Hurricane Sandy just blew through around these parts.
My girl #1 Sunday, Oct. 28th as the wind was picking up.
I hardly ever share too much personal business, we all have lives to live and I try to keep my blog mostly about projects: build, paint and sew.
First we are truly lucky to be safe, our home was not damage and everyone is fine. This is not the case for so many near and around us in New Jersey and Long Island who have suffered catastrophic damage and lost their entire homes, we are thinking about them and hope a swift rebuild with occur.
We've been off the grid for 4 days without power, and that is truly a minor inconvenience so I'm not complaining at all but I thought I'd post what we've been up to during those 4 days.
Tuesday, Oct. 30th: fallen tree on house nearby, photo courtesy of my friend Iris.
This picture above is similar to most of the damage in our neighborhood, trees blown over all over the place blocking roads, ripping down power lines and falling on houses.
For this very reason we choose to sleep in the basement on Monday night:
Our kids thought it was the most fun having a family sleepover.
And we already had these great portable cots with foam mattresses from REI, highly recommend.
They fold up super thin and are extremely lightweight.
Then we lost power. Monday, Oct. 29th about 7pm.
The wind was howling and it was really dark.
And I finally remembered I had glow sticks for Halloween the kids could use for nightlights:
We woke up to silence everywhere but thankfully no damage.
There's was lots of outdoor play:
And dinners by candlelight:
We still had gas for hot water and stovetop cooking so we were able to use up the food in the fridge.
Lots of reading books by candlelight:
Thankfully Cosi had a generator so we had a warm place to go and charge up our phones:
But gasoline started to become scarce so we didn't dare drive anywhere.
School has been cancelled all week because they have no power.
And our next door neighbors, who happen to live in Connecticut, got their power back 2 days before us so we had a close place to charge up and do a bit of laundry.
We made a fire for warmth and entertainment:
We took baths for warmth and entertainment too:
The temp inside the house was about 58 so it was bearable, the kids sure didn't mind.
We played lots of legos by lanterns in the basement because it was much warmer:
And lots of other projects by candlelight:
The girls made a banner for buddy boy's birthday last night.
Here he is this morning:
And here is the empty dark fridge:
And now I'm writing this with the power back on! So happy and thankful.
I've also learned what I definitely need to have on hand for the next power outage (in addition to all the standard storm preparedness supplies):
- marshmallows (entertainment)
- glow sticks (nightlights for kids)
- Horizon organic milk boxes
- canned soup
- hot cocoa packets
Sending prayers to all those families whose lives have been turned upside down from Hurricane Sandy, the devastation is beyond words and truly shocking. Please stay safe and warm.