Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Post-Frankenstorm Halloween!

We made it safely through Hurricane Sandy!  We have been without electricity since Monday evening around 6:30, but we are safe and doing well.  Monday I managed to get everybody showered and the tub filled with water for flushing the toilets (we have our own well which runs on electricity), baked chocolate chip cookies, did two loads of laundry (washed and dried - I was afraid the power would go out in between!), cooked dinner and ran the dishwasher!  The house was still clean from the weekend and we froze bottles of water to keep the fridge cold.  We were as prepared as we could be.

We were fortunate that the only real damage we suffered, besides the chimney cap blowing off, was that our new trampoline blew into the far corner of our next-door neighbor's backyard.  Can you see it there in the far right corner of this picture? It started out to the left of the cleared square, behind the two trees and blew clear across our yard and theirs!

We're not sure how much damage it sustained, but it's a small price to pay!  We feel so fortunate that we have a dry home and we're all safe!  We've heard so many stories of tragedy and loss over the last few days.

Another way we've been fortunate is that our fantastic Mahopac Public Library did not lose power and has been open from noon to 5 since Tuesday.  Today the parking lot was already full and there was a crowd of people waiting to get in before the doors even opened!  People are coming in to charge their electronic devices, to get on the internet, rent movies, use flush toilets, warm up, and get a free cup of coffee.  There's practically standing room only on all three floors!  Here are some shots of the Youth Services area...
 the program rooms where we are showing movies...
 the computers in the Teen Zone
 and the Information Desk and Cafe area.
I wasn't even scheduled to work these afternoons, but since the house is cool and dark, we may as well be here, where it's bright, cheerful, and warm, and there's lots of company.  Keep safe, everyone and hopefully we'll be back on the grid soon...

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