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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aftermath.

Well, not yet, actually.  We are still in alert mode, as the wind gusts are still pretty robust.  Robust sounds so much better than "freakin scary", doesn't it?  I am very happy to report that we did not lose power throughout the storm.  I credit that to my storing-up of 15 gallons of water, just in case.  It happens every time.  Should I poo-poo the threat and NOT stock up, the power goes out. 

There is nothing so eerie than lying awake and hearing the wind shrieking outside under a full moon.  Then you hear things and try to picture what is flying through the air.  There were downed trees, there remains a tree/wire situation that doesn't look good, but I have not been able to report it to the utility - needless to say, their lines are busy and none of the automated choices got near what I needed.  I am now due for a call-back in 22-32 minutes.  My composters are pretty much all over the next county, some hatches were battened better than others, so to speak.  There is some tarp damage on the run-in that I knew about - but between the sheets of sideways rain and 60+ mph wind gusts, I had to let it be.  Once the wind dies down to 30 mph, I will go out and start repairs.   When I went to let the poultry out, I found that 7 of the Jones Family Sparrows had snuck inside and spent a much safer night than their brethren!

This was one humongous storm - and we were very, very lucky.  As much as I love the ocean, I am so glad I don't live on the coast.  I hope we hear from some of our favorite bloggers (Erin?  Carolyn?  Jane?) since I know that this was just one of the exciting events Ma Nature had planned for us.  And I am glad I moved out of the city!  However, no matter what disaster is handed to NYC, the Big Apple rolls up their sleeves, gets busy and gets it done.  It reminds me - in more ways than one - of an ant farm.

I hope that everyone got through the storm in one piece.  Just to show you it's not all work and no play around here, I give you...

The 2012 LLF Halloween Pumpkin!


27 comments:

  1. Glad you came out mostly unscathed from the storm. Not sure if you were asking about me (or if there's another Carolyn out there in blogland), but we're too far inland to have felt any of the storm. Although I'm hoping that we do get some rain out of it. Today is just cool and very foggy.
    Nice jack o' lantern, btw :)

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    1. CR - You are the right Carolyn. Wasn't sure if the cold front would dip down there or not. Glad to hear you're safe - except for chiggers, that is...

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that you're safe! I'm sitting here watching the news images~unbelievable. I will never complain about the Pacific Northwest rain again!

    Love the pumpkin! :)

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    1. Kim - Thank you! Yes, we were actually pretty lucky, given the track of the storm and being not so far from NYC. I do count my blessings every day.

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  3. Glad you are safe, really feel for those that were in harms way. So many that did not evacuate thinking they were safe having to be rescued now. I don't know how anyone with livestock could possibly prepare for something that devasting with only a few days notice. Stay safe, take care.

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    1. TL - Yes, the livestock is a big issue for storms, etc. If push came to shove, I would stay with them. I feel totally responsible for their well-being.

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  4. So glad to hear you came through this with no terrible damage. Maybe tonight you can catch up on some sleep.

    Your carved pumpkin shows your very real, highly-talented, artistic abilities. Next year, I think we should all send our pumpkins to you for carving. Deal?

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    1. Mama Pea - Deal! Just no CODs, okay???

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  5. Here in DE we had oddles of wind and rain but all in all we survived with only 1 hr power loss.

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    1. Lisa - I am so happy to hear that - anywhere along the coastline was really in harms way. I'm glad you are safe and sound.

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  6. I'm glad to hear the storm didn't hit you to badly. I have a husband trying to get out of Ohio (snowing) and a sister who rode out the storm in Virginia trying to get out back home.

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    1. Sandy - Oh, boy. They were in two of the worst places to be (other than NYC or NJ). Hope they are home or are on their way.

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  7. Thanks for reporting in! Glad to hear you prevailed through this event. It is really awesome and humbling, the power of the forces that can come against us. Wow.

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    1. Petey - Amen to that. You can only do your best to get ready and hope for the best. The forces of nature are not to be toyed with.

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  8. Not much happened here in Portland......wind and rain and now the sun is out.
    Love your "perfect" pumpkin. There is a house a street over from me where there are 5 perfect pumpkins with these elaborate scenes carved on them. Stencil do you think?

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    1. Sylvie - That is good news! I would guess stencils. I don't have the patience to put that much detail on a pumpkin. I was just channeling nervous energy!

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  9. Sooo glad LLF came through the storm relatively unscathed! What a monster it was!
    I agree with Mama Pea, we are all sending you our pumpkins for carving next year! ;-)

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    1. Candy - Thank you for your kind words! It was such a huge storm! Please feel free to send your pumpkin next year :o)

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  10. Glad you're ok! Nice pumpkin!!!

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  11. Glad you area OK after this wild storm. I've been wondering about everyone down where it hit the hardest.
    Glad you stored up water just in case. Better to be safe then sorry! :)

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    1. SF - I always err on the side of caution. Water is something I can always use, and my farmer/neighbor's water is so much better than mine anyway - it's a win-win! I'm glad I live where I do; any further south and it would have been much worse.

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  12. Glad to hear you're safe after the insanity. That jack-o-lantern is excellent! :)

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    1. MamaTea - Thank you! It is a new pumpkin to me - a white one. The awesome thing was that, when I cut the lid, the inside was almost completely hollow already!

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  13. Glad to hear you're doing OK. Hope the clean up goes quicker than expected.

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    1. Linda - Thanks - once I dragged my sleep-deprived body outside, the clean up went pretty quickly.

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  14. We kept power too! I think you are right, it's because we prepped and had water on hand :)

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