Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

“Come on Dad. It’s Friday. Put your back into it. You can win.”

 

It is Friday. Our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Currently, there have been two deaths reported and an untold amount of damage. Power is out for over 800,000 residents. It will be a long recovery for those in the path.

Today’s JohnKu speaks of challenges. Hope you have a super weekend.

Challenge by John W. Howell ©2018

Nature or others,

Serve up the unexpected . . .

We need to be strong.

 

56 comments

  1. Feels like hurricane season starts off rougher and rougher every year.

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    1. It will be over in November. Thanks, Charles.

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  2. Yes, definitely praying for those affected by Michael…so much devastation…it’s heartbreaking. Thanks for brightening our morning with Twiggy. Enjoy your weekend, John,

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    1. You as well, Jill. Thank you. 🙂

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  3. Seeing this damage reminds me of my trip south to help a friend after Hurricane Andrew.

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    1. These hurricanes all seem to do the same damage don’t they? Thanks, GP.

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      1. Much of it is due to the tornadoes that accompany them.

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      2. So strange too. We had scores of them.

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      3. Indeed. The island where I was born, Broad Channel, NY, is only now almost recovered from Sandy!

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  4. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Another cute photo of Twiggy. She is so endearing, so huggable. And, she offers us hope as we mourn with the thousands affected by Hurricane Michael. Have a great one, John. 🙂

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    1. Well said, Gwen. Thank you. Have a great one as well.

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  5. Nature presents many challenges. Fortunately, so many are there to help each other get through. My thoughts are with those affected by powerful Michael. And I think of the Twiggy’s out there, needing to be rescued from the damage. :-0

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    1. So true, Pamela. There are many Twiggys needing help.

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  6. Happy Friday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Teri.

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  7. The truth is, many people are far stronger than they ever imagined they could be after an event like Michael (or Harvey, or Ike, or…). Part of the reason people sit around and begin telling stories about past hurricanes when a new one has formed is, I suspect, to remind themselves that whatever comes, they will be able to cope — as hard as it will be.

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    1. I agree. I witnessed folks who lost everything volunteering to help feed others. It brought tears of appreciation for their spirit.

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  8. It’s so much fun watching the little ‘Twig’ grow and becoming a ‘not so newly arrived’! Bless the families devastated by Hurricane Michael! ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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  9. Adding my thoughts and prayers to yours.

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    1. Thanks, Staci.

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  10. I just got an email from my son in North Carolina. They lost electric power clear up there. I wasn’t worried as I didn’t think the storm would affect them up that far but it did. I’m so glad this storm didn’t get near you in Texas but feel so sorry for those it did affect. Take care and have a good weekend, John. That’s a cute picture of Twiggy. —- Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. North Carolina was affected. Gld your sonis okay. 😀

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  11. From the photos, one would see a swath of houses turned to tinder, then another set of houses with the roofs blown off, then another set with very little visible structural damage. It seems to say a great deal about construction methods and building codes.

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    1. We noticed the same here in Port A. The only other factor is some houses are hit by tornados and others missed. Where there are no tornados I would say the construction plays a big role. Our hous was built in 2007 with the latest codes and received little damage. Other older homes were damaged more.

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  12. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    We need more Twiggys in this world. Yes our thoughts, prayers and help need to go out to them.Thanks John.

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    1. Thanks, Denise.

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  13. Gosh, John, there seem to be one hurricane after another.

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    1. I know right? This season has been the worst.

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  14. Mother Nature seems to be getting fiercer and fiercer as time goes on.
    Lovely haiku,John.

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    1. It seems that way, Dale. Thanks.

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  15. I trust that you are far enough removed to have escaped from this one unscathed, John. Mexico Beach, Florida is in a terrible state.

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    1. Yes, Guy. Mexico Beach is on the Eastern side of the Gulf and we are on the west. It looks very bad there.

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  16. John,

    Strength and prayers indeed. Love your haiku.

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    1. Thank you, Marc

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  17. You know first-hand what it’s like, John. Prayers for all of those affected by Michael.

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  18. Those of us who have struggled in a hurricane’s aftermath know how much strength it’s going to take, right, John? I’m glad there wasn’t more loss of life from Michael, though even one death is a tragedy. Hurricane season seems to want to hang on, despite its “end” in November. Hang on, Twiggy!!!

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, Debbie. I hope the season doesn’t hang on. 😀

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  19. I hope you don’t have a bad back, John, as Twiggy looks like she might get the better of you 😉 Your Johnku is perfect. Too many people lost homes, livelihood, and loved ones. We were lucky, my whole city was lucky. Michael took a swipe at us but pummeled everyone else. I’ve got power back after only 47 hours without it, and I do mean *only* given all the trees and power lines that came down. A lot of people are still without so I’m grateful for every kWh. Have a great weekend, John, and thank you for your thoughts and prayers 😘

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    1. 47 hours is amazing, Marie. I’m so happy you were spared.

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      1. Thank you. Me too ❤️

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  20. And while the southeast has suffered the destruction of Hurricane Michael, I heard that Duluth, MI was slammed by a very destructive Nor’easter that did considerable damage. So many in need of prayers!
    Take care, John and have a safe and happy weekend!

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    1. Natue on thr rampage. Thanks Mae

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  21. The death toll went up to 13, John and the “Search and Rescue” team is still looking through the rubbish in the Florida panhandle (Mexico Beach) which was devastated by Hurricane Michael. Your haiku is very insightful and true. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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    1. I’m so gald you are okay Vashti. Did Michael treat you kindly?

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      1. Thank you, my friend. We got some rain but that was all. We dodged another bullet again this year in south Florida. Thank God. ❤ xx

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      2. Yes. Thank God for sure. 🙂

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  22. I’m late catching up, John. Reading the news, the death toll is climbing and the destruction in some places is unbelievable. I feel so bad for the people effected by this storm. I hope you’re having a quiet (weather) weekend.

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    1. We certainly are. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Traci.

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