Daily Life

Sandy Came To Town

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

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  1. Just an idea. We have a battery back up for our sump pump. It is a marine battery, so it is ok in a wet environment.
    It will give you peace of mind in case you are away when a storm hits, knocks out power and does any flooding of the basement.
    Glad you are doing fine after Sandy.

  2. I’m from South Carolina, so I’m familiar with the devastation of hurricanes. I’m so very thankful that you and your family had “little” damage and that you are all safe and have power again. My thoughts and prayers are with all that have suffered from Sandy’s effect, and hope that their recovery will be faster than those that lived through Katrina. God bless!

  3. Hi Diane,
    I follow you with emails and just recently joined pin interest and really don’t know what I am doing yet on there…anyway, I just wanted to say I am happy that you are physically ok….I see a lot of work ahead, but I know you know that you are very fortunate as some are in such bad shape….Glad to hear you are ok though and nothing more happened that was more serious to your property and life….Thank God! I wish the best in the upcoming weeks to you and yours :-)

  4. Glad to read you endured Sandy. We moved this summer from Philadelphia to Cape May. Poor timing, indeed, but we had minimal damage. Some minor flooding and mountains of debris will keep us busy. We are safe and sound and that is all the matters.

  5. I live in Australia and have followed your blog for sometime.
    It was awful to watch the destruction that the storm brought to so many places. But glad to here that everyone is doing well considering the mess it left. Keep safe and strong through the hard times. We are thinking of you all here in Australia.

  6. Hi Diane,
    I live in Macungie and we were also without power. No damage to our home but our neighbor behind us lost 3 huge pine trees that luckily missed her house and ours. Things are getting back to normal. Our treat or treating is also tomorrow afternoon.
    The devestation is unbelievable. Best to you, Linda

  7. Thanks for sharing. So glad you are OK, & that you survived Sandy without too much damage. Praying for all those who are dealing with Sandy’s destruction. Hoping that power is soon restored to all who are still without it. What a blessing to be able to have a positive & grateful attitude in the midst of great trials!

  8. Glad to hear your safe relatively speaking. Nothing as you say a chainsaw can’t take care of.
    The clean up after a hurricane is always a pain.

  9. Glad to hear you made it through ok! (Also hadn’t realized you were in the Philly area for some reason… )

    I’m taking this storm as a sign that it’s OK to fully embrace the holiday season early instead of resisting until after thanksgiving. Clearly Halloween was just in the way! :)

  10. So glad to hear that you are okay… but sorry about the watery basement and the downed trees! I have been praying all those who have been affected! God bless you Diane. Know that you are on my thoughts and in my prayers!
    I love your attitude and the grateful feeling of this post!

  11. Sorry to see the destruction. Sandy was one nasty storm. We had Issac where I live and we were without power for 3 days. I saved the food from my fridge by filling my jacuzzi tub with ice, placing the items in the tub, sprinkling about 1 cup of epsom salts over the ice and covering it with foil and then towels. I learn to be more resourceful each time. I also learned after Katrina to take each shelf in the freezer and place the items from that shelf in a garbage bag. That way if power goes off for an undetermined amount of time and you have to clean out the freezer, the stuff is already in a bag and you can just grab it and throw. Less of a mess.

  12. Glad to hear you are safe and sound. Hurricanes and Tornadoes are some of the scariest things to go thru. Nice that the fallen trees didn’t do any severe damage. Hope everyone has power restored soon and can start resuming a more normal routine. Love your blog!

  13. Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences. Where I am in NC, we get the occasional bad storm with wind, rain and/or snow, but most times it seems we’re spared. I can certainly relate to the water-in-the-basement experience. I’ve had water seep into my cellar on occasion during several days of torrential rains – not fun!

    I hope things get back to normal for you and yours soon!

  14. Oh Diane! I just looked at your old post about a weekend at the Jersey Shore. Heartsick! The devastation is just too much to absorb and I’m hoping your friends T&A are ok…we have much to be thankful for and prayers are going up for those still suffering from Sandy. Glad you are ok !

  15. So good to know you are alright. We followers of your life would miss you so if you did not continue to share all your creativity and wonderful ideas!

  16. I am new to your blog but have enjoyed each episode so far. I live in Cape Town, South Africa and we have been keeping up with Sandy via the tv and various friends on the internet.
    So glad that you are safe and that the damage that you have had has been minimal.
    Blessings and hugs. xx

  17. We are English and live in France now and have seen the devastation caused by the storms on British television, it is terrible. God bless all those who have been affected in any way with it all. So pleased that you are almost back in place now at your house.
    Our very best wishes.

  18. I’m glad you’re okay. And no damage to your house from the downed trees?
    We were very fortunate here SE of Pittsburg…..heavy rain…some flooding of creeks…but the wind wasn’t bad, thankfully…and we didn’t lose power. We did get snow. But only an inch or so.
    My sump pump seized during a storm this summer….I feel for you and your flooding. That is no fun.

  19. I’m so glad to hear that you are OK. My in-laws live in New Orleans and deal with hurricanes all the time. Living in Birmingham, AL, we mostly just get strong winds and lots of rain from hurricanes that come up from the Gulf Coast/LA. In Bham, we are more threatened by tornadoes.

    Thank you again for sending the box of jewelry so quickly! The girls loved all the pieces and can’t wait to show them off at school. :)

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…we in Colorado know destruction, too, but it looks like a lot more…everywhere! Keep up your good spirits!