“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Today looks ominous with a gray sky, a wind already making itself heard and rain. Tracking Sandy is the focus of the day. Regular TV has been superseded by storm center programming on all the local channels. Pictures of the roaring surf smashing against the sea walls make the most impact. The ocean is angry. Yesterday the governor closed all schools for today, asked non-essential government employees to stay home and businesses to close as to keep people off the roads. The storm has been described as a mean, nasty beast.

The wind is picking up. Right now it is 40+ MPH which doesn’t seem all that wild, but combined with the rising seas, it is causing swells which are flooding parking lots, eroding beaches and threatening seaside homes. The ocean with its huge white caps and smashing waves is the most visible evidence of the coming storm. All three TV stations are reporting from the Cape, and their reporters are standing on piers with bobbing boats behind them and spray all around soaking those reporters and silencing their microphones. I almost want to head to Corporation Beach as I know the ocean will be the most dramatic there as it pounds the rocks and floods the parking lot, but I’ll not throw caution to the wind. I’ll stay home, safe and warm for now.

Gracie isn’t at all affected and neither are Fern and Maddie. Today is just a dark, rainy day to them. All three are taking their morning naps. The birds have found refuge: none are around; even the huge blue jays have gone. I wonder where they go to wait out the storm, can’t be the trees as they’re swaying in the wind. I figure under eaves or overpasses must provide some protection.

The hurricane has yet to arrive.

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24 Comments on ““Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    I will follow on YouTube with compassion and -I admit- hurricane inexperienced curiosity:
    Let’s hope for the best, good luck to you all !

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Thanks, Birgit

      Those are amazing videos with the waves so high and the sound of the wind so loud you can hear little else. All of those, though, were filmed early, before the hurricane actually hits us. By then even the curious will be inside.

  2. Rita Says:

    Please be safe, Kat. I am lifting you in prayer!
    Hugs, Rita

  3. Bob Says:

    Good luck Kat! Stay inside, stay warm, stay dry and stay safe.
    What happened to those powerful Tigers? I had a feeling the Giants were bringing the broom to Detroit. 🙂

    The first rule in baseball is that good pitching and defense wins every time.

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Thanks, Bob. The winds right now are amazingly strong but they will get higher in a while. It’s still early. Power out in some places but not here so far.

      The Giants were masterful!!

  4. greg mpls Says:

    good luck! may your chips and dips outlast the storm!

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Thanks, Greg

      So far my goodies are lasting. I planed well!

      From my den here, I can see the oak tree in the back and it is whipping around in the wind which is really loud right now.

  5. olof1 Says:

    We’re all following nasty Sandy over here too! I just heard that a third weather front has joined Sandy now! I would have loved to go down to the ocean as well if we had a storm like that but it isn’t worth the risk after all.

    I hope You’ll get through this without any damages on Your home!

    Stay safe my friend!

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Early on the trip to the ocean would have been okay but the winds now are really strong. I just went to the deck to recover the furniture as the covers had blown off. The wind blew while i was there and it was mazing. It is still really warm out and is supposed to get even warmer.

      The only thing that might happen is a loss of electricity. Last year I had the wobbly trees removed and branches hitting the house cut so the house should be fine.

      Thank you, Christer!!

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I posted a reply earlier but it must have blown away. 😀
    The weather has deteriorated since then. The rain is heavy and blowing in squalls. The wind is roaring. Rocky is bored and wants to go out but can’t find the door into summer.
    Stay safe and dry.

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I just went out to the deck and Gracie followed. I had to replace covers which had blown off the furniture. The wind is amazing. Gracie never went into the yard so I sent her down to pee. She sat and looked at me, but I was on to her trick and made her go-finally she did.

      I feel safe and it is barely ranging-it’s that wind.

  7. Hedley Says:

    Maybe Gracie would enjoy a fun car ride down to watch the waves and run around on the beach ? You could round it off with a visit to the dump where the winds can only double the hound’s experience.

    • Katry@comcast.net Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think Gracie would be blown around the beach. She wasn’t all that happy on the deck with me a few minutes ago. I had to force her down into the ear to go the bathroom. She finished and ran as fast as she could to come in.

      The dump is closed on Monday and Tuesday so no trips there.

  8. im6 Says:

    The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

  9. A.O.O.F.C Says:

    Hi,Kat….Take care. I wish you were back in Ghana!….P

  10. Carl T. Coutu Says:

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

    I like that one. It is so true, except here you’d have to dance in the sand. LOL

    I remember the big one that hit NE in 58 too. I remember standing, watching from the window as the massive maples moved in the ground. The one to the south finally fell just as my father arrived home from work. A little rain never kept him home. Luckily it fell toward the vacant land and we had days of cutting it up an stacking it for winter use after the storm.

    Storms always seemed to send my mother into a tizzy. It was never clear to me why all the commotion as I was enthralled (and still am) by the power of the storm. My brother used to say she was fearing the coming of the Lord, and then he would cackle-laugh like the villains in the matinee.

    Enjoy your storm. I hope it doesn’t really amount to much, but from your description it has a very good chance of being dangerous. Wait until after it passes to go outside and dance.


    • katry Says:

      In Ghana I loved the fury of the first rains. Furniture would blow, thunder would shake the house, lightning would zig zag across the sky and the rain would fall so heavily on the tin roof you’d think the world was ending. This summer I was awakened by such a storm at around 2:30 and I went out to watch. It was magnificent.

      Hurricanes too keep me enthrall. I watch the trees sway and hear the roar of the wind. I’m drawn constantly to the windows to watch. I went out the porch yesterday to recover furniture. Gracie wasn’t too happy but I loved it.

      The storm was more damaging to the houses along the water and to the beaches than to me. I feel lucky.

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