Quick Isidore Update

Isidore has strengthened to become a Category 3 storm, with maximum winds of 115 mph. Therefore, it’s now classified as a “major” hurricane. Intensification should continue…. the most recent NHC guidance actually brings max winds to 145 mph in 72 hours.

Right now, the storm is pretty much halfway between the western tip of Cuba and the eastern tip of the Yucatan, drifting westward. That motion should continue over the next 48 hours, meaning it’ll be a close call for the northern Yucatan Peninsula. After that, it looks as if the storm should begin to take a more northwesterly track. Most of the models have the storm moving northward in the long-term in response to a short wave trough now approaching the Pacific Northwest…we’ll have to see how that plays out, as it’ll probably determine whether or not Isidore ever threatens the Gulf Coast.

No rain here… blue skies, few clouds. Florida’s out of the woods, and I’m wondering how good the surfing on the gulf coast is going to be… my brother and Dave are heading out there tomorrow AM to take advantage of the swells.

Speaking of glue… this project looks really nifty.. marble-magnets.

Good gosh…is anything nicer than laying back and snuggling with a loved one? Newt’s a little cuddle-bug. Later dear journal… Huggo-time.

Ah, superglue. So handy. So useful.

I got a tube, and have been fixing all the little doodads that’ve needed it for the last week.

Toy soldier with removed arm and sword? All better! Freaky guy riding his robot scorpion? Legs are all good now.

Desk drawer with loose knob? Fixed!

Broken book spine? No more!

Very satisfying…and I didn’t glue my fingers together.

Today’s a relaxing day… just doing the little niggling nit-noids that need to get done, but nothing too pesky. I got all my outside stuff done early… paycheck, groceries (got my brownie mix! and a lot of fresh fruit to counter any potential guilt…) They’re building a super-duper uber-Publix right on the other side of the tunnel (I didn’t know it was the only tunnel in all of Florida!) … figures.. Once they change the home delivery plan to something very useable…I wonder what the difference is between tuna for cats and regular tuna is? Do kitties prefer it to be a little stinkier or something, or are there just fewer federal guidelines for feeding non-humans?

I would take advantage of grocery delivery, but I like to get out and shop for goodies, do a little people watching, and maybe the odd impulse buy.

Random Scotto factoid – My Favorite Michael J Fox movie is The Frighteners. I really like how it goes from goofy Ghostbusters to a deep sympathy and pity for the main guy, to “holy crap!”, and back again.

Note- I never liked TV’s “Family ties”… but the sporadic episode or two of “Spin City” that I’ve seen with him in it was pretty good.