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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Adapting

Welcome to The Tablescaper. Thank you all for your good wishes throughout the fall out of Hurricane Sandy. The bottom line is that we are safe and that’s what counts.

We live in the center of Long Island, and as I write this post, midday Sunday from Target, we still do not have power or heat. We do have hot water so that is a blessing! My brother has a home on Eastern Long Island and they had about 6 inches of water in his home. That has been a chore, particularly without heat to dry it out.

Those around us are slowly getting power back. Our church got it back around 7 pm last night and so mass was full today!

A good friend of mine that has power held a party last night. It was a LOT of fun. We all plugged in our electronics around her home while she and her husband wined and dined us. We discussed the importance of socialization and how great it was to be together – with lights and heat!

Blogging is a mode of socialization too and with no power or internet, that is gone too!

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My new friend is my French press coffee pot. As long as you can make hot water, you can have a decent cup of coffee.  You learn a lot when you lose power. I learned I really need that morning cup of coffee!

Hope you and your families are fairing well. I long to be in a position to have power and internet and lose myself in the beauty of your homes and surroundings that you all generously share.

– The Tablescaper

45 comments:

Carol said...

I'm so glad you & yours are safe! My prayers are with everyone affected by the storm. I pray you get your power back soon! Take care.

Smiles,
Carol

Eileen said...

I hope your power is restored soon and things clean up quickly! I have a lot of family in New Jersey who got hit pretty good, too. Sending good thoughts your way!

Barbara F. said...

I hope power is restored soon.....saying extra prayers for all affected. I have not been able to reach cousins living in Nassau County. LILCO better step it up some more! What a nice friend to have all of you there. A friend in need is a friend, indeed. xo

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Thinking of our friends on the east coast ...keeping you in our prayers!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

So glad that you are safe and sound. Hang in there; I know that many power trucks from Louisiana and other states are in the area, so help is there! I remember all too well during Katrina, we depended on 'the kindness of strangers' from all over the nation. We are thrilled to return the favor. Godspeed to all of you!
Nancy

casadeberry.net said...

I hope you get power back soon, and that life goes back to "normal" for you and your loved ones. Have a good Sunday.

Diane said...

I am just now reading your post on the effects of Hurricane Sandi. What devastation and heartache. Your photos speak volumes of what havoc it brought to so many. I know that electricians from our community have gone to Boston and NY to help out with the powerlines.

Thank the Lord that your family is okay and safe. Glad you are still able to enjoy a few small things while you wait for life to return back to normal again. God bless you my friend. Diane

Sarah said...

Alma, so good to have a message from you. Hopefully it won't be much longer before you have power. Glad you had a chance to be with friends and attend mass. Think about you constantly.........Sarah

xinex said...

I am sorry you still have no power. I pray it gets restored very soon! Take care!...Christine

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

So glad that you are safe and well, except for not having heat and lights! How wonderful you had some friends to visit and have some fun with! I hope you get your power restored soon and things get back to normal! Angie xo

A Toile Tale said...

I've had you in my prayers! It is my fervent hope that you and yours do not have too much misery and no true sorrow. It was good to hear from you, even if it was posted from Target. What would we do without Target? :-)
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Tricia said...

Glad you are okay! Thank goodness you had that French press to make coffee -- we DO need our coffee! Thanks for reporting in.

Judy Bigg said...

So glad you are safe and also that you have a friend to wine and dine you under these circumstances. Take care and it's those little things that we miss when we don't have them.

Vintage Home said...

So very thankful you are safe...and praying your power & all those around you will be restored soon.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

So glad you are okay and adapting. The French press is one of the best things to have when you don't have power. I've used a French press for years. I hope you get back to normal really, really soon. After going through more storms than we like to remember from living in the islands, keeping your sanity is on the top of the list.
Sam

Babs said...

Hi, I'm so sorry that you're still without power or heat, but glad you're safe and that your friend was able to have a party and you got all your electronics charged. Laughing about your French press...good idea. Hopefully, your power and heat will be on soon. Hugs, and God bless.
Babs

Bonnie said...

You are in our prayers and foremost on our minds.

Hope your power returns very soon. Glad you are safe.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Praying for all of you and hoping that power is restored soon. So much damage done by this storm. Sending you hugs. We miss you and hope you get back soon.

Lori E said...

How nice of your friends to have you all over. Sticking together is so important.
Last year for Christmas one of my sisters gave me a French coffee press that is thermal so it stays hot. This was because she heard about me trying to make coffee when the power was out here one time. I have a gas stove so I could boil the water but trying to pour it through a filter into the pot was not working and I was not a happy person.
Then power hasn't gone out since.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So glad to see this post & that you are okay! It's so easy to take power for granted until we lose it, isn't it? Sounds like that party was just what you all needed! Take Care, hope all is well soon! Pam

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I am so glad that you are safe....I hope that you will be able to regain your power soon!!...

Thoughts and prayers to you!!..

Suzan Ross said...

Oh my goodness. Prayers for all of you still without heat,power,water. It's shocking that this can go on for so long! I live in Canada and can barely turn on the news...we feel so helpless. You have such a wonderful attitude and I am so glad you checked in.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

I am glad you are safe. My aunt and cousin and his family all live on Long Island. Another cousin nearby is still without power.
We lost a lot - furnace, washer, dryer, computer, etc., with Hurricane Ivan in 2004. We did not get the furnace replaced for a couple months...it was the soonest anyone could get to it.
Fortunately we did have a generator.
So, my thoughts are with you, as are my prayers.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Bless you for taking the time to update us when things are so difficult right now. I am glad to hear you have hot water. I know how much of a blessing that is. When we first moved into our house here where we are on a well we learned that lesson with the first big ice storm. When the electricity went out so did our water source so we bought a generator as fast as we could. I am glad to hear you have a community that is rallying around each other. I am also really glad to hear you are okay! I will keep you and all of your family in my prayers as well.

Tina said...

So glad to hear that you and your family are safe. Hopefully you will have power soon. Please stay safe.

elizabeth said...

So glad that you are ok and so is your home. So sorry about your brother's home.

Pattie T. said...

As a tornado victim a year and a half ago, I can well sympathize. And,like you, the French Press became my great friend, as did a fondue pot, lots of tea light candles,and thawing items in the freezer.

Jojo said...

Bless you, happy to hear you are safe. Coffee IS important!

Beverly said...

I am so glad to read that you are safe. My prayers will continue, and the many impacted by this storm. I'm holding you all close in my heart.

Hopefully by tomorrow you will have power.

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

You have been in my mind all week and our prayers are with you. I hoped all was well. What a horrible, horrible storm. So very glad you are OK. Luv ya friend! Nann

The Mandatory Mooch said...

So glad to see that you are safe. Hope you get power back soon. Thinking of you. Nichi

sweet violets said...

So good to hear from you and glad you are well. Sorry you have no power yet, don't understand that myself......how do you have hot water??? What wonderful neighbors, good to stick together!!1

scrappn644 said...

Praying for you and your community.

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

I am glad that you and your family are safe. I am also glad that you had an opportunity to have some fun during this difficult time. I understand about the coffee. Two years ago, we have a major freeze. We lost power and water because our pipes froze. I was able to make coffee in the stove top perculator my mom had given to me. It helped keep us warm.
Prayers will continue for you and all those affected by this storm. Thanks for the update.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So good to hear from you and it's great to hear everyone is safe. What a horrific storm, so much destruction. Please take care!

Carolyn Robbins said...

I am glad you are safe. Praying for you and your family!

Alycia Nichols said...

I really, really hope you get your power back soon. We rely on it so much and don't get that full realization until something like this happens. I'm glad you guys are safe. And hats off to your friends who hosted the party! That HAD to lift your spirits a bit!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

So glad to hear you are now doing OK. The pictures on TV are so sad. I am sending off a package today for Socks For Sandy~ ~assistance to the Jersey shore areas hit hard also. Check FB for info about it.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Daphne said...

You are in my thoughts. I hope all of my NY buddies are back to normal soon.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

So glad to hear from you. Have been thinking of you and the others up your way and praying all will be back to nomal soon.

XO,

Sheila

Style Sisters said...

Qso happy to hear you are safe ..my thoughts and prayers have been for everyone out in your area...I hope you get power soon. I am so glad to know you are dealing with this with a happy heart and that you have been able to be with friends. Please take care and keep updating us.
Karin

Patricia Hinkel said...

I wish you and your family the best. I hope the power is restored very soon if you haven't gotten it back yet.

Pat from Pat's Pink Apron

Mary said...

So glad to hear an update but sorry to hear you are still without power! I would imagine a lot of wine-ing was enjoyed by all while you powered up your phones & devices in the comfort of heat and light! Take care :)

Deanna said...

Warm Autumn Blessings to you.
This storm will be something to recall years down the road. Not having power is life changing. I love me some power. When our power goes out, I'm amazed at how much I depend on it. Very sorry for damage caused by Sandy. May all the clean up get done in record time.

God bless and comfort you,
d

Andrea Combs said...

Glad to know that you are safe and sending prayers your way to you, your loved ones and those affected by Sandy. Take care!