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October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy blew in, dumped a bunch of rain and trees, and blew back out. We lost power almost exactly at 4 PM, got it back about an hour later, had power for about 15 minutes, lost power, got it back, lost power for another several hours, but had it back by midnight. Since then, all has been good.

Here are a few videos I shot with my Android phone:

This is a video of the trees in the front yard. Keep in mind, these gusts are fairly mild at 30-40 mph:


Two videos of wind gusts of the trees in the back yard. this is before the storm proper got here (the worst part was after dark):



This is our lighting situation for a lot of the evening. I had just started the woodstove when the power came on (you'll see the clock on the stove, only because the power had just come back on for a couple of minutes when I decided to do the video). The video makes it seem a lot darker than it really was - once our eyes got used to the dimness anyway.


At least we had a romantic candlelight dinner for a change.

Posted by Bogie on October 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM in At Home, New Hampshire News | Permalink


Bogie--You had a milder hit than expected. Good! And it is well that your WS got the big tree taken care of some time ago (I know - you, at the very least, carried the wood & stacked it!) Dudette, of course, had notified us of your text. HH needs to give you his text number? (I don't do texting, at all - not even enabled on my phone.)

We are having gorgeous weather; although, we would find it more gorgeous if we had prospects for rain.

Posted by: Cop Car at Oct 31, 2012 11:44:59 PM

You give me credit where no credit is due. WS did take down a big tree (good memmory you have - I'd already forgotten about it), and cut it up. However, I didn't stack it. In fact, WS only cut it into log lengths, then had the neighbor kid haul it away for his campfires.

The tree was a pine tree, which isn't all that good for burning in a woodstove unless you want a whole lot of creosote build up in the pipe (not good - unless you are looking for a really big fire).

However, had it been wood of a type that we would burn, I certainly would have stacked it.

Posted by: bogie at Nov 1, 2012 1:52:49 AM

As far as HH's number - I believe I have it, just didn't think he had text (which I don't usually do, just phones were iffy and texting takes much less power). Plus, figured he had other things to worry about with the Red Cross. And lastly, figured you would see the post here - although figured you wouldn't watch the videos with your sciatica acting up.

Posted by: bogie at Nov 1, 2012 1:56:16 AM

Bogie-- 1) I watched the videos, as I use the computer these days - standing. I had meant to mention how much I enjoyed the sound of the rain and to observe that, compared to winds that you have had, the recent winds weren't that bad. Nice videos! 2) Is the one karosene lamp your great-grandmother's? If so, it is what we read by or played board games by when my brothers and I were caught without power at her house. That was a rather frequent occurrence in those days! (We're talking about the 1940s, here. 3) Obviously, my memory isn't all that great as I recalled the tree as having been hardwood. Oh, well. 4) Your dad is looking at phones. If he does the research and finds one that he likes, I may have him get two. It's only fair. It was watching me use my Treo that got him interested in buying one - his first smart phone.

Posted by: Cop Car at Nov 2, 2012 3:52:03 AM

Okay, so it's my memmory that sux - it was a hard wood. However, WS has not cut it up beyound log lengths, so it is back in the woods drying until next year when he will cut/split it.

One of those lamps was from Grandma (who's it was originally, I don't know) - I actually was ready by that light for a little while (until WS got home).

Posted by: bogie at Nov 2, 2012 9:11:57 AM

Thanks for confirming my memory, Bogie. I recalled that when my Grandmother H died, I got her lamp, a little hand mill (she used it for corn) and butter churn and paddle. I think that you have them all.

Posted by: Cop Car at Nov 2, 2012 9:43:16 AM