Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This Too Shall Pass

I told myself I would not blog for a few days,  because my heart is heavy and I am consumed with guilt.  Yes, guilt, because I have power and so many others on Staten Island do not.  Why, I do not have the answer.  We are not near beach areas, so are thousands of others who still lost power.  There is a hospital a few miles away, maybe our grid was spared?  I don't know.  But "humbled" and "grateful" are two favorite words the last few days.

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.

So far no children have come trick or treating.  Update:  I got a whole bunch of kids trick or treating and went through all the candy. Happy to see them.  

(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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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Sunrise on Staten Island, day after Hurricane Sandy

The aftermath - PATH Trains.  This is intense

I have no words, except that I am grateful for minimal discomfort, and praying for all who were not as fortunate.

Updated to remove a "phony" photograph and replace it with a verified photo


Bye, bye Sandy, you big bully

The flock here survived Frankenstorm.  We lost power at 9:45 PM and literally it was pitch black.  In other storms, some parts of the development would have power while others didn't, and usually street lights will remain.  Not this time.  I am lucky that power came back at 6 AM,  I ran down to put the heat on and hear the news.   Still a little apprehensive that it will go out again while repairs are being done.

SI resident wading through water near her home in New Dorp Beach

Everything is still closed today.  All four bridges are still closed, the rain stopped and the wind is dying down.  I opened my front door a teeny bit and the air smelled so clean and fresh.  Not the norm for us so if there is a "perk" from this, Sandy blew our smog and pollution away temporarily.

I want to thank all of you who sent emails inquiring about how things were for me, I appreciate your sweet concern and prayers.  I am still sending prayers to those not as fortunate and in flooded "Zone A" and still without power.  Clean up will be a major thing with all the trees that are down.  

Winds from Sandy knocked over this crane on top of a 1000 foot bldg being constructed in Manhattan

And here is a little "only in New York" moment:  I heard of someone ordering Chinese food last night...................and they delivered.  Only in New York.  (shaking my head)


Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy's 'Almost' Here

Storm surge (Verrazano Bridge in background, closed).  Just about everything is closed.   Less than two hours until landfall.


Why don't tropical storms STAY where they belong?!

We are NOT the tropics!  So far, we are hanging tight.  The bad part is supposed to hit late this afternoon into tomorrow morning.  I am doing things so fast in case we suddenly lose power.  

Quick shower, make coffee, make an egg white omelet, feed the birds, light a religious candle and run some heat.  Temperature here is 57, not too bad but it will drop when the 80 mph winds hit.

This is an intersection several miles from my home.  I have been up and down this road a thousand times, have never seen it like this.  I took this photo from our local paper.

My friend in Brooklyn, another borough, said she got her mail delivery.  I have to walk down to the mail boxes, that is not happening!

I did have phone issues, lost the dial tone, then it came back.  I am having trouble reaching people who use another cable provider for their phones.  Oh well.  I need to be praying, anyway.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Waiting Game

My view right now:

My neighbor already has a piece of siding dangling..........

We are about 28 hours away from land fall.  Mass transit will be shut down at 7 PM.  NYC public schools closed tomorrow.  Mandatory evacuations for those in "Zone A".  Broadway shows cancelled tonight and tomorrow.  

Sandy is not playing fair.

There was a 7.7 earthquake in British Colombia, Canada.  Universe trying to send a message?


Hurry, Sandy, and Let's Get It Over With!

Never underestimate a woman born and raised in New York City. - Aviva Drescher, Real Housewives of NYC

I can no longer watch the news.  When the weatherman starts sputtering as he is talking about the impending Frankenstorm, well, I just can't deal with it.  

I am hunkered down as best as I could be, have lanterns, batteries, canned goods, bottled water, a tasty milky Brie and a bottle of wine.  Oh, and some Halloween candy!  So I am ready.  I want it to be over with already.  I hate power outages, and I think we will be affected.  We dodged the bullet last year with Irene, I don't know if we can dodge another.  

So if you don't hear from me, you will know why.  

Wishing all of you a wonderful Halloween week, and I'll see ya when I see ya!  


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Favorite Pumpkin Bread

I have had this recipe for so long, I don't remember where I got it from.  I have it written by hand on a piece of note paper that is well worn.  

Recipe makes three (3) large loaves.  I like to make mini loaf sized pans to give to friends.  You should get about 12 of those, depending on pan size.  This bread freezes very well. 

This hand nut grinder is about 47 years old.  My mother bought it in Williamsburg, Virginia when we visited there in 1965.  I always use this to chop my walnuts or pecans.

Ready for the oven.

They smell so good.  It was cloudy and dreary here, and I felt a little chilly.  I hate to put the furnace on just yet.  So baking helped warm up the house.

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsps. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsps. cinnamon
2 tsps. allspice (optional)
2 tsps. baking soda
1 cup water
1 cup oil (I use vegetable oil)
2 cups (1 15-oz. can) pumpkin
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup raisins (I omitted)
1 cup chopped nuts  (I used walnuts)

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Make a well.  Mix wet ingredients in another bowl and add wet to the well in the dry. Fold til thoroughly moistened.  Add nuts and raisins, distribute evenly.

Bake in three greased and floured loaf pans (8x4, 9x5) 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  Cool completely before wrapping and storing.

For the mini's, I used 6 x 3.5 and baked them for 35 minutes.  (I started checking them at 25 minutes.)

Perfect for breakfast or snack.  Here is a mini loaf dressed and ready to go.

Sharing with Full Plate Thursday, Favorite ThingsFoodie Friday, Simple & Sweet Fridays, Farm Girl Blog FestSunny Simple Sunday, Seasonal Sundays,  Southern Sundays, and On The Menu Monday.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Nice Fall Day

It's no secret, I LOVE  fall.  I wish it would last six months.  But there is a time for every season, so I just make sure I get my fall fix to last me through the cold, snowy winter.

Celebrating my friend Addie's birthday last week (it's tomorrow, the  25th), we spent a day together savoring the season.   We stopped at Melick's in Oldwick, New Jersey

A pause that refreshes

We drove down a bit further and discovered this little gem in Pittstown, New Jersey

An old barn on the property

Interesting  old tool collection 

These have to be the last of the tomatoes!  Of course, I had to buy some

Thinking ahead for Christmas baking.  Need this for my family tradition of struffoli (honey balls).  This is made from wild flowers, I have only tasted clover honey.  

Then we met the 'lady' of the farm

Don't know her name

Egg on her face?  Nah, just some pumpkin

Had her eye on us the whole time

We went for  a birthday lunch/early dinner at Cracker Barrel.  We both had the Sampler, and Addie had a pumpkin custard topped with a gingersnap for dessert.  

I do love fall!

Linking to Outdoor WednesdaySeasonal Sunday, Sunny Simple Sunday, Potpourri Friday, Farm Girl farm Fest, Your Sunday Best, and Simple & Sweet Friday.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Southern Bloggers Conference, Part II

Sunday morning, the 14th, was sunny and bright, high 70's.  A group of 25 SoBC attendees assembled in the hotel lobby, and off we went to a delicious brunch at Nofo at the Pig, an eclectic gift shop and restaurant in a former Piggly Wiggly supermarket.  

There was an adorable "chef's garden" at the entrance.  A shopping-cart-turned-planter was filled with huge ferns.

There was eye candy everywhere in this place.  A colorful chandelier made with beads.

Another colorful chandy, this one with flying pigs!  (a former Piggly Wiggly, right?)

This dapper pig claimed he had 'kinfolk' up north, near "Philly".  Hmmmm, I do see a resemblance to a certain Pennsy pig named Earl.

We had a private dining area just for us.  Lots of dishes and serving pieces

Colorful Fiesta Ware

My idea of a southern breakfast.  My table mates were surprised to hear me order grits.  These were so delicious. Of course, my accent was like a light above my head.  Everyone knew I was not a local  :)

After breakfast, our first stop was at Twelve Forks Junction, a new store that opened just for us bloggers on Sunday.  

They also gave out bags of pecans and had bottles of water for us.

The pecans were from trees on the property

A close up

We spent some time at Vintage Village, and we enjoyed a brown bag lunch at SuZanna's in the village

Love this fence (and the sign)

Loved these metal goat sculptures of Maaa and baaaby

This vintage trailer was a huge hit, it was adorable.  I would love one in my yard

I needed to rest up a bit for my flight home, so I left the thrifting tour earlier than I would have liked.  But I am so glad I got to do most of it.

Thanks to Brittany for leading us on the tour, and my very sincere thanks to Suzy for driving me around and to Lani for getting me back to the hotel.  

For Part I of the SoBC weekend, click here.

Linking to Seasonal SundaysSunny Simple Sundays and Potpourri Friday.

Y'all have a good week!


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