Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You Thought I Was Joking, Right? and Some THT

Supplicators need to supplicate! The news of the morning here won't be tiny homes. Okay, in some ways it's all about tiny...tiny whirls of air that might turn into bigger whirls and swirls. Key word *might*. But since I know that some of you still don't have water or canned food or propane stored, it might be time to put get it together. Think altruistically if you need that sort of motivation - you could be the one helping out somebody else who doesn't have the wherewithal to provide for themselves or their family in a time of emergency. There, do you hear your angel wings fluttering? Good.

From the NHC -

Invest 93 - July 29 - 2am:
Satellite data indicate that an area of low pressure located about
1000 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands is becoming
better defined.  The associated shower and thunderstorm activity
continues to gradually organize, and a tropical depression could
form during the next day or so while the system moves westward or
west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.
This system has a 1010mb low embedded still in the Monsoon Trough @ 9N/35W.  It is producing scattered moderate convection right now from 5-14N/31-42W.  Those numbers indicate that it remains a very large system.  May very well see Invest 93 turn into a depression later today.  Will update as warranted.

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Of course, this can dissipate, turn away in any direction, or be a bigger concern, it's weather and does as it wants. 

Ok, I dissembled fabricated lied changed my mind. There is a tiny house I want to post about. It's been all over the web and I've been resisting, but it is so intriguing, I keep going back to it over and over again, so much so that I thought maybe I'd already posted it. I checked and couldn't find it but if I already did? Mea culpa. 

At 200' feet, it is the biggest tiny home I've seen, or it sure feels that way to me. Built in Hawaii by Jay Nelson (an extremely talented guy with an amazing imagination he translates into reality, you can find out more about him on his website here). The photos are by Jess Bianchi (who is doing lots more cool things, like this!

At first I thought the outside was pretty ramshackle, until I took a closer (and closer) look.

Where's the kitchen? Where's the bathroom? Apparently the bathroom is under the stairs and if you cannot imagine a kitchen right 'there' then...well.

I love this loft. Yes, a railing for those of us with imbalance at times syndrome might be a good addition. But it is standup-able and I like that. Plus I like that it is stairs that take you up there and not a ladder. And light. Lots and lots of light.

Ok. 200' feet. Really?  Wow! Brilliant.

Have a tick tock Tuesday. Do something tactical.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hurricane Supplication Day ~ 2014

While no longer an official USVI holiday, Hurricane Supplication Day is still recognized by many (when I lived on St. Croix, some businesses, including banks and the PO, closed and churches were packed). Now that it's not official, I guess you'll just have to supplicate on your own initiative.

You won't find me in any organized church, though I have no doubt there will be services today if you are in the VI's and inclined to attend. But I did spend a moment on a shore this morning, hoping for weather grace this season. Whatever your flavor of supplication is, have at it with gentle gusto! A supplication in time...etc. etc. Oh...don't forget to have your supplies ready, just in case.

For tropical islanders, the potential for hurricanes is a risk of living in paradise. Although U.S. meteorologists cite June 1 as the start of hurricane season, hurricanes in the Virgin Islands are most likely to occur in August and September. Reducing this storm potential is at the heart of Hurricane Supplication Day, a tradition uniquely observed by residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Every year on the fourth Monday of July, islands dwellers on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John pray for protection from hurricanes. Special church services are held to call upon divine protection from storms that can wreak havoc on these and other Caribbean islands. The custom is said to originate in the Rogation Days ceremonies of 5th century England. Rogations (meaning “asking” or “supplications”) were sometimes offered annually, and sometimes in response to the aftermath of a particularly devastating natural disaster. From RLV
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Thanks to Ann, who, from NY, reminded me about this day. It takes an island or two! No need to keep our island holidays down on the seafarm, spread 'em around!

For more information on Hurricane Supplication Day, check out this St. Thomas Source article from 2006. If you want more information on supplication, I can only do so much.

Have a meddlesome Monday. Do something metamorphic.

p.s. Keep an eye on the weather, islanders.