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Preparing for Irma

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth


It figures that my first year living on the Gulf would include a major hurricane. Thanks to Irma, there’s no real blog post today, just me letting you know that we’re gearing up for the storm.


One bit of news I want to share is that Love Built to Last has been released in audio – click on this link to listen to a sample! If you enjoyed reading the book, I hope you’ll consider listening to the full audio version. The narrator/producer, Pam Dougherty, is fantastic—in fact, I’ll be interviewing her here at Writing in the Buff next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just one question: How do you walk dogs in the middle of a hurricane? Anyone?

I asked the cat, and she said as long as her litter box is clean and her food dish is full, she’s certain the dogs will cope. You just never can count on Luna to give a direct answer.

See you next week!

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21 Responses to "Preparing for Irma"

  1. Comment by Pat Wahler
    September 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm  

    Stay safe, Lisa! Praying the storm simply evaporates even though I’m not sure such a thing has ever happened.

    Congrats on the audio book. I listened and absolutely love the narrator’s voice. Well done!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm  

      Thanks, Pat! Pam is amazing. I’m so fortunate that she agreed to work with me, and I’m excited to post her interview tomorrow.

  2. Comment by Stephanie
    September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm  

    Praying for your safety and I would suggest puppy pads in the laundry room or garage…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm  

      Thanks for the advice. As it turns out, we bugged out, so didn’t need the pads. The dogs are currently sprawled out and snoozing in oblivious bliss here at our friends’ home in Georgia. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Comment by Stephanie
        September 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm  

        Glad to hear! Any news on your humble abode?

        • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
          September 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm  

          The condos in our community held up like tanks, as far as I’ve heard. If there was damage to any, I believe it was minimal. The folks we’ve heard from have reported that our little slice of paradise appears to have come through just fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Comment by Stephanie
            September 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm  


  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm  

    Keeping you in thoughts and prayers, Stay safe.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm  

      Thanks, Linda.

  4. Comment by Kris
    September 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm  

    I’m with the and Joe will simply have to make short, fast runs with the dogs.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm  

      Fortunately, we didn’t have to do that as we trekked north. The dogs and cat might be feeling slightly inconvenienced by all this, but are otherwise spoiled as ever. I’ll admit the cat, Luna, is more put out than the dogs. When stuff happens, they just roll with it. She tries to make us feel guilty. lol

  5. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    September 6, 2017 at 11:41 pm  

    Oh, Lisa, thought of you, girl! Hope Irma stays far away from you (and my house, too)!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm  

      Hey, Cath – I hate being so close and not being able to hang with you. But I’m glad we both came out of the storm safe and sound. (There sure are a lot of fallen trees around here, though!)

  6. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    September 7, 2017 at 2:42 am  

    Steve has been wondering the same thing – how will we walk Buttons? I have a package of pee-pee pads but he was never trained to use them. Let’s just hope the storm stays out to sea and doesn’t give us anything more than rain and a little wind. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm  

      So inquiring minds want to know . . . how DID you walk Buttons?

      • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
        September 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm  

        Well, as you know, the storm mostly passed us by. Buttons is amazing; he can hold it for 12 hours. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think Steve had him out twice before the bad stuff hit and then only once after the winds were high. Since it was gusting wind, not constant, that wasn’t an issue.

        Buttons didn’t even mind the 17 steps we had to navigate to reach the condo we rented. Steve and I? That’s another story. ๐Ÿ™‚

        We are all happy to be back home, safe and sound.

        • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
          September 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm  

          I’ll second that!

  7. Comment by Harriet
    September 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm  

    I agree with Kris except for one thing. JOE will have to make short, fast runs with the dogs. Right, Joe??

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:20 pm  

      Our trip north spared the dogs the indignity of being rushed to do their business which, as you know, is a delicate balance of sniffing and walking, walking and sniffing, to find just the right spot to deliver their gifts to the Universe. They like it here, being able to trot around a fenced yard again, but I’m sure they’ll be happy to get home, too. They miss all those bunnies!

  8. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    September 8, 2017 at 6:42 am  

    Lisa–Stay safe and dry.

    And as for Luna… That IS a direct answer when you consider it’s from a cat.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm  

      Thanks, Sioux—we did. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re right. With a cat, any answer at all is a surprise. lol

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