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Monday Mischief: Superstorm Sandy’s Direct Hit

on November 5, 2012

Yup, ol’ Sandy got us but GOOD. That Frankenstorm was the real mischief maker this time, and its mischief was epic.ย 

A 50 year old tree fell square on our house, crushing and buckling the roof, cracking the ceiling in the master bedroom, and causing leaks.

For our blogging buddies from other countries, this was a “superstorm” unprecedented in our state. A hurricane met with two other storms, creating the “perfect storm” depicted in the George Clooney movie. But that wasn’t all – it happened during a full moon, which caused waters to rise higher than they would have at any other time during the month. This was a violent attack by Mother Nature and especially bad because our region doesn’t get hurricanes normally, so our buildings aren’t prepared for them.

Huge roots of the tree that fell on us; just beyond it, you can see the roots of another tree that fell between our home and our next door neighbors. Our entire block looks like a war zone.

View from one of the bedroom windows. Every one of our 4 bedroom windows had large limbs pressing on it. It was a truly scary sight.

And yet we were extremely blessed. So many thousands of people in our state have no homes left at all – they were either swept away by raging flood waters, demolished by trees, or blown to smitherines. People were killed or lost. The fire marshall made door-to-door visits to homes like ours with severe damage, deciding whether to condemn our homes and force us to evacuate – again, we were blessed. He said our foundation was stable so we could stay.

We had no power or heat for 5 days, but once again, we were fortunate – many homes still have no power, with no anticipated return to normalcy. We hunkered down and bundled up in lots of layers and slept under tons of blankets – my personal count was 5 layers of clothes, 3 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves, and a fleece ski headband for my ears. (And a partridge in a pear tree. LOL) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Daytime temps were in the 40s and nights have been in the 30s, so I slept under 9 heavy blankets as well as a sleeping bag made to withstand 20 degree temps. It was dark, dreary, cloudy and cold for five solid days.ย 

We have an electric stove/oven, so we couldn’t cook. We had prepared as best as possible, but we were pretty much down to fruits, nuts, popcorn, precooked potatoes and the like by day 4. When the power came on Friday night, we celebrated like it was New Years Eve.

The storm really scared Daisy. The 100 mile-per-hour winds scared us all, but Daisy trembled pretty hard no matter how much we tried to console her. Her instincts took over and she sought shelter – high ground and cover. We were all sitting on sofas in the family room, and she nervously climbed on the pillows behind our backs (for high ground, I guess) and squeezed under our arms. You just can’t argue with a dog’s instincts – somehow she knew that she needed to get cover and stay out of possible flood waters, or at least that’s how it seemed. She’s never reacted like that before.

Our priority after the storm was to keep ourselves and Daisy warm and safe until the power came back on. We lit a fire in the fireplace every night, played games all day into the evenings to keep ourselves occupied, and did a jigsaw puzzle too. DD said that except for being cold and lacking food, she really liked “living a 17th century life”! She enjoyed not being tethered to electronics of any kind and being together every day. I agree with that perspective. So we’ve decided to have Friday night fires in the fireplace along with games all through fall and winter. ๐Ÿ˜€

We kept Daisy bundled in multiple layers of blankets as well as her little pink sweater – she seemed quite content on our laps, despite an apprehensive gleam in her eyes!

We’re on odd/even gas rationing plus we have a water shortage because so many reservoirs were drained to prevent them from overflowing. Some businesses are just starting to open, and food is beginning to be delivered to some supermarkets.

Tree crews, police, and all kinds of professionals have been flocking into our state to help with the cleanup – God bless them all! A tree company from Michigan was able to bring their cherry picker and crane in, and they removed the tree from our house. It was quite a lengthy and cautious operation!

It took a crew of 7 strong guys, a crane, a cherry picker, and 2 more trucks to get that huge tree safely off our house.

Our prayers are with everyone who suffered far greater losses from this storm. We’re helping in the relief efforts and always wish we could do more. It’ll be quite some time before our roof and ceiling are repaired, but for now we have a few huge tarps over the entire front of the house, bolted in place with 2x4s (this was the recommendation of the roofer). AND we’re expecting a noreaster in a few days – wish us luck!

We’re part of the Monday Mischief Blog Hop.

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57 responses to “Monday Mischief: Superstorm Sandy’s Direct Hit

  1. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Glad you’re OK!

  2. It’s such a relief to hear from you all and know you’re ok!! It must have been terrifying and it sounds like it was super cold!!

    My Mum’s sister was stranded in the caribbean when Hurricane Ivan struck and destroyed her house and most of the Island, so we can imagine what you went through and are still going through, it takes so long to get back to normalโ€ฆ.

    Stay safe during the noreaster,

    We’re sending you lots of hugs,

    Your pal Snoopy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Snoopy! How horrible that your mum’s sister went through such an awful ordeal! That must have been truly terrifying. We’re hoping against hope that the noreaster fizzles out or blows out to sea, but so far it doesn’t look that way. Like they say, “When it rains, it pours”…..literally!

  3. 2browndawgs says:

    Oh poor Daisy and poor you guys. That tree was huge. I bet it was scary when it came down. I am glad you are all safe and have begun recovering from the storm. I guess it will be a while with so much damage.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you. Yes, it’ll be quite a while before everything gets repaired. All the professionals are getting an enormous number of calls from people needing home repairs, and they’re scheduling us in order of need, which I totally agree with. Our insurance adjuster won’t be here until sometime in December! I’m just anxious to get things shored up before the freezing weather hits in earnest so there’s no further damage to an already compromised roof.

  4. Wow, That is very scary. Me and Nellie are very glad to hear that you are all safe and sound.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you both. It really was scary, and it still is for so many people who were left homeless by the storm, especially as our temperatures are dropping rapidly. We pray for them every day.

  5. glad to hear your all safe and sound. We had ourown little chaos while Sandy visited us,but nothing like this. Daisy looks very warm and quite content despite the chaos outside, btw your fireplace looks so lovely and homey! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Kirby! We love having the fireplace lit, but over the past several years I guess we got a little too busy and forgot to do it. We’ll be doing a lot more of it this season – hopefully for fun, not because of power outages! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Will and Eko says:

    Whoa, that is a seriously close call – glad all two/four legged residents are safe! Stay warm and hope life gets back to normal soon.

  7. Zena says:

    That must have been so scary. Glad the clean up is under way and hope Daisy can relax again soon.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’m glad to say that Daisy seems back to her happy little self. The mayor of our town is extremely pro-active and very involved, unlike any mayor we’ve ever had. He’s riding the power company hard to get them to restore power to every home and business and has opened 24-hour charging and comfort stations with cots, blankets, heat, food, etc. for those still out. He’s even scheduled movie times to keep families entertained. We get daily calls and emails from the town updating us on progress, and I’m sure he’ll get crews out to pick up all the downed trees as soon as they’re not needed for more urgent work. What an experience – one I’d be happy never to have again!

  8. jan says:

    Scary times but I’m glad you all came through all right. Experiences like this is something you will remember for the rest of your lives

  9. barb19 says:

    How awful . . . all I can say is, glad to hear you are all fine, and you don’t have to move from your damage house because of the tree. Daisy must have been petrified, but her instincts kicked in – animals are amazing that way.
    One positive came out of it – your Friday nights are going to be so much fun from now on!

  10. Oh my golly gosh we had no idea you were in the thick of it. It must have been very frightening. We feel for you and all those in your area. We are so pleased to read you were fine but still it can’t have been an experience anyone wants to live through. Poor Daisy she must have been petrified too. Glad to read you are getting supplies throgh and we hope all is OK with your home. Sending love and hugs and all our best wishes. Please keep us all updated.
    Best wishes Molly

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks so much Molly. I really wish we could take in some of the people whose homes were totally destroyed, my heart really goes out to them. There’s so much heartbreaking footage that it’s unbearable. Just goes to show that no matter what humans do, we’re no match against the wrath of nature.

  11. Glad to hear you are all safe! Sorry to hear about the damage to your house must have been a very scary time for you all, I hope things are back to normal for you soon xx

  12. kolytyi says:

    We were thinking of you and Daisy in the last few days, hoping every day that you will come back and tell us that you survived unhurt and you have no serious damages. And our wish came true! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sorry to read that a tree has damaged your house. I’m glad you and your pawrents are well and I hope all damage and uncomfy things will be solved soon…

  14. MARGIE says:

    Im so glad your back up here..I had chill’s for you & Daisy . (We had a bad wind years back)that took our 50 year old tree out but missed our home,,IWe were in bed (yes they sleep on our bed) So I thought singing to the Havanese & Bichon’s would drown out the noise , My husband Rod said “stop singing your scaring Our dogs,”, Sigh!!! But all these things are Material and will be repaired soon (like New) I’m thankful for your safety. Give a Hug to good Girl Daisy, Tell her Raylan,Cha cha , Annah ..send their love. Margie in Idaho

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks so much Margie, and Daisy appreciates all your pups’ love! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a funny story about what happened during your storm. Great hearing from you – give your gang a hug back from Daisy and me!

  15. Oh my goodness! I’ve actually been “looking” for you, but didn’t see you in my “pile” of mail! I’m so relieved to know that you are okay, although obviously very, very shaken. And the damage to your home is significant. But given what we’ve seen with news footage, I really wondered just how bad it might be. Hug each other a lot, give Daisy extra love, and we will just continue to pray for you and all the many very displaced, hurting and grieving people. It is a very, very sad time for so many in your region. oxo

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you. There’s no doubt that others are in much, much worse situations than we are, and that puts everything into a different perspective. The winds are now starting to blow with the noreaster we’re getting today, and it looks like already a cable that’s holding one of the tarps in place is pulling a shutter off the house. AND they say we may have heavy snow along with it tonight! I don’t think we’ll be sleeping in that bedroom tonight, just in case….

  16. Loy says:

    Glad you and your family are all right! How terrifying it all must have been!

  17. Mag (Chancy's Mumsy) says:

    Oh, my!!! I have been praying for everyone who has damage from the horrible storm but had no idea that you, my sweet friends were some I was praying for. I am so sorry you have damage and I hope that very soon your roof will be fixed and this never happens again. It had to be so scary for you all. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad that none of you were injured and hope very soon you find peace and comfort again after this very traumatic situation. Warm hugs for you my sweet friend and nose kisses for sweet Daisy.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you so much Mumsy. We’re now also recovering from the nor’easter that dumped heavy snow (7 inches) on us – the crack in the ceiling doubled in length from the weight of the snow and I see a bit more buckling, so I’m pretty nervous. Can’t wait for it to get fixed, which will take a while. So many are in so much more dire straights than we are, though, that my heart really goes out to them. We’re looking for places to volunteer in the recovery efforts and we’re donating supplies in the meantime. Thank you again for your prayers.

  18. Clowie says:

    That must have been very frightening for you. I’m glad you’re all ok.

  19. granny1947 says:

    Oh my friend…what a close shave you had..I am SO glad you are ok. I have not been getting your notifications…will unsubscribe and re-do it.Lots of love.

  20. What a scary event. It must have been so frightening for you and your family during the storm. I don’t know how I would have reacted if that happened to us. I am so glad that you and your family remained safe during this horrific event. We are on odd/even gas rationing days here as well. Hopefully that will pass in the coming weeks. It seems that power is being restored here slowly but steadily, however, it is still out in the shore areas. I hope you are managing to keep warm with all this going on. Especially after having 7″ of snow added by the recent nor easterner. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Your friend,

    Tiffy the Yorkie

  21. Mollie says:

    We are so sorry we are so late in popping over, youz didn’t come up in our box. So sorry to hear all the trouble you are having. I can’t imagine what you are going through.. we are all thinking of you and hope you can get things sorted real quick. Big hugs to you all.
    Mollie and Alfie

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Mollie. We’re getting some supplies in this weekend, but the roof repair will take quite some time. I’m nervous about the weight of upcoming snowfalls on that area – the crack in our ceiling has already doubled in length. Hope the roofer can get here soon!

  22. The Hook says:

    Our dog, Chelsea, hates storms as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. I am so sorry for all that you have gone through and I am extremely impressed with your ability to see your blessings through it all. Quite remarkable. I’ve been hearing that the Nor’Easter has brought snow with it, so I do hope you are alright and not too bitterly cold. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. megtraveling says:

    I’m so glad you’re all right and also that long-term solutions to the damage to your home are in the works. It’s so unpleasant to be cold, and I’m sorry it took so long to get your electricity back. I hope things get back to normal for you soon… ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Bassetmomma says:

    OMG! I am just catching up! This must have been so terrifying! I am so glad you are all okay!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Janet. I’m a little behind in responding to posts too. Yes it was very scary, and they say we’re only at the start of an escalated weather cycle that will last for some years to come. I think we better start outfitting homes up here with the storm shutters they use in the southern coastal states – or just move inland!

  26. kdkh says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I just now got to your post. I hope that you weathered the next storm too. Sure hope you have insurance coverage; it sounds like you have a lot of rebuilding/repair to do. I’m glad y’all are safe.

  27. bichonpawz says:

    Wow! We are so very sorry that you had to go through all that, but we are very glad that you are all ok!! My inlaws (in Jersey) were without power for 12 days!! They were SO glad to get their power back. Your house looks like it really took a beating. My prayers go out to you and your family and hope that things are returning to normal for you…poor little Daisy…she looks scared!! xoxo Chloe, LadyBug and mama Jeanne

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you all. Daisy really was scared during that storm, but from the predictions we’re hearing, she’s going to have to get used to more extreme storms like this. Unfortunately.

      12 days without power is horrible – especially since the temperatures dropped so low during that time! I’m glad your inlaws’ place has returned to normal. It’ll take quite some time for our home to be repaired, and I’m pretty concerned about the fast-approaching winter and the possibilities of heavy snow on a broken roof.

  28. Novroz says:

    OH….sorry we didn’t have time to visit your blog these past few days…We didn’t know Sandy hits your area too. But we are glad you are all okay. I hope the reparation will be a fast job.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Novroz. Unfortunately it’ll take quite some time for everything to be fixed, but at least we have a house to live in. We can’t really complain when so many others lost everything. It still chokes me up to think about it and see the devastation.

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