“So, imagine you’re the poor person who decides not to evacuate: Your house will disintegrate around you. The best you’ll be able to do is hang on to a light pole, and while you’re hanging on, the fire ants from all the mounds — of which there is two per yard on average — will clamber up that same pole. And, eventually, the fire ants will win.”

–Ivor van Heerden, director of the Louisiana State University Public Health Research Center in Baton Rouge, on what could happen if Katrina hits the refineries and chemical plants near New Orleans

Mike and I spent the evening glued to the TV watching CNN’s coverage of the hurricane. A hunk of my family evacuated to my uncle’s house in Houston. It looks like the city could be in a bit of chaos for a while. And ya’ll don’t laugh when you hear them complain about having no AC. That is real! August in New Orleans is about 87º hotter than HELL. and most updated buildings are hermatically sealed and do not have the old structural features to alleviate the heat (transoms, top opening windows) It is as bad as being in Minnesota in January with no heat.

So this Thursday we are joining my family in Destin, FL. for a week. That is if there is still a condo left after this monster storm blows through. This is the trip the folks rescheduled because of Hurricane Dennis in July. But it is probably all okay. I hope.

I spent the weekend getting the yarn and fiber stash ready for the trip. Really. I am so looking forward to knitting and spinning time. I think I am packing more yarn than clothes. I am bringing my wheel. I dyed a ton of alpaca to take with me. I have 20 listings ready to post to run while I am gone. Bringing the laptop to keep tabs on the auctions.

In the mean time I am busy as hell. So much to do before we go. I have not been on such a long vacation in a few years. It has been a while since I have left Asheville. Even longer since I have been to the beach.