As many of you know, we live on the south coast of Rhode Island, not directly on the ocean, but close enough – close enough to have received a mandatory evacuation notice for hurricane Irene.
We, and most of our neighbors decided to stay. If it had been a category 2 or higher, we would have left. Anyway, as I write this early Sunday morning, Irene has arrived. I took my dog out, hoping to avoid the bad stuff that’s coming, but already it is so windy that she was nearly blown over.
Yesterday, I took out all stakes and garden supports that would become projectiles. That meant more or less destroying the tomatoes and the beans are history. I picked everything that was remotely ripe and brought it inside. I guess the bright side is I’ll have less clean-up to do in the fall.
My beautiful Joe Pye weed, the helenium and the sunflowers that looked so great yesterday are already being smashed. And forget the zinnias. I cut two giant bouquets yesterday knowing they would probably be my last.
I had to take down the hummingbird feeders, of course, and this morning there was one desperately looking for food. I put up one in the most sheltered part of the deck area, but I can see it blowing around and I’ll probably have to take it down soon.
The salt pond is already looking like a giant lake. The timing of the tide isn’t helping either.
I guess the most important thing now is to have all our emergency supplies ready and be thankful we are safe.
It sure is dark right now, though — as dark as night.
Update: 10 am
Windier now. The salt pond is churning with whitecaps. We still have power, though – for now.
I have left the one hummingbird feeder up on the lee side of the house and believe it or not, they’re feeding!
Update Sunday, 8 pm: The hummingbirds continued to feed until about 7:30. After watching them today, I respect them even more. The wind is still screaming and whistling, and I am sick to death of listening to it. We have been without power since this morning and we may not get it back for days. Our land line phone is now officially out. I’ve been thinking about our thin veneer of civilization, and our little tech toys and how pathetic they are in the face of nature.
I will try to post tomorrow, but it will depend on my “tech toys” and whether I can keep them charged and running. I promise to stay in touch as best I can.
I made a stir fry on my camp stove tonight and it was delicious.
Update: Tuesday, 8:30 am: Sitting in a cafe in town, trying to charge all the gadgets at once. Still no power at home. Last night, I cooked rapidly thawing steaks on our charcoal grill, with the eggplant I picked from my garden before the storm. It was a delicious dinner, and we ate outside, enjoying the sight of our neighborhood in complete darkness. No annoying streetlights to interfere with the stars! This morning, I made coffee on our camp stove.
I have never seen as many hummingbirds as I had at the feeders Monday morning. They were swarming! I still can’t believe they continued to feed throughout the storm. They are so hardcore.