Friday, September 2, 2011

After Hurricane Irene.

After Hurricane Irene had breezed on in and out in a furious whirlwind she left behind quite a mess.

Huge beloved trees uprooted.  This home had a pair go down
taking the top of an electrical pole with them.

Boarded up homes and hardly anyone in sight.

Boardwalks torn to shreds like paper.

Closed up shops looked like something from a movie set.

It was hard to tell where the ground ended and the bay began.

We were without power for three days. Thankful the weather wasn't hot.
We were more then willing to drive for a hot cup of coffee.  Knowing I had no
internet connection still didn't stop me from hitting the space bar to see,
and half expect, by some miracle the screen would go from dull gray to
vivid color, but, it didn't.  I also couldn't understand why I kept doing it.

Once I knew all loved ones were safe I could handle the no power,
boring dry food,  standing in lines, closed roads,
 needing a flashlight to navigate the house,
 debris in the yard and more, but, no internet?  

While my sweetie obsessed over enough flashlight and
lanterns to light up a barn. I worried about upset Etsy clients.

I mean really who isn't going to understand sweetie said.

Low on cel phone power, I did my best to send short cryptic
messages to customers.I had never used my phone for that before.  I am not
the "texting" type, but in a pinch glad I had it.


Hurricane Irene forced me to think. I can choose my work
to be a passion in my life
 instead of my life.

 A more realistic approach is I simply can't do custom
everything for everyone.
I may want to, and maybe I can but the time table needs to be longer.

Handmade is different then manufacturing.

Yep, Hurricane Irene taught me

that I need to relax, take a deep breath and get out and enjoy views like this more.


Della said...

So sorry you had to go through this. I think we are sort of used to it down here, but up along the east coast not many people have seen what a hurricane can do...until last week.
Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to show us the important things in life.

Melissah from Coastal Style said...

That's a great personal insight to Hurricane Irene - I watched it on the news in Australia but it's the same as hearing someone's personal story.

Susan said...

I'm glad that you didn't suffer major damage, and that you weren't without power for too long.

But, it sounds like being without the internet gave you a new perspective on "life", so that's wonderful!

Have a great weekend!

Lorraine said...

It's good to know that you got through okay. I think events like these change everyone in some way or another even those that remain safe and untouched. I like your outlook - both ways.

Arabella said...

I'm very happy to hear that you & the hubby are safe. It's interesting to see how events can create new perspective about our lives...well done. Am hoping you & your loved ones can enjoy the Labor Day weekend.


p.s. Your blog looks great!

jmac said...

So sorry Irene wreaked havoc on you. Hurricanes suck. Being from Loosiana, believe me I know how bad they suck. As I type this, south LA is getting hammered with rain. 20 inces of rain.
You'll get back on your feet in no time, but I think it is kinda neat that mother nature makes us stop and smell the roses, a bit...

the old boathouse said...

So glad you are safe. So true what you say. The duck family is just too sweet. Sorry I haven't left a comment for of those years. Xx Katherine

rothenbergphoto said...

AMAZING images, Rita

rjerdee said...

You've been construction out of all that deconstruction! I'm so sorry you had to go through all this but am glad you're feeling safe.

Rose West said...

How sad that the trees were uprooted - I'm glad that you and yours are safe.

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