This Week…Watching Weather and Birthday Cake

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This Week…Watching Weather and Birthday Cake


We spent the beginning of the week watching the Weather Channel to see where Ian was going. It’s hard to say that I’m glad we don’t live in South Florida anymore because Houston does get hurricanes.



Aging seems to be the only available way
to live a long life.

 Kitty O’Neill Collins


But we still have many friends (including ActiveRain members here) who are in FL so we were concerned. I love my Radar App and frequently pulled that up to watch the eye and see where it was going. 




It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone. 

Andy Rooney



It has been a relief that many heeded the warning to move to higher ground. However, I did see a gentleman who rode out the hurricane on his sailboat. He lost his wallet, credit cards, and everything. When asked where his boat was he said “We’re standing on it.”


If you can make lemonade out of lemons, one thing that always uplifts me after hurricanes and other similar events is how people come together to lend their hands. 



The greatest good is what we do for one another.
Mother Teresa


We’ll be celebrating my birthday tonight (Saturday) with my family. Larry made my birthday cake because he knows I’d rather have one homemade.


The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley


One more thing…I’m going to have to take exception to the International Day of Older Persons falling the day after my birthday.


Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. Victor Hugo


Thank you for all of your Birthday Wishes!!!



Have a “Mahvelous” Weekend Oldtimers!!! 


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Comments (17)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Have a wonderful day celebrating your birthday culminating with a homemade cake! You certainly deserve it.

Oct 01, 2022 05:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Wayne Martin The cake is made and it looks great!!!  I can't wait to have some. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:35 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... I'm always game for some birthday cake! It's certainly been a wild ride these past few days with Ian making his way up from Florida. Thankfully, Charlotte dodged the bullet... just rain (and we've seen worse). Love the Victor Hugo quote... it was a new one for me.

Oct 01, 2022 05:33 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker it's crazy but I like making my own cake and this one looks pretty good. You'd like the dark chocolate icing. I'm glad that Charlotte wasn't greatly impacted. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:37 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Have a wonderful Birthday Kathy. Thank you for sharing the information. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Oct 01, 2022 05:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley I hope that you're having a good weekend. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:38 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, hope you are having fun still celebrating, and cannot imagine living with hurricanes (and tornadoes).

Oct 01, 2022 06:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox hurricanes often spawn tornadoes so you have to be careful!

Oct 01, 2022 01:39 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Watching the footage of the destruction in Florida has been heartbreaking. I can only imagine the horror of living through it. 

Oct 01, 2022 06:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I'm glad your parents aren't living there anymore. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:39 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

To me, it is amazing how a small shift in the direction of hurricanes can make an enormous difference. My boy goes to school 75 miles north of me. We got a bit of rain, he got 90 mile per hour wind gusts and 15-20 inches of rain. Crazy.

Oct 01, 2022 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty it's crazy, isn't it. One of the hurricanes that we were there for looked like it was headed for the west coast. Thankfully our boat was prepared and our shutters were still up from a previous hurricane because that hurricane turned toward us and hit us. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:41 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I was watching the recap of Sanibel Island and the only road in had the bridge collapse. They will be out of there a long time

Oct 01, 2022 07:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva I saw that. I wonder if the residents can take boats around to the island once it is safe.

Oct 01, 2022 01:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I'm sure your Birthday cake will be sumptuous and so glad Larry made you one. Enjoy your celebration tonight and Happy Birthday!

Oct 01, 2022 07:10 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I iced the cake today and I can't wait to have some tonight. Aren't you loving our weather!!!

Oct 01, 2022 01:46 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Hope you did very well after the Hurricane. Have a great month. We had a big one last August in 2021. Jefferson Parish and New Orleans...


Oct 01, 2022 07:28 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Eric Bouler let's hope that your area is passed over this year. Last thing you need are more hurricanes. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope your birthday was outstanding. I like your quote selections.

Have a lovely weekend. 

As you have seen in the news, we have rainy weather in the east.

Oct 01, 2022 08:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I saw that. Watching the weather is something I have always done!!!

Oct 01, 2022 01:50 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and I am sure the birthday cake will taste great and I agree with you, homemade is better then store brought


Oct 01, 2022 09:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm for sure. I did buy some cupcakes for the kids and scraped the frosting off and put mine on them. LOL

Oct 01, 2022 01:50 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Have fun and enjoy your birthday celebrations. Especially Larry's Birthday Cake!

Oct 01, 2022 10:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I'm looking forward to it. Mostly I'm looking forward to seeing the family. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:51 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

I hope you have a wonderful celebration tonight!  Homemade cake sounds delicious.  I am sure Larry will add some extra special love to the recipe! 

Oct 01, 2022 01:16 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I'm looking forward to seeing the family...and of course having some cake. 

Oct 01, 2022 01:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert


By the way how hard did Ian hit Delray Beach?

Oct 01, 2022 03:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It was a crazy week for much of the country.  But, I hope you have the happiest of birthdays.

Oct 01, 2022 04:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Oct 01, 2022 04:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration and enjoyed Larry's cake.

It's certainly been a wild week in the SE, especially Florida. The devastation is beyond words.


Oct 02, 2022 01:23 PM