November 5, 2012
Posted by Stephanie at November 5, 2012 12:19 PM
I'm back, arriving last night and now drinking coffee through the worst of my jet lag, but I'm a moron who forgot her computer power cord in England (Joe stayed behind, he'll bring it home in a few days.) I'm scrambling to get things settled here and borrow a cord. In the meantime, blogging from my phone is tricky - so more pictures and words will need to wait until tomorrow.
I hope you are all well - and that those of you on the Eastern seaboard are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. For those who asked, we fared well through Sandy. Joe and I were worried about leaving the house alone, flying out as we did just as Sandy arrived, but we have only very minor damage. Our neighbourhood was the hardest hit in Toronto - many old trees down, squashed cars and homes, power outages, fires, and tragically, a life lost.
Compared to the huge damage in the US and the even greater consequences through the Caribbean, Toronto was lucky.
More tomorrow, and thanks for worrying.
Welcome home. Can't wait to see the photos!
Good to know you've arrived home safe and all in a piece.
Welcome back to "America". Get some rest then tell all!
We were fortunate here too, north of the city. Even the sump pump managed to keep up with the torrential rains. Welcome back. Enjoy the coffee.
Yes, welcome back to North America. We missed you.
Good to hear that the damage was minor, and that you're safe back at home.
I'm sorry to hear of the fatality. I hadn't heard anything on the news about what the storm's reach into Canada was.
Glad you're home safe, and the storm wasn't worse. All we got from it was huge waves and a couple inches of snow, here near Lake Superior.
Glad to hear that you are ok.
In regards to forgotten powercord, it may be worth actually buying one, which you could keep in your go back for travel, that way you have a back-up should it ever happen again.
Good to hear you're okay, though I wish there were no damage and I hope it fixes easily. My heart goes out to your neighbors and all affected by the storm. Wish I were there pitching in.
You seriously only went to the UK for the weekend? Wow. With that and the time change, you must be feelin' it today! Funny how each end of the city was hardest hit, and not the centre (I'm in the east end, and presume you're in the west end if you're near the horrible fatality). We are still cleaning up and hoping the sun will show its face so things can dry out a bit.
It's very good to know that you fared well. The pictures of Toronto were just like when Juan went through Halifax in 2003.
I also know what you mean by doing stuff on the phone is hard. Ironically, this comment is done via my phone (or is it coincedence?)
Pleased to hear you are returning to a semblance of 'normal'. Coffee helps, at least with the listmaking.
With your busy schedule, it may take a while before you get used to the local treeless vistas around. I'm looking forward to the expanded blog on the trip.
Don't worry about us...we'll be here when you're ready.
(I do, however, expect to see at least one completed nephew sweater. But no pressure or anything.)
Thank you for your prayers for us in the US. Sandy was just a mean spirited lady that decided she wanted to shake our spirit. But that's all she did. We are a strong community and we will rebuild. I pray for those who lost lives, and for the families that are still feeling effects of her. It was such a pleasure that she left us all. Thank you for continuing to post during your leave. It was a great distraction during a horrible time in our lives.
Welcome home! I'm glad your home wasn't damaged. We had trees and branches down in Ottawa, too, but no where near as much rain as Toronto.
The peoples of the Americas (the Caribbean was hit, especially Cuba) will rebuild and recover, but it will take time, and lots of prayers. I'm lucky, the American parts of my family survived virtually unscathed, just inconvenienced by power outages. I hope everyone has a place to live, eat and stay warm this winter.
Welcome home! Glad you made it safely. Sounds like you forgot your power cord because you were tired or got pulled in too many travel directions, not because you are a "moron." I'm sensitive to that word, which is an outdated and derogatory term meant to describe a person with an intellectual disability. It is much like the R word. On behalf of my delightful and very smart sister, who has Down syndrome, and the millions of others around the world who live full lives with intellectual disabilities, I respectfully request that you (and your loyal readers and fans) refrain from using that term or anything like it.
We must remember how blessed we are to have a home to come to everyday. Welcome Home. Be safe.
So glad all is well at your house.
I pray blessings on all who were affected by this brutal storm.
I am glad you are safe, although very sorry to hear about your neighbors/neighborhood. I live in a toronado infested area and it is hard to loose trees. Even harder to loose friends. I am sorry for your loss.
Yes, welcome home, of course but I can't get over the fact that you actually were in Europe and I couldn't get anywhere near to get a glimpse.
Pity, isn't it? I should have loved to kinnear you ;-))
I'm with Presbytera - nephew sweater!
(Very glad your home is okay.)
Forgetting your computer power cord doesn't make you a moron.
My DS forgot his, his DW had to mail it to him. At the time replacements were very expensive. And not available in the town where we were staying.
My Granddaughter's dog ate hers. Her Grandfather replaced it with an after market one, not an Apple one.
I am surprised that the storm caused damage that far north! What a whopper of a storm.
Glad to hear you made it home safe. We were on the outskirts of Sandy and our area was one that WASN'T dealing with power outages or bad damage (there's something to be said for living up in the mountains!)
Heck, we worry when we don't hear from you for a few days, much less when you have a major storm heading at you.
We're like the extra mother you never really needed.
Glad you are safe home! Fair winds for Joe!
Welcome home, and glad your house escaped serious damage. Have I missed an update on furnace wars this year? or are you out of the running since you escaped for weekend? I have been so impressed in past years by how long you have held out. We are in warm (too warm today!) San Diego and go quite a bit longer ;-) Really wish we could send our warm weather back to those suffering on the east coast. They are certainly getting hammered. Enjoy being back in your own home, hopefully for a bit longer this time.
Years ago, a nearby neighborhood lost so many trees to an April snowstorm it looked like a new development. My former abode, Princeton NJ, lost many this time, as the bulk of the trees are a certain age and people will need to start thinking about replacing. Sad that it happened to you as well! Glad you're home safe, though.
Yeah, that squashed, burned car was on my street. We lost power for 18 hours. But we got out the camping stove, and ate our leftover birthday cake with lots of candles. I think it will be the most memorable birthday my daughter has for a while. She thought it was great.
And it could have been so much worse. And was for so many others.
For what it's worth, every time a brand-new, non-derogatory word is invented - for anything - it is immediately used with the old attitudes and within ten years it becomes derogatory from usage.
I'm so sorry to hear about the fatality. I pray for all the lives lost and the families affected in this storm. But I'm grateful to here that you came through relatively unscathed. Thank-you for updating all of us. :)
So sorry you suffered damage, but am glad that it wasn't too awful!
Glad to hear that you are safe and the damage isn't too bad. Looking forward to reading more about your trip.
Glad you are home and safe and warm and have power. Words and pictures can wait.
Thank you for your comment. Sometimes I forget how hurtful certain words can be. I wouldn't ever start throwing around other derogatory words, racially, sexuality wise, but I surely have not been aware of the impact of other terms on the developmentally disadvantaged and their families.
I read this blog because I enjoy the Harlot's take on knitting and life in general, but many times the comments are the thing that educates me.
Good to see you back and glad your little house is still safe! :)
I have noticed that my local thrift shop usually has a variety of cords hanging around.
Glad you are home safe and sound.
Thank God you and yours are aok. Welcome home!!
Welcome home. I am glad you suffered no major problems from the storm. My family lives on Long Island. They are still without power, though at least my mother, who is 79, has a generator to provide heat. My brother tends it and the gas it needs to run. They consider themselves lucky. The devastation to the areas hit is just mind boggling.