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As of 3 p.m. today, Nemo has turned our backyard into a lake. It will probably only get worse from here. Last I checked, the rain will continue for a while longer before turning to snow. The weather forecast is calling for between four and ten inches of the white stuff. Glad that I was able to do the grocery shopping, and that Tim, BlackJack and I are hunkered down to ride out whatever comes our way. (Please, no more flooding!)

The rain has turned our backyard into a lake, as of 3 p.m. on February 8, 2013.

The ‘lake’ that is our backyard, as of 3 p.m. on 2/8/13.

What’s it like where you are?

BlackJack waiting in the car for daddy to leave work.

BlackJack loves to go with me to pick daddy up from work!

Shiny BlackJack after his bath.

BlackJack after his bath. Nice and shiny!

On October 29, 2012, we met Sandy.

The wind was worse than the rain.

Tim took BlackJack outside during Superstorm Sandy, because he was afraid of the wind.

Poor little BlackJack was afraid to go outside due to the wind. Daddy saved the day!

Until somewhere around midnight. We had lost power about 2 p.m., so, with not much else to do, we went to bed fairly early. Just after midnight, we awoke to banging on our front door. Our neighbor had waded through the rising water to warn us that our street was flooding. The water was already heading up our driveways. Tim went out and moved our car up onto the front lawn, where it was a bit higher than the driveway. Within a very short amount of time, we realized the water was still rising, and the car was again in danger of being flooded. Tim moved the car once again. This time, it was as close to the house as it could get (within inches of the outside wall).

Over the next hour or so, we went from the front door to the back door, closely watching the progress of the flood waters. We also began moving things inside the house to higher surfaces. We were literally surrounded by water; at its peak, it was within mere inches of entering the first floor of our home.

Tim decided that we would go up into the attic if the water started coming in. I was not sure how we were going to get the dogs–let alone ourselves–up through the tiny access hole to get into the attic. Fortunately, the water finally began to recede.

It was too dark to get any photos of the period when the water was at its highest. Below are some that I took the following day.

Our street flooded after Superstorm Sandy.

Our street is out there somewhere, under approximately two feet of water.

Another view of our flooded street after Superstorm Sandy. Three of the four cars seen in this photo were totaled due to flood damage they sustained.

Another view from our “bay front” home. Three of the five vehicles seen in this photo were totaled due to the flood damage they sustained.

Our flooded driveway after Superstorm Sandy.

Our driveway is just beyond the grass in this view–under water.

Man in raincoat and waders, walking through the flood water on our street after Superstorm Sandy.

Brave guy!

Men in a canoe, paddling up our flooded street after Superstorm Sandy.

It’s not every day that you see a canoe going up your street!

Superstorm Sandy was quite an experience. One I hope to never face again! School was closed for two weeks. We were without power for eleven long days. In the scheme of things, we were very lucky. So many people lost everything. In comparison, we were just temporarily inconvenienced.

After this experience we’ve even thought about installing a security system with features like water sensors that can help detect flooding in the house. Optional features such as these sensors can be found on sites like and although they might not be able to do anything miraculous (like stop a hurricane) they could always help alert us to when water is creeping up in places of our home where we don’t want it.

Not to mention, flooding can occur in your home even when it doesn’t involve a natural disaster. Pipes can burst or water sprinklers go off or even sinks and bathtubs can overflow. So even if it’s not Hurricane Sandy damaging your home with overflowing water, it’s good to be prepared.

More photos to follow!



End of the Week Catch Up

January 19th, 2013
Posted in BlackJack, Career, College, Dogs, Family, Health, Home Stuff, Life, Madison, Pets, School, Tim | Comments Off
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I can’t believe it’s been one week today since we said goodbye to our sweet “Mooch” (aka Madison). I miss her every single day, and I know that Tim and BlackJack do too. There is comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering, and has joined my sweet Gemma over the rainbow bridge. The sadness I feel is for those of us that she left behind. There will never be another dog like our  Maddie Girl. Tim took the above photo (he’s got skills!).

My first class of the semester went well. The professor did a PowerPoint presentation with some general psychology information, and it reminded me why I love psych so much! If he posts the slides, I will share some of them here so you can see what I’m talking about. The rest of this class will be online (whenever someone gets around to making it accessible–time is wasting here, people!), which should be helpful, because it’s one less class I have to get to on a certain day, at a particular time.

I would like to find a job that will work around my crazy class schedule (which won’t be easy), because I am only available during very narrow time frames (and how many employers want to deal with that?). Even something where I could work a few hours every week would be helpful. Tim busts his ass every day, and I want to pitch in. Of course, part of me thinks that’s a totally insane idea, because I literally spend hours and hours (and hours) on school work every day (even when I’m not in class). Basically, if I’m not doing the good ‘housewife’ stuff, I am studying. There is no free time. If I add a job to that, I’m really going to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m going to take it one step at a time. Keep my eyes open for an opportunity, and then I can always give it a shot. If it’s too much, and my other responsibilities begin to suffer, I will have to make the necessary changes. All I can do is try!

Tim and I are in the process of trying to decide whether we should shell out the $ to get our old car back in shape (it needs quite a bit of work), or, if we should cut our losses and buy another car. It would be another used vehicle, so, I feel as though we would be taking a bit of a gamble on what may be wrong with it. At least with our Toyota, we have a fairly good idea of what its issues are. Decisions, decisions…

I’m still dealing with the cold that I first came down with on Christmas Eve. It’s a sneaky bugger (pun intended), because I start to feel better, and think it’s gone, only to have it rear its ugly head all over again. And again. Think I’m on round three (or maybe four), hopefully this is the last one!

So, how was your week?


Family photo: Tim, Stacey, Madison, and BlackJack.

Happy sixth anniversary to the love of my life…my snugglemate!
I love you–and our life together.

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