Sandy is history…almost….in my area. We were very fortunate. While we had 4 inches of rain, we did not have flooding. The high winds did cause massive power outages but not the tree damage we saw last year. We were out of power for about 26 hours (and 38 minutes but who is counting???). Many others are still out. There are some predictions that it may take until Sunday until all power is restored. We are again considering a generator.
This is nothing in comparison with what the New Jersey coast received. Most of us who live on the east coast are very familiar with all the towns. It breaks our heart to see such damage to places that we visit, love and have given us great memories. Hugs to them.
I am not a pioneer woman or a camper. I do not do well without power. I need hair dryers and hot water. There are many people who can turn it into an adventure but not me. Even though the temperature in our house never went below 65 degrees, I slept in flannels with 4 blankets. Ok, I am always cold unless it’s 80 degrees but there is something about dreary, rainy weather that makes 65 a lot colder than when the sun is shining.
There are a few things I learned this round. First I am able to identify all my comfort foods. First off my comfort foods MUST BE HOT! We had food to eat but it was cold. Bummer. I craved potatoes, preferably French fries but those were not to be had. I also craved chicken soup and pizza.
I also learned that if you have any friend with power you MUST visit them to warm up. It not only helps your body but it helps your disposition. My brother had his power come back a full 10 hours before me (the power company always did like him best!) so we went over to use his computer.
People aren’t any nicer when there are no parking places left at the only restaurant open. Enough said about that.
I actually can wait in line for 45 minutes for a cup of plain black coffee. It’s enough time to make new friends (as long as there are no parking spaces involved!). Can you believe all the Starbucks in our area were without power? That was enough to make me think this was a terrorist attack.
My cats are not fond of bad weather and this storm was no exception. All three were stuck under beds for the duration of the storm. They couldn’t understand why we didn’t put the lights on at night either. There were no night lights by their litter boxes! Poor babies.
I don’t think I have been this grateful to see electric power, at least since our last outage. It’s something we take for granted until Mother Nature pulls the plug.
Hope all of you on the east coast have survived and will see power soon. Now I have over a hundred emails to read!
Photo credits: Raritan Bay (NJ) by hpaich courtesy of Flickr