Post Irma


All is well and internet is just back up. We really dodged a bullet. Our area for the most part was not hit badly so we were very blessed. The power came back quickly and neighbors all helped each other. For now I will simply share some photos. The are during and after. It’s amazing how after everything just is completely back to normal. It’s like nothing happened….but it totally did!

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Gimme Shelter


Yes I am sheltering in place even though Mother Nature is about to unleash her wrath and fury upon the land where I live. I’ve received numerous worried phone calls and texts from friends and love ones of concern at my half-baked plan to stay. Their feelings that I should evacuate, or should have days ago, have been coming across loud and clear.

Agreed, it’s all a bit freaky. The worst hurricane in the Atlantic in history!! Yikes. This doesn’t leave for a good nights sleep mind you. And yet, I plan to stay and wait it out. Am I simply nuts?

Well, no, I don’t think so. Having been an emergency worker for 20 years, I wouldn’t choose to shelter in place without giving it some good hard thought and without reasons. Maybe my reasons are emotional ones: my pets and my mother, but I still feel the gamble is worth it.

Where I live is not in a flood zone and my apartment building is a cement box. I’m on the first floor and have hurricane windows on most of windows and on the ones I don’t, I put up my shutters. I have candles, canned food, batteries and will fill up lots of things with water, including my bath tub. And then I will simply wait.

Sure, we may lose power, but after being without power for 11 days in New England in the middle of winter without a wood stove, I guess I can handle it. I have a small battery charger for my phone, and if my car doesn’t get wrecked, then I can charge my phone in my car to let folks know I’m OK.

As long as my Mom, my pets and I’m OK, I really don’t care if I lose stuff. There is nothing I own that is more important to me than my ‘family’. Things can always be replaced. If it blows away or gets wet… so be it. Maybe I’ll end up in the land of Oz…

And the upside of these disasters is that it always brings out the best in humans. Maybe Mother nature does this to reminds us of our need to care about each other. My neighbors have been great. (Note: my neighbor for Canada flew BACK to be here for his Mom and just stopped by to make sure I was alright and didn’t need any help!)

So, yes, I’m staying and hopefully it won’t be a mistake. If it is, well, it won’t be my first mistake. If it’s the last, well…we all gotta go sometime.

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

The Rolling Stones

Happy Birthday Mom 


It has not been an easy year but this amazing woman reached this incredible milestone with the strength and dignity I’ve always admired in her. Facing tough setbacks in her nearly perfect health, she was undaunted by the changes in her. Her ever positive outlook on life has kept her moving and healing, but mostly is an inspiration to all of those who know her.

From the time I was small she taught me that I could be anything I wanted, something I have passed on to my daughters. Her help has allowed me to figure out my path and feel a sense of security. 

This time living near my Mother has been a blessing after spending  so many years apart. She has given me more than I can really express. And really without her decision so many years ago, when she knew adopting a little girl was something she needed to do, I’m not sure where I would be today. 

Happy 90th Mama. I love you. 

Vote


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One of the first important decisions I ever made with regards to politics was affiliating with a party. This I did many years ago so I could vote in the primary. I knew that I would never vote Republican  (well once I voted for a Republican for a particular position), but I am 99.9% of the time aligned with a more liberal point of view. Therefore I saw no point in remaining an Independent and missing out on the primary races.

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Normally it’s a no brainer for me. I would march right in to a little voting area in my small town in New England and cast my vote. But today was the first time in years that I struggled with my decision.

And today was my first time voting since moving. I was nervous it would be complicated and the lines would be awful. Neither were the case.

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Last night I went so far as to go online again and read up on the candidates. I even kept the radio on today hoping to hear some final words of wisdom. In fact, I even hoped those obnoxious people would be outside soliciting votes for their candidates like they always did back home. But that’s the ‘live free or die’ state. As you can see by the sign, people have the appearance of more manners around here, so no-one was in sight.

So instead, I discussed it with my Mom, some friends and slept on it last night.

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And then I took my paper today and walked into a little booth. Actually I figured it would be more sophisticated here in the big city, but no, it was pretty easy. No wonder it got all screwed up before here in this state (maybe it’s too simple). At least my name was on their list and I went to the right place.

I looked at the two names for a few minutes, thought about everything I read, what I talked about with everyone and then thought about what I felt inside.

And then, I voted.