Reading in the dark

We’ve been without electricity ever since Hurricane Sandy hit (I’m posting this from my iPhone for the first time). I wanted to reassure everyone that I was ok and thank you for all your well wishes- I was very touched!

I hope that those of you who were affected by the hurricane are safe and warm as well. I will write more when my electricity is restored.

In the meantime, as you can see, I am keeping warm by the fireplace (and by wearing extra sweaters and a hat) and reading with the use of the wonderful headlamp!


65 thoughts on “Reading in the dark

    • Thanks! This storm has really been something, trees knocked down everywhere blocking roads and crashing into homes, no electricity, limited petrol, etc. I really count myself as one of the lucky ones.

  1. Hi Letizia: I found that while my power was out, I enjoyed reading on my iPad, since the screen lit the words. But I also found
    , maybe because of everything being so unsettling because of the storm, that what I took immense delight in reading, on that lit screen in the dark room, was Winnie-the-Pooh.

    • The comforts of Winnie the Pooh! I can completely understand that! :). And the drawings must be quite lovely lit up…

      I agree, the light of the iPad is great in this blackout. I am watching a movie on it this evening in fact.

  2. I was saying to Mr Tracks about 6 hours ago that I hoped we would hear from you soon because I was starting to get worried…. And here you are – hooray! Great picture and so glad you are coping valiantly. In fact, I think you’ve identified a gap in the ‘reading cosily in the dark’ market there…. :0

    • The chocolate was indeed delicious! The gas stove top works so we made wonderful soups to finish our vegetables and now are eating boring canned goods until the supermarkets stock up again with fresh produce. If not I will need to read books about culinary adventures to satisfy my palate!

  3. Looks like that head lamp came in handy after all and I was hoping you wouldn’t have need for it. Do hope things brighten up soon. I feel for all these people affected by the storm. Thanks for the picture and the post.

    • The headlamp is really great, you were right. Hopefully, the electricity will be back on soon and we will be able to clean up everything soon and get back on track.

    • Happy to know you and your family are safe! I hope your house doesn’t have too much damage and that you have electricity soon. Thinking of you and let’s hope life gets back to normal soon.

  4. Glad that everything is fine there… But I must say, that there being no electricity is in a way a boon, as then you will not have your laptops and the idiot box beckoning you, and you can spend some serious quality time with your books!! Happy reading!! And stay safe and warm.. 🙂

  5. I’m so glad you’re okay. I hope you’ll share some of what this experience has been like when you get your power back and can write. Or at least give us a list of ‘Books to Read When a Hurricane Hits.’

    • Thanks! I’ll definitely write more about what I read once power is back on and life gets back to normal.

      Looking forward to catching up on your posts – with all the spooky themes of late I figure you must have had an eventful Halloween 🙂

  6. I am so glad you are safe and well, Letizia! I am mentally sending warmth and light your way as I write this. And, I am quietly thrilled that you included a picture of yourself with the headlamp. You’re the best.

  7. I like that lamp. Are you still reading ‘The Road’?
    Hope everything is alright and you’ll be back soon… meanwhile, Happy Reading. 🙂

    • Thanks, Manu!

      I ended up getting into another book, will tell you about it in my next post when have more room to get into it. Will save ‘the road’ for another time!

    • it’s so true – stillness and darkness always helps with the reading process, I agree. I have to say, though, that the cold made it a bit too hard to concentrate for long periods of time 🙂

  8. I’ve been meaning to try out my headlamp for reading. Glad it worked and I’m happy to hear that you are doing alright. I couldn’t believe this storm and its power. Good luck

    • The headlamp works great! My only tip is to avoid looking at someone straight on as it is quite powerful and blinding. It took us a little time to get into the habit of standing up with our heads bowed down to avoid blinding each other!

    • Thanks, all is well now! We’ve had electricity back for a few weeks and the roads have been cleared of fallen trees. Fortunately we didn’t have too much damage (my poor neighbors had a tree crash right into their bedroom!).

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