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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Diary: Day One

I’ve decided to keep a diary of events for myself and for anyone interested in reading the minutiae of my life. I’ll update as the day goes on.

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Outside my front door this morning; taken standing on front step.

Monday Morning
Slept until just after seven o’clock. Dark. Breezy, but overnight was not too windy. Power still on.

9:30 a.m.:

Wind picking up and whooshing around the house like it does on any other very windy day. Luxuriated in a really long hot shower knowing it might be the last one I’ll take for several days. Used the dryer on my hair because it fares better the next day if I do in case I don’t get to wash it tomorrow. No makeup was applied. I am clothed in sweat pants, a long-sleeved gray t-shirt and my cozy men’s flannel shirt and house slippers.

Rick baked biscuits so the house smells really good now.

I laid a fire in the wood stove to light in a little while. Outside temp is around 51 degrees F.

Update @ 12:20 p.m.
Just had turkey sandwiches for lunch from our turkey yesterday. Here it was yesterday:

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Raining now pretty hard. Wind has been fluctuating back and forth all morning long.

No fire in the wood stove yet, but I am seriously thinking about lighting it. After, all, we do have plenty of wood but not all of it split into smaller pieces for starting fires. Maybe we’ll go down and split a few more bigger logs.

Tonight for dinner we are planning on fondue. We planned fondue because even though I start the melting process of the cheese on a stove, it all ends up in the sterno-fueled fondue pot. Rick made bread yesterday for it and the crumb is going to be PERFECT for fondue. Yum. Can’t wait.

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I feel like I am twiddling my thumbs waiting for something to happen. Under house arrest! The dogs can’t figure out why we are both just sitting around.

(In case I forget to mention it, Rick’s company decided yesterday that they would be closed today and I am assuming tomorrow too since Sandy is taking her time getting here.)

Update @ 3:54 p.m.
About to fix us an Autumn Evening! Not much happening for us. Some rain (almost half an inch) and very windy and picking up.

Sandy is supposed to reach land-ho! around six this evening. She got a burst of energy and is now moving fast. They are closing the Tappen Zee bridge at 4:00 p.m. New York City has turned into a ghost town with all city transportation has been shut down.

We’ve been watching the movie SeaBiscuit. Great movie, and you should catch it sometime if you haven’t seen it. Very uplifting!

Update @ 5:26 p.m.
The wind is really ripping. Lots of big gusts. The lights have flickered a few times. Rick (on my request) has blown up the air mattress so we can possibly sleep downstairs. My concern is two large trees close to the house. I feel safer on the ground floor just in case they decide to come down.

Update @ 7:08 p.m.

Lights keep flickering more and more. Just went out for a second but came back on. I think we are on the fringe. Soon power will be out for sure.

Update (and probably the last) at 8:21 p.m.
Sandy has arrived and she is not happy. I have never heard wind at our house like I am hearing tonight. The dogs are freaked out and especially Bella. She sits by our side and tilts her head this way and that when a big gust goes by. It sounds likes a train passing by our house. We’ve lost power about five times that have taken the internet offline, and TV as well, but so far it has popped back up, hence this post.

We are definitely sleeping downstairs tonight. The roar of the wind on the second floor in our bedroom is enough to keep an elephant awake.

We’ve seen the lights flicker about 20 times and total off times about five. We figure they are running out of switching options at this point.

I have never heard the winds this strong here. Very scary.

Signing off for tonight. Safe and sound.

Okay, power out now T 8:50 p.m.


Wind picking up here too and a little more rain.  We just had a little drizzle most of yesterday, but today a very fine constant rain so far this morning.  I got dressed so I could go outside and feed the kitties.  Somebody has gone under the house because I could hear them so hoping the stray kitties have found a safe place.  Don’t know if all of them are under the house, but at least one or two.  Once I get the mail - it just came - I may get into my comfier cozy clothes too!  Thinking about you!!

I know exactly what you mean!  All schools are closed, a lot of businesses and no planes going in or out of the airport.  Everything is on hold.  The bread looks great and the fondue sounds even better.

This morning before I went to work, I heard on the news Sandy will come ashore around midnight, but I suspect you will feel it way before then. It is truly scary to see the subways, buses,and trains shut down.

Your food looks yummy. That turkey is fit for a food magazine picture!

We are in the low 50’s right now, with snow in the mountains and lots of wind here. So much for the leaves!

Are you planning on documenting in a journal when you lose power? Keep recording!

C, you can’t feed the kitties in your sweats? I don’t think they’ll judge you on your attire, will they? wink

C, everything is shut down here. I can’t wait for the fondue.

Bigsis, Sandy has picked up speed and expected to make landfall around six this evening. Yes, I plan on blogging when the power (and if) the power fails. I can get access to the internet through my iPad which uses the 3G network. Just have to keep the iPad charged!

I put my jeans on when I got up.  Decided to go straight to my pajamas because I didn’t want to change my clothes three times! grin  The wind has died down some here and the rain comes and goes as the rain bands come through.  Thousands are without power - the majority in the coastal towns.  I’m one of the lucky ones.

Stay safe, Lynne! I looked at your blog first this morning to see what was going on there!

Are you ok???

Update: all is okay. I will blog in a bit but the BlogPress app on my iPad is not working so I will use Rick’s.

Lots of trees down and no power of course.

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