Reading through the Storm

Here on the East Coast of the U.S. where I live, we are preparing for Hurricane Sandy to arrive in a day or two.

What this has meant for us in the past is downed trees, flooded basements, and no electricity (anywhere from a few hours to one week).

The usual preparations have been made:

getting the flashlights out, buying bottled water (last year our tap water was contaminated) and food, charging all electronic devices, putting the garden furniture inside, going for long walks with my dog, etc.

Some of the preparations:

If we do lose electricity, it will give me an opportunity to try out my new reading headlamp.

 I will curl up in bed and read during the storm and try not think about any possible damage to the house or garden.

And I will remind myself that there is always sun after the rain!…… Here’s a photo I took of a couple of squirrels sunbathing on my damaged Magnolia tree after last year’s October storm…

77 thoughts on “Reading through the Storm

  1. It is already in the news over here. Be careful, take care.
    ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy… pretty heavy and terrifying stuff to read through the storm!

    • Thanks, Herman; hopefully it will be less powerful than they are predicting.

      I was thinking that ‘The Road’ would be sufficiently heavy to distract me from the storm! Maybe I should go with something lighter instead? hahaha 🙂

  2. “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable” – Seneca Add to this your books, your light and Lindt Chocolate (impeccable taste, by the way) and you’re pretty much set, I’d say! Best of luck – look forward to hearing how it has all gone in due course. Make sure you let us all know that you are ok asap please.

    • Wonderful quotation! I will write it on a notecard and use it as my bookmark for the next few days!

      I’ll let you know how it all turns out (if we lose electricity, it may take some time). Thank you for the kind thoughts 🙂

  3. I love your new post, it puts a freshness to everyone’s preparations for the storm…! I love the reading lamp on the Greek head and the squirrels on the magnolia! Let’s all have a great reading storm!

  4. So glad you put first things first when you were preparing, and walked the dog!
    I hope it passes you without too much damage or inconvenience… I used to rather enjoy that battened down feeling during typhoons in Hongkong – a mixture or excitement, anticipation, apprehension and anxiety! but somehow pleasurable… I must be a masochist!
    But enjoy your good book and good chocolate anyway!

    • It’s true, one must walk the dog first! I figured that even if the storm is less severe than anticipated, it’s still going to be a rainy week so I wanted to go for a few wonderful long walks with her before.

      Oh, Valerie, I just love your writing! Your description of the anticipation of the typhoons in Hong Kong has hit the nail on the head and described my feelings exactly. There is some excitement and anxiety at the same time (and some hope that the heart of the storm will just turn east into the ocean and pass us by as it has done so many times in the past!).

  5. I loooove curling up on my bed and reading till my eyes are sore, when it is pouring outside… It gives me such great satisfaction… Hope you have an awesome time reading, and stay dry and safe!!
    Hugs,
    Sumithra.

  6. Sending safe hugs your way right this instant! P.S. I would have the same survival kit: chocolate, books, and pets. Also, we’re all going to need to see a picture of you with that headlamp on for the post-Hurricane update post. Again, safe wishes!

  7. I have never experienced a serious storm in my life. I just hope it passes your place without making any problems. Meanwhile, have a good time reading.
    P.S:- Does the choice of picking up that apocalyptic novel has anything to do with the storm? 🙂

    • Thanks!

      I have a selection of books and have been meaning to read The Road so thought this would be an interesting time to do so. But I may change my mind in a few hours 🙂

  8. what a way to ride the storm out! love the chocolate forthought, make sure you are in a room with good screens, cause headlamps attract bugs to your eyeballs!

    • It’s too chilly here for bugs, but I’ll keep that in mind for future summer storms! I never would have thought of that (I suspect you learned the hard way – must have been painful and annoying!).

    • Thanks, hopefully we won’t have too much damage. Am already eyeing the weather report for the weekend which is predicting sun so that will give us some rest from the rain and time to clean everything up 🙂

  9. Crikey, you get food poisoning for a weekend and everything goes mental. Hope you are keeping safe and warm. The Road is definitely a nice bleak book to get into. Enjoy, as much as you can with the storm and the depressing air of bleakness that hits you from the pages.

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