Here’s hoping that all the damage of that terrific coastal storm has abated and that you are safe and healthy. My area got hit pretty hard as far as the basic necessities like electricity, water, light, computers, phones, even running out of ice as people struggled to save the food in their freezers. We do not have trash pickup so we have a Transfer Station (dump) and that was closed also and without electricity the dumpster would not work. We do not have sewers either, so we all have wells for water and for which we need electricity to bring it into the house. We also have septic systems for the toilet water or holding tanks. One nice thing is that we got see many people we do not see often as they came to the lake to get water so they could flush their toilets. The last time we had such a bad storm was for 6 days 7 years ago but it was in winter. Thank God, we did not have to worry about heat this time.
Our Post Office window was closed as there was no computer or even light. Our postmistress even had to wear a light on her forehead so she could process the incoming mail. When I went to get my mail in an outside PO Box the door to the Post Office was open which is a NEVER and I got concerned. I went up the stairs and the door to the back of the Post Office was open and I called “Michelle” to see if she was OK. I went further in wondering if a thief had been in here when she came out of the dark and told me she was OK. The air was so still and not healthy of course, but she was trying to let some air and daylight in so she could do her job of sorting mail and getting it ready for distribution. You do know that the USPS is the most reliable and safest place for your most important documents. My concern generated some light hearted laughter even as it spread from person to person. During my travels as a younger person, I got to view many Post Offices and I want you to know that the US Post Office is the best and safest in the WORLD.
Of course, all air conditioners were off so the air in most places was not the best. I do not have a smartphone, only a flip top phone which I was grateful for because at least I could call my sons to see how they were faring. This was the first time that I carried my phone around with me making sure it was with me at all times. I did not like the feeling but I was grateful for my link to the outside world. With the TV off, I could not get the news so I did not know what was happening even in my own town. The last big storm, I did not have the all house generator and had to choose between heat and keeping the water out of my crawl space. I am grateful that I had an all house generator this time so I had electricity but that did not help with the phone, TV or computer. It turns out that Wales was completely shut down as was a neighboring town Holland and the next neighboring town only had the center of the town on electricity. Trees were down everywhere and the Postmistress told me that when she left last week during the storm to go home, she was going under and around all the trees blocking the streets.
We were without power from Tuesday till Friday, another opportunity to be quiet and go within. On Friday I came home from Physical therapy in a town that was never hit by the storm. Stopping at the Post Office for my mail, there were National Grid trucks in the parking lot and across the street in the Church parking lot. So many trucks, many came from different towns and some were even from Canada who came to help in this disaster. The men were sitting at the picnic tables and on the grass having their meal. I asked: “is it on” meaning the electricity and one gentleman came closer so I could hear and he asked what street I lived on. I told him but then he said he could not remember what the street name was but then asked me what side of Union Rd was my street. I told him on the right and then he said: All streets were on but ONE but it was on the left. Whew! When I went into my garage, I noticed that my generator was not running which meant the power was back on. How excited I was even if it was for only a few minutes.
I tried to close my garage door but it would only come so far and then go back up again. Oh darn! I proceeded to take the broom and clear all spider webs and leaves or any other debris from the bottom of the door and the eyes; I even went into the house to get some wet towels to clean them also. Three more times I tried to close the garage door but it kept opening back up. I finally gave up and opened the garage by the side door so I could back my car up and get to that rope to pull so it will go to manual instead of electric. I brought the car back in and pulled the big door down and it did not close all the way. I departed from the side door and looked at the darn thing. It was mostly closed but one side was open at the top.
I knew if I played with the door again, I might make it worse. Now I gave up completely and called my older son. He lived ¾ of an hour away and it was supper time. He said he would come the next day to see what was wrong. The next morning he came over and I knew he was not feeling well but he came anyway. Right away when he looked at it from the outside he knew the door was off its track. He managed to get it back on the track only to realize it was the wrong track. Now he had to get it off that one and put it on the higher one. Phew! What a job but he did it and I was ever so grateful.
I am hoping that this “long newsletter?” about my journey will give you reason to be happy with the small things we take for granted every day. Actually, we are a spoiled country with all of these amenities when millions of people do not even have running water or the comfort of knowing that in a few days, all of these amenities would be turned on. I would like to offer thanks to all who came to help even from a different country and different states. They were our angels and humanity shines even brighter than before. Humanity cares.
This brought such peace after going through such a storm.
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