11/3/12 Update...lines for gas are still very long here in New Jersey...easily 50 to 60 cars with a 2 plus hour wait. It is expected to get even colder and there is possibly another storm coming our way. Please keep the northeast section of our country in your prayers!
Rosemary Lane is wrapping up day four post the rage of Hurricane Sandy, and is still without power. Gasoline is becoming even harder to come by in New Jersey, where gas lines are sometimes 30 to 50 cars long with state troopers directing traffic.
There are also walk up gas lines where you can fill gas containers to fuel small generators. With undying gratitude we have my sister and brother-in-law's back up generator, this is enough to keep our refrigerator running, provide a few lamps with power, watch a movie in the evening with the kids, and oh yes...give us Internet access!
As far as damage to 21 Rosemary Lane, well we lost two trees in our backyard. Above is a picture of what they looked like early on Monday morning. The tree in the foreground is right outside my daughter Grace's room. The tree in the background, the one without the tire swing, is directly outside our bedroom window and adjacent to the screened-in porch.
We were extremely lucky on both accounts as both trees fell away from the house. The tree next to the porch went down first. Immediately I told Chris to have Grace sleep in Michael's room in case the one next to her window goes down. Not 10 minutes later we lost the second tree.
Other damage to 21 Rosemary Lane occurred in the way of losing part of our roof!
Cooking has been a bit of a challenge...my kids are use to hot meals but that can't always be the case when using the grill to cook. Not only do we have to conserve our gasoline for the generator but we have to do the same with the propane gas.
I can't tell you what a God send my cast iron skillets and pot have been.
Our latest challenge with this storm has now become the effort to stay warm. As I write this the temperatures are expected to be in the low 40's to mid 30's at night and daytime highs are only suppose to reach the upper 40's to the50 degree mark over the next 4 days. We have a small space heater up in Michael's room where both kids are currently sleeping, that keeps them pretty toasty! Chris and I pile on the extra blankets for warmth. Small flame less candles are on over night to provide some light when navigating to and from the bathrooms. I plan to purchase more of these little lifesavers once everything gets back to normal.
The schools were closed all week and Halloween has been postponed to Friday the 9th. Power here in our township is expected to be fully restored by next Wednesday.
But all in all we are pretty lucky!
Stay safe and God bless to all who are suffering in the wake of Sandy's path of destruction.
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