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Shelter from the Storm

How we're waiting out the storm

We are waiting out Sandy while hosting our daughter, four grandchildren, two cats, and a Cane Corso named Bella until it’s safe for them to return to their home in Union Beach, which is two blocks from the bay. Their dad is still down there taking care of the homestead and providing regular photo updates and info to us. We did this same routine for two days during Irene’s intrusion last year and hosted showers and meals as well. They say every cloud has a silver lining, and ours is the extended time we get to spend with the kids. Last year they helped up with mop up and maintenance chores and showed us their latest online kid sites. This year the two youngest (7 & 5) girls and I built a popsicle stick box and a message center from a wood kit. The worst hasn’t hit us yet and we hope we prepared enough. Our township seems to have things under control vis-à-vis information, shelters, and roads. I hope the township has access to the Honeywell alert system. I’m looking forward to when we can all be outdoors again and will hopefully not find a lot of damage. Best to everyone, stay safe, dry, and warm!    

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Joseph Keyes October 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Been on generator power for an hour ...wind is kicking up, no tree damage so far and basement still dry. With 5 house guests, I wish that I had the connected the dishwasher to the generator circuit...
Jon November 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I'm guessing you eventually figured out that you could use paper plates and biodegradable corn-based plastic cups and cutlery...
Joseph Keyes November 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Just kidding about the dishwasher... I'm spending time at the library today (Sunday). Propane out since Friday, so no heat, electricity, landline phone, or internet. Cell is sketchy. Apparently a lot of Irene's lessons were not learned by the power companies involved. Kid's and grandkids are okay, but teenagers getting surly....
Tracy Tobin November 14, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Joe Glad you stayed safe and dry. Sorry your area was one of the last to get electric back. Tracy
Joseph Keyes November 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Thanks, Tracy....And thanks for filling us in on what went on re JCP&L and other related storm issues.
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