Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

This was a week I will never forget.
As Sandy ripped through our neighborhood last
Monday night we were huddled together in the dark
listening to the howling wind, waiting for the next
deafening crack and monstrous thud as the storm claimed
another beautiful Norway Spruce or Sycamore tree.
We were fortunate, trees fell all around us but miracleously
they missed the house.  We were without power for
four days which is nothing around here.  We dont
yet have phone, cable or Internet and I'm typing this on
my husband's iPhone hoping that it will publish.

The closest town is devastated, families have lost everything
Their houses condemned and their mud soaked
belongings piled up on what's left of the sidewalk. My heart
goes out to all who are dealing with the aftermath
Of this terrible storm.

Without power but with a gas burner cooking could continue
And it became a way to carry on, to produce some
Comfort to anyone who needed a home cooked meal.
It's amazing what you can produce on a gas burner!
I was fortunate to have stocked up before the storm
and cooked my way through the ingredients before they
spoiled .

Although there will be no school for the foreseeable
future we are getting on and regrouping.  I miss
Blogging and my blogging friends and hope to
be up and running soon.   


  1. What a horrible time you have been having. So glad you posted this via the phone - it worked just fine. Take care of yourselves. Hoping things get much better for you really soon.

  2. Mary, happy to hear your family is safe and you have power restored. Where are you exactly? NY or NJ? I am on SI and so unbelievably grateful to have been spared and have power. xo

  3. It is good to hear from you, and I'm so glad to hear you missed the worst of it's devastation. My heart goes out to people who have suffered through it. It must have been very frightening to live through.
    Hopefully things will get back to some kind of normalcy for you all soon.
    Take care Mary!!!

  4. I'm SO glad you are ok. Yes, everything but your lives can be replaced! So good that your house was spared the falling trees! I hope you get power back soon!

  5. Mary, so sorry to hear that you have been hit by Hurricane Sandy. Mercifully, none of you were hurt, but there has been much damage and devastation around you. I've been thinking so much about all the people who have lost their homes and their belongings. Look after yourselves, it sounds as if you are helping others too with the help of your gas burner.
    We shall be here when you come out of all of this.

  6. It is really hard to see the devastation in your area. I hope that you do know help is there and more on the way. It must be very frustrating not to be able to get news as well as all you need to survive. I hope you can get back to your life very soon.


  7. so great to know that you and your family are ok, what a terrible disaster!

  8. It´s good to be reading this Mary, and to know you´re all safe. It really is devastating to see so many loose parts of their life. Reaching out and trying to help is always soothing and I hope the area you live in will recover as soon as possible.
    Hope to see you around here soon!

  9. So glad you are okay!! and fortunate you are that the trees missed the house! We will look forward to seeing you back in the kitchen though :) Take Care!

  10. So thankful that you and yours are safe and doing OK after such a terrible storm. An event like this always helps me focus on what's really important in this world. Take care.

  11. Hi Mary. I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are safe. I am also so sad to hear about all the devastation back east. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. I grew up back east. I lived in NY, RI and DC so there is a huge part of me still there. I just ask that we all send a prayer to those families that have been impacted by the storm and also send a prayer and some love to mama earth. I would love for us all to live in a time where there is just PEACE. No violence, no natural disasters, no disease, just peace and joy! That is my wish and prayer for us all.
    Keep hanging in there Mary.

  12. It sounds much worse than I thought. I hope everything goes back to normal soon. Great that you have a gas cooker, its at least as good as electric, which is great.

  13. I'm glad to hear that you and your family are coping against such odds. I hope you get power quickly and school re starts. The devastation looks dreadful on the tv, thank goodness your home was spared. Thinking of you and so many others hurt by this storm. Jude x

  14. Good to hear you nd your family are okay- hope things get back to normal soon.

  15. Stay safe! I hope you're up and running soon!

  16. So happy you are safe. I'm in RI. Our little state got slammed. We were lucky and didn't lose power, but there are so many still without. Prayers are with you.

  17. oh my gosh, so scary , I'm so glad you are safe, my thoughts are with you, keep safe,

  18. I'm glad you're all okay!!! I wish I could do more to help everyone, from all the way over here... make big batches of soup if nothing else!! Here's hoping things rebuild as quickly as they can.

  19. I'm glad you are safe and well. Please know you and those affected are in our prayers. Hang in there.

  20. Mary I truly hope you and family are safe, and manage to get back to daily lives asap. My thoughts are with you.

  21. I'm glad to hear that your family is OK! Take care!

  22. Mary,
    So glad that you,your family. and home are safe. My heart and prayers go out to you and everyone that has been affected by Sandy.

  23. I am so sorry to hear about the damage this storm caused Mary. I'll be thinking of you and your family. I cannot begin to imagine how scary and unreal this must all have been and still be. Be safe.

  24. ÁNIMO AMIGA.... Todo volvera a su lugar,pero... quien devuelve el esfuerzo y las ilusiones de toda una vida.

  25. Hi Mary, I didn't know, although I should have known that you were most likely affected by Superstorm 'Sandy' we were, a few days before you, but not nearly as bad, here in S. Florida. Although we went through a lot worse during another hurricane back in 2006-no power for 2 weeks; I also cooked on a single gas burner (amazing how handy that comes in)

    So nice of you to let us know you and your family are OK, the main thing is that you didn't have all the extensive damage as others did (so horrifying)
    Stay well, and we'll be hearing from you when things will be back in normal:)

  26. Sweet Mary, I am so sorry to hear about the devastation in your town... I'm so glad you and your family are safe though! I'll keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Hugs!!!

  27. Glad to hear you are safe. Prayers for all of you.

  28. Mary, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. I get it completely as we've been hit by hurricanes here in North Carolina. You can't really understand it until you go through it yourself. We were without power for 10 days in 1997 and it certainly taught us to appreciate the small things in life. Life does get back to normal. I know at the time it doesn't seem like it ever will and you go around with this sickness in your heart as you see all the devastation around you. But the human spirit is amazing and you will be surprised at how quickly life around you is restored. My heart and prayers are with you!

  29. i am heartbroken to hear of your news. I am so glad you are okay but I can only imagine the hurt and despair and just weariness that Sandy left on the people of her path. I am glad you took comfort in cooking food- that is what brings me comfort as well and we miss you to and you are in my prayers and hope you and your family and friends will be able to put the pieces back together as quickly as you can! much love

  30. Mary, it's so good to know you and your family are okay. My prayers are certainly with all those who have suffered from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. ((Big Hugs)) sent your way.

  31. I was so sorry to hear of the devastation, but thankfully you are ok. The pictures on TV were shocking and I hope you are managing to keep your spirits up under such awful circumstances. There seems to be more natural disasters of late, even here in Australia.
    There is always joy in cooking and sharing with others. Hope things soon improve in your neighbourhood.

  32. Such sad news. We are all praying in South Africa for your safety.
    It's good to hear you and your family are safe.
    Cooking is such a comforting way to get through.
    Hope to hear your town is up and functioning soon.
    Please keep us updated.
    Blessings from South Africa

  33. Oh Mary, I'm so glad to hear that you are all alright. I know there has been just devastation all over the east coast and it just breaks my heart to see. At least you and your family are safe. Take care of you!!

  34. I cannot begin to imagine what you have been going through. The news pictures were desperately sad, and my heart goes out to those who are still suffering. I am glad you remained safe. I hope things soon get back to normal for you.

  35. So sorry to hear about the devastation all around you but really glad to hear that you're OK. I hope you get back to some kind of normal soon.

  36. Dear Mary Im so sorry you have a lot porblems with Sandy, fortunately you and family are OK.
    Hope yu get back to normal life soon!! I miss you too, yesterday I was thinking Marie dont post many days and I remember you were in New Yourk.
    We wait for you, take care:)

  37. Dear Mary, very sorry to hear all the loss, just incredible.. all thoughts are with you, hope things are looking a little more bright:) keep cooking:)

  38. Mary, Your account of Hurricane Sandy made me very comfortable with our decision to stay put in Fla. So glad you survived Sandy with minimal damage. Our neighborhood was without power 7 days…my niece and nephew are still out!


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