I finally touched base with a friend today. She was able to get cell service after driving half way to my house, and brought her cell phone for me to charge. I offered her coffee, she said she can make coffee and tea and actually cook on the gas top stove. She had hot water for a shower. Her 88 year old aunt was fine, and had power thankfully, but no phones. I heard of another couple, good friends of hers, with 3 feet of water in the basement and no furnace. They do have power, no heat, no phones. I gave her a pumpkin bread, and she was happy. Such a trivial thing but it made her smile and shout "yeah". She said in a day or two she might be taking me up on my offer to do laundry or take a shower here.
My friends in Jersey are OK but without power. They are managing as one would expect. I have a friend trying to get home from Florida. I think they may have gotten a flight for tonight, or else they were renting a car, loading it with supplies, and driving up. My thought was, stay where you are til the end of the week. My friend said to me, we feel so bad being down here while others at home are in need. We've got to get back.
(Another friend, all I can do is leave messages. Don't know if she received them. We did speak on Tuesday. I think I am going to drive over there and ring the bell. I am almost afraid to leave my house.) Update: She was able to get her cell phone to work and called me. They are fine but still without power.
I wanted to have a fun post for today. But I never had time to do what I wanted. Very limited Halloween decor. And Con Ed does power us down for extended periods while they do repair work. Small price to pay compared to what others are going through.
But this too shall pass. We are on the road to recovery and will be back to our new normal soon (I hope).
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