Hurricane Preparedness



While hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, it is important to remember that Mother Nature can, and will, do whatever she pleases. This year, our first named hurricane was Arlene and she arrived nearly six weeks early. So, while it is helpful to know when “hurricane season” is, it is prudent to be alert and ready at any time.


In addition to keeping paperwork up to date and in a place where it is either safely stored or easily accessible and portable, the gathering of necessities such as food, water, flashlights, batteries, and other supplies, and having an evacuation plan in mind, it is worth remembering to take stock of those things outside your home which must be secured.  Note: I have found that taking pictures of papers and valuables and downloading onto a small, and very portable, memory stick is convenient and allows me to have multiple places to store this information–just in case.


Hurricane Preparations

Umbrellas and patio furniture are often overlooked in the hurried preparations for a big storm. And, while no one wants to have to claim damage done to broken or missing outdoor furniture, you certainly don’t want to face any harm to your home or others from flying debris.

With today’s access to 24/7 news and weather programming, we are fortunate to have time to prepare for a hurricane. In the days leading up to a large storm, the following precautions courtesy of Dulando Screens and Awnings, will help keep you, your family, neighbors, pets, home, and outdoor furnishings safe and secure.

  • Heavy items and furniture, such as a patio table, may be turned on their sides or upside down to help prevent it from being caught by the wind and tossed about the patio.
  • Potted plants – even small pots can become dangerous projectiles in hurricane strength winds; therefore, they should be removed
  • Patio umbrellas – close them and remove them from stands and/or patio tables. A gust of wind can send an open umbrella flying through your screen enclosure
  • Decorative items – store them safely inside your home or garage to ensure protection from water damage
  • Overhanging trees – cut back limbs, remove decaying  branches, trim off weak limbs and loose leaves. Pay extra attention to any trees or shrubs that are close to your home and especially your patio area and screen enclosure or pool.
  • Enclosed swimming pool – Pool builders recommend leaving water in your pool during a hurricane or strong storm, but adding more chlorine to reduce storm water contamination. Your pool may overflow, but will be less likely to be damaged by the storm and/or debris that may fall into it. Most importantly, cover outdoor electrical devices with appropriate waterproof material to reduce the risk of damage.

Be safe!

Summer Sale

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Summer Sale June 30-July


Cast Aluminum from Paragon Casual

Love Seat, Swivel Lounge Chair, Ottoman, End Table

List: $3511

Our Discounted Price: $2826

Sale: $2260


All-Weather Wicker Sectional from Ratana

4 Piece Sectional, Swivel Glider Lounge Chair, Ottoman featuring a high back and large banana peel weave

List: $10,510

Our Discounted Price: $7074

Sale: $4999


Teak Dining from Royal Teak

7 Piece Dining Set features expansion table and brass hardware Extension . . . → Read More: Summer Sale

Grilled Green Tomatoes with Burrata and Green Juice

Grilled Green Tomatoes With Burrata And Green Juice

Get true unripe green tomatoes, not green heirlooms, which are too delicate to grill. As for the green juice, there are some good store-bought ones if you’d rather not make your own.




Green Juice

½ small romaine heart, coarsely chopped ¼ English hothouse cucumber or ½ Persian cucumber, coarsely chopped 1 cup (packed) torn kale leaves ¾ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lime juice Kosher salt

Tomatoes And Assembly

1 slice thick country-style bread, torn into bite-size . . . → Read More: Grilled Green Tomatoes with Burrata and Green Juice

Grilled Buttered Honey Rum Bananas

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Grilled Buttered Honey Rum Bananas



2 tablespoons rum

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon melted butter

4 firm bananas

Cinnamon to taste

Brown sugar to taste

Ice cream



Combine rum, honey, and melted butter in a bowl and mix well.

Preheat grill to medium-high and treat grates with non-stick spray.

Peel bananas and slice lengthwise.


Place bananas on grill and baste generously with rum mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Grill 5 minutes or less, just long enough to caramelize sauce.


Serve hot topped with ice cream.


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Changes at Casual Living

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As you have probably noticed, I have not posted in a while—quite a while. Honestly, the time between our annual buying trip to Chicago and now, Christmas week, have flown by and my days have been filled with furniture orders for 2017, changing our Forest Drive store from an outdoor furniture store to a holiday shop, making custom holiday décor for customers, and decorating people’s homes for the holidays.

Please accept my apologies. Each time I thought of my negligence and lack of posts, I kept telling myself that I had to prioritize some how and the blog got . . . → Read More: Changes at Casual Living