Good Morning, God!
I can’t help comparing the idilic evening we had last night with the hurricane, Irene, bearing down on the East Coast.
After getting home from a party, I looked at the news via my iPad. I was struck by the almost total evacuation of Cape May in New Jersey. We’ve stayed in Cape May, God. That makes it all seem so much more real.
About 97% evacuated on the Cape? That’s a lot of people. Old people, too. Older people are harder to move. Harder to persuade, God? Or harder to scare? Maybe it is having been through it all before — several times — that makes older folks say never mind!
I read somewhere (Discover magazine?) that for every degree of increase in the average ocean temperature, the power of the storms generated increases. I forget by what factor, God. I suspect that I don’t want to know. The world is littered with things I don’t want to know. Aurgh!
So, back to Irene. I surely do pray that You are softening that storm! She’s gone down from a category two to a one and now to a Tropical Storm. But, I worry about the winds in Manhattan. Here in Honolulu, Kit and I walked though a building complex on Friday night and were almost blown away. The walkway formed a Wind Tunnel! Not a good design when hurricanes come calling.
This morning, God, Kit and I are off to a 5K Fun Run raising money for Japan tsunami relief. As we run, please help us keep our East Coast friends in our Hearts — actually, make that keep everyone in the Palm of Your Hand!
We were fortunate; only lost power from 4am-11am yesterday, then it was restored. No floods, water was at high tide but presented no danger. Our house sustained no damage except for a couple of leaks that crept in thru windows that faced Eastchester Bay.(Got caulk?) So I moved the plants! What kept me calm? I kept very busy; cleaning. I cleaned stuff I hadn’t bothered with in a long time. Tedius mind numbing chores, that I tend to ignore, such as the Dining room chandelier, (as if?) Kitchen Pantry (now that needed work-I remember the store in Hawaii Kai that went by the same name andI saw a resemblence in quantity ,but the order needed to be established again), and the entire time I enacted my inner Helga, the one within who likes spices in alphabetical order and facing front, in strict order, thank you very much! Scrubbed t hose shelves they were shiny white, lol! Keeping perspective and a sense of humor helped. I realize I was trying to control what I could. I prayed and hoped for the best.I had purchased eggplant and asked Richard to prepare Eggplant Parm, meatless and would keep w/o electricity for awhile, and so he did. We shared this and the rest of our meal with my mom and two nieces, who were in from Ct. We were fortunate this weekend.