Digging out RI


Here is the front of our house. It reminds me of the houses I saw a few years ago when I was way up north in Canada in a small Labrador town called “Nain.” But this is Rhode Island. Southern Rhode Island.

Once again, National Grid is making vague promises about when our power will be restored, and once again, as I did after Hurricane Sandy, I will be throwing away the food in our fridge and freezers. And unlike during a hurricane, its COLD, and we don’t have an alternate heat source.


Here’s a shot of the dunes, looking like arctic drifts.

We were prepared to bundle up and tough it out, even though the temperature was supposed to go down to 8F last night. It was our very old dog and her heart issues that necessitated a departure. I had two blankets on her and she was still coughing, so we put her in the car with the heat blasting and she was much better. It was then we decided to decamp and drive to my in-laws about 30 miles away, where they never lost power.


Here’s our dear old girl, warm at last in the car. There was an edict to stay off the roads, but I really needed to get her some place warm, so we hopped in the Subaru and off we went. Screw the authorities, I say.


The roads were horrible, and as you can see from the photo above, there were lots of wires down.


Here are my orchids, on their way to a safe haven. I just couldn’t leave them behind to a certain death.


I was doing some work in my car, and charging my phone and other electronics at the same time. It was also warm in there!

“They” say we should have power back in a day or so. Not holding my breath.


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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10 Responses to Digging out RI

  1. Sorry to hear about all this! I’m glad that you decided to head to somewhere warmer. The look on your dog’s face screams of gratitude for this decision…poor, sweet thing…


  2. lesleymclaughlin says:

    Really do feel for your situation. You were right to do everything possible to save both pooch and precious posies (no offense meant in the word-choice- your orchids are priceless!)


  3. CJ Wright says:

    You made a wise choice, dn. It’s wonderful to hear that you and your family are safe and warm. Your “old girl” is a real beauty. I would have done the same. So glad you’re all doing better.


  4. Lee says:

    So sorry you had to go through this without being able to stay in your home. I hope you don’t have to stay away too long. With a warm-up tomorrow, there’s some hope.


  5. herbdoc says:

    Saw this post after your last one saying you were finally home. So glad Geneva is okay! We do so worry about the pets and their health and sometimes the decisions we make are all about them.


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