Getting Ready for Hurricane Sandy, and Kind Of Enjoying It

by Dagmar Bleasdale on October 29, 2012



Hurricane Sandy is on it’s way. We are being told it will be here in Westchester, NY, around 6AM. It’s 2AM right now and it was windy earlier, but I’m not hearing anything right now.

Will you also be affected by Sandy? Are your ready for it?

Landon won’t have school tomorrow, they are keeping it closed, and I have been preparing for us to stay home, possibly without power for days.

Landon and I went to Target yesterday for some supplies, but all the lanterns and water were sold out. Landon did find this thing, and really wanted it, but there was no way I was going to buy it.

Way too scary.

I would have liked to have one more lantern as backup, but we have one and some flashlights, plus about 40 of my handmade candles, so we are set.

Landon’s 6th birthday — and our 7th anniversary — is Tuesday, and there is a strong possibility that L won’t have school then either. Last year we had a freak snowstorm that dumped so much snow on us, that his birthday and party became quite the improvised adventure.

And maybe even Halloween will be canceled again, like it was last year due to the storm. We still had fun last year, as you can see, but this year we have big plans. I’m crossing my fingers that will still happen.

This is what I’ve done today to get ready for Sandy. Nothing crazy, but I like to be prepared:

  • I filtered about 5 gallons of water and filled every large container and glass jar I could find, just in case we don’t have water for days.
  • I filled the bathtub so we will have water to flush the toilet and to wash ourselves.
  • I downloaded a flashlight app for my iPhone.
  • I filled up the car with gas.
  • I placed my flameless candles all over the house and will keep them on while we are sleeping, so we can find our way around if the power goes out.

Don took L hiking at Turkey Mountain, and I had several hours and finally also tackled organizing the office. I wrapped a gift for L’s cousin Sophia, who turned 16, and all of L’s presents for Tuesday.

I’m nesting and loving it. I updated Instagram on my phone and now can instantly post pictures to Facebook, Twitter and my new Tumblr page.

I shared this picture today on all three accounts: I bought this storage piece yesterday at a garage sale for $7 and it makes the perfect display case for L’s cars.

I have aspirations to make an apple cake tomorrow while the storm is howling outside, maybe even my 1-hour bread, and to read many of the fall-themed kids books to L that I unearthed today.

And then there is one more project I have been saving and can’t wait to do: decorating and filling the goodie bags for L’s classmates and his birthday party guests.

I’m not that worried about hurricane Sandy and kind of looking forward to hunkering down with Don and L. Hopefully we won’t lose power, but if we do, we’ll be just fine.

Stay safe! Let me know how Hurricane Sandy is affecting you.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Ekain October 17, 2015 at 3:56 AM

Oh Monika, every time I see your new session I admrie your talent and growth. But this is not just about your talent or technics that you use. It’s about your sensitivity and ability to connect with people very easily. The family is beautiful! And the softness of your amazing pictures enhances the atmosphere of love that I sense from your pictures. I love it!


Rosey October 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

My son and his wife are on the East Coast and gearing up for the storm today.

Stay safe. :)


Dagmar Bleasdale October 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Hope they will be safe!


PragmaticMom October 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

We are closed for school too in Newton, MA. It IS nice to slow down for a day of forced inside activities. I’m going to make soup and another batch of granola. It’s been so crazy with soccer at my house (7 hours yesterday for one kid in the cold/rain) that we are glad for a break. Our power goes out frequently (4.5 days last year at same time of year) so we bought a generator. Hopefully we won’t have to use it! Enjoy your day or two of nesting too! I’m sure you can use the time to catch up! :)


Dagmar Bleasdale October 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Stay safe! We already lost power here, and Sandy hasn’t even reached us! :( Sitting in a restaurant to blog.


Otir October 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I prepared also. I guess after last year’s Irene, then the FreakOctoberStorm, we learnt and it feels like I am improving at each preparation, trying to figure out that this one is not the same as the last one, and how to adapt.

My anxiety is about losing contact when the power goes off – and because it is going to be raining for a long time, I won’t be able to walk and talk with my neighbors.


Dagmar Bleasdale October 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Stay safe, Otir! We already lost power and they won’t restore it for days :(


Otir November 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

We got it back yesterday afternoon. I am glad I was prepared. Now, getting the lessons from this new one, to even do better… next time, because I believe that unfortunately, there will be next times!


Dagmar Bleasdale November 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Don is determined to buy a big generator for next time :)


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