Just wanted to let everyone know we made it through the storm. Hurricane Sandy sure threw us for a loop. I was certain the hurricane would just be a little storm for our part of Jersey, but I was wrong. A few hours into the storm, our power went out, which also meant we had no water and no heat. It was fine for awhile, and we were determined to stick it out. We moved the entire family to the first floor and piled up on a futon mattress to sleep. I spent a long and eerie night listening to the wind gusts and watching the trees bend in the light of the full moon. Every once in awhile I'd hear a crash or bang on the roof and nudge Thomas, who'd tell me it was probably just a tree branch falling on the house.
When we woke the next morning, we were happy to find our house still in tact and no trees on top of it. We did have several limbs in the driveway, but Thomas made quick work with the saw and soon the driveway was passable again. Unfortunately, we lots a few of our big 100 foot poplars, which tipped over from the roots. We also had a few trees split in half. Compared to the rest of New Jersey, we were lucky.
After cleaning up the driveway and inspecting the property, we turned on the transistor radio and listened to a station taking callers and answering questions about the storm. It became obvious pretty quickly that New Jersey was in shambles and that our power wouldn't be coming on any time soon (the power company said it would be 7-10 days). So, we decided to make the best of a bad situation and head down to Tennessee.
We've been staying with my parents for a few days and spent Halloween trick-or-treating around my old hometown.
Seamus was a vampire and Vivian was a little bat. I made the bat hat on the road between Roanoke, Va and Knoxville, Tn. Thomas made the bat dress, but he didn't get around to hemming the neckline and sleeve cuffs because the power went out before he could finish. Still, I think she looks pretty cute with her chubby cheeks. Seamus made an awesome and scary vampire.
We're really enjoying our visit to Tennessee, but I have to say I feel a little guilty having power, heat, water and a halloween when all of my Jersey and New York friends are still in the dark and cold.
We'll be in Tennessee at least through the weekend, maybe longer if our power is still out.