Sunday, November 04, 2007

Oh, How the Winds Did Howl!

Last night gave us our first taste of what is yet to come. The first nor'easter of the season hit the coast with frightening ferocity. The house was buffeted with gusts up to 70 miles per hour and how she did creak and groan.

Early in the day, the weather was rainy and windy, so we stoked the wood stove and hunkered down for the long haul. I had the "cookies", so I spent much of the day in the kitchen baking 3 loaves of Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal bread and a cooking down a huge batch of my annual apple butter.
I started another knitting project since I had finally finished H's long awaited Aran sweater.

The cats spent the day watching the birds flit to and from the feeder, but they eventually tired of that sport and pooped out for the remainder of the day.

Sluggo loves laying on his back in my reading chair

Spike had taken over my recliner, so I was relegated to the love seat.

By 1:30 a.m., H and I were both awakened by the howling wind and rain pelting viciously against the window panes, our thoughts wandering to the nearby trees and praying they were holding on to their precarious ledges with all their might. The generator was going full blast, which meant the power was out (there's a surprise). It was a long night. There are some really strange infomercials on TV in the middle of the night, but we won't go there. We read our latest novels from the library, trying to distract our minds from the occasional really good blast of wind hitting the house, while waiting for the local news to come on TV so we could assess what damage there might have been in the region. Daylight could not come soon enough.

Upon first pass of the driveway after the long awaited first glimmer of dawn, we only noticed one dead spruce down. Gratefully, everything seems to be in order

In addition to everything else, we had the time change to deal with. It is now 8 a.m. and I'm ready to take my first nap of the day. It's gonna be a looonnnnnggggggg day.


Zoey said...

I don't think I have ever experienced a storm like that in the middle of the night. It sounds scary!

I am glad you and H survived with only the dead tree falling down. I think it's pretty amazing how some of those huge trees stay standing in such high winds.

H looks mighty handsome in his new sweater!

Kerri said...

That is one gorgeous sweater, and good of H to model it so nicely :)
You did a fantastic job!
Great job in the kitchen too. Yum!
Love the way those cats relax :) Yep, they pretty much take over...but they're not spoilt at uh :)
I'm feeling chilled just imagining that nasty nor'easter. It does sound frightening.
Generators are a Godsend! What a relief it must've been to see only the dead tree down in the morning. I hope you took a nap today!
Yes, Spike is certainly the quintessential Halloween Black Cat :) And Sluggo is a good back up!

Sandy said...

Well, you got lots more storm than we did, Giddy. The rain came down all day, but not that hard, and we had no wind to speak of. It sounds like you were well prepared for what ever happened.

Just think, now you can tell your far off relatives you lived through a hurricane!

You did a great job on that sweater. Love that color, too.

Motherkitty said...

Hi, Giddy. Thanks for stopping by my site. I see my old friend Kerri is a visitor here. She's some gardener, isn't she?

Your Sluggo looks EXACTLY like my Alleycat. How'd we do that?

Will be back to read more. Glad you weathered the storm okay (pardon the pun).

LostRoses said...

Wow, quite a storm. Glad you came out of it relatively unscathed, and glad you had your library books! That's a fine sweater you made there, Giddy.

Giddy said...

Thanks everyone, for stopping by to visit. Now that I'm home more often, I look forward to visiting your blogs more often.

Motherkitty, my son has a cat who looks just like Sluggo, as well. I guess their ancestors got around quite a bit!! "-)

Kit said...

I was browsing the web and noticed your site. Lovely sweater! We had a home in Baileyville and a home in Nova Scotia as well. When it stormed in N.S the winds seemed as if they would blow the house away. The power would go out for days. Lovely country, but it could get scary. We moved to Athens, Georgia..what a mistake.. Hope to be back to Downeast Maine by spring.I enjoy your web site!....Kit

Giddy said...

Hi Kit!

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the world of blogging. I see you just signed on this month. I look forward to reading your first post soon. We moved from Kentucky 5 years ago to get away from the awful heat and humidity and have never regretted our decision