August 29, 2011
Good morning from our devastated little corner of New England. The sun is shining and it's a gorgeous day. However, that's all that's good so far. Yesterday morning, Irene managed to shut down all our electrical power, cable TV, internet and phone service. All we have is a big dark house. We have food in our refrigerators and freezers but we are afraid to open the doors for fear that all the cold will come out and the food will go bad. Oh well, we have to open the doors anyway in order to eat the food. It's not a pretty picture.
The good news is that none of us got hurt. Trees came down in my daughter's yard and destroyed their fences. Thank goodness nothing hit her house or car. We have a lot of downed branches, leaves and twigs. We did lose a couple of dead trees out back, but thankfully nothing hit the house that I know of.
The dwarfs are getting unruly because they are bored. They are tired of eating peanut butter sandwiches and sitting around with nothing to do. Gee whiz! I wonder why they don't just drag out one of our board games or go for a walk. I would suggest that they might go out and clean up all the debris in the yard, but that would probably send them into shock.
I still have my cell phone, and I can charge it's battery in my car. I may have to call out of work for the rest of the week. I'll know soon. The electric company says it could be 3 to 5 days before they can try to fix our outage problem. And, without electricity, the cable (TV, internet and phone) won't be up and running anytime too soon.
I took a chance that Walmart might be open with power and was there at 7 am this morning, but they cannot open because they have no power either. I tried to use the internet at a McDonald's but it wouldn't hook on for me. So now I am sitting at my daughter Deanne's house, charging my laptop battery and posting here.
I'm hoping that someone somewhere will have a generator for me to purchase today so that I can at least hook the freezer and refrigerators, and I have to buy another supply of batteries. Ours are almost depleted. We are using candles and flashlights to see at home.
Folks, if I don't post tomorrow, I'll try to get out and come back here on Wednesday to use Deanne's internet. Gosh, this is a pain in the patootie!!! The storm itself was not too bad here, but the damage it wreaked is tremendous. Right down the stree from here there is a huge tree about 12 inches in diameter that was uprooted and dumped on the property owner's house and car. There's a lot of that sort of stuff all over.
How about a couple of photos of a butterfly and an adorable little moth? I took these a few days ago at work.
Want to see this little beauty up close and personal?
Well, now I have to take Tootsie home to get her morning meds. We left too early this morning to take care of this. Then I will have to be off shopping to see about more batteries and a generator if I am lucky. Till my next post, Y'all stay safe and have a great day.
Hugs, Edna B.