Hurricane Sandy: Waiting on an Uninvited and Unwanted Guest


So what’s a mom to do? We want to teach our kids “good manners” to be kind and welcoming to strangers…But in this case…seems that that old saying: “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is coming true for us. We have been “waiting” on our uninvited and unwanted guest for 3 days….We know she is coming, we don’t want her to visit, but there is nothing we can do to stop her arrival.

In our area we have tried everything: subways, buses, trains and planes have all been cancelled. Even Starbucks all over New York City have been closed (lol!). Schools are cancelled for days, most businesses – including the stock exchange – are shut down, local coastal evacuations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been put into effect (affecting more then 1 million people), and States of Emergency are in place. Everything that can be done to tell people to “stay put” and “hunker down” has been done.

Sandy is still coming….We hear she planning to stay for days, we don’t want her, but all we can do is wait…

In anticipation of real guests, friends and family that may come over, we are getting prepared – we installed a back up generator last month, after being without power twice last year and at least one almost every year since we have lived in our current home. Our back up generator won’t keep “all the lights on” but our fridge, boiler and “modem” are suppose to stay on…

However, just in case the lights go off and our generator doesn’t work, we have made the following preparations at home (and suggest you do the same if you are also in Sandy’s path…)

1. Filled bathtub and every reusable bottle with water
2. Charged all our electronics
3. Put new batteries in all our flashlights
4. Have candles and matches ready
5. Made Lasagna for 20…just in case we get “other” visitors
6. GROUND coffee in case power goes out! (our gas stove should work so we can boil water…)

Be safe, take precaution and take warnings seriously…


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