After The Storms

Fountain of Abundance

Fountain of Abundance

While improving the looks of the Dome, Mark decided to make the fountain bowl a piece of art. Byron Aughenbaugh tiled the inside of the bowl – a very difficult feat – in a beautiful mosaic pattern. Byron slaved many hours in …Read More
Encouraging Changes

Encouraging Changes

Finally, rebuilding has begun in earnest. Most of the destroyed buildings have been removed, repairs have begun on the existing buildings, and new structures are popping up daily. But, I have noticed that some of the things t…Read More
It's That Time Again

It’s That Time Again

As hurricane season approached last month, I could feel the anxiety level rising within myself.  I think all of us who have weathered the storm, so to speak, feel the stress as forecasters predict a powerful, devastating stor…Read More
Pool Permit

Pool Permit

It was finally time to put the yard in and get the permit to replace the swimming pool.  When Mark went to the permit office to get the pool permit, he was shown the cover of the 2003 IRC Hurricane Resistant Residential Const…Read More
The Aftermath

The Aftermath

SIX MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA; EIGHTEEN MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE IVAN; AND THREE MONTHS UNTIL HURRICANE SEASON 2006

It’s been half a year since Hurricane Katrina inflicted her furious wrath upon the Gulf coast and morti…Read More

The Rollercoaster

The Rollercoaster

The emotional rollercoaster sits ready at the gate to once again raise us to new heights, only to plunge us to deeper depths.  The familiar butterflies fluttering in my stomach signal the anticipation of the unknown.  I do be…Read More
Six Months Later

Six Months Later

Well, it’s six months later and we are still in Hurricane Hell. Although the debris piles are getting smaller, it still looks like a war zone here. Repairs are slowly but surely being made. Many people, like us, are still wai…Read More