After Sandy

Part of the storm preparations. (The disco tub half full with water we might have needed if the power had gone out.)

Sandy didn’t quite live up to her hype here in the Bogs.  I am grateful for that.  I know she was much, much rougher on those closer to where she came to shore.  Family and friends back east are without power, but everybody is okay.  I am most especially grateful for that.

Small branches

The wind and rain kept me awake most of the night.  The wind hollered and howled, moaned and groaned, whistled and shrieked.  There were a few times when I was almost certain I was hearing the call of the banshee, the sound was so eerie.  The house rocked and creaked and moaned and groaned to the rhythm of the wind.  The windows got a good washing from the lashing rains.

Mushrooms gathered around the purple maple tree

I went out for my walk this afternoon.  The wind was relatively gentle (down to about 13 mph according to The Weather Channel website, but I think it was less than that), but the rain continued to pour down at a steady rate.  The ground is pretty much back to normal.  Mushy.  Boggy.  Soggy.  Mushrooms and other fungi are thriving.  I found a lovely ring of mushrooms around the old maple tree.

Poor shed

The poor shed didn’t hold up well during the storm.  It’s not flattened like it was back in April when a windstorm came through, huffing and puffing and blowing our shed down, but it took a beating.  (Do you see the mushrooms growing near the spout of the rain barrel?)

As you can see, one of the doors caved in and part of one side came off, but otherwise, it’s okay.  The roof is still attached.  The greenhouse part survived intact.  Even the lettuces are still doing well.  (Getting ready to bolt from the looks of some of them.)

The creek is way up and well outside of its banks.

See the tree in the middle with a triangle shape at the bottom?  The creek should be several feet behind it.

Small branches from the trees were scattered about the pathways and in the pond.  I was saddened to see some of the big, dead trees had toppled over.  They provided homes for many birds.  I suppose they will still provide shelter for other critters while becoming nourishment for the earth.

Leaves and weeds in the pond

The pond is above normal levels and spilling out through the emergency spillway as well as the drain at the back that empties into the creek.

Today’s view of the pond as seen through the rain

Grass, clover, and other growth that doesn’t belong in the pond is now under water.  That’s good.  It will save us the trouble of having to deal with it if the water kills it off.  It’s always better to let Mother Nature take care of things when she wills.

That’s pretty much it for the storm report.  All in all, we made out well.

Some of the baby trees are still holding on to their leaves.

Thank you for stopping by.  Thank you, too, for all your thoughts, good wishes, and prayers.  I am grateful for my blog neighbors and friends.  I hope those of you who were in Sandy’s path are all well and good, and maybe even enjoying an unexpected day off from work or school.


33 Comments on “After Sandy”

  1. artreviewed says:

    Glad u came out of it unharmed! x

  2. Gracie says:

    Glad to see there wasn’t much damage in your area, Robin.

  3. Glad you came through ok 🙂

  4. judithhb says:

    I have been sitting glued to CNN for hours yesterday and again today. I am so glad that you and yours are well. Damage to the shed is a small price to pay compared with the devastation around your country. Thank you for sharing these photos. As always they tell the story. 🙂

  5. Glad you came through okay, Robin. I live in Southern NJ and everything pretty much came to a halt for the last few days, including public transportation and government offices. I made out okay and didn’t lose electric. Many of our beach resorts didn’t, however, and people are not allow back for another couple of days. Ocean City was one oif the worst from the news with the streets full of water. A lot of people are without electric in the Philadelphis area but it seems to be sporadic. Glad it’s over!

  6. Bo Mackison says:

    So glad you made it through with just a few bumps in the night. My people on the East Coast came through OK too, no power, but no damage.

  7. Dana says:

    I’ve been thinking and worrying about all of my East Coast blog friends these days, so I’m really happy to hear that you emerged mostly unscathed from the storm. (I actually had a giggle at that poor shed of yours. It just doesn’t seem to stay up!) Keep well, Robin!

  8. mobius faith says:

    Nice. Sorry about the shed. I was working on my computer last night when a sudden gust of wind pulled the glass out of my dining room window. It reminds me why I rent. I just call the landlord and say, “Hey can you please get this repaired?”

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Glad to hear you are ok. In the big picture, the shed is a small consequence. Strength to your east coast friends.

  10. Poor old shed. I’m glad you are safe and well Robin.

  11. Marianne says:

    Robin, it’s nice to hear you and your relatives are fine. It was a very devastating storm that’s for sure. I too, was awake most of the night listening to the howling wind. There is a wood lot in front of my living and bed rooms. I was concerned about the uprooting of trees, but all was well and by morning the wind had died down. Wishing you a great week, Robin. 🙂

  12. Anita Mac says:

    What a storm! I have been trying to follow from Europe and have to say, I am a little nervous for what I will find when I come home! Glad you weathered Sandy relatively unscathed.

  13. Amy says:

    That was a monster storm. Glad you’re okay.

  14. dearrosie says:

    I’m also glad to hear you survived Sandy. A shed door is easily repaired.

    I’m not sure of the lay of the land over at your place. If the water in the pond rises much more is there danger that it will flood your house?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Rosie. 🙂

      Our house is up on a hill so there’s no danger of flooding to the house, although we did go through a period of time when water from the over-saturated earth flooded the basement from underneath. We regraded the land and that seems to have stopped the problem.

  15. Glad you came out OK. (Sheds will be sheds…)
    Great mushrooms!

  16. Kathy says:

    I am so glad that Sandy did not live up to expectations in the bogs of Ohio. Thank goodness. I am glad Sandy didn’t live up to expectations in a certain apartment in Queens. But am sorry when and where she exceeded expectations…

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