Blessed By Nuisance

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by Irene in Essays | News

PODCAST TO COME when Internet is returned to us–

Want to post my thanks that our experience with Hurricane Sandy was blessed by nuisance, and nuisance only. Same holds true for our loved ones and friends, as well.

Yes, on Monday night at 9:20, along with millions, we lost our electricity. (I never like to say we are without power.) And while we have a generator, it took a vacation this time around.

Tuesday morning we surveyed the damage–minimal. A big and longtime-leaning locust fell safely out of the way. A big maple split and the toppled half crumpled a section of deer fence, but that can wait. Big limbs and chunks of dead trees fell, but those too can wait. All the trees I wrote about last week–the handsome, stately chestnuts, catalpas, cedars, spruces–all still stand.

Nothing obstructed the driveway, so at yesterday at noon I drove to a distribution point established by our electrical utility. There they dispensed gallon jugs of drinking water and bags of dry ice so people could preserve their refrigerated food. Here you can see people giving and receiving help.

Sandy Helpers, photo & all text
© Irene O’Garden 2012



Dry Icers, photo © Irene O’Garden

As I write, our Internet service is still down. But our phone never went out. Astonishingly, our electricity returned yesterday afternoon at 4:20, before the generator guy could even get here. (Turns out the old gal needs a new motherboard. A nuisance, yes. But as my friend Tracy says, a quality problem.) Our hearts go out to those who are facing so much more.

Cabin Concussion, photo
© Irene O’Garden 2012

Most miraculous of all was the slight concussion suffered by my writing cabin. A dead tree fell across the roof peak. Rather than crushing it, however, the tree snapped like a breadstick. Leggy chunks slid forward and back off the roof. In the photo, you can see the little debris on the left of the roof, and the rest of the fallen tree behind the cabin. It only dislodged a bit of plaster inside, though the impact shook my calendar off the wall and tossed a little wooden banner to the floor. The banner, a copy of one I made for a friend’s birthday, says, “The Gift Of Time.” Glad we have been afforded more.

The Gift, photo © Irene O’Garden 2012







How did you and yours fare?

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  • mark r

    So glad to hear that you and John did well …… I know what you mean about being thankful … I have friends that say, if im in a quandary over some decision making/ has me standing virtually still / that its a luxury problem. In other words, If its not life or death, or a serious health issue for one you love or yourself , put it into perspective. Ironically, Hurrican Sandy caught the tip of the thumb in Port Austin Michigan and we experienced 40 – 50 mph winds with wind gusts over 60 mph. As no one was killed or even hurt and no significant damage was done I have to say it was FANTASTIC! The lakehouse we are on is 100 yards from Lake Huron. At Sunset, the colors were something I have never seen before here….blood orange was the predominant color…..the waves—- they were 20 feet high and rushing into the break wal many miles awayl. They looked like giant horses running on a track or giant lava flows erupting with the blood orange sunset pushing thru them Lost electricity and spent the night at the ” in laws”. Electric back on this afternoon. Always struck, when the electric is out, at how quiet it is wthout the humming of the fridge and who kn9ows waht else thats whirring quietly / the light bulbs / the heater that heats the house etc…..

    • Amazed to hear Sandy travelled so far–happy to hear she brought you only thrills, beautiful sunsets and quiet moments

  • Scott

    The writing cabin survives – as do the words that emanate from it in such elegant order. Just as the peak of your roof snapped the dead tree branch in true, so will the words we write snap in two outmoded belief systems.

    • Oomph–like the idea of snapping old useless beliefs! May they collapse as painlessly as that old tree did!

  • Linda

    Irene and JP we are so glad that you are OK = have passed the word on to all concerned. Love you
    Dan and Linda

    • Thanks, dear Linda– you’re always so good on the news brigade!

  • Karen Beckwith

    Irene every time I read your posts I love you more! Such a wonderful example of gratitude. We are fine and all the leaves are off the trees. Our nuisance was no power during the storm at dinner time, Our blessing was: the pizzeria had power! And: Ardis is NOT in Queens and Becca IS in Ireland, both out of the storm.

    • So relieved to hear you and the gals are fine and that the comfort of pizza is close by! We’re still without Internet, but what a teeny inconvenience–
      Love and blue skies–

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