Saturday is Now Simply Saturday, Some Announcements, AND We Survived the Super Storm of October-November 2017

Now Simply Saturday

with Some Announcements

 

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

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Well… THAT was interesting!

(See Third Announcement below!)

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First, a brief announcement: I’ve decided to modify my blog topic schedule to make Saturday “Simply Saturday” instead of “Sewing Saturday” — since sewing only happens sporadically!

 

 

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Second announcement: I’ve added a page here on my blog, Great Gift Ideas, to allow anyone who’s interested the opportunity to purchase an inexpensive ad space to promote gifts you are offering for sale during the upcoming holiday season. After the holidays, I’ll change it to  any occasion gift selling/buying ad space. For only $5/month, you can promote up to 3 items with links back to your own site or shop. Check out all the details here: Great Gift Ideas 

 

 

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Third announcement: Sorry for my absence this past week, but we survived what they’re a calling a “super storm” of “historic proportions” – one that did more damage than what occurred during the ice storm of 1998!! Check the details of this major weather event HERE!

 

Tree took out power lines and a transformer on our road!

 

The short version: We had a nor’easter style rain and wind storm that produced near hurricane force winds last weekend. Just after midnight on Sunday, October 29, nearly 500,000 of us residents in Maine lost power. The wind brought down trees on power lines all across the state! Crews from five other states AND from Canada came to Maine to help with cleanup and eventual restoration of power, beginning Monday morning, and throughout the week, working 17-hour shifts!

Our power was  finally restored yesterday (Friday, 11/3) afternoon–about 5 days without electricity, running water, Internet, or heat, and only intermittent cell phone service (many cell towers were taken out, as well). Fortunately, the only damage we suffered was losing a section of roofing shingles off the garage. We count ourselves blessed, since we have very TALL pine trees next to our house on one side; a heavy branch came down very close during another storm, but nothing this time. Others in the area had trees come down ON their houses!

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An event like this makes you realize just how dependent you are on all our modern conveniences – and often take them for granted – until they’re not available! Fortunately, hubby Dave’s workplace was NOT one that lost power as it’s in town, whereas we live in a very rural location that had trees down on power lines at both ends of our road and on side roads as well, such as in the picture above, taken by a neighbor who lives up the road a couple miles. And when this happened – it sounded like an explosion and the house shook, because the tree took out a transformer along with the power lines!

 

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Meanwhile, Dave was able to fill up water jugs at work and bring them home for flushing the toilet. Also, thanks to a kerosene heater, we were warm and could heat water up in a big pot in order to do dishes, and general washing up.

 

All the dogs around the kerosene heater

 

Fortunately, it has been unseasonably warm for this time of the year, with daytime temps in the 50s and low 60s, so the fur babies and I were OK during the day. But that heater’s toasty warmth sure felt good on mornings and evenings, when the temps fell to 30s and 40s! Dogs and cats joined us around the heater at different times during those moments.

 

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We also were able to borrow a small gas-powered generator from Dave’s dad that would run about 90 minutes on a gallon of gas. So we plugged in the fridge to preserve our food in the mornings and at lunch when Dave would come home during his break to fire up the generator and check on us, and then 3-4 times (and gallons of gas) in the evening.

We also played “musical plugs” for various other appliances (coffee pot, microwave, and so forth) and one small wall or desk lamp.  Dave worked on a project at his desk during the evening, we listened to music and news/weather updates via a battery-operated radio, and I worked on decluttering and cleaning – all week!

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So since getting power back, I’ve spent many hours catching up on laundry, other housework, and generally getting everything back in order. NOW taking time to catch up on blogging and social media!

 

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SO What About YOU?

 

How have you been over the past week?

 

Are you in an area affected by strange weather events or wildfires?  If so, be safe!

 

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41 comments to “Saturday is Now Simply Saturday, Some Announcements, AND We Survived the Super Storm of October-November 2017”

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  1. Sharon T mcLaughlin MD FACS - November 4, 2017 Reply

    Wow, sounds like a superstorm. I am glad you are okay, it is hard not having electric.

  2. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - November 5, 2017 Reply

    Luckily, we’ve been in a safe zone but going up to Napa for Thanksgiving where they’re recovering from horrible fires. So sorry you have to deal with all the inconveniences of weather. I go nuts without Internet.
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  3. Ankit - November 5, 2017 Reply

    I too have been affected by heavy rain for the past few days and still its going on but its nice to communicate people like u facing the same situation

  4. Martha - November 5, 2017 Reply

    I love your new additions on your blog. Gosh, what a storm, we were watching it on the weather channel! Glad all ended well and on to another week. Last week was full of excitement and anticipatation, waiting for Friday to arrive, our granddaughter made a 14 hour drive all along down to be with us!

  5. Chery Schmidt - November 5, 2017 Reply

    Wowsy Girlfriend! 5 days without power is CRAZY HUH? Good thing you were able to get a generator, at least you could keep your food cold! It is always good to be prepared. we do keep our generator gassed up and sitting on the deck all year round. ( Just In Case)

    Good thing it wasn’t freezing out.

    Happy to hear that you didn’t have to much damage.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Chery :))

  6. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal - November 6, 2017 Reply

    Gosh, Karen, what a storm! Glad you were able to make it through with the little kerosene heater and a generator. Its times like this when being resourceful pays off BIG TIME! <3 Prayers for Maine and all the families and businesses around your area to recover and repair quickly. <3 Lots of my ancestors are from Owl's Head/Thomaston area.
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  7. Nawal - November 6, 2017 Reply

    I hope everyone is ok. Mother nature, not gonna lie has been scaring me lately. I hope everyone is safe and well and God bless you. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what I would have done in that situation.

  8. Ana De- Jesus - November 6, 2017 Reply

    So glad you survived the storm but oh my that must have been so hard to get through and I agree that it does show you how much we rely on modern convenience! I like the sound of ‘Simply Saturday’ as well!
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  9. Tisha - November 6, 2017 Reply

    You made it all sound so positive and cheerful- love your attitude and I’m glad you’re all okay!

  10. Amanda Schreiber - November 6, 2017 Reply

    I was without power for one day earlier this month and that was rough! A whole 5 days is a much different story. It’s crazy how dependent we are on it!

  11. Joanna Bayford - November 6, 2017 Reply

    Gosh what a storm!must have been tricky when u lost power. We definitely rely a lot on modern convenience.

  12. Cassie - November 6, 2017 Reply

    That sounds really scary – I’m glad you are alright!! Having no power etc for days sounds torturous but lucky you survived!
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  13. ShootingStarsMag - November 6, 2017 Reply

    Oh wow, that sounds like a really rough storm!! That’s great you were able to get some heat and water from the jugs though, and that’s great that you and your family were safe! I’m happy to hear everything is getting back to normal now though.

    -Lauren
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  14. Marci Smith - November 6, 2017 Reply

    My last week has been great! I’m sorry about the storm, but it’s so awesome that you guys made out so well!

  15. Eileen - November 6, 2017 Reply

    Glad you were able to survive the storm! That fallen tree looks like it could have been very dangerous!
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  16. Karlee - November 6, 2017 Reply

    Oh no that storm doesn’t sound good. I’m glad you had resources to get you through!

  17. Sian - November 7, 2017 Reply

    It sounds awful where you are, please stay safe! My week has been long as I just returned from prague from looking after my friend.

  18. Rebecca - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Wow, what a storm, glad you only got minimal damage. x

  19. Diana Tidswell - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Woah! That’s still so scary storm! I’m really glad that you are fine!

  20. Belinda - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Wow! Sounds like a huge storm! Does make you think how reliant we are now on modern technology!

  21. irena - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Oh, that was some storm. I am glad you are all fine.

  22. Kristyn - November 7, 2017 Reply

    So glad that you guys survived the storm. That is difficult and glad to hear everyone is safe.

  23. Susan Minich - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Oh no! Glad you had generator access!

  24. The Gypsy Gurl - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Oh it all sounds quite difficult and yet you sound so matter of fact about it speaks volumes about your spirit. Glad to know you are safe and managed well during the storm.

  25. Akamatra - November 7, 2017 Reply

    We have earthquakes here but the wild fires also happen during summer. I am glad you are ok and would love to check out sewing Saturdays some day.

  26. Aitza B - November 7, 2017 Reply

    Oh woe. I had no clue the storm was that bad. My friend in NYC said she was staying soft all weekend but didn’t realise this was wife spread. Glad you’re safe

  27. Jajwalya - November 8, 2017 Reply

    Woah I am glad you got through the worst of the storm safe and warm! I have been reading up on the effects of the Hurricanes in USA and I am very sorry for the losses.
    On another note: Onwards with your blogging journey! Gifting ideas is a great addition what with the upcoming holiday season!

  28. Don - November 8, 2017 Reply

    Gosh, 5 Days without Electricity! Glad all is fine!

  29. Preet - November 8, 2017 Reply

    Great to see the updates. Mother nature has been scaring us lately. I can not even think what I would do in that situation. I am glad you all are okay and settling back into the routine again.
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  30. Sonika Balyan - November 8, 2017 Reply

    I can understand the feeling which comes to mind when we have such storms. We guys are also getting storms here in india.

  31. Eloise - November 8, 2017 Reply

    Big storms always remind us of how powerful nature can be and how we depend on good weather to live easier!
    good to hear you made it!
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  32. Mei - November 8, 2017 Reply

    OMG that sounds like a crazy superstorm! Glad to know nothing huge happened to you. Please stay safe ox
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  33. Tatiane - November 8, 2017 Reply

    Hey Karen! Sorry to hear you had a lot of trouble due to the storm. I am glad everything is well now. ?
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  34. Victoria Moore - November 8, 2017 Reply

    I love your great gift ideas! That is so generous of you, and a great way to promote other small shop owners 🙂 You’re awesome! I’m glad you made it through the storm 🙂

  35. Neha Rai - November 9, 2017 Reply

    Glad that you survived the storm and what’s even better is that you are able to tell us the story about the storm. It looked really nasty from the pictures you have shared with us.

  36. Maya Claros - November 9, 2017 Reply

    WOW! That storms sounds scary. Glad everyone is alright. It is awesome that you find time to blog everyday, I barely get a post out once a week.

  37. Sivjini - November 11, 2017 Reply

    Glad you guys survived through the storm. It must have been such a horrible experience. I have heard from my friends, it was devastating experience for them.

  38. Kirsty - November 20, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a rough time but I’m glad you muddled through! Things can only get better, right? *hides from winter*

  39. Sadhan Pal - November 28, 2017 Reply

    Saturday is the end day of a week. It takes away all the pain we got during the week. So, lead your life better on saturday and start a better monday.
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