We are ok

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99887480
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/weather/01/31/winter.weather/index.html

Our power was restored here around noon, and our town seems to be returning to normal. We did a little grocery shopping over at Food Giant and they had all hands on deck and a lot of customers. There was already fresh milk and meat in the cases.

We were touched by the thoughtfulness of so many neighbors and friends stopping by throughout to check on us: like Matt who brought a garbage can full to the brim of paint-stirrer sized pine kindling and some fresh well water for drinking, and Mike, our ever-wonderful neighbor who told us to take all the firewood we needed from his stash since he had gas heat, and our son who came over every day and pitched in wherever he could with hauling firewood, tending the fire, masterminding the use of lamp oil and candles for greatest efficiency, as well as lightening the occasion with Scrabble and Farkle and good conversation around the fire at night, and Roger who made a supply run to town south of here and brought back jugs of drinking water to distribute to friends, and Chris Bridget who had some extra propane cylinders for our cooking rig, and Katie whose cheerful pioneer spirit and resolution to stay in her own house bolstered our own and Adam who wanted us to know his parents were welcoming refugees.

We started out ill-prepared for this emergency but by the end we had all we needed and could have remained hunkered down in our new rhythm for quite awhile.

But I was very glad to have the electricity back on!! Many people in the counties around us are still in the hunkered down stage and I hope they are getting the same kind of neighborly help we got.

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About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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3 Responses to We are ok

  1. mom2threepks says:

    Glad you all are okay. Having lived through Hurricane Ike, I know that there is real joy in banding together with the neighbors during a disaster but life is oh so much better when the lights are on!

  2. jenn says:

    Glad to hear that you weathered the storm ! Welcome back! :o)

  3. sethile says:

    For us it’s one of those wonderful, maybe even life changing stories–neighbors helping each other, and in some cases meeting each other for the first time. And good friends bringing life sustaining provision and encouragement. But as it turns out, we are amongst the most fortunate. We live in an area that was spared the worst, and with better resources for recovery. Many many more are still in the midst of the struggle, and may be for some time:
    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1876304,00.html

    Father, I pray for all those that are still without power, especially those that are loosing hope with exhausted resources. Please show the rest of us how best to help with your work in this situation.

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