Anyway, here goes.
- the huge hydrangea blossom that survived Irene and is now sitting on my entry hall table
- the days following the storm; the weather was absolutely gorgeous (and I didn't have to work!!!)
- having the smarts to clean the house BEFORE the storm hit
- our house was unscathed
- everyone I know is safe (even if they are still without power)
- I didn't have to work for three days!!!! (can you tell I was excited???)
- playing Scrabble by candlelight and still not being able to see much
- what you can still do in terms of housework and domesticity without power (hint: sweeping floors & hanging pictures--more posts later!)
- the cats being completely unfazed by the storm
- being without power at our house also means no water, since we have a well. (more on what we did to remedy this, when our stockpile dwindled, later)
- the reality that if the power stayed out much longer, we would have lost ALL of the food in our deep freezer (not to mention our regular fridge/freezer). Hours of cooking and prepping what grew in our garden or what we picked at a local orchard would have been gone, along with everything we've been stocking up on sale. With C still out of work, this is meant to feed us throughout the winter.
- that I could get along fine without much technology and it felt weird to have it back. I felt much more focused and connected WITHOUT TV or computers. Hmm.