Today I wanted to show you the back cushions for my kitchen banquette. I was going to make them on Monday afternoon, but that was when Hurricane Sandy came to town and we lost power. I had my sewing machine all set up and ready to go, but learned in an instant just how much I take having electricity 24/7 – for granted!
Sandy is gone now, but she has left a wide wake of destruction in her path. Luckily, where I live in suburban Philadelphia we came out relatively OK. We are dealing with no power and trees down everywhere. Having no power also brought water to my basement since the sump pump stopped working when the power went out on Monday. We didn’t get a lot of water, but enough that we had to move everything to the garage yesterday afternoon (all the furniture and household items I have been saving for my daughters) and start the drying out process.
These photos are of a few downed trees in my yard and homes around mine. Nothing a chain saw can’t handle. Many people and homes especially along the coast were hit very hard and the clean-up process is going to be a lot more time consuming and difficult for them physically, as well as emotionally.
We made the most of our time being unplugged. In a way it was kind of nice – no TV and Internet. Cell phone service was spotty. I read a few magazines by candlelight, snuggled in and listened to the wind and rain pound the house all night and day. Having no hot water or heat was not so nice. We boiled hot water for tea and soup by bringing our outside gas grill to the garage – forget about a shower.
My neighborhood’s power was restored late yesterday afternoon, but many adjacent neighborhoods and towns in the area will not get power back until this weekend. I ventured out today to run a few errands only to find many traffic lights not working and stores still closed or only able to make cash transactions. Restaurants with power in the area are doing a booming business. Barnes and Noble was packed – not the line to purchase, but the café – where people were camped out using the free wireless internet. My daughter went to get breakfast at a local convenience store only to find the line was out the door. Schools are closed and Halloween has been postponed until Saturday.
I am now plugged-in again and can get back to my normal routine tomorrow. I hope you are all safe, warm, and sound tonight. My thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been hit worse by Sandy. I hope life can get back to normal as soon as possible for each and everyone of you. God Bless.