Thursday – A Little Personal – Construction


“You busy Boss?”

“Oh just trying to finish this chapter. But for you anything.”

“You hear all that hammering?

“Yeah, It is more construction.”

Lucy and Bailey

“These new guys?”

“Nope, the same guys as last week.”

“Well, they don’t smell the same.”

“Nothing ever smells the same, Lucy. So what are they doing out there Pops?”

“They are doing what’s called a demo of the area.”

“See the handrails leaning up against the glass?

“Yeah, Pops I see ’em.”

“They came off the sun porch.”

“Pops, come back in here. That drop is a long one.”

“Just a couple more pictures. Here is another shot of the porch.”

“An outside shot of the rails leaning and a big hole.”

“Pops. You gotta quit now.”

“Okay, I’m ready with this photo of the other end.”

“I’m back, Bailey.”

“None too soon, Pops. You had me a little nervous.”

“So you were concerned about me?”

“That is a long way down for the dinner dish, Pops.”

“I get it, Bailey.”

“How about you, Lucy. You concerned?”

“Huh, what? You say something, Boss? So what did all that look like before the demo?”

Here you go, Lucy. Some before shots.”

Hurricane Harvy damage

“I’m glad someone is fixing those handrails and deck, Boss. I don’t think I want to go out there.”

“Me too, Lucy. Me either.”


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Wow, more than a little scary for folks (and pets) who are leery of heights! It’s amazing what wind and water can do to a home. I hope the construction is finished now, so you all can walk to the edge of your porch. Great photos, John, and wonderful dialogue. 🙂

    1. Nope it is going to be three weeks. Those are pictures from Wednesday. 🙂

  2. What a great diving board. How deep is the water? 😉

    1. About twenty feet. It is brackish.

      1. Turtles in there too.

  3. Yikes! I’m scared of heights so you won’t catch me going out there! I hope the construction is completed soon so you can enjoy the beautiful view.

    1. Me either. I don’t know what it is about unprotected heights but they give me the willies. Thanks, Jill

  4. I’m with Bailey. The dinner dish must always be protected.

  5. Got a kick out of Charles’ comment – I can’t beat that!

    1. He has some of the best comments. Thanks, GP.

  6. I love the way animals focus on priorities. I hope you fed those guys, John.

    It’s amazing how much damage the wind can cause. The scary thing isn’t even that things can be blown over or blown apart, its what happens when that stuff starts flying around. I can’t imagine what it was like to be there when everything was airborne. I’m glad you’re getting things back together.

    1. You should have seen the house. It was covered with all that airborne grass and pieces of paint. The roof looked like a golf ball with all the debris hits. We even had a siding board hit the backyard like a knife and cut the sprinkler line which was a foot below the surface. Thanks, Dan.

      1. Wow! I guess it’s a good thing you guys evacuated.

      2. Yes for sure. The windows held up. The siding and paint not so much.

  7. Horsefeathers, John… Again, I’m so glad ya’ll are okay and that your beautiful home didn’t get even worse damage. Such a lovely neighborhood… As Dan said, I’m glad everything is coming back together.
    This collection has the best views I remember seeing of the homes around you. It’s just that you are upstairs. I’m totally envious, even though I’m too big of a chicken to try living there. And I admit a voyeuristic wish to see more of that little bit of the house across from you — Photo #4 i think, the first picture after the girls, a pink house with arches at the porch… Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs.

    1. Yes, the pink house is owned by a lady who loves the color pink. She even has a pink golf cart. Thanks, Teagan.

      1. Ha! What a hoot. I can take or leave pink, but it looks right on that particular house. I have a weakness for arched entries of any kind. So that one had multiples!

  8. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell treats us with a touching conversation between himself and his furry kids about the exterior hurricane repairs. Please enjoy!

    1. Thank you for the share, John 😀

      1. My pleasure, John.

  9. Like in writing, progress is progress even when it’s slow.

    1. I agree, Craig. I’ll take steady.

  10. Hope a chitter as a squirrel doesn’t make it onto the porch without the railing because the chase could be on. Then again, that would mean getting off the couch.

    1. Yes. These two on the couch have a central blame

      1. Well … outside of you know who (which is a given).

  11. Oh, very freaky! I’m terrified of heights. I’m sure it’s lovely to be out there when the railings are in place, but I’m with Lucy and Bailey–you need to stay inside. Of course, we will need a new set of photos when its all finished 🙂

    1. That is a promise. Thanks, Mae.

  12. I’m with Lucy – best to stay inside. Glad things are progressing.

  13. That drop would be scary to anyone. And the fur babies have their priorities straight. 🙂

    1. Big first step. Thanks, Jan

  14. Yikes! Good thing you weren’t planning a Christmas party … with alcoholic refreshments! That deck looks pretty treacherous. Hope it’s repaired soon!

    1. I would hate to let anyone out there. Thanks, Debbie.

  15. Love your chats with Bailey and Lucy! So glad you’re nearing completion of repairs. ♥

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. 😀

  16. Looks like the trees (mostly) survived.

    1. Palms are very forgiving.

  17. John, such a beautiful view you have. I hope you’re able to enjoy it again soon.
    Thanks for sharing. Cheers! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie. We hope so too.

  18. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Oooh! Scary stuff, but at least with the railings going back in it means the end is in sight, presumably?
    Here’s to your super-duper new look 2018 family home after a lovely, cosy Christmas, John 😀

  19. John, can’t beat Charles comment either! Not a fan of heights! Stay inside. Take pics through a window. 🎄🎄🎄Christine

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Christine.

  20. Wow, that’s some view you have there, John! So glad the construction is coming along. I imagine Lucy and Bailey get a little stressed at the noise.
    Happy holidays!

    1. They do for sure. Happy holidays to you Jacquie. 😀

  21. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I am not a fan of heights! Good priorities…save the food bowl:) Beautiful pics.

    1. Or the food bowl deliverer. Thanks, DL

  22. Looking good, John! It would be a nice Christmas gift if it was done by Christmas Day. Nice view but Lucy and Bailey are right, be careful!

    1. There is no way, but that is okay. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jo.

  23. I hope you are not a sleepwalker John!

    1. For sure Lynn. Ha ha ha.

  24. Goodness they have the sweetest resting faces, John. Lovely views and great news on the repair list receiving a new red check mark.

  25. I’m with Lucy and Bailey. Stay off the sun porch. Merry Christmas to you and yours, John.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  26. I hope it is all tidied up for you soon John. And do be safe. Bailey is right. That’s a long way down…

    1. Ha ha ha. It sure is.

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