I know it's an overused phrase, but it really was a big storm. Mine was among 500,000 plus homes without power Friday night. And Saturday. And half of Sunday.
|Normal view on a nice day|
|View after the storm|
I saw much, much worse, but I feel so sorry for those people with trees on their houses and sidewalks ripped up with trees down I just didn't have the heart to stop and shoot pictures.
Of course, this all means that the party did NOT go without a hitch. Girl-child had to let people in the door manually since the door wasn't working, and then she lead them up the stairs since the elevator wasn't working...in the dark because the lights weren't working ... until Elizabeth saved the day by having a flashlight in her bag (a good scout is always prepared - she qualifies as a good scout!).
The good news is I will no longer be hauling ice up the stairs, the bad news is that I have to throw out food. I hate throwing out food. And just for the record, I think there is no foodstuff more disgusting than an overripe banana that has been frozen and then thawed.
|Weird meals abound when salvaging food during/after a power outage...|
yes that's a ton of cocktail meatballs with corn for lunch
People brought things even though they were not supposed to ... and I received flowers from afar too. The beer, wine, tea, soap, mixed nuts, chocolates, full-spectrum lightbulbs and vinegar (yes, vinegar - how clever was that?!?) will all be put to good use. Oh, and I got a sack full of lace-weight yarn that I forgot to offer to the knitters, which means I'll have to take it to Knit Night.
|Amazing box of flowers spotted in the lobby; couldn't believe it when I saw my name on it!|
|Turned out to be a box of sunshine!|
|My new best friends - the guys from the electric company|