Last Thanksgiving we were thankful that the unusually harsh weather in the Northeast was over. The destruction and power failures had been severe, but things were looking up, and, after all, how many times would we experience a hurricane followed by a blizzard ???
Now we know it will be at least twice! Hurricane Sandy blew through, leaving unbelievable destruction in her wake. Huge old trees that survived the double blow last year fell everywhere, including the last of my apple trees!
This year, however, it wasn’t steamy August, but an unusually cold October and November. No power and no heat -- and for many of us in Connecticut, no power means no water. When our power was restored ten days later, I didn’t mind that there was still no internet or phone. I thought, well, at least we are warm. But no, no, no! Mother Nature was planning the second blow,
and within 24 hours of the restoration of my power, the lights were blinking, the fridge, freshly restocked, was turning on and off, and I was feeling very low!
Huge amounts of snow -- falling quickly, with winds.
More power lines were down. When it all stopped there were 8.5” of snow in our yard, covering the fallen trees and wires.
This freaky “now it’s summer/suddenly it’s winter” weather reminds me of what is happening to Thanksgiving. Celebrations of summer fun and Halloween are quickly changed to thoughts of Christmas
(now don’t get me wrong--Christmas is the favorite holiday in this house!),
but I’m sad to see Thanksgiving relatively forgotten.
So here we will celebrate it with great thanks.
But I’m going to need help. A few days ago, I snapped this picture of
peeking in at me, wondering when I was going to refill his bird feeder.
Then I looked at the photo. See all the dirt? Now, this is not a condition I can tolerate here. Sandy and the Nor’easter left behind windows unacceptable to this chore-aholic. So I thought a quickie wipe of the outside and presto -- a beautiful view again.
How do you break a finger washing windows???
The nail polish on my ruined manicure is named
"I need a vacation."
You know I couldn't make that up.
We’ll have turkey (I always bake mine covered with cheesecloth and basted with wine and melted butter)
and pumpkin pie
(this I think I can do with one hand).
These turkeys have been congregating on my deck (16 of them !!!)
but they need to watch out!
That’s right turkeys --run for it!
Here we will set a pretty table,
and gather around it to enjoy good food and the best company, (Charlotte is coming home from Boston with The Boyfriend)
and think about Will so far away in Scotland, where there are NO turkeys!
We will remember all that we have to be thankful for, including the local YMCA that opens its doors to all for showers and warmth, and the local volunteer firemen who provide drinking water to anyone who can get to the fire station.
And I will remember all of you who were so kind to think of us during this difficult time!
I appreciate all the emails and comments and good wishes.
There are so many others in the Northeast who are still suffering this year, and the national news moves on so quickly to other issues, that it is easy to forget.
I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day full of good fun!!
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