Post Sandy Post

If you are an East Coastie, you probably had a nice little visit from Sandy. If you are not an East Coastie, you may have seen the horrific images on CNN or on the internet about the mayhem she brought to my neck of the woods.

Like this twisted wreckage of a gift she left us on our street.

And because of it, I have no power; so, no internet nor T.V. Basically, I’m shut off from the world, other than the hand cranked Red Cross radio (thank goodness for that!) that informs me, in words, how awful my region has been hit.

Oh, don’t worry. We are ok. We have no flood or damage to the house. Thank Gawd. Unlike the other storms we’ve endured, we faired pretty well, considering.

The resident Accidental Recycler (AR – a.k.a. hubby) installed natural gas powered hot water tank so we can shower and we can do the dishes. I made him buy butane tabletop burner so we can make coffee.

What else do we need? I live a simple life.

I’m at a local library, checking in, on this day 3, post Sandy so I can finally see the horrific images of the devastated areas in NYC and NJ. It’s not pretty. It’s really upsetting, actually. But I’ll hold my emotions in. We’ll rebuild. We survived 9-11 attack; we’ll survive Sandy and she won’t destroy our spunky spirit.

I also heard there was heavy snow in West Virginia and fatalities. I feel for those who lost their loved ones, like those 33 lives that perished because of Sandy.

You can be a naysayer about the climate and bury your head in the sand about global warming all you want. But I cannot tell you, how real this is. Last few years have brought more extremem weathers that resulted in more power outages than ever before. We’ve had strange weathers that happen in weird times of the year more frequently. Last year’s freaky snowstorm on Halloween and now, hurricane Sandy….no, “Post Tropical Storm Cyclone Sandy”, to be exact, in October. These extreme weathers will be the new ‘norm’ and they are here to stay. We need to prevent the earth from getting hotter from our actions. Every little action counts. Let’s be mindful of that.

I will be back to normal blogging, when I get my mojo back.

Sandy already played a nasty trick on us so we’ve had our fun for this Halloween.

Stay safe everyone and have a Happy Halloween!

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9 comments
Auriette
Auriette

I've been living with hurricanes for years; the most devastating for our area was Ivan in 2004. For the most part, we've been lucky, but you don't have to convince me that anything we can do to stabilize the weather would be a good thing! Even without major damage, our insurance has still tripled.

ecokaren
ecokaren

Oh, that was a terrible hurricane! I remember that. We definitely have to change the way we live, in preparation for these extreme weather changes. I wonder when we (ALL) will admit that we contribute to this weather phenomenon.

Jen on the Edge
Jen on the Edge

I'm glad to hear that you're safe and sound.

ecokaren
ecokaren

Thanks Jen. It was a harrowing 7 days for sure. Then, I got sick, had to do a mountain of laundry, and now I'm finally getting back to my "normalcy". And now the Nor'easter. Fun never ends.

Carolyn G.
Carolyn G.

I am thankful that you and yours are safe. Storms like Sandy are so unpredictable. Although the storm wasn't high on the hurricane intensity scale, the storm surge and tremendous amounts of rain that it contained, plus the prolonged period of time that its effects were felt due to its huge size made it one of the most devastating storms. I know that the perserverance and community spirit of your area will overcome the current conditions. Best of luck to your family and your neighbors.

ecokaren
ecokaren

Thanks Carolyn. We definitely had doozy conditions for this super storm, including the full moon that caused the big tidal surge. I'm sure this won't be the last storm we'll have though.

Linda Weeks
Linda Weeks

Yes, that's what I'm thinking also. First I heard Rachel Maddow mention global warming in connection to the storm, but then I got to thinking about it, and yes, I'm thinking it's due to the man-made changes in the global recipe. And don't expect the republicans to even address the issue. Best of luck, Ms. Karen, and take good care up there!!

Krisha
Krisha

I have been watching in horror from Oslo Norway. We where in NYC just a few weeks back.. I hope and pray that there will bee a quick recovery. I also want to thank you for ponting out that the weather is changing. I see it here in Oslo, winters are getting perceptibly warmer and there are a lot less snow. Summers are getting wet and windy, just as predicted 20 years ago. It is not as dramatic as Sandy, but there are now regular mudslides and local flooding during the summer in areas the never used to experience these things. And so I agree and that you for your outspokenness, we need to act better. Take care Karen. Warm wishes from Oslo

Joshua Hicks
Joshua Hicks

We in Seattle pray for your safety and speedy clean-up! The east coast is tough!

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  1. [...] Karen, like me, lived in Sandy’s path and while we both escaped with out any of the major destruction that many of you saw on the news we were both personally touched by the footage and the hardship our friends and families have endured (and continue to deal with still to this day). Karen lost power for several days and was relieved to have her power return faster than many other people. She wrote about her time post Sandy here. [...]