Yes, we not only survived the hurricane, we were super lucky and had minor damage (downed fences) at home and none at the office. Thank you for the emails and comments checking on me. It's nice to know someone is watching to see if you do blow off the face of the earth. This is the front of our house Saturday morning when the last remnants of the storm were finally leaving. I certainly thought the old, poorly formed tree on the right was a goner and us along with it, but alas, it just lost some limbs. The ropes on the tree are for Olivia's swing which we took down. I'm sure our neighbors appreciated not being awakened with that in their living room.
So the absolutely devastating pictures you are seeing of the coastline and other areas is not us. Those areas are about 60 miles east of us. We are above water and intact. Schools reopen next Monday and I expect things to improve dramatically by this weekend. Gas stations and grocery stores are reopening slowly but surely. Unfortunately, the coastal regions will not be back to "normal" for months.
This was my first significant hurricane and it stunk. It's loud, it's wet, it's inconvenient. The preparations wear you out and then you sit and wait. And then it finally hits and you lay awake trying to determine if that gust of wind sounded stronger than the last one. And trying to identify noises that sound a bit like thunder or perhaps a dumpster flying into a building. And trying to figure out how far through the storm you are and how much is left. I grew up in the land of tornadoes and those come without warning and are fast. Unfortunately, that is also why they kill a lot of people, but they are over before you know it. These hurricanes go on and on.
And being my first, I didn't even think about the aftermath. 2 million people without power. No water for modern conveniences or more importantly, fighting fires. Cell phones did not work until today so you had no way to communicate with anyone. Text messages arrived about 36 hours after they were sent, which is not a communication time frame I am used to.
And we never even lost our power like virtually all of our neighbors did. We just lost water and cable and the water came back Sunday. I won't call to complain about the cable yet. :) I don't even want to think about what it must be like to have had significant damage or just complete destruction. Those people have got to be drained, exhausted and a bit over the edge. But amazingly, very few deaths due to the early evacuations and local governments have already done a tremendous job of moving people out of the ravaged areas and providing provisions for those in areas that are inhabitable. Isn't that crazy to refer to a part of a major city as "inhabitable"? Weird stuff.
Fortunately, the office and warehouse were untouched and have power, water and internet. My sister came today for internet connectivity, as she is one of the "office homeless." Come to think of it, she's been at my house every night as well for the power. Time for her power to come back!
Oh and my birthday was Sunday. For some reason, it got overshadowed a bit. I did bake a homemade chocolate cake for myself since running to the store for a cake was not an option. It was pretty good, if I say so myself.