Praying for peace, Pixie...sometimes that's all we can do...Allison, sounds like a very bad day for you...Victor, my middle granddaughter was due on Halloween, but the doctor scheduled the C-section for the 27th...Anni has very interesting parties! Cannot believe how much light is coming into my windows now that the pines are gone...nice now, not so nice when it's 90 out there...
Yep, not a good place for any animal...that's pretty close to 495...there was another photo of the moose in today's paper...he's now in the town north of mine...there are thousands of acres of wildlife preserve there, so hopefully he'll stay...
This eye thing is not good ...woke up with swollen left eye this morning! What's going on? The cider sounds perfect...I'm entertaining a houseful on Sunday, & will make it...Debi, your choice of food sounds delish!
I believe this has been an exceptionally bad fall for allergies for many. Tues I got some relief from acupuncture. That's in addition to the medications and all. It has helped to reduce carbs and dairy in the diet too.
Hi everyone, just stopping by to say Thank you for your condolences and good wishes, they are most appreciated. I'm lost right now, not to mention a little bit in shock. It was only 36 days from the time he was diagnosed until death.
I knew in my heart when he was admitted on Tuesday night that he wasn't coming home. I've been down this road before and the outcome has always been the same. He passed away on Sat. Oct. 6th, we will bury him on Friday the 12th and then i'll run on Sat. morning in his honor. I have a great support team and a pillar on either side of me when I run Sat...2 of my daughters are running with me. ^_^
Again, thank you all for your kind words and support.
Today I say goodbye to my brother, thought this was most fitting poem...
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
David M. Romano - 1993
When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today;
While thinking of the many things
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me
As much as I love you;
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand.
She said my place was ready
In heaven far above;
And that I'd have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye;
For all my life, I'd always thought
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much yet to do;
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad;
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday
Just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things
I might miss come tomorrow;
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates
I felt so much at home;
When God looked down and smiled at me
From His great golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity
And all I've promised you;
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it all starts anew."
"I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
And since each day's the same day,
There's no longing for the past."
"But you have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true;
Though at times you did do things,
You knew you shouldn't do."
"But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free;
So won't you take my hand
And share my life with me?"
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here in your heart.
Thanks guys, I run today...can you send warm hugs?? It's freezing!!!!!!! :) I just want to say thank you to all who donated and gave their support . My 2 daughters are honored to be doing this and have raised over $1000!! Wish us luck!
This was after my brothers service, this is my Dads brother...Uncle Clarence and Aunt Jennette and I. He's 82 and going strong, both of them lost a kidney to cancer 14 months apart ...they were such an inspiration for my run. This next picture if myself and 3 of the 4 brothers I have left. The one on the right of me with the gray hair is Alan, he is also battling cancer. The one on the left with the red shirt is actually the oldest...Clark will be 70 next month. :) Last but certainly not least is my brother Everett, the Colonel(retired) standing in the back. Then my 5 children & I outside of Olive Garden .
Grandybaby #10 made his arrival this afternoon. Got a call from DDIL she was having contractions. 2 mins later got another call her water broke. I was already in gear to go over, but this sped things up. Had to ride my bike cuz she had my car. DS was in a weekend seminary class birth of Philly. Glad their house is only 2 blocks away. Jeff got the kids and took them to our house, I drove Rachel to the hospital, Taylor drove(flew) down from Philly. Hospital is in Newark, DE. Anyway, once he got to the hospital I came on home to take care of the kids. Baby? Name not decided yet he is a little early, arrived a little after 4. He was 7# 5oz. Don't know the other details. Csection went well. Praising God for his blessings! He was due Nov. 8
First time I've checked in on everyone since the end of September. Hope I can see to type through the tears from reading Celeste's poem. I am feeling some shock that your brother is gone so quickly, Celeste. Sending you hugs and very deep condolences. I love the photos you posted from Brian's service. What a lovely bunch of kids you have...so much like their Mom, inside and out!
Congrats to you, Jan, on your new arrival! That's just great! Post pics when you can!
Hello to all of you...I'm hanging in and had a couple doctor appointments last week. Progress is slow but good. We will have to stay up here an extra month for me to start a new med and be monitored closely so I don't slip back into toxic land. Not the worse thing to have Thanksgiving with my son. :). My brain stuff is better, and that is what I was most worried about. Looks like I am on track, thankfully. Don't think I'm not missing keeping up on all of you ...I'll get there sooner than later. Just feeling so sad for our brave friend, Celeste right now.
sending you some good thoughts as well Louise!.. well my niece's christening was yesterday... she was good up until it was way passed feeding time.. and my sister was quick with the bottle to settle her.. she didn't cry when the priest put the water on her head (they heat it now).. and was great throughout the whole service.. went to an Italian restaurant in Clifton that offers gluten free food for my Aunt and another niece.. food was great!!.. all around just a fabby day
I want to dump a couple of my houseplants instead of bringing them in for the Winter. I really don't want them and don't have room for them to sit around now that I have a patio door. I FEEL GUILTY about killing the plants. Please, someone say it is OK!
Thanks guys! Long day, pain was real bad earlier, I know that happens for a few days but it was double...thank goodness for strong meds today :-)
My docs announced as soon as the contamination scare came out that they don't use that particular brand. I wasn't worried.
Jen what kind of back trouble does your hubs have? I truly feel his pain!
I get it about the back pain. I have periods of misalignment for which chiropractor helps. The doctors have been offering steroids. Recently I went to acupuncture and learned there that my worst spasms might be caused by the air conditioner unit in my office. It is helping a bit that it's turned off.
It is truly astonishing to realize that any of us could be infected so easily by this fungal menningitis problem. Sometimes we just don't have the option to pass up an injection, either because of the pain and the need to function.
Now the investigation is looking at other medical problems from the same company's plant in Westborough Mass. Truly amazing isn't it that there are no prior inspections or regulations?
How very lovely to hear such nice, warm thoughts from so many. Thank you all! I so for you, Ronnie, and for all of you with bad backs. I had a very similar experience to BA's in 1990 and have gone to a chiropractor ever since. Muscle spasms can be completely crippling when they get going, and all types of back issues are just terrible - especially for us gardeners. So many moves that we do - lifting, bending and pulling, etc. are just the worst for bad backs. Hoping your pain gets a lot better, Ronnie, and hoping your hubby's does as well, Jen! Victor, I agree with you on the massage therapy...it is very relaxing and therapeutic.
Allison - the christening sounds like a very lovely event and a really good day ...glad to hear it!
Sending hugs to all!
Memory - you think you're bad...I always have to ask Hank to "murder" the annuals, and yet again- despite swearing I wouldn't take plants to Florida - i have loaded up two trays to go with us. I just hate to kill or abandon a plant, so I feel your pain. :(
I had wonderful luck with a chiropractor...I would say I went for about a year...no problems since, & that's been 7-8 years ago...my rheumatologist had put me on a prescription med, but it bothered my stomach, so I quit taking it...I grab a Tylenol maybe once a month...
So glad to hear that you had success with a chiropractor too, Marilyn. Mine has 2 very good massage therapists. I haven't been for awhile. First things first. Yes, Allison...you and Randy really should go! My favorite is the warm stones massage.
There is a gorgeous glow outside here today...we're in the golden glow phase of the foliage. Lots of leaves down!
Frankenstorm is coming..no getting out of this ones way. :( On the upside I noticed our lineman out checking on things this week.
They were trimming the branches that hang on/near the lines and checking the sturdiness of the poles, replacing old, weak ones.
Still got the wood stocked, generator will be full tonight along with all the cars/trucks and will visit the grocery store today.
Since it's suposed to generate high winds well north of the center, New England looks vulnerable still to downed limbs and power outages. Since my three are coming home for the weekend we'll try to send them back early on sunday.
I am terrified of what is coming. OMG! Have to find a shelter that will take FOUR cats and a crazy woman. I have today off to take Sampson for his ultrasound - going to use it to get in some water and cat litter and chocolate. The European model has this coming right over SW Connecticut. I swear, I am moving back to So. Call where there are only earthquakes and they don't torture you with advanced warnings!
If this is the same European model that planned their economy, there is nothing to worry about!
I am sure you guys have heard/read about that horrific case in Manhattan with the nanny stabbing the kids to death. Mind-boggling. This is why I gave up my career. We trust NO ONE other than immediate family. I am hoping my good friend, who is Manhattan homicide, did not have this one.
You remember what Irene did last year? Houses & covered bridges floating down rivers. Total cities & neighborhoods flooded. Well I hate to say it but if you never have been in a hurricane you dont know what you have missed.
Better to be prepared as its possible you might not move for 2 weeks or more.
Am preparing here as well...will have my Mom definitely, brother & sil if they lose power...hoping the generator is working...will start it up later today...Memory...the shore will certainly get hit...you need to find a shelter near you...cats will be fine...they are survivors...Victor...didn't hear about the children's murders...how awful...my great nieces have had several nannies raising them...you never know...
I am going nowhere without my cats! Just got 40 pounds of cat litter for the house and 3 pounds for the car, some piddle pads for their carriers and a big folding crate so they can stretch their legs. I might set up the crate for Meeyow and bring him inside for the storm. I put a collar on him this morning and he was so funny trying to get it off! I will only put it back on him if we have to go to a shelter. Holly is wearing a new collar, Wallingford always wears a collar with a bell so I can tell what he is up to and Sampson will get a collar when we get back from the Vets.
I know this is "Polyanna" thinking (re: silly optimism), but hurricanes have a silver lining: they come with mild temperatures. This might cause food loss, but you'll never freeze to death, or shovel snow and ice.
I am terrified of what is coming. OMG! Have to find a shelter that will take FOUR cats and a crazy woman. I have today off to take Sampson for his ultrasound - going to use it to get in some water and cat litter and chocolate. The European model has this coming right over SW Connecticut. I swear, I am moving back to So. Call where there are only earthquakes and they don't torture you with advanced warnings! [/quote]
I spelled it wrong .. paramlat .. shelf stable milk.. no fridge needed until it's open
Yes, we did see a pack of wolves. Also saw lots of marine wildlife - sea otters, whales, puffins, porpoises (sp?), harbor seals, sea lions, etc. The black bears were plentiful in the Kenai Fjords NP. We stayed at a wonderful lodge in a very remote area (2 hour boat ride from nearest town) - then a mile hike from the beach to get to the lodge. There were black bears everywhere. They do a great job of keeping them wild though - they don't even associate humans with food. No food allowed in the cabins and no one was allowed to eat outside. We were really hoping to see more grizzlies in Denali. Then again, just 2 days after we got home they had their first ever recorded mauling of a tourist by a grizzly. So maybe it's not so bad that we didn't see many :)
That moose is enormous! Memory, you're a good Mom...If I couldn't bring Suey to a shelter, I guess I'd leave her in the car & check on her every few hours...the best place for her would be in the basement with the sliding door opened so she could come & go, but there's no way to feed a dog in small amounts...she'd eat it all in 2 minutes, & croak...
Went to Longwood gardens today stopped at a Target in PA to get icing for cupcakes needed for kids harvest party tomorrow night, people there with bottled water stacked in their carts, batteries getting low...was surprised since they are inland
Our Governor made decision to lower 4 northern New Jersey reservoirs to mitigate potential flooding from Hurricane Sandy starting tonight. The reservoirs that will be drawn down are the Woodcliffe Lake-Lake Tappan-Oradell Reservoir, the Charlottesburg Reservoir, the Wanaque Reservoir and the Boonton Reservoir.
Here ya go Memory, items you should have in emergency kit
Battery powered radion
A corded telephone (cordless phones will not work if the power is out)
Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
A first-aid kit.
Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
A non-electric can opener.
Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
A list of emergency phone numbers
I would add to that list generator esp if you have a well pump
It's time to fill the freezer with water jugs. This time last year the practice at least slowed the thawing so we could eat some of the food.
We're twenty miles inland but we get high winds whenever there's a Nor'easter. Yes, this one is not supposed to be cold in the Boston area. I haven't heard what happens farther north because it's supposedly an arctic cold mass that's driving Sandy inland.
Prayers and wishes that the storm peters out and the Mid-atlantic states will not be hit with much
Must fill picnic jug with water. Not to help food but for drinking is long period without power. We are not in flood plain so no trouble there. Tornado & hurricane details are different. Hurricane winds are constant & can blow for a couple days. staying away from windows is a good idea. Our only large window is at the back of the living room. High winds can bring down trees or parts of same.
The best place to be in a hurricane is high ground, well away from the shore, rivers, etc. Flooding causes the most deaths...of course, a tree can always fall onto your house...hope this storm is more hype than anything, but you do have to prepare for the worst...
and that's just the track of Sandy(tropical force winds felt 450 miles away, very HUGE storm) you have the other 2 storms that are going to collide with it, saying with the artic blast it will be about 2" of snow also on top of 1' of rain and then on top of that it's going to be a full moon so all the shore communities are going to get hammered!
yard is completely clear of anything that could go airborne and I even had time to do some planting
The owner of the produce store in town gave me 2 blossoming lilies today which I planted...had to get another pumpkin because the lovely squirrels ate mine! I need something to carve in case we still have Halloween on Wed.
Marilyn - I am at 1000' above sea level - so flooding will not be a problem. Also about 8 blocks from a major hospital and 6 blocks from an AT&T building so I seldom lose power for very long. I spent all day today and yesterday moving everything that could fly around in my yard and the neighbor's yard into my garage. Well part of the day was spent condensing the garage so I could get the catio in - but that counts. Although the cats are none too happy about not being able to go outside!
Victor has my cell. I'll check in when I can. If you look at a map we are right at the top of the Del. Bay near the curved section. I'm about a quarter mile from the river and above 10' feet above sea level. For some reason I don't feel anxious about this event. Yes, there will be some flooding in town, but not usually in my area except at the intersections.
Glad to know you aren't in a major flood zone, Memory! Suey will not be happy her walks will be suspended during the high winds! Pixie, you are a worker of the world...the bulbs will look great in the spring...Try reading a funny book before you fall asleep...anything by Laura Levine or Dorothy Howell will do the trick...
If any of you read my FB post about complaining what you lost in Sandy...let me clarify. A friends sister who lives in CT was whining about her pool cover she just bought this summer and it cost her $600 and its in shreds. It rubbed me the wrong way...so many of you are waking up to see way more destruction than she will ever see and she's crying about a pool cover!!!
We ate supper early last night which was good as power went out at 6:40 pm. Read with the help of our battery lamp bought for such occasions. Think I will get a 2nd one. Power on by 3 am as DH went downstairs to turn off lights.
Moon tried to show after midnight, still some clouds.
Sherrie, you are right about the nerves...my brother & a friend of mine were both sick because of the storm forecast...I was reassuring, telling them the coast would suffer most, & that was the case here...our town was really spared.
Very emotional day for me today. I am counting my blessings that I know things could be worse but just walking around my neighborhood and seeing some of the damage and thinking about some of the others that lost so much more took a toll on me.
I ended up having to go into town yesterday as Justin is pretty sick. It gave me a chance to see what damage the winds brought my area. We have some pretty big trees that came down but otherwise than that...rain. I am assuming the coast line took another beating but I can't take a trip while Justin in sick so it will have to wait for another day.
While in town the sky turned black in a matter of seconds, opened up and dumped torrential rains on us, threw in some big lightening strikes & mixed it with hail. Sitting at a stop light, I couldn't see a thing and all I could hear was the "tink, tink, tink of the hail hitting my X-Terra.
GMA had some stunning pictures. The destruction is getting worse by the day in NJ & NY. Chris Cumo went down into the subway with a subway high ranking official. He said "it will take WEEKS to pump out this water".
My neighbor still has a tree on their house and the closest apartment building lost its roof completely. Courthouse where I work is open, but yesterday there was a power line sparking as the pole leans toward the building--easy to see from my window. I am hoping they fixed that. The chief judge was watching over the work crews at 5 pm. And the storm barely hit this area.
Celeste - hoping the Justin is back in good health soon.
Lots of trees and wires down in Bridgeport. I heard that the City just cut the power for everybody at 5 on Monday - I wish they would have posted that on the City website - I had never lost power before for more than 3 hours, so I was not prepared for long-term loss. *banging my hand on my head*
Neighbors two doors down sent their boy to make sure I was OK yesterday morning. How sweet is that? I took them most of my apple cider that had come from a local orchard as no way could I drink a gallon by myself. They fed me breakfast - farina prepared with gee and cardamon - who knew Pakistani's eat farina too? Then I found out that a big patch of shingles had blown off thier house.
The medlar tree in the front yard would have blown over except that it was staked. I can't get in my garage to get a shovel, but I took soil from the garden with a broken shovel I found in my neighbor's yard and got the tree nearly upright. (Actually it is better than before.) That was the extent of my damage. I brought the gray stray in and he demanded to go OUT during the storm. He was there for breakfast in the morning and I think he had been staying inside his box on the front porch.
Other than losing what is in the fridge and freezer, everything is OK. I was very lucky as was my whole block. I was lazy and hadn't canned much of my fruit this summer - which is in the freezers - and I couldn't find any ice. But on a bright note - the long awaited Fuyus stayed on the tree - except for one. I picked it up and decided to try it even though it wasn't bright orange and it was surprisingly ripe! So I have my first crop of Fuyu's since I planted the tree 10 years ago!
Someday I will get a warm shower and live will be excellent because right now it is good.
Celeste I hope nothing too serious with Justin, he is in my prayers to get well soon.
Memory, glad to hear about your Fuyus is OK even though I don't know what it is :-) also glad the kitties are OK.
Our power is back on and I'm so thankful, I don't feel well and that wasn't helping any. We had just bought an inverter battery from a friend to hook up to the fridge, ran the cord from the car and pulled the fridge out and on came the lights! It was a small investment but hoping we never need it again! Like memory we really never lose our power for long so I guess I was a bit under prepared too. glad the heat is on. Clean up can wait till the weekend when the sun is out and it's a tad warmer.
Thanks everyone, he has a ear infection, red throat, sinus infection and coopy cough. They stuck him on an antibiotic and he'll ne good as new in a few days. :)
Was going through the different pictures on the web of the aftermath. Jersey was hit some hard!! I got to about picture 20 in this group of 50 something when I a sob caught in my throat. I finished all the picture but not without a wet face. All I can say is...
I am so sorry Jersey Girls. http://news.yahoo.com/airports-stock-exchange-reopen-nj-devastated-142715604--finance.html
Edited to say the set of pictures in the second little box titled "Sandy devastates New Jersey" just above the headline.
Glad Justin will feel better soon...my Mom is still with me...ended up at Doc's this morning...thought it was stress...I have a sinus infection & was dehydrated...doc said 2 quarts of fluid a day not enough when you're sick...Gatorade got me back together again...
Celeste I know just how you feel, I hadn't seen any pics until tonight...had to hold it in since I was at the girlies getting ready for Halloween, didn't want them to see me crying...seeing the minor damage here compared to that didn't sit well...this storm was too close for comfort and will haunt me a long time. Seeing Sea Side Heights really hit home, as a kid we weren't "shore" people like some, my dad didn't like the beach, but my mom loved the boardwalk and we would take a ride down and play the games. Never came home empty handed, she always "won" something!
The Chef at work gave me all the ice I want! I shared it with my neighbors. Very thankful for small favors these days. The Mayor said that Trick& Treat was still on - no kids showed up so I guess parents are smarter than the Mayor. Still hoping for power soon.