Left the house in a bit of chaos. When the power went out, the old security system (not used now) started beeping. Landlord wanted to leave it because I was going to work, but I insisted on fixing it because 1) it would be horrible for the cats (he didn't quite understand why this was a problem) and 2) I really, really don't want to come home in the morning and have to deal with beeping. But he hooked up the battery and it stopped. Those things are such a pain!
A window in the big house (his) was broken, hit by a flying branch. The storm had only been blowing for 45 minutes and already a broken window! I hope none of mine break! It don't think they will though.
You still ok Siobhan? Hopefully there are no issues despite the wind and crazy weather!!
Okay, I don't want to come off as complaining too much because a lot of people are really worse off and got hit hard. But it hasn't been fun. I'll pick up where I left off, going to work after having the power go off, the alarm system go off, and the window break. Got to work to find the hospital leaking like a sieve. Partial ceiling collapse. No one hurt.
Roads okay until I got to my own street. Closed. Blocked off. I got out of the car, moved the barrier, and drove the last 100 yards. A telephone pole is snapped in half, but still standing with lines hanging everywhere. Very dangerous! Got home and the alarm was going off! Cats were freaked. A huge tree was down in the yard, right next to my house! It fell on a trailer that is stored against the side. Must have missed the house by literally inches! So lucky.
Couldn't get the alarm to go off. Couldn't raise the landlord. Started to get a little hysterical. Wrote note to landlord, and when I went to put it on the door, he finally woke up. We got alarm turned off. Generator wasn't on, so no power. Ate some cold pork and went to sleep. Got woken repeatedly by 1) generator coming on 2) alarm going off 3) pounding rain. After three hours of broken sleep got up. Went to store and got a few things. Thought I heard a noise on the way home. A little later, when I went out to drive to my friend's house to go to the symphony, my car was definitely crooked. The right rear is much lower than it should be. Possibly a strut or a shock. Big crisis! Landlord cautioned against driving car, as it is unsafe and could be further damaged. He drove me to my friend's house. Went to dinner and symphony, had a great time despite the worry. Had to impose on them further to drive me to work. They very kindly did this despite the lateness of the hour. Work was crazy but calmed down a bit. Landlord is kindly going to pick me up, can you believe that? Running on adrenaline, but really tired.
I have to make some decision about the car, the sooner the better, but I am going to need to get some sleep. It will be a lot easier to get it towed if the road is open! Otherwise it is a long way around. And it would be nice to have some power so I can have more food if I am carless. The generator can't run all of the time.
I am going to get a rental car, I think. I have to stop worrying about this now while I can't do anything. Save my energy for later. It will all be okay in the end.
Car trouble is bad but could have been so much worse..
Glad you are safe and your house didn't get hit by trees or limbs.
News reports on the whole area are just heartbreaking.
Glad you and the cats are safe. Get some rest, things will be easier to deal with then.
Nothing like having close calls and unusual things going on one after the other to wear you out completely. I hope you get some good sleep and that you can get the car fixed soon! Very nice of your landlord to help out with a ride etc. You are blessed and soooo glad that nothing fell on the house!! Whew! You are in our prayers ... hang in there!
After sleeping (sort of) for a couple of hours, I woke up to discover the power is back on. Took a long hot shower. Ate some of the tapioca bread I bought last week. Meh. Am going to take the car in shortly and get a rental car. The car is horrifically expensive. Once again, living on a rural peninsula is biting me in the wallet. Oh well, I have to pay to live in paradise. I need to get this behind me, it is so stressful - not knowing what is wrong with the car, how much it will cost, when it can be fixed. There is no alternative transport here and I am totally dependent on having a car.
I don't want to post my landlord's name here as that would be an invasion of his privacy, but if anyone is reading this and is so inclined, say a prayer for him - a retired surgeon in Mid-Coast Maine - he has been unbelievably helpful and kind. Without him to help me I would probably be lying in a fetal position under my bed. I was telling a friend (on the phone) how good he is being and how guilty I feel accepting help, indeed asking for help. She told me, very wisely, that my purpose in life at this moment is to graciously accept assistance and in doing so allow others, such the landlord, to provide service which is good for their soul and their own happiness and satisfaction. One cannot always be on the giving side, one must take a turn at receiving.
yes - sometimes we must bless others by allowing them to serve us. :) Its a backwards way of thinking for people who are natural servers. My husband is a perfect example - he would much rather serve me than be served - and I have to constantly remind him that I enjoy doing things for him. :) You're landlord sounds like a huge blessing to you -- accept it graciously. I'm sure a time will come when you will be able to repay the kindness.
I hope the car repair is quick and not to terribly painful to the wallet.
We've been watching the news to see what is happening in your world.......... wow. Its humbling to realize the power of nature! And I do have to wonder why God allows such fierce storms to fall on us and cause such death and destruction. As we watch the news we are reminded of the end times prophecy of crazy weather.........
don't mean to get all biblical here.......... but I do believe we are seeing these things come to pass.
Okay. So I took my car in and got a rental car. This is the kinda weird part. The woman I rented the car from is running for state representative. Now, the incumbent is a personal friend of mine, goes to my church, and already received my vote. But let me tell you, I wouldn't vote for her if she was running for garbage collector (no offense to those who perform this important job). Totally incompetent on every level. Can't even take a phone call properly. Comes in late. Leaves early. Doesn't know the pricing. Doesn't know how the insurance works. Eff.
It will all be okay in the end. They have looked at my car, it needs rear struts. $600. Okay, I need new struts. It's all good.
It certainly does sound like a stressful couple of days. And if it is more blessed to give than to receive, we have to let others have a chance to get blessed too. Seriously. It is sometimes a difficult thing for us, to receive graciously, but it is an important thing to do. Just thank God that somebody is there for you.