What a crazy week!
Last week started off with an earthquake in the middle of a Tuesday. It was bizarre and definitely upset the routines of the Charm City for a day. Funny how that was all people could talk about for three days. After three days, the conversation turned to the coming storm. Hurricane Irene was predicted to slam us with all her fury. Fortunately, like the earthquake we felt no lasting effects. **We (the hubs and I) were luckier than some.**
Our power did not go out, however the brother who lives two streets over was without power for 4 1/2 days. We also did not have any trees fall on our house (ahem – apartment), car or across a roadway that would otherwise prevent us from reaching civilization. (Seriously! – I have heard some stories!!)
I am so very thankful for the cooler weather than has blessed us this last week. It is nice to have the windows open and the AC off once again. I hope the gentle weather will last for some time before it gets any cooler or starts to heat up again.
We were prepared in case the hurricane damage was particularly bad. The bathtub was filled with water for washing and flushing, if it came to it. I had multiple gallons of water for drinking on hand, the freezer was packed full of ice incase we lost power. I had plenty of snacking items in case we couldn’t cook (only one of many downsides to an electric range/oven). I had also baked several items to have on hand for breakfasts; all of which were still enjoyed with the power on, and freshly brewed coffee – thankfully!
When we made it through unscathed, I had a strong desire to pull together a family dinner. A little post-hurricane thanksgiving if you will. Since the brother was without power we had him over.
We enjoyed a supper of pasta bake, fresh whole wheat flatbread and fennel-green bean-orange salad. It felt good to have the energy required to cook a whole meal, I have done much of that in the past seven months. It is also nice to cook for an appreciative audience – hungry men.
On a crafty note – I’ve started the embroidery work on the baby’s quilt and even picked up my knitting again. I wish I could do both at the same time, but can’t, so I find myself trying to decide which project to work on constantly. Also for the baby, I picked up the first “thing” for the baby’s room. It’s a framed picture for his room that I saw at a consignment store back in the early summer. I didn’t buy it then but have thought about it ever since. I decided I would go back and see if they still had it – if they did, I would buy it. It took me a while to find it today, but they still had it, they hung it on a wall in a room display. I know I had to buy it just by the wave of relief that washed over me when I finally found it again. Thanks to having waited though, the price had dropped a little, so I saved some green!
It’s hard to believe the boy will be here in three months. I’m really looking forward to meeting him! Still there is lots of work to be done to prepare for his arrival, but I also feel like I have plenty of time to get it all done.