September and October have been something else..

I can hardly wait to see what November brings.

First there was my hand surgery, which went quite well, thank you very much.  Now it's occupational therapy twice a week and silicon taped to the scar to get the swelling down.

So that was on September 24th, and two weeks later we drove down to Asheville, North Carolina for a few days to visit the Villages at Crest Mountain, an eco-friendly sustainable community under development.

For lots of reasons we think this won't work for us, so it's "back to the drawing boards" in our search for where we live when I retire.

We got back from Asheville on Saturday, October 13 and more or less resumed our routine (such as it is) for a very short period of time before we started hurricane preparations, which included things such as planting garlic (which is hard if you are trying not to get your bandaged hand dirty) and buying a one burner propane stove.

We were prepared for a few days without power; we lost power around 7:15 PM on Monday, October 29 and didn't get it back until late on Wednesday, November 7th.  By then we had moved in with our friends Becky and Bernice.  When it hit 44 degrees INSIDE the house I cried "uncle" and on Monday, November 5 we showed up with our two cats, our clothes and all of our electronics.

This was AFTER showing up on Thursday, November 1st with the remains of our freezer.  Most of the food in our freezer and refrigerator had to be thrown out on Thursday.

Superstorm Sandy, Day 1
Let's just say that this wasn't alot of fun.  The first day was just nippy, the second day got much colder and by Saturday I was cooking on the porch in a hooded sweatshirt, the same sweatshirt I was wearing inside the house because it was getting cold.
Superstorm Sandy, Day 2

I think the last straw was the snow, but by then we were warm and comfortable, if feeling a little disoriented and like refugees, at Becky and Bernice's house.  Thank heaven for good friends.

And of course in the middle of all of this was Anne's birthday.

That didn't turn out the way we had planned, either, since her birthday dinner was supposed to be at MP Taverna in Irvington.  A beautiful location on the Hudson River.  Ah yes, on the river, but by Friday the river had come up to meet it, and it was closed.

And Anne didn't know it but I had planned a surprise brunch party for her at Crabtree's Kittle House, which didn't get their power back until Saturday, so that party was "touch and go."  The brunch was fabulous, and Anne was surprised, so she did have a good birthday after all.
Here's everyone before we stuffed ourselves at a brunch buffet not to be missed!

Se here it is November 12 and we are just getting back to normal again.  As I said at the start of this post, I can't wait to see what else November brings.

This Friday we join our friends Kathy and Steve to celebrate their daughter Julia's bat mitzvah.  We head off on Saturday for a week in Provincetown, to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

I'm hoping all of this will be uneventful.  Wishing all of us peace this holiday season




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