Tuesday, October 30, 2012

After the Storm

Thanks to everyone who sent messages to see how we fared in Hurricane Sandy.  I posted on Facebook a couple of times from my phone but I know a lot of you aren't on Facebook. 

We did end up losing power but for less than a day.  It was difficult to read by candlelight so we just tried to sleep even though the wind was very loud.

The propane stove (which I have often thought of changing to a flat electric cooktop) enabled us to cook chili for dinner and boil water for tea and coffee.  I think maybe we should keep it!

Most of the remaining leaves came down in the winds.  The wind speeds were clocked at 67 miles per hour in the neighboring town of Bedford.  This deck was clear on Sunday after we stowed the deck furniture below.

We had a fair number of small branches that fell along with the leaves.  Several of our neighbors lost larger trees, including a beautiful blue spruce next door - it was over 20 feet tall.  We were wondering if it would be possible to save the top so they could use it for their Christmas tree - after all, they cut the trees to ship them to sell far before Christmas.

Here's another view of the side yard - just little limbs and leaves on the ground.

These are the large trees right beside our house - we are so thankful that they didn't come down!

It looks like the winds separated the bark from our river birch tree - it has peeling bark in normal conditions but it looks a bit worse for the wear.

By afternoon we actually saw some blue sky.  The cleanup will take a while but we were so lucky.  When I see the situation in other areas and states I realize how fortunate we were.

I hope that those of you who were affected by the storm will be able to return to normal as quickly as possible.  The terrible images of floods and fires on the news reports are hard to watch and my heart goes out to the people who lost their homes.  If you are without power, I hope it is restored very soon.

You'll probably be reading this on Halloween - we expect to have trick-or-treating as normal here.  I didn't even go to my craftroom today but I am still going to try to put together the sign I adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens pumpkin carving stencils (see the original post HERE).

Unfortunately, my Dad is back in the hospital.  They have been watching him closely and doing tests.  At this point we can just wait and see if there is anything that can be done to help him.  Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers.

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  1. Thanks for the updates on how you did during Sandy. Stay warm.....Good Luck to everyone on the giveaway!

  2. So glad to hear you fared well in the storm. We had about the same in MD and I too feel very fortunate after seeing all the other devastation.

  3. Glas to hear that you didn't have much damage and you are all safe and sound. Take care.

  4. good to see you weatherd the storm. we were very fortunate. we only lost a willow tree in the back yard. It missed the house and septic system by inches. So sad for all that happened in her path.
    Dawn RI

  5. Glad you did not receive much damage from the storm. When we have the huracianes in Fla a few years ago we were the only one's in the neighborhood who was able to cook due to having gas for cooking, alot of people switch after that. Will be praying for your dad.

  6. Glad you fared the storm well. Sorry to hear about your Dad, will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. Have a great day.

  7. So glad to see that you all made it through the storm! It is a blessing that you were spared damage from the tress & had the propane stove.

  8. I kept checking your blog for an update...just kept praying you all were okay. Here in Atlanta we, too, had lots of limbs and a few trees down but nothing as devastating as up North.

    I am sorry about your Dad going back to the hospital. I'll keep you in my prayers.

  9. I am glad to hear you guys are okay and have minimal damage. Sorry to hear about your dad and will keep him in my prayers.
    Happy Halloween!!!!
    Miranda :)

  10. Praying for your Dad for for you and your family. Sincerely, Joan Murphins.

  11. Glad to know you guys are ok after the storm. I will keep your dad in my prayers too. Hang in there

  12. I'm so glad you didn't have any major damage. Sorry your dad is worse. Hope he's better soon.

  13. Glad you weren't hit hard by Sandy... Pretty much the same here in Lancaster, PA. Hope your dad returns to good health soon.
    KarenL1020 at gmail dot com

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of this devistating storm. I'm glad to hear your experience wasn't as bad as some. Shari (cricutrookie)

  15. You were in my thoughts during the storm and am glad you only had minor issues to deal with. Sorry to hear about your Dad and hope things go well. They get so fragile in the elder years (my FIL is 87).

  16. You are the only person I know back there so I worried about you and your neighbors all night. We lose power a lot so we have several nice bright lanterns to read and cook by. Our fireplace and stove are gas so we are prety comfortable when we lose power. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please keep us posted. I'll send him a card.


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