Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricanes, Family, and Leaks

First of all, I wanted to thank all of you who showed concern for my safety.  It means so much to know there are people who care.

The worst of it is over.   Irene has passed and the cleanup begins.  Not that we really had any damage, thank goodness, but they have lifted the evacuation warnings, and the other hurricane has left my house.  My sister-in-law and her crew left a short while ago, leaving me to pick up the pieces.  Now is the time to sweep up the crackers and return all my breakables to their proper places.  I've a large collection of the faceless dolls from the Dominican Republic and another collection of angels.  Very breakable so with four children, all under six, it is better to be safe than sorry.  It was an exasperating, noisy 24 hours, to say the least.

But others have had it so much worse so I'm not about to sit and complain.  Some have lost everything.  I heard a news report that said the little bungalows located at Broad Channel in the Rockaways were seen floating down the street.  On the upside, lives that could have been lost were saved....a 12 year old girl who went surfing with her mom watching and two young men who went out kayaking.  For the life of me, I can't understand why excitement means more than one's life...or how could a mother stand there and watch her child do something so dangerous.  I shake my head in disbelief.  And, sadly, from what I here, the storm-related deaths that did occur because of Irene were of people who just didn't heed the warnings.

Just got back online a short while ago.  It was exactly 4:22 am that I was awoken by a knock at my door.  It seems there was a severe leak in my son's room...where the family was staying.  Son volunteered to move to the sofa. A pretty dangerous situation, it was.  Now, being that we are on the first floor, I highly doubt the leak could have come from the roof or maybe it could, I don't know, but it was powerful enough for us to cut the power.  We woke up the man upstairs who checked and said 'it's not from me.  There must be a brick loose.'   Not that I believed him.  He will never admit to doing wrong....and strangely, even though the rain kept on falling, the leak miraculously faded away.  In the morning, the pail was empty.

Hubby and I waited until daylight to check outdoors, and there was no loose brick, not even a crack in the wall...but there was his window directly above my son's room.  Hmm!!!  I wonder.  Can't prove anything, will just have to wait and see the next time it rains.  

All in all, I am glad Irene has passed in more ways than one.  I am thankful that no one died in this storm; it could have been so much worse here.  This time our mayor handled things well, unlike the day of the blizzard.  In my book, it is always better to be safe than sorry.  My house is peaceful and quiet, and I am about to say a prayer of thanks take a nap, but wanted to check in before I did to let you know that all is okay with the world. 


  1. This is most definately A NAP DAY!
    All is Well that ends Well.

  2. I am so glad to hear from you! So glad you are safe.
    Now the hurricane is coming here, but it won't be too bad. It's raining right now and there is some wind, but it will get worse as the evening wears on.

    In a way, I am relieved hubby is not here any more. We'd both we very worried about a power failure. And probably a good long one too, necessitating an ambulance ride and hospital stay.

    I'd have locked up my breakables too, especially the angels.
    Stay safe.

  3. Glad to hear you weathered both the indoor and outdoor storms.
    Bright blessings.

  4. Absolutely good news from you. Glad to hear all is well, except for the mystery leak! Continue to take care during the city clean=up.

  5. happy to hear that you and the family are okay! hugs and love! have a wonderful afternoon!

  6. Hmmmm. The mystery leak sounds like a case for Sherlock Holmes!

  7. I have been holding you in my thoughts dear Mary. what a time! thank the angels you are safe xo

  8. Oh I'm so happy you are all safe and sound Mary! I couldn't go to bed until I knew if you had posted anything...I've been holding you in my thoughts and prayers all day.

    Happy to that your home can once again return to normalcy. Bless You for being an Earth Angel!

    Sleep Well and let us know if you have to work tomorrow? I'll worry you have to traverse flooded streets, subways, etc...


  9. YES it does mean a LOT, when people leave caring comments!!!!!! And yes, we are grateful to each of them!!!! I understand.

    Now to read the rest of your post!!!!

    Sooooooooooooooooo glad to see you post this morning!!!!!!!


  10. THEY ARE GONE! Thankfully! I kept thinking of you.

    Oh gracious, I can imagine the left-mess!

    OK, I'll just read the rest now, and stop stopping and sending comments on each line. -grin-

    Maybe, I will........... I'll try. :-)

  11. Oh THANK YOU for taking a few minutes to post!!!! Oh good grief yes.

    I'm sooooooooooooooooo glad they have left! Been able to leave! So glad their place was able to be returned to!!!!!!!

    I have no idea how you got through 24 hours with 4 kids under 6, let alone the adults too.

    -sigh- Now... Your son's bedroom. Which will need repairing, or mold will set in. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to whatever the cause was.

    OK! You survived the invasion. That's what makes me the most happy!!!!!!!!!!

    Lots and lots of hugs............

  12. So glad your well and that it wasn't any worse.

  13. Hi sweet friend....Glad you are all ok....that mystery leak is a WHOLE other matter though. (O: