hurricane franken-sandy

We enjoyed an amazing brunch of omelets… asparagus, onion, and avocado.  So delicious.  

Jason and Jack got the tarp up and bags of mulch in place to hopefully keep the water out.  Turns out it didn’t rain as much as they projected, although the winds were very terrible.  The barrier at the backdoor was low enough for both dogs to climb/jump over so they could still access the backgarden.

Before the power went out, we played video games. Jason cooked a delicious dinner… chicken in butternut squash sauce with spaghetti squash and quinoa and asparagus.  Can you make the yummy sound?

Then we lost power and Bobo Fett showed up.  Now it’s a party!  

At the beginning of the power outage, it’s all fun and games… goofing around, laughing, flashlight-strobe light dance party, and a whole lotta frankensilliness.

We have many flashlights and oil lamps, and we also got creative with tap-lights and water bottle lights.  Here, Jason sets up the cribbage board for a what turned out to be a great cribbage game… (I won).

We heard a loud crash and Jason went into the backgarden to investigate.  There was a huge piece of flashing in the yard and this smaller piece in our tree.  We thought it was from our roof, but it turns out it belongs to a neighbor.  Our roof was fine, including Brittany’s satellite dish.  

On Tuesday, the clean up began.  Lots of leaves, branches, and debris in our yard.  

Fortunately, we had Jim on the scene to assess the situation.  He determined that yes, it was our tree, and yes, there was some roofing in it.  Lifesaver.

Jason stuck this piece between our gate and fence so it wouldn’t blow around during the storm.

I spent Tuesday walking dogs, reading, perusing magazines, and drinking wine too early in the day… which lead to a nice nap in the afternoon.  

Here we are reheating baked potatoes over an open flame while melting butter.  Like Robinson Caruso, it’s primitive as can be….

The creek in our neighborhood was full, but didn’t overflow.  

The walk in the woods with Mj was problematic as our usual trail had a lot of branches in the way.  

Yep, it’s still there.

But not for long!  Jason to the rescue!

Was glad all the beautiful fall leaves weren’t blown off the trees.  Surprised though… those winds were so strong.

We saw mystical visions of smoke in the flashlights.

Caesar and Madison enjoying some outdoor time, once it stopped drizzling.  

Yes, Scattergories brings out our serious, intellectual side.  We had so much fun playing this every night.  Something we all want to continue  with on a regular basis.  

It got cold with no heat, but we have plenty of winter wear to keep us warm.  Jason also got a kerosene heater out of the attic and that did a great job of heating up the downstairs.

Things are getting back to normal now, and I am glad.  It feels like winter with the cooler air, but there are reminders of Autumn all over the place.  I wish I captured other moments of our experiences of Hurricane Sandy… driving down Walton Road at 6am with Brittany in the complete darkness and being amazed at all the debris on the road, Jason and I watching as the sky turned orange when the transformers blew, finding Loechel’s diner up and running (complete with tv, scrambled eggs, and a place to recharge cells and kindles), visiting my parents and all the devastation on the roads to their house, and of course a million other little things that make my family so amazing.

There is always a lot of hype and excitement around weather events like these, but the fact of the matter is that in some areas, neighborhoods were destroyed, homes damaged, and people died.  We are blessed and very fortunate to come through this unscathed.  

About groovyjen

Jennifer is a photographer living in the rural suburbia of Bucks County, PA. She has a passion for her family, animals, and living a simple life very fully. She enjoys getting lost in a book, dog-walking, roasting vegetables, and teaching her rabbit amazing tricks. This blog is her diary of her daily life, as well as of things she loves. You're invited to take a glimpse into her world.
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