Sorry to have been gone so long....the storm that hit Jersey really knocked us for a loop & we are just getting back to some semblence of normal. We were extremely lucky in the storm. Yes, we lost power & heat for a tiny bit over a week but, when I hear some of the stories about what other folks went through, I feel incredibly grateful. It does mess with your head though. Suddenly not having certain things that you take for granted. As much as I love my home, and I really do....the soul of our home seemed to be gone. Strange to say, because I think we are the soul of our home but, with no light or heat suddenly we didn't want to be there. It struck me as sad. We were so lucky to have Joel's brother in law just down the road, who had power. They kindly hosted us every night for dinner, and let us recharge our electronics. We got warm and the kids had fun and then we would head home for bed. We didn't want to leave our dogs in the cold house at night, for too long. Although, they didn't seem cold really, just stressed. It was weird, Joel and I noticed they wanted to eat much more than they normally do. Maybe because they were using up a lot of energy staying warm? However, they are back to normal now. I thought I would share a few photos of the past week or so with you. Because that is what we have been up to. I hope, whether you were in the storm or you weren't, that you are doing well.
~ The first casualty of the storm in our little area but, so many trees fell around the neighborhood and did much more damage than this one did.
~ Some bright spots in all of the gloom, watching movies with my girls, all snuggled under lots of covers in one big bed! ( we were lucky to have the electronics to play a movie)
~ Eventually, we pushed the couch up to within inches of the fireplace and all sat there for as long as we could stand it. Another bright spot was reading there & looking down the line to see our two girls reading their books too.
~ Normally that chair is by the fire & the couch is in that blank space but, Luna was unperturbed & trying to catch a little warmth & sunlight. :)
~ Another bright spot, my copy of Holly's book arriving and devouring it in front of the fire. It was a little portable bit of hope.
~ And yet another ray of sunshine, our president winning & Joel's drawing of it for our eldest gal's lunch that day. YAY!
~ Light, light, light! What a welcome sight. And a new little lamp for our guest room/study. It is coming along....
~ I think Maddie sums up how we all feel right about now....happy, grateful & content. (Didn't Joel get an amazing capture of her? Especially as she is very camera shy)
Here is my hope, that all those who truly are suffering from the storm, have power, heat, peace and help very, very soon.
I will see you back here on monday, my friends! Until then, be well.