We’re Fine

The curled, crispy leaves of this Japanese maple are ready to fall.

Our power came back on Thursday evening. We were without electricity for five days.  I am only now beginning to realize how stressed out I was last week. I had to work from assorted cafe’s, shop every day for our supper (I know they do this in other countries and it’s no big deal) and remember to buy fresh ice every night to keep our stuff cold in its little coolers.

Evenings were spent sitting outside hoping the neighbors would turn off their incredibly noisy generator soon, enjoying the rare darkness, or reading while wearing a battery powered headlamp. There was extensive cell phone use, and accompanying  neurosis about running down the battery and when and where I’d be able to charge it again.

The leaves of many of the trees around here have turned brown and crispy and have simply fallen. I think the salt blown onto them by the high winds is the main culprit. The conifers are showing some yellowing on their windward sides as well. The trees will be fine, of course, but this year’s fall color – not so much.

The neighbor's Norway maple dropped almost all its leaves.

After spending many hours cleaning fridges and freezers (YUCK) I am going to just relax for a few hours,  listen to the crickets, and send positive thoughts to those people in Vermont and elsewhere who endured such horrendous flooding. All in all, we came through it just fine.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to We’re Fine

  1. HerbDoc says:

    Doing well here too. We luckily didn’t lose electricity or water for any of the time, and I have no idea how that happened since we are deep in the woods and no less than 2 miles away power couldn’t be restored until Saturday. Our only source of “problem” was no internet, phone or TV until Saturday noon. Can’t stand not having the iPod touch to check in on…we truly are a coddled bunch. Hope all who check in are fine and that Katia decides that New England is not prime real estate.


    • dirtynailz says:

      So glad to read a comment from you, HD!!!! If you’re complaining about being without your tech toys, you must be getting better!

      I’m definitely with you re Katia. I am leaving my chest freezer empty until hurricane season is over.


  2. Martha says:

    Glad to see that you are okay, and that you got through it fine. That’s definitely something to be grateful for.


    • dirtynailz says:

      I am grateful, believe me. Thanks for checking in, Martha!
      I spent most of yesterday afternoon cleaning up the flower and vegetable gardens. They don’t look quite as pitiful today.


  3. cj wright says:

    It’s good to have you back and to know that things weren’t worse than they may have been.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks, CJ.
      I am so tired of thinking about it and talking about it. Time to move on! (although I have not re-stocked my freezer. Think I’ll wait till hurricane season is over before I do that.)


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