Hurricane Sandy

You may remember that I live in New York City.  You may also know, if you have listened to the news, that we were hit but hurricane Sandy.  We have survived without any trauma, at least not much, to us and our house.  We never lost power, although the lights flickered quite a bit on Monday evening and not a drop of water was found in our basement even though the ocean, which is about 3-4 blocks from our house, found it’s way to our street only 1/2 block away from our house.  That happened at high tide last evening.  The storm surge was amazing!  Our neighborhood grocery store was under 5 feet of ocean water!

We live in zone B which was not under a mandatory evacuation.  Had we decided to evacuate, it would have been last minute and then it would not have been possible.  For those that don’t know the geography of NYC, Brooklyn is on the very western end of Long Island and we can only get to our home by going over bridges or through tunnels.  Yesterday we were stranded here as all the bridges were closed due to high wind and the tunnels were actually flooded.  Fortunately, we had no need to leave and were just as happy to stay in our home!

Our public transportation was shut down on Sunday evening which meant that my son could not get to work nor could my daughter get to school for her student teaching.  But for her it wasn’t a problem since the schools were closed yesterday, today and will be closed tomorrow.  For my son the only problem is the loss of pay, but nobody was able to make it in to the office.  It’s been nice having them home!

Yesterday we were glued to the news even though we were living it.  We wanted to know how others around us were faring.   It seems they didn’t do as well.  We have been so blessed through this whole event.  God has watched over us and taken care of us and for that we are forever grateful!

I wanted to share a few pictures of the area in case you haven’t seen any.

Flooding in lower Manhattan

Flooding on Path Train platform

Facade on building collapses exposing apartments

Fire in Breezy Point, Brooklyn, a result of the storm

168-ft. tanker pushed onto Front Street, Staten Island by the storm surge — it weighs 400 tons! Hear more of the story here.

If you want to see/hear more, just google and you will find lots of pictures — that’s how I found these!  As you can see from the devastation in these pictures, we have fared well.  The winds was scary yesterday, but we survived with only a few missing shingles.  Now I can get back to focusing on designing!  🙂

Keep scrappin’,

Long Ago . . .

You know that old Karen Carpenter song that begins “Long ago and oh so far away . . .”  That’s how I feel about my last blog post.  It’s been ages or so it seems.  A lot has happened since I last wrote.  I’ll give you a brief update on what has been keeping me from posting.

My dd and I were supposed to take a short trip to Gettysburg, PA to visit my parents and my sister and her family.  We were going to leave on May 22 and return on the 26.  Well, plans certainly changed.  Johannah, my dd, ended up with jury duty that lasted a total of 12 days and of course it was during the time that we were supposed to make our trip.  She thought that she might finish on the 25th and my dh said that we could leave that day after she was done.  That is exactly what happened!  We left after she got home and packed and returned last evening around 7:00 pm.  One of the reasons that we went to Gettysburg, besides the visit with family, has made me sad.  Our dog, Oliver, has been sick and showing signs of old age.  He would often lie on the couch and yelp as though he were being hurt.  We knew that he was in pain.  So we made the decision to have him put down.  He’s been part of the family for 10.5 years and even though I knew it was the right thing to do, it was hard.  We also knew that we couldn’t afford the vet fees for this (we would also have to pay to have him cremated) so we took him to PA where we could have it done for free and have him buried.

Even though I knew it was time and it was my suggestion to do this, it’s been more emotionally draining than I thought it would be.  But I have good memories of him and that’s how I want to remember him.  Here’s a picture of him during his good times.

That is how I will remember him, in all his cuteness!!!

I was going to post some layouts for you, but I’m having problems uploading them.  I’m not sure what is going on.  In the meantime, Dawne has a freebie QP for you.  She did a layout using Aromas of Summer and turned it into a QP.  Since I can’t upload the preview, you’ll have to head on over to her blog to see it and of course snag it!  Be sure to leave her some love.  While you are there, she is offering a freebie kit (using the installment plan), called A Mother’s Love.  Be sure to get that, too!  So far she has two installments uploaded.  Installment one can be found here and installment two here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget, I want to see your layouts, so be sure to send them to me or post a link where I can find them.  I might even feature you here on my blog!

Keep scrappin’,


It’s Happening Again . . .

.  . . computer frustration that is.  I’ve been sidelined by malware or something else.  My new computer is struggling and will only work correctly in “safe mode”. So, I’ve been somewhat slowed down in my attempts to get something posted for you.  I feel terrible about that, but until I can either get this removed or reset my computer to factory settings, you won’t be seeing much of me.

I sincerely apologize for once again being MIA.  I was hoping that this wouldn’t happen for quite some time, but . . .  I’m just glad that there are other computers in the house so that I can let you know what is going on.  I’m actually writing this post from my dh’s computer since he has been gone all day.

I promise you something when I’m back up and running — I just don’t know what or when that will be.

Keep scrappin’,