I’ve lived in the house that I’m in for over thirty years and while trying to get ready and waiting for the storm to hit here north of Washington, DC, my life is kind of as blurry as the photo on the left. I went out to pick the last of the roses in the gardens because I wanted something pretty on the dining room table. In this area, a killing frost often doesn’t come until November, so there were some still left to make me smile each time I walked past. I realized that when I shot the photo, I probably should go get a tripod to steady my hands, but decided to leave the photo the way that it is as it speaks to how I’m feeling.
I have tons of supplies, and the town I live in has the power lines below ground, so we don’t usually lose electricity during the storm. It’s afterwards, when other areas get brought back on-line, that our power gets cut for a day or two.
Still living alone with two cats can be scary when the winds are howling outside. My best friends are my next door neighbors and I know they will check on me. Still… still. I’m not still! What else can I say? I realized that as I was typing this posting how many mistakes I was making over a process that I know very well by now. I thought that I was pretty calm, having gone through many hurricanes before, having lived all my life on the east coast of the States. I have water in jugs and filled the bathtubs for bathing. I took down the things hanging outside. I’m going to run the vacuum cleaner and I’ve got a load of wash going… and then, and then,….here I wait.
I wrote in a blog awhile back about my sewing bug-out bag in case I ever had to evacuate my beloved house. I’m sure that I won’t need to do that. but to calm my nerves, I’ll go downstairs soon and sew. That’s been my fallback through a divorce, many surgeries, and lots of sad times. Losing myself in the beading somehow brings me peace and comfort. I could use some of that right now as the winds periodically pick up and the leaves blow past my window.
Note:Tuesday’s blog is already scheduled to be posted. More will follow as the electricity prevails!
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