though you told me. I always think you are living in Pennsylvania ??????????!
    I hope you and your family are safe, warm and dry.
    Have lived through the destruction of my home and neighborhood in a firestorm so I understand the uncertain.

    Please send a "we are fine" as soon as you can.
    cheers, parsnip xx

  3. I'm watching, friend Shady and family ... Wish I could stop the horror ... Be safe ... Meouw ... Love, cat.

  4. Just sent you an email Tom. Where are you guys gong? Are you leaving the state? I don't know where in the state you guys live. Hoping and praying that you all stay safe. Maybe Irma will slow down and weaken before landfall...
    Stay strong, keep the faith.
    Let us know when you get to where you're going.
    You and Kathleen will be in my prayers...


    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. oops, I meant Kathryn! I had just chatted with my friend Kathleen when I wrote that last night. Excuse me Kathryn! Thinking of you guys!

  5. Hey Shady, You and yours please be safe
    down there. I'll be thinking of you guys!
    Later Tommy.

  6. Thoughts and prayers with you! Get out of harm's way and may you return to a home intact.

  7. Praying for you and your fam. Hope everyone's safe.

  8. Dearest Shady family. I'm so glad you are going to safer ground, and, I hope your own property does not take on drastic damage. The most important concern is your safety and well being.

    We are praying and thinking of you and yours during this horrendous time! ♫

  9. You and all those dealing with Irma (and the results of Harvey as well as the wildfires) are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe!

  10. Shady, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you are all safe and are able to return to homes intact. ::hug::

  11. Stay safe, my friend. I hope you and your family see as little damage as possible. Though we won't see significant impacts from Irma, her continued westward shift has now put my viewing area in her cone.

  12. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours, dear Shady.

  13. Prayers to you and your family! I'm glad you've decided to go someplace safe. My brother Phil is in Cape Coral and has decided to stay. I'm not happy about his decision but will pray for him too. Take care dear friend!

  14. Hope you are not terribly affected by Ms. Irma. She is arriving in Atlanta as I type. So far, she's not very scary. I hope she stays that way.

  15. Birgit -

    cat -

    Gayle -

    Michele -

    Davy -

    Alex -

    Lux -

    Suzanne -

    Kelly -

    Jessica Marie -

    Kirk -

    Ashton -

    diedre -

    YaYa -

    Sherry -

    Thank you very much for your kind, caring and supportive messages, dear friends. As it turned out, our house was practically at ground zero. It attracted Hurricane Irma like a magnet and the eye of the storm passed very close to us packing 80 to 90 mph winds with gusts of 100+ (cat. 2 hurricane intensity). We are all AOK but we continue to send prayers to the many people in Florida and Texas who suffered loss of life and property.

    Thank you again, all of you, for your kind words of comfort and encouragement!

  16. Great to know that you are doing just fine, I wish you all the very best. Greetings.

    1. Hello, Blogoratti!

      How are you, my London friend? It is very nice of you to pay me a visit tonight. I assume you saw my comment on the blog of a mutual friend and learned of my recent bout with Hurricane Irma.

      Thank you again for the kind words, my friend. I invite you back here again, any time, to join the fun at Shady Dell Music & Memories. I hope to see you soon!

  17. Tom,

    DH & I have had you guys in our prayers prior to and during Irma's attack on Florida. We continue to keep you both in prayer and anxious to hear how things are going but realizing this may take time. I know you have your hands full with so much right now. God bless!

  18. Oopsy, I just noticed your comments, Tom! I'm very happy to know that you'll made it through the storm. I'm still curious to know how your properties did, as your family/friends. Take care!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over to check on me. The storm has passed, we are all AOK, and I think I am ready to return to blogging now and put Irma behind us.

      The eye of the hurricane, or what was left of it, passed very close to my neighborhood Sunday night packing winds of 80 to 90 mph with gusts over 100 mph (cat 2 intensity). It was scary because the storm arrived in our vicinity around midnight. Power went out at 12:12 am and remained off for close to 24 hours. Two large trees on our property were toppled. One of them crushed a neighbor's fence. Our property was flooded but water did not enter the house.

      Kathryn's daughter and daughter's family, including our two year old grandson, were hunkered down at our house with us. When they returned to their home located near the Gulf coast they discovered no damage to the house but the power was knocked out. Unfortunately, as of late last night, they still don't have electricity and are sweltering in the Florida heat and humidity. Miraculously, our place on the coast was completely undamaged by Irma and, more amazing of all, we returned to find the power on!

      Thank you again for your caring and concern, dear friend Cathy!


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