Friday, November 2, 2012

I'm Back From the Land of Darkness!

Monday was my little guy's 13th birthday.  My daughter decorated his cake.

The girls made us "Hurricane Hats" to ward off the storm.  It didn't work.

(I made that pink dress the weekend before, but wasn't pleased with the neckline.  It's in the "redo pile" now).

The kids went outside to dance in the warm wind around 11 PM.

But at 11:30, we lost power.  Someone forgot to tell the power company that we had our Hurricane Hats, and were safe from power outages.

This was the biggest damage we suffered: the loss of half of a pine tree.  There were lots of small branches down, 4 pickup truck loads, to be exact.  Gathering and burning them kept the boys occupied while we had no power.  We were not amused; to be exact, we were cold, grubby and cranky.

I did manage to keep myself calm by reading a book, Mary Stewart's Touch Not The Cat, by oil lamp.  I'm appalled that it took me 3 days to read a lousy 300 page book.

But the power did come back on Wednesday night; the neighbors across our back fence still have no electricity, and have been told not to expect lights before 11PM Sunday.  And the cursed storm really didn't even hit here!  I want a generator for Christmas.


Happy Weekending, everyone!

14 comments:

KID, MD said...

Eeek! I'm glad that the damage was minor, but going without power is no fun! Thank goodness you are on the other side of that!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am so glad that you had no worse, but when you are used to electricity 24 7 it is a bit of a shock. My friends in Delaware did not even have their electricity off, the eye of the storm went right over the top of them. Hope that you have a good weekend. Diane

Big Dude said...

Part of a tree and a short power outage, compared to many others, looks like the hats worked. Glad you escaped significanrt problems.

Nichole said...

Welcome back and yay for a short outage for you! Generators are nice...

Two French Bulldogs said...

Happy Birthday!!
Benny & Lily

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Marjie, first off Happy Birthday to Mark. Hope you had a great day. So glad to hear you are all fine except for loss of power and some tree branches. The TV footage we have seen is just terrible. Take care all.
No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

SissySees said...

Welcome back, happy birthday to the not little at all little guy, and love the hats!!

Sue said...

I agree the hats worked. Bet lots of people in New Jersey wish they had them.

Glad you're all safe.

Dexter said...

Hurricane hats. Why didn't I think of that? I think they did work. Just some branches and lights out. Well done.

Mango Momma

gMarie said...

Glad to hear you weathered the storm with minimal damage. Somehow I'm willing to put money on you getting a generator for Christmas. Glad you are all safe. g

altadenahiker said...

One of the most stressful things about losing electricity is not knowing when you'll get it back again. So glad you're safe and toasty again.

Pam said...

I would want a generator for Christmas too! I am so glad your home was spared & only had to deal with down branches and a tree. The cake looks tasty! Glad you are safe.

Blond Duck said...

Ya'll are too cute! I hope you get a generator!

grace said...

what a tall brood you have! sorry the hats weren't completely fool-proof. :)