Last week, storm Debi hit the northwest coast, bringing wind gusts up to 80 mph in my area. I was out walking Barney and nearly lost my hat. I grabbed it just in time before a gust took it over a hedge into a flooded field of cows. That phrase may seem strange but not as odd as the sight of said cows paddling up to their knees.
Storms, indeed, do test us. Thanks for the timely reminder of the importance of substance over style. I'm so glad your hat didn't go for a swim in the meadow!
And take it steady .... this, too, will pass.