After being without power for three days followed by another 24 hours of no internet*, it’s been very sobering looking at all the pictures of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our situation of no power and a basement constantly having to have 2-3 feet of water pumped out every few hours over the course of those days seems piddly compared to what other people have had to endure.
Sure, I’ve lost what I personally would consider important items, like my Deluxe Buffet Server – and all my buffet equipment I use to host parties and multiple people for Thanksgiving dinner, or the myriad of winemaking equipment that is not salvageable and not safe to use, or the bottles upon bottles of wine that ended up submerged in the murky water for days that will now need to be discarded.
We consider ourselves very lucky – in spite of the wickedly wild high winds, we didn’t have any of our trees come down, no branches landing on our house or cars, no structural damage to any of our buildings – no major loss, really, unlike those who have lost their entire homes, or the buildings and boardwalk in Atlantic City which simply disappeared in the storm, or the scores of houses in Queens that burned down to nothing.
We are very lucky.
We have an exciting weekend ahead with shoveling out the muck and grunge from the overabundance of water in the basement, salvaging what we can and cleaning what we’ve salvaged, discarding the stacks of biodegradable cardboard and boxes that have turned into piles of goo and drying everything out so we won’t have to worry about mold and mildew causing strife over the winter as the furnace in the basement pushes warm air through all the floors of the house.
At least we still have a house. And a furnace that is working even after getting flooded that we were finally able to turn back on yesterday to eliminate the teeth chattering during dinnertime. In spite of the unpleasant work ahead, and in spite of the disruption of normalcy, we feel blessed.
Which brings me to this week’s question:
Do you feel blessed? If you were along the storm track, how did you fare?
Have a great weekend.
*(funny how internet was available when there was no power by way of a gas generator connected to a pole where a master box is, but as soon as power was restored and the generator removed, there was no internet. Murphy’s Law. But all’s well now.)
Happy Aloha Friday!
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!
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