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Sat Sep 16, 2017, 8:28 AM
So guys, my town got lucky with the hurricane path! Shortly after I wrote last week's journal, the projected path of Hurricane Irma was shifting its path and hitting Tampa as a 3 or possibly even a 4 as it rode up the coast.  I was FREAKING out, I left my house to go to my grandparents' house with the rest of my family, and I basically said goodbye to it.  I didn't know what was going to happen, but I was terrified that my house wouldn't be there when I got home.  The storm defied the models and battered South Florida.  People lost homes and their lives :( It's so incredibly sad to see places you know and love be destroyed.  One of the weird bright spots was seeing that Ernest Hemingway's house survived safely (I believe a total of 10 people were staffing it and taking care of over 50 of the famous polydactyl cats that live there).  The thick keystone walls and higher elevation kept them safe.  When all was said and done, Irma hit us as a category 2, which was much milder than predicted, but still caused devastating effects.  Trees ripped out of the ground, limbs were torn off, and neighborhoods flooded. Many people's homes were damaged, in fact, I just got a call today at work from a man who had an enormous tree fall on his home. My family somehow got lucky and never lost power, but most of Florida did (3-4 days without air conditioning in Florida is no joke).  It was realllly good we didn't lose power at my grandparents' house because they have a room in their house that's lower than the rest, and it started leaking water during the storm.  We thankfully had electricity to pump it out from the outside and then to shopvac it up from the inside. It would have been a huge mess otherwise. We did lose power at work (do you know how hard it is to stay awake and actually be productive in a building that's dark and 95 degrees?), but finally got it back on Thursday.  It's truly hard to complain about anything without feeling guilty though, I feel so thankful that the people I know and love made it through safely. The fear was absolutely palpable, you could feel it in the air and yet we still survived. I have some anxiety issues that tend to be about completely imaginary circumstances and one of my best friends told me, we're going to use this as a reminder that "if I held it together through Irma I got this." I thought that was a fitting thing to say.  Anyways, just wanted to update with that since I've gotten a few messages asking if we made it through ok. My house did perfectly fine, despite being surrounded by trees (tons of debris everywhere), but I did lose one enormous pine tree that thankfully got caught in the branches of another tree. If it hadn't gotten caught, my next door neighbor's house was right in its path. Scary stuff, indeed. 

Onward to the ART!


The Black Hen by BarbaraMincedmeatWasteland by Dapictureremains by PsycheAnamnesisMother Earth by curcabeataTereza 1. by xxboneRETROWAVE by GretheFenyxPurple Puppet by stfairylandSweden by siahposhPaia by maivabSwarm of butterflies by Wonder-foxBlackcat by Camille-MarieThe colorist III by yolandagarciafotolive forever. by ilmari-nenOttawa 1 by PatriceChesse




Also...this is absolutely not under 15, but I need this to happen. Although whenever I express my love for characters, they usually kill them off...oops.
  Brienne and Tormund by SandraWinther

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siahposh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I`m so Glad that you & your beloved people are doing fine,followed the news and i was damn worry about my friends in there but thanks god they`re all safe & doing fine! :heart:
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017   Photographer
:heart: :heart: :heart:
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maivab Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the feature <3 and I'm so glad you guys are safe!!!
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   Photographer
You're welcome!
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curcabeata Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Photographer
thank you <3
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   Photographer
You're welcome!
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BarbaraMincedmeat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017
Ohhh Thank you very much!:happybounce: 
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   Photographer
You're welcome!
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GretheFenyx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature - I'm very glad you and your family are safe! :heart: Love from South Africa! :heart:
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   Photographer
You're welcome and thank you!
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freshayr Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Extremely happy to hear you came thru the storm without any major traumas.  We used to spend every winter (until this year) in Auburndale (between Lakeland and Winter Haven) so I am familiar with the area and the potential for destruction.  When I first heard the Keys were getting battered I said to my wife "bet it doesn't hurt the Hemingway House or the lighthouse too much".  I don't know if you read Tim Dorsey, but it was really funny to see all of the "Blaine Crease's" standing outside getting blasted by the wind and water while reporting for "seemingly" hours on end.  I am saddened to hear from silkephoto of the loss of the manatees, and even more by the cost in human lives.  Bless you Ashley!
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   Photographer
I don't read Tim Dorsey, but some of  the weather people were quite entertaining :giggle: Some of the hurricane coverage was insane for our area though, very fear-inducing instead of preparing people, which was disappointing because I know a lot of people were very scared after Hurricane Harvey's damage in Texas. I ended up focusing on Denis Phillips on ABC, that man was a life saver and definitely preserved my sanity.
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freshayr Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
The point he tries to make in his books (all based in Florida, since he is a life-long resident of Tampa) is fear mongering as entertainment, something many of the networks have down to a science.  I'm just glad you came thru the storm, hopefully, unscathed.
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AnnaBelial Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Professional Photographer
wow, scary stuff… but i'm happy to hear everything is ok with you and your family! and you do features nevertheless! You are really strong!
and i'm glad everything is ok with the Hemingway's house and the cats :love:

And as usual, great feature!

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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017   Photographer
So glad you enjoyed the feature :aww:
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AnnaBelial Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional Photographer
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Camille-Marie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear that you and your family are safe! Thank you for featuring my painting, I really appreciate it. <3
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017   Photographer
You're welcome! And thank you :heart:
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silkephoto Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Photographer
wow, it's crazy what's happening in Florida right now. I'm glad you and your family are safe as well as your house. I can't even imagine what it's like to leave it and not be sure you can go back there finding it like it was before.
And in between all this you follow your deviantart duties, incredible.
The feature is beautiful! You're amazing for not losing sight of the beauty while caught in chaos.

PS. my favorite animals are manatees and I follow the big organisations in Florida that keep track of their population, tend to injured ones etc.. I'm so sad that some of them died in the storm :( 
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017   Photographer
To be fair, things like DeviantArt are the things that keep me grounded sometimes! We are lucky that things like hurricanes are known about in advance, the poor people in Mexico had no warning about the huge earthquake that just happened :( Mother Nature certainly likes to remind us that control is out of our hands. 

I didn't know that manatees were your favorite animals, they are such lovely, gentle creatures :heart:  We see a lot of them in the gulf of mexico, and even though we see them frequently, we still get excited to see them!  I'm so sad to see hear some of them didn't survive the storm :(  In Tampa, a couple were beached because the hurricane pulled a lot of the water out by Bayshore, a group of people got together and got them back into deeper water again :heart:
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silkephoto Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Photographer
soo thankful to the people that rescued the manatees!
And hopefully nature will calm down soon
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Wonder-fox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!! =) 
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017   Photographer
You're welcome!
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