Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodbye Irene!

We are safe!
Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and concern
 for my family, friends and all the folks up and down the east coast.
There are many people dealing with picking up the pieces...
flooding, downed trees, etc.

My Dad and I, up in the Adirondack mountains,
 survived 24 hours of harrowing wind and rain.
Branches and debris hit the roof and rain pelted the windows from all directions.
 It was scary!
 We watched 3 huge pine trees fall and crash down at the edge of the property...and are so grateful that they fell into the woods and not toward our homes.  

We do not have any electric power up here now and don't expect it to be restored for several days.
 There are numerous trees hanging on the power lines.

But despite laying awake last night, listening to the giant pines cracking...intermittent sleep and lots of prayers...
this morning the sky was bright blue and everything was calm.

Mr. Flea is back home  dealing with
 more downed trees in the yard there and a flooded basement.
Kate, after being evacuated, is hoping to get back to her apartment in Brooklyn and then to Manhattan to work sometime later today.

Here is a snapshot of the outlet for the lake....
notice the water is flowing into the lake!

The forecast is for sunny skies the rest of the week.
We are thankful for that as we clean up the mess
 Irene has left behind.
Our hearts go out to those who have suffered more damage
 in other areas that were hit even harder.

It may be a while before we have power restored...
...until then, thank you again for your prayers!
Take care my friends,
Laura and family


Carol said...

Laura, I'm glad to hear that you all are safe. My father spoke to his brother on Rutland Vermont last night and they are safe as well, although they have friends who are not sure about their homes. My heart goes out to all that were Irene's path. Here in Texas, we are still frying, it is so dry. It was 110 yesterday.



Anonymous said...

Happy to hear that you & all the family are safe Laura!! pics looks so bright and pacefull as usual after a storm!! Keep Calm & Carry on! W. the Antiques Lovers

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Laura,
I'm so glad you came out of the storm alright. Having sustained a lot of damage in Ike a few years ago, I know how scary it is.
Enjoy your gorgeous weather now that the storm has passed and hope your power is restored soon!


Maison Beldecor said...

Hello dear Laura,
just now I take a look to my blog, and the first thing I see is a new post from you.. I'm sooo happy as I read that you and your familiy are ok.
Big hugs and pay attention of falling trees

manon 21 said...

Je suis contente pour toi,le monde devient fou...



Glenda/MidSouth said...

Glad to hear you and your family are ok. Enjoyed the pictures, especially the last one. The air always seems so clean/clear after a storm. Hope you get the power restored soon.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Laura and family,
So happy to hear that all is well with you and your family after Irene. Although you have trees down and some damage, it seems that it wasn't as bad as they thought, so that was good. I really feel for everyone who have flooding and damage but, at least that can be cleaned up. I hear that there were some lives lost so our hearts go out to their families and friends.
Hope it won't be too long before you get your power back. I hope that Carole and George didn't suffer too much. Lots of love to you all. XXXX

It's me said...

I am so glad you where love from care

Evi said...

Laura, I am so glad that you and your Dad are OK. They did not predict it as well for all the people upstate, Vermont etc. Maybe somemore precautionary things could have been done there, than all the hype for New York. I guess, storms like this can never be predicted right. I am so glad these trees did not hit your house. Know how that feels, having been hit twice. Our little town was cut off from the rest of the world, mainstreet became a raging flood and there is a lot of heavy clean-up to do. Some bridges are out too. We had 10 1/2 " of rain just on Sunday...and it rained the day before. Lost power three times, but it is back now. Thank God for our generator.
The driveway washed out again, but we are all fine!
I hope that you guys get back to normal very soon. I send you all my best wishes.
Saw pictures of Brattleboro, Vermont on TV. God, how awful!!!!!
It was nice to talk to you the other day.
Miss you and love you lots,

miniacollection said...

Ouf! You're safe. In France we followed what was happening. It must have bben terrifying.

oldgreymare said...

So glad you are well. Wondered about Kate and how both our kids will get to work today from Brooklyn. Hannah does not start school until next week so no problem for her.
Watched CNN all morning and my heart breaks for all those suffering.
Stay safe :D

Sea Angels said...

So sorry about the storm how frightening, but goodness what a magical place. I have just finished reading a lovely book about that area by Jennifer Donnelly called A Gathering Light it is a super read.
Hugs Lynn xx

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm happy to hear that you are safe, Laura. My thoughts and prayers have been with everyone on the east coast since Irene became the storm it was. Sorry about the damage, but the worst is over, thankfully. Take care.


Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,
I am so thrilled that you and your family were kept safe and that your home is intact!!! The photos look so beautiful and peaceful of the lake and it's hard to imagine the horrible storm that was there just hours ago.
Take care.'Sincerely,

Sandi said...

So glad you are safe and sound Laura!!

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear your family is safe. Continue to be careful as you do clean up.
What beautiful pictures after the storm.
Gives one hope that better days are ahead.

Corine(THUIS) said...

A big hug for you!

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk said...

Glad you are all ok, Laura. It wasn't very bad here; the tornado warnings freaked me out more than any old hurricane, and we sat in the basement for a bit, but no water damage or power outages for us. We dodged a bullet as the other part of town has both!

Gill said...

I am glad you are safe

Andy's Attic said...

Laura, I'm so glad to read that you are OK. I lived on the gulf coast as a kid and went through many hurricanes. You just never know what will happen. My heart goes out to all who were effected.

het tuinengeltje said...

Hello Laura,

i'm happy that everyting is o.k.

Hugs, Sylvia

aimee said...

i am so glad to hear you are all doing well. the sky is a beautiful blue. so crisp and clear. like nothing ever happened. take care.

Egretta Wells blog said...

Laura, I am so happy you are safe and without damage to your lake house and hope Mr. Flea doesn't have too much work to do at your home. Having been through 3 terrible hurricanes in Florida, I know how frightening it is. Glad to see the peace and tranquility back!

Low Tide High Style said...

Glad to hear you guys are safe and sound!

Kat :)

erin's art and gardens said...

i am so glad to hear you are well! sounds scary! take care, deary.

Heather Robinson said...

My goodness, glad to hear that all is well with you and your family. I am afraid that we are going to have to get used to this. Sending you my best,


Suz said...

I am so glad you are all safe. Now for the mess...not fun. I just thank God!

Jamie said...

I'm so glad you are okay. Hope the clean up is swift and easy in your area.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

So glad you are safe! I live in Colorado now but I am from Vermont. The devastation is terrible there! My home town had buildings washed away. So many covered bridges, just gone. My heart goes out to all that have suffered.


Cindy said...

I am so happy to hear that you and your family made it thru the storm relatively ok! My thoughts and prayers are with those who didn't fair as well!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

So good to know that you and your loved ones came out of the storm unscathed, Laura! It was such an answer to prayer that Irene did NOT do as much damage as first feared possible.

Originally, we were included in the predicted areas of its path for NC. However, with the change in its course, we only got heavy rains and winds of about thirty miles per hour. Thank goodness!

Prayers are still needed for those who suffered greater losses, however.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Goa said...

I am so truly happy to hear that you and your family are allright... ❤

Kelley said...

Hi Laura, what amazing pictures! In spite of all the scary stuff the following day seemed to look very serene...glad all is well

xo kelley

charlotte said...

phew- so glad you are safe- and that it wasn't worse. your scenery is so, so beautiful no matter what!