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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