Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF



Well, It is Friday. I have left my home as ordered by the Port Aransas Police. Yes, we have had a compulsory evacuation due to the severity of Hurricane Harvey. The storm is expected to hit Port Aransas at 1:00 am Saturday morning. The winds are expected to sustain at 110 miles per hour. So we followed orders and joined the thousands who crowded the highway. We are now in Austin with our youngest and will ride out the storm here.

I have to apologize to all of you since I have unable to get on-line prior to leaving Port Aransas. The drive to Austin took an extra two hours due to traffic. (Some guy in a truck took down a major utility pole.) I’m not sure how attentive I will be,  but will give it my best shot. Today’s JohnKu talks about what is important in these kinds of situations.

Important by John W. Howell © 2017

When life is upset,

We all need to think about. . .

What is important.



  1. We’re praying for you, your family and your home, John. ❤

    1. Thank you, Jill. All prayers are welcome. We are safe but our house is in jeopardy.

  2. Good luck today John. I hope you and yours are safe and sound.

    1. We are safe. Our house is in harms way but we need to focus on what is important.

      1. Absolutely! Good luck to your house too though

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    At times like this, being with your loved ones is “what is important.” You and yours are in our prayers…for peaceful hearts during this cataclysmic event, for strength and wisdom to forge forward through the destruction, and for protection of all of you. Blessings….

    1. Thank you, Gwen. We are grateful to be out of the storm. We are trying to keep from thinking about what we will need to do once we can return. Our strength will be tested for sure.

    1. Thank you for the reblog

  4. Just saw where the storm was hitting and wondered if you were going to be okay. Good luck weathering the storm and hope it misses.

    1. No chance of missing now. Coming full force. Thanks, Charles.

      1. Dang. Hope your house is okay.

  5. Oh, John, I’m so glad you and your wife and dogs made it out and up to Austin. I’ve been thinking about you since I read the storm was coming your way. I just thought there’d be an evacuation. I hope there are no injuries there and your home and then the town makes it through okay. All the best to you and yours. —- Suzanne

    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne. This is the mother of storms.

  6. Stay Safe!!

  7. Glad you and yours are all safe and with family, John. Have agreat weekend in Austin ❤

    1. Thanks, Jan 🙂

  8. John, I was thinking about you while watching the news update last night on Harvey, I’m so glad you’re all safe with family. Hopefully, Harvey will blow through quickly with minimal damage. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    1. Thank you, Mae. Looks like a lot of rain.

      1. Very, very scary from what I saw last night. Keep us posted on how everyone is doing.

      2. I wish we could get information. There is none available.

      3. Wow, that is scary. I haven’t seen an update this morning but as we watched the news last night I was telling my DH about you, your wife and the girls (Lucy, Bailey and Stella). You are in my prayers.

      4. Thank you, Mae. We still have no information.

  9. Very scary, indeed. I have kids on the coast, the most I’ve ever been through was a tropical storm. Enjoyed visiting your blog, stay safe and best wishes!

    1. Thank you, LT. Prayers for your kids.

  10. Best wishes for your family’s safety.

  11. Our thoughts are with you, John. Stay safe and dry and I hope your beautiful little town on the Gulf weathers the storm well.

    1. As the mayor just posted, “Ok Harvey, you can batter our island, but our people have left.”

      1. Aw – that’s sad (but people are the most important, well, and pets)

  12. Looks like Austin will get its share of rain … but at least not the surge! Be safe. … and the JohnKu states life well.

    1. Thank you, Frank.

  13. Been thinking about you since I first heard about Harvey. Glad to hear you are safe. Do you have the furkids with you? Prayers for the whole area and everyone there. I hope your house will be completely untouched.

  14. Be well my friend. I hope your property will survive. At least you and the gang are all safe!

  15. I could not imagine the line at the ferry…but I suppose one could take the route through Corpus Christi. Here is hoping that the town comes through with a minimum of damage.

  16. John, thanks for letting us know you are safe in Austin with your family. I do hope your house weathers the storm (no pun intended). It’s a lovely home, but, of course, life is more important than property. I’ll be thinking of you ❤️

  17. Glad you made it safely to Austin!

  18. Applesauce, John — I know you both are worried sick about your lovely home. I would be. But I’m grateful that you took a moment to let us know that you, Mrs. Producer, and the fur kids are safely in Austin. If the rain parts enough that you see a steal on a townhouse there, let me know. (Yeah, I know… that’s a bigger miracle than Harvey disappearing.) Great big hug!
    Oh — loved the meme!

  19. The important thing is that you and your family are safe. Houses can be rebuilt.

  20. Thank God you guys are safe, John. I hope your home doesn’t sustain serious damage. So worrisome.

  21. Glad to learn you took the smart approach. Fingers crossed for your home and land. Take care.

  22. Stay safe, John. Just very pleased to hear you and the family are safe in Austin. I’ve everything crossed that Port Aransas will come through the storm with little damage.

    1. Thank you so much, Hugh.

  23. jhawker1969 · ·

    John, As somebody who grew up in “Tornado Alley” (that’s Kansas for the uninitiated) I understand how tough it is to leave your home to the mercy of Mother Nature. She can be a real b…h sometimes. But you and yours are safe. Nothing more important than that. Fingers crossed that Harvey bypasses your house.

  24. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Glad you are safe with family. I will keep you in my prayers!

  25. Glad to know you’ll be safe. Hoping your property holds up. Offering prayers for all in Harvey’s path.

    1. Thank you, Staci.

  26. Glad you’re out of harm’s way and hope everything’s where you left it when returning home.

    1. That would be nice.

  27. Very happy to hear you’ll be holed up somewhere safe and with the important people. No apologies necessary for your absence. Frankly, I’m surprised to see you here! Keep us posted.

    1. Thanks, Phillip. Will do.

  28. Praying for you and your family, John. Glad y’all evacuated — bet your home wishes it could have, too!

    1. For sure. Thanks.

  29. Olivia Stocum · ·

    Oh, my goodness. Stay safe! 😘

    1. Thank you, Olivia. We are.

  30. Enjoy your visit in Austin. Praying for minimal damage.

    1. Thank you, Audrey.

  31. Every time the weather report or news comes on TV, the predictions seem dire. I’m glad you and yours are in a safe place. This is the downside of living near the coast. Praying for you and yours and that Port Aransas can bite the bullet.

    1. I know right? We are sitting in Austin and our house is in God knows what shape on the coast. Nerve wracking for sure. Thanks ,Michelle.

    1. Thank you, Michael

      1. With a great pleasure. Thank you for your informative postings, and have a great weekend ahead. ,-) Michael

      2. Thanks. You as well.

  32. Stay safe, John. This is a bad one.

    1. It is bad, Jeanne

      1. I know… ☹️

  33. Stay safe John. Glad you evacuated, so many didn’t. I’m following that blasted storm on CNN. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Debby

  34. Glad you’re safe – hoping your home and hearth will make it through this. I have a good friend who just moved to Austin – Austin has just doubled its population with the evacuations, I think!

    1. I think so too. Nothing like having a bunch of displaced persons wandering around.

  35. Praying for your safety and your beautiful Port Aransas, John! I’m happy you obeyed evacuation orders. The local mayors sounded awfully grim with that advice to those who refused to leave flooding areas.

    1. Thank you, Linda.

  36. Thanks for the update John, I hope you had a safe journey to Austin and we’ll be thinking of you. My family and I have been shocked to see the extent of the devastation which Harvey caused thus far.

    1. When you see it up close it really is a shock. Iconic buildings are simply gone.

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