Posted at 6:08 pm , on November 3, 2012
When I first heard about “Sandy” I thought of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease. What a fun movie with good cheesy music!! Of course, John Travolta probably cringes when he remembers it. I actually saw the musical Grease off-Broadway many years ago. What I remember most about it was the great music and Ed Sullivan was in the audience. My friend and I asked for his autograph. He graciously signed our playbills. I wonder if I still have that somewhere – it may be worth something 🙂
But after this past week when I think of “Sandy” I will think of the devastation of the Jersey shore, Staten Island, NYC and Long Island. I am almost relieved that I haven’t had electricity for the last week so I haven’t had constant access to the images of the destruction. The tiny images I have seen on my smart phone have been enough to give me pause and improve my prayer life. Friday as I drove home from my mother-in-law’s in South Jersey I was brought to tears by the sight of the Coast Guard vehicles from Miami delivering generators to the Belmar area. The sight of firetrucks and utility trucks from other states heading north was so encouraging that I wept again.
I guess what I want to say is many are suffering through the aftermath of Sandy and we should reach out to them. But there are other people who weren’t effected by Hurricane Sandy but have their own unprecedented events happening. May we not forget that each and every day there are people who have just received a diagnose of a terrible disease, or suffered the death of a family member or the loss a child or lost their home in a fire. As we reach out to those effected by Sandy let’s also decide to be more aware of the needs that are always around us. Let’s not wait for “unprecedented” to be a neighbor and a friend.
Posted at 2:48 pm , on November 3, 2012
As I write this, I am doing my laundry at my friend’s house. I am also charging my computer, nook and smart phone. I am toasty warm and so grateful for good friends. My home hasn’t had electricity since Monday night. The electric went out right after I had put a meatloaf in the electric oven. Fortunately I have town water so I have had water and even hot water over the past week. I have a fireplace so I have been able to make a fire and keep the “big chill” away. The bedrooms are very cold at this point so I have moved a mattress into the livingroom and the heavy-duty sleeping bag is doing the job of keeping me warm. Below is a list of random things I have realized through the inconvenience of no electricity.
- Taking the curtains off the kitchen door lets more natural light in.
- The freezer will act as a refrigerator for the first few days. After that ice in a cooler is less of a hassle.
- Keeping your pjs, pillow, sleeping bag and clothes for the next day in the warmest rooms is a good thing.
- It is possible to put on your warm robe while still in the sleeping bag.
- Slippers and socks really do keep your feet warm.
- Scented candles should be placed with other similarly scented candles or else you have such strange scents in your home.
- The car charger is an amazing invention.
- Pay attention when the garage door installer shows you how to open the garage door when you have no electricity. I did 🙂
- Oatmeal for breakfast warms your insides. Hot tea can warm your insides and your hands.
- FB is a good thing. Texting is a good thing. Good friends are a great thing.
I have also noticed that I a prefer to say I have no electricity than to say I have no power. Because even with no electricity I still have the power to do what is right, the power to love my neighbor and the power to make a difference.