Well thank goodness Hurricane Gonzalo is out of the way now and we can begin the big clean up.
Yet again, the weather men - and women - got it wrong and the tail end of the tropical storm that was set to wreck havoc in Scotland ended up being nothing more than a damp squib, at least as far as Falkirk was concerned.
Not that I’m complaining. I still get scared when storms are predicted after the awful weather on Boxing Day 1998.
I spent the entire night awake and terrified my windows were going to blow in. I was lucky but a neighbour’s tree came down on their car and an acquaintance’s conservatory collapsed when a street lamp was blown down on top of it.
Anyway, I digress, but since then every time a storm is brewing I get frightened.
So with the Met Office predicting Forth Valley would be hit with Hurricane Gonzalo, I took action on Monday night, taking in all the garden furniture and kids toys and attempting to secure the trampoline with sand bags so it couldn’t blow away.
And I still got a restless sleep that night, worried I hadn’t put enough bags on the trampoline and would wake to find it in the canal but in the end the storm didn’t get any worse than a few wheelie bins on the street blown over.
My mother’s flight to Benidorm took off without a hitch and the blustery weather was nothing more than a good drying day.
My little grandson Jack was most disappointed at the lack of hurricane when he woke up on Tuesday.
Seems he had confused a hurricane with a tornado and thought Munchkin people would be outside following the storm.
He’s dressing as The Scarecrow for Halloween so I think the wee lamb has ‘Wizard of Oz’ on the brain.
My daughter is throwing a Halloween party at her house for Jack and Sophie and their pals at the weekend and I’ve only just been informed that adults too are supposed to dress up.
I loathe dressing up so I am struggling to come up with a costume.
Maybe I should stick with the ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme. I’m sure many would tell you I don’t have to under go too much of a transformation to become the Wicked Witch of the West!