Hello friends, I'm posting this quick blog to let you know what happened in the past week and why I was MIA on SparkPeople.
I live in the Northeast so was partially in the path of Tropical Storm Isaias. My area started to feel the effects of the storm a week ago last Tuesday. It actually didn't seem too bad by me... there was wind and bouts of torrential rain but I didn't think it was as bad as some other storms we've experienced. BUT my power went out last Tuesday morning on 8/4/20. It didn't come back until earlier this week.
Thank God there was no damage to my house. Since I live on a mountain, there were no problems with flooding. I do have a bit of a mess in my yards around the house. Still haven't cleaned it all up yet. The past week just drained all the energy out of me.
No mistake, last week was tough .. because I live way out in the country, everything here runs on electricity. When I have no power, I have NOTHING... no electricity so no internet, no refrigeration, no fans, no water, no toilet.
Here's pictures from the storm that day:
Rain coming down in backyard
My wet deck
More wet deck
My wet front porch
After the storm, the sun actually came out. Since there was no power and I couldn't do anything else, I walked to the nearby park for a walk. While I was able to get a walk, I found storm damage there too.
The last of the storm clouds leaving our area.
Tree down across the path in the park.
An entire corner of the park was flooded - a new pond had formed from the rain.
Another view of the park flooding.
My lunch and dinner for most days of the outage - roast chicken, veggie or baked beans, and a corn muffin or piece of bread from the market. Dranks lots of bottled water and a couple diet sodas- our market gave cases of water free to residents with no power. Breakfast was a granola or cereal bar.
One of my nearby friends did help me during the outage - they had a camping stove that we could heat some canned food in, and I had to get convenience foods like granola bars and cereal bars, and snack on cereal and peanuts, and I ate a lot of roast chicken daily from the market. I started keeping a cooler with ice where I could store the daily chicken, eating it for lunch and dinner. My friend and I kept running to a truck stop about 10 miles away a few times a day to use the toilet.
The camping stove we heated a couple things on outside. the only problem then was that we had no way to store leftovers and no way to clean the dishes.
I also checked on my sister whose power kept going on and off. Because she lives in a town, she doesn't lose her water or gas stove when the power goes out. She was otherwise ok. Here's pictures of 2 of her feral cat friends at the apartment complex she lives in. The kitties like me too.
This is Prince.. he's not sure of humans but he takes food from residents who offer it.
This is Sheba - she is super sweet and friendly.
On one of my runs to Walmart for food, I was NOT happy to see this new sign that they only accept exact change and if you don't give it, they WILL round up to the next dollar. I think that's stealing and not sure how they get away with it!
Unfortunately I did lose all my food in the refrigerator and freezer.
The saddest sight of my refrigerator. I lost a lot of frozen meat and other food supplies.
So it was a stressful week, and it was so HOT. I was drained by the end of the week. I was so happy when the power came back on the other night...we had lost power for 7 or more days. I think I took a triple shower and shampoo to clean up.
If you'd like to see some other pictures of the effect of the storm, I found more pictures on the weather site:
Hope you all had an otherwise safe and good week! When I recover myself, I will resume my 100 days blogging... I've just been so exhausted this week.
Sending out love and hugs to all my sparkfriends...