So grateful to be back on line. We have experienced unprecedented amounts of rain this last week. Only now are we drying out, recovering and able to glimpse our healing Jamaican sunshine. Wow! I have no ceiling in my studio. It collapsed during the storm. Chances are we could have stopped some of the damage and saved the pets had we been home. But we were enjoying, or actually weathering, a long weekend on the North Coast. We were stranded for almost a week…
Bridges have washed away. Roads have washed away. Houses have washed away. People have died. Pets were lost. Two of our three guinea pigs didn’t make it, sniff, sniff. 😦 The roads are so bad that by the time we arrived in the west on Thursday we were locked out of our neighborhood by huge bodies of water at all three entrance points. Four feet and a few inches of water.
A line of cars parked at the base of the growing lake, unsure as to their fate should they brave the wet. This was our last and only potential to reach home. We clenched our teeth and cheered our twenty plus year old Toyota on as she swam through the pool sized puddle that gathered at the foot of Orange hill. She filled up with water and I had to hold my computer bag up, up, up to keep it dry. Later on, my husband confessed his fear. He thought for sure she would sink and that we would have to grab our stuff and the children and wade through the chest high water. But she made it! Ever faithful and enduring. Wouldn’t trade that car for anything, well maybe for a truck… A very tall one.
We arrived at the house in the pouring rain only to discover that it was raining inside too. Hours of wiping turned into a meditation. And somehow, we transformed our distress into gratitude. We were able to have dinner at our small family table. We were warm and dry. We still had electricity. Big smile.
Now it is time for sunshine. Lots of it! Drying out the car, the house, the land, the laundry, etc… Soon we will fix the roof. Our land is nearly impossible to get to but the water levels are slowly lowering. I hope that this bright sunshine stretches over the island and shows it’s face in Haiti too (where there is also lots of suffering/floods). We never had a clue that a small “weather disturbance” could have such an impact here on the rock!
On a more positive note, I wanted to share a little piece of blu sky with you.
This is Celestrina blu, a custom shield necklace I made for a client last month! injoy!
|Collection||Custom Artifact: August 2010|
|Type||One of a Kind|
|Elements||Sterling Silver, Apatite, Swarovski Pearl, Turquoise, misc. Vintage & Contemporary Glass|
|Prowess||Clarity, Communication, Spirituality, Strength, Transformation, Peace|
One Love, walk good, loving the sunshine…
P.S. Stay tuned for the ila blu adornment give away!!!
Only slightly delayed by the weather. 🙂