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Delray Beach- a Week of Preparation.

Delray Beach- A Week of Preparation

As I write this, it looks like Erika has become a bit more disorganized and will not favor us with a hurricane.  But, she did give those of us in South Florida a wake up call that not only are we still in hurricane season but it’s just getting started.


delray beach-sunrise atlantic avenue in delray beach



It made me think about preparation and why, as easy as getting ready could be, some of us just don’t take the time to prepare...whether it’s for work, a game, or our everyday lives.


“Before anything else,preparation is the key to success.”     Alexander Graham Bell


Those who were prepared had only to address last minute items this week. No panic or rushing to several markets and discount stores to purchase one of the last gallon bottles of water. (Yes, I was out buying fresh produce just in case and heard several people complaining that some stores were already out of water.)

 However those who chose to put it off are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief… for now.

the beach at delray


Much of the stress we feel is self induced.  The old quote of luck is preparation meeting opportunity makes a lot of sense.



“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”                 Benjamin Franklin


flower delray beach



“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”              Bobby Knight




Hope you’re prepared for a wonderful weekend!


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 37 commentsKathy Streib • August 28 2015 12:37PM


Kathy - I am glad that Erika has given you a pass in hurricane status - and I hope it won't rain too hard! Be safe! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy Streib good reminder that it's hurricane season again and New Englanders need to be prepared for the season ahead.... our most critical time is in September and October.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy.  That is good news to be sure.  I do enjoy looking at all the photos you provide to us each day.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy.  Great news about Erika.  The majority of the people will procrastinate and do nothing.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy,

Being prepared is a must in any area before a storm. We are lucky in that we generslly have a warning of when and where unlike a tornado.

Hope you are prepared for and have a great weekend.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing the good news. I do not like hurricane season.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, a great waring that we here in Florida should be prepared in advance. Enjoy your day and sigh of relief!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib ~ good morning, Kathy. I must admit I don't envy the season you are about to enter. Stay safe!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy.  I'm quite surprised that Erika is still hanging in there as a storm.  This one has been a difficult one to predict for the weathermen.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, you were saved on your coast and it looks like we're just going to get lots of rain on our coast.  The mountains of Cuba will determine if it's a tropical disturbance or just rain.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) almost 5 years ago

OH no what am I going to do with all this beer, storm went west?

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

So glad you keep putting out these reminders of how important it is to be prepared BARFF.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy -- the Ben Franklin quote is one of my favorites and so apropos.   Have a fun and safe Saturday.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

I love your posts!  And the photos are great too!  Enjoy your weekend

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib Good. You dodged a bullet this weekend, but there are more coming. Your preparedness will pay-off. Enjoy the weekend.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Lise- we're all happy, thank you.  We have sunny skies for now and actually could use the rain!!! Lise Howe 

BarbaraT- oh yes, and everyone remembers Sandy!!!  And you have snow storms too!!!   Barbara Todaro 

James- thank you!  And, I think of you as I am choosing my pictures. James Dray 

Conrad- and it never changes, does it!?! Conrad Allen 

Raymond- I agree... at least we have several days to get our act together. Tornadoes and earthquakes are scarier! Raymond E. Camp 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Kathy glad to hear Ericka has died down.  I am not looking forward to any hurricanes this year but if one hits I am ready for it this time.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago

I am glad to hear that you won't have to deal with a hurricane coming through and I hope your weekend is being enjoyed my friend!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 5 years ago

 Gita- thank you, I don't like them either. Gita Bantwal 

Wayne- we could use the rain but glad we don't have to worry about a hurricane. Wayne Martin 

Nina- LOL, you know, it's the Carolinas who usually end up getting the hurricane after it passes us up!!! Nina Hollander 

Gabe- looking at the storm track looked like a bowl of spaghetti. Gabe Sanders 

Chris and Dick- I really thought your coast was going to get hit! Chris and Dick Dovorany 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Donald- hey, I know you don't need me to tell you what to do with it!!! Donald Urschalitz 

BARFF- to many years in the Girl Scouts.  Those cookies got to me! Roger D. Mucci 

Michael- mine too.  How could one man come up with so many good ideas! Boggles the mind. Michael Jacobs 

Kristin- thank you!  Enjoy your weekend!!! Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647 

Bill- oh yes, it's really just gearing up! Bill Roberts 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

No it won't sadly.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

George- I also didn't relish our beaches having to be refurbished, either.  Hope that we are all hurricane free this year. George Souto 

Brian- thank you, my friend!!!!  We'll take rain, but no high winds!!! Brian England 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Conrad- and had we been hit, there would have been people out the very next day wanting to know where the government was with their food and water. Conrad Allen 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

I'm so glad to hear that this one is fizzling out.  I'm sure there were many frantic shoppers out looking for that last 24 pack of bottled water.  Maybe now they will plan ahead as the season is upon you.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs and quote selections. It is good to see that you will not have a hurricane experience this weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago


I saw a bit of that on the news, and your governor reading your tips, and he forgot filling the bathtub with water, LOL  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

Excellent documentation and the feeling behind it all makes me feel like I am there Kathy.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

That is a sad commentary about people and their lack of self reliance.  They want cradle to grave entitlements.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Gail and my daughter were supposed to got to Puerto Rico this past Friday, they made the right decision to go in October.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Looks like we dodged the bullet once again! I understand the eye of the storm disappeared.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 5 years ago


We have are fortunate that Ericka seem to be breaking up . . . .The next couple of days will fill of heavy topical rain and some flooding . . . . It's been 10 years since the last hurricane hit Florida . . . . and it's only a matter until we get one. With that said . . . . From personal experience we have to be prepared for a hurricane in advance of the storm for the personal safety . . . . To be able to eat, and something to eat.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Happy to hear that Erika is not as much of a threat.  Hopefully she will not cause much trouble!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago


This is one is a keeper. Instead of a Hurricane Horror story, you gave us hope and an incentive to be prepared. I pray for your safety and everyone else in all the hurricane paths. One never knows. Being prepared is a way of life, isn't it?

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 5 years ago

It is nice to hear the storm has weakened. Being prepared is something everyone needs to be

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Kathy ~ I know Carolinas get hit, but since I'm hours away from any coastline, we're never near the storms (thankfully).

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy I remember reading about Erika on the Internet and mentioned to Diane the name...ironically we did not think much of it, not realizing what effect this can have on  rest of the country ...I am glad nothing came of it outside of a "wake-up" call to prepare... stay safe, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 5 years ago

Erika is no longer a serious threat and thi sis great news for us. I have lived through some hurricanes, we never left, but if a strong Hurricane is coming our way, I would get into my car and we will leave for a few days.

We live in a condo, and we lived in a condo during 4 Hurricanes of 2004 (another one), and no, we did not even lose power. But imagine losing power? And sitting locked in sometimes for days with no power, no AC, no fridge, no kitchen? No fun...

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 5 years ago

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