When Superstorm Sandy came knocking, my neigbors and I were expecting an extended black out. When Tropical Storm Irene came last August, we lost power with the first few wind gusts. We were out for 5 days. With Sandy, we felt and heard howling wind all day, but only lost power for 15 minutes around 4:30pm on Monday. I had the hot coffee in the thermos and Hurricane cupcakes ready. We all did a happy dance when it came back on. (Friends in Saugerties, Rhinebeck, and Woodstock reported similar 10 minute-blackouts on Facebook).
The next day my relief was quickly replaced with worry about loved ones in Long Island who lost power. Seeing the photos coming in from NYC and NJ made me realize just how lucky we were to have escaped the worst of Sandy's wrath.
We took a ride to Ulster Avenue in Kingston yesterday afternoon to the Starbucks Drive-thru yesterday. For me, having Starbucks open is always a sign that things are kind of normal again. Everyone has that look of a combination of exhaustion and relief. (For the best coffee in Woodstock go to Oriole 9 or get the to-go coffee at Sunflower Natural Foods).
I have yet to drive through Woodstock. The Halloween Celebration is cancelled today, but has been re-scheduled for tomorrow, November 1st at 6pm. Wishing everyone a safe Halloween. I have to go out and buy candy. I was afraid if I bought it before Sandy, I would eat it all during the blackout!