Unless you’re living under a rock, you’d most likely know that Queensland has taken a bit of a battering this weekend thanks to on-again-off-again-cyclone Oswald. We are some of the lucky ones. We still have power. We live on the second floor so we have no flooding, all we are really getting is some strong winds and lots of rain. The rain has finally eased off after more than 2 days of a stead down pour, but the damage is already done for many. Many who were hit hard 2 years ago in the floods.
But I must confess…I am loving this weather. At least, before I found out people had died I was. It doesn’t seem right to love something that has taken lives. But the only effect it’s had on me is that work has closed down. That has never happened in the 2.5 years that I’ve been there. On the one hand it means missing out on public holiday pay (double time and a half – ouch!) but on the other, it means I get a mini-vacation from work, having 6 days off! I’m certainly not complaining about that.
I also love this weather because it gives us a great excuse to do absolutely nothing. It not only justifies a day at home, in PJs, watching movies, it demands it!
Another bonus is that all the areas across the coast that have been brown for so long, will finally be green again! You know, once it’s done being flooded and destroyed! Every day I drive to work I notice the brown median strips, the brown yards, the dead parks. I can’t wait to see that all green again!
According to the news the wind gusts have been over 140kms. I’d believe it, looking at the trees outside. I tried to take video to share with you but it just doesn’t do it justice. I realise we are very lucky – we are safe at home, no flooding, still have electricity, and hubby and I were able to go to the Keith Urban concert Saturday night (watch for blog about that tomorrow!) without incident. While I am loving this weather, I know many are not, and some are in dire straights, waiting to be air lifted from their rooftops. All those people, plus the ones who have homes in flood areas, are in my thoughts and prayers.
Linking up with Kirsty at My Home Truths
And Alicia at One Mother Hen