Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Two posts in one day! It's a miracle! Or it's a hurricane and I'm afraid power will be out shortly. Either way: two posts! It's getting windy (as of 1:30 p.m. EDT) and it's incredibly rainy. I can't tell you how many times we've already had to siphon the window well of water. We figure 30 gallons maybe? Ugh. But it's better than a flooded floor.

How grateful I am for a husband who figured out how to do this as it's so much better than just bailing. So grateful. It's working great. I am dreading the night, however. It will be worse than having a newborn, what with our frequent wake-ups to drain the well.

After playing a bit in the morning, we took advantage of power still being on and did some chores. Rhett loves vacuuming up spiders, so I let him have at them.

These cookies are technically for his preschool Halloween party Wednesday, but we baked up a couple and enjoyed them for sure.

But by 11:00 a.m., we were ready to get out of the house. When some good friends invited us to go to lunch, we couldn't get out quickly enough. I was surprised at how many cars were on the road.

After lunch I really wanted to see how full the local creek was so I made Chuck take a detour. Uh, let's just say it's super full.

And while it might seem like I'm taking this lightly, I'm not. We are prepared (water, food, etc.), but when the weather says that the rain is only going to get harder tonight and the wind is already making me nervous, let's just say that I'm not at all comfortable and probably won't be until Thursday. Friday. Saturday at the latest.

Update: Or I feel better today! We didn't lose power and given the winds have really calmed, we're not likely to. Schools and government are still out, giving us a day to recover. Chuck was a superman and woke every hour or two to bail the water and we escaped flooding! Of course we're grateful for how lucky we were, but saddened by the devastation that rocked other parts of the country.


  1. I'm incredibly impressed that Chuck figured out how to siphon the water!! Way to go!! Also...this might be a bad idea, but tonight could you let it fill into a kiddie pool instead of a bucket- so you have to wake up less?? Just a thought! Looks like in lieu of everything going on, you had a great morning and seem prepared for the worst!! Hang in there! We're thinking of you!

    1. emily--good idea, except that who is strong enough to carry a kiddie pool full of water? maybe we could get rid of the water some other way though...i'll talk to my civil engineer (chuck) and see what he says. thanks!

  2. i think emily has a good idea - i was going to say it's a bummer you didn't buy a great big bucket or something earlier. how about a trash can - too tall?

    good luck tonite. can't wait for it to be all over for ya!

  3. We've been thinking about you guys. Glad to hear you are safe and sound and on top of the water. Good luck! Wish we could do something to help.