Good morning, friends!
Oh, it's been a while... and I have a feeling it will be a while still before I properly write here again. Like many of you on the east coast we've been busy preparing for Hurricane Sandy's arrival. Goodness this is going to be huge. I feel kind of speechless about it, just hoping and praying for everyone's safety.
We can expect to lose power for an extended period of time, so I will return when I can.
Current Whole Food Kitchen participants - I posted this week's module last night, expecting to not have power this afternoon. I'll catch up with you all soon!
Smartphone users - Red Cross has a mobile app that may be worth having should you find yourself in need.
"This is the most catastrophic event we've been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes."
- Our governor, Dannel Malloy
Really hoping that above statement is not true.
This is being compared to the Hurricane of '38 which is hard to comprehend. There is a book about my town's heritage that I've read over and over since I was a little girl. Last night I remembered there is a chapter on the '38 hurricane, so we pulled the book from the shelf to read and found a bookmark right at the point of that chapter. Hmm...
As a matter of preparation we:
- stocked up on batteries and water
- filled gas tanks and grill propane tank
- have plenty of fuel on hand for generator (to be used only to keep freezers going and quick showers when/if that is happening)
- caught up on laundry, everyone has fresh sheets, etc.
- house cleaned
- candles, flashlights, head lamps, and radio gathered
- air mattresses ready for if we need to sleep in a different spot of the house (huge trees outside bedroom windows and strongest winds expected overnight)
- have plenty of quick cooking/eating things on hand like oats, eggs, nut butters, dried fruit, etc.
- cards, games, knitting, books are gathered
- put all outdoor furniture in the garage or under the deck
- tied down the outdoor grill
I'm sure a few more things too...
What are you doing to prepare?
Something magical happened the other night. We went to see Brandi Carlile and there was a moment where she and her band stepped out from behind the microphones and their plugged in instruments. Even the acoustic instruments were taken off mic. They stepped "into the room." The point of this was to connect more intimately with the audience, to show that the difference between the band on stage and those of us sitting in the darkened theatre were, well, nothing. One in the same we were. Music loving humans.
They performed a song this way, almost like we were sitting in someone's huge living room. No barriers. It was quiet and sweet and profound. So hard to explain really. In all my life I've never been to a show where the artist stepped away from the microphone and into the room like that. It's definitely one of those things you had to be there for to feel the spirit of, but here is a video of that performance.
Well, I best get going. I'd like to cook up a few last minute things this morning and take a really long hot shower. The clock is ticking... see you all on the other side, wishing everyone a safe journey. xoxo