It’s late. I mean, I guess it’s not any later than it usually is when I’m writing a blog post but, you know, it’s well past midnight.
We (Mr. Social Media and I) spent the day today getting ready. I think we are just about as ready as we can be. I suppose - if you don’t live on the Eastern coast (or any where near it – or maybe you have just been out of touch) you might not know what we’re getting ready for. There’s a big storm coming.
A really big storm.
Hurricane Sandy (where do they get these names??) is on her way to my neck of the woods. School has been cancelled. Mr. Social Media shut down his company for tomorrow. I heard a bunch of cancellations on the radio this evening that included Monday and Tuesday too – and it’s only Sunday, now. They say this is going to be the “Storm of the Century”.
Do you know what a “hundred year flood” is? That is the sort of flood that is so bad , it only happens once in a hundred years. Well, last year, just over a year ago actually, we had TWO hundred year floods. In two weeks. Hurricanes Irene and Lee. My house is situated right on a river. The river comes right up and covers the road – regularly. In the 14 years that we’ve lived here I’ve seen the road flooded probably 8 or 9 times. That happens about one eighth of a mile from my house. This house, Bevier House, is built in EXACTLY the right spot though. We are so lucky and we send a big thank you out to old Judge Bevier (the man who built this place sometime around 1850) for being so intelligent in his placement. Our house doesn’t flood. We are up on a bit of a rise here – and the river bank in front of our house is steep enough to ensure that the water will not come up here. We get a bit of water in our basement – but nothing to speak of really. And it’s not even from flooding – it’s just that very heavy rain can’t get away from the house fast enough and some comes through the stone foundation. We were so incredibly fortunate during those terrible storms. We suffered almost no damage at all. We lost one very big tree limb from one very old catalpa tree – and that was it. Well we lost all of the food in the freezer and refrigerator, too. But honestly, so many others lost so much – we felt very fortunate indeed.
So, as we are facing this new Hurricane, I am feeling like we’ve done all that we can to prepare. We lost power for 8 days last year. The power lines cross the river in front of my house and a tree fell on the wires and took them down under the water. They stayed there until the water receded and crews were able to work safely. Eight days. It could certainly happen again. The power will almost certainly go out – we just don’ t know for how long. . .
What would you do if you knew that you’d be without power for a week or more? We have cleaned and filled our best oil lamp – the one that doesn’t smoke and stink when lit. We have gone grocery shopping. Several times. We have bottled water on hand for drinking. We have gathered all of our flashlights into one place. We have extra batteries. I spent ALL day today catching up on laundry – and I ALMOST finished. Everyone in the house has clean sheets on their bed and everyone had a shower tonight, too. Medications have been secured fromt the pharmacy. Both of our cars have full gas tanks and we have emergency cash on hand. I have thought of foods that can be cooked on the stove (which can be lit with a match) instead of in the oven (which cannot be lit with a match). All electronics are being charged as we speak (and there are quite a few!) The furniture from the deck has been put into the garage. The leaves have been blown out into the yard in hopes that Sandy will take them elsewhere when she goes. . . I think that before I go to bed tonight, I might clean the upstairs bathroom – it could be a while before I can do it again. In the morning I’d like to run the vacuum, and do the last load or so of laundry.
And then? We wait.
It does kind of feel like I’m getting ready for Christmas - or at least a snow day. . . but we usually don’t prepare for those. The kids will be home from school and I’m hoping to get one of those easy relaxing days with them. I’m hoping we will get to play this game
and this one too.
If the power stays on long enough – I’m hoping we can make pumpkin bread.
Maybe we can even do a CRAFT! TOGETHER!! On one of my trips to the grocery store today (yes, I was there more than once), I even picked up this:
I’ll tell you a secret. I actually enjoyed myself immensely when the power was out for 8 days last year. We don’t have running water without electricity but since we have our hand pump – we are able to haul water and flush to our heart’s content. It’s very Little House on the Prairie. And not having power excuses me from a lot of the “stuff” that I do. Laundry? No. Dishes? No. Vacuuming? No. Cooking? Mostly no. Making sure everyone bathes? No.
It’s only because we suffered so little (when so many suffered SO much) in the last hurricane that I am feeling this much confidence in our safety. It may be that I’m being foolhardy. But you saw my list – we are as ready as we can be. This storm is ridiculous in it’s size – I really can’t even fathom it. (600 miles wide?? what??!??)
I’m hoping that this old house can take it – it’s been taking it for over 160 years already. So for now? We wait.
I hope that you’re all safe and sound.
See you after the storm.
UPDATE: The power is still on (so far). I got the vacuuming done and the laundry finished. I woke up to the kids playing Monopoly – it does feel like a snow day so far. . . Maybe I’ll go make some hot chocolate!