September 2, 2011

One Kind Email

No, I didn't fall in a black hole...my husband, kids and I left our NJ summer home very quickly last Saturday with Hurricane Irene bearing down on us to prepare our CT home for her wrath as well. I had plans of blogging and catching you all up on my life when on Sunday morning at 5am we lost power.

We are STILL without power and the kids and I returned yesterday morning on Day 5 of no power to NJ where they never lost power.

We live in a house that has a well so water was at a premium...our survival mode (and here I'm thankful I have teenagers and not small kids) included going to the local YMCA for our morning shower then running to our fantastic New Canaan Library to charge electronics and check our email. The Library kept extra long hours and had water and coffee for the refuges of this storm.

That's when I got an email from one of my readers - Millie - who asked how were were and if we were okay. I have to tell you that it made my day when my nerves were shot and I had been worrying about keeping my family fed and clean that someone worried about me for a minute. Thank you Millie.

After the library, we'd forage for water for flushing toilets, ice for the coolers and then treat ourselves to lunch out. Evenings during this power loss included family dinner at home (grilled or thank God for a gas stove) followed by a game and then the laptop (charged at the library) was used as a DVD player and we'd watch a movie in the dark.

As of today, our house is still without power...I won't even go into the craziness of our town thinking they could have school this past week. Fortunately, someone got a clue and put it off til next week. Estimates say our power might not be on til Tuesday...hopefully, they are wrong.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend - I have a newfound appreciation for water, electricity and the dear people who send emails asking if we are okay.

6 comments:

kathy b said...

awww, pretend friends are great eh?
Hang in there, Edison's comin.
WE were without for 5 days this summer and it got real old real fast...

Jennifer said...

Yikes! I feel for you. Thank goodness for your resourcefulness. I do like the sound of your family nights, though. Ours disappeared as soon as we got power again. You're more than welcome to come live with us until you get power back. Hugs to all.

Krista said...

Glad to hear you are doing well despite the craziness! We lost power for four days during Hurricane Isabel and I thought that was bad! We were on a well so we didn't have running water. We also couldn't leave the house because of downed trees. I'm trying to remember how we managed. Maybe we had stocked up on bottled water. Take care and hope things get back to normal soon!

Martha said...

Long enjoyed your blog and looking at your beautiful projects. Sorry for your situation and hope your power is restored again soon to you and your lovely family. Glad you have the YMCA and library. And of course, knitting requires no electricity. So perhaps you'll get some knitting done too.

Martha said...

Long enjoyed your blog and looking at your beautiful projects. Sorry for your situation and hope your power is restored again soon to you and your lovely family. Glad you have the YMCA and library. Knitting requires no electricity. So perhaps you'll get some knitting done too.

Karen G said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry you were still without power on Friday!!! What a mess. I hope the power is finally back on by now.