August 28th, 2011

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early Sunday

Apparently we're supposed to get most of our rain and wind Sunday morning.  I spent the last several hours watching the local weather coverage and the Weather Channel.  My thought was to take advantage of the power while it lasted.  I'll probably do a brief post from Dad's laptop Sunday afternoon if we've lost power, if Dad hasn't already run the batteries for the netbook down.  Otherwise I'll post as normal.  I doubt we'll have power Sunday, though.
Paul Neyron rose 2

pleasantly surprised

I went to bed at an ungodly early hour for me, around 1:00 a.m.  I had watched the news until about midnight, then read a little bit of J.R. Ward's Lover Mine.  Yes, that's how far behind I am with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  I didn't want to read about Xhex being tortured.  So far, very early in, I am dealing okay.  The book hasn't gone into too much detail yet.  I am curious to see where things go with Blaylock and Qhuinn.  As readers know, J.R. adds "H"s to everything and says it's a different language.  I try to ignore the logic or major lack thereof in the books.  I just enjoy the Brothers and their big personalities.

I woke at 8:30 or so, which is the earliest I've woken in years.  I figured I might as well stay up.  I went back to watching the news.  Apparently there was much less damage in Philadelphia and on the New Jersey shore than there could have been.  I think it's better to be overprepared than not prepared enough.  Mom used some of my gallon jugs of water for her bath.  She just added hot.  One jug leaked.  Dad had put it on a pile of newspapers.  I'm still not sure why.  Anyway, we had a lot of wet newspapers.  Mom used what was left in the jug -- 3/4th or so -- to make tea. 

I got tired around noon, and made myself Golden Jasmine tea.  That's black tea with a loop of jasmine flowers.  It's pretty good.  I've had Jasmine Lovers', Flower Jewel and Jasmine Pearl in the last several days.  Those are white and green teas.  Today I figured I'd go with the black tea to keep me up.  If I don't take a nap, perhaps I'll go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Mom and I ventured out to the grocery store.  She and Dad had run out of distilled water for their continuous positive air pressure machines.  They use them while they sleep, because they both have horrid sleep apnea.  There wasn't any distilled water left on Friday.  There was distilled and spring water on the shelves today.  We got a few other food items.  It was light to moderate rain while we were out, and a little windy, but fortunately my umbrella didn't blow inside out.

I watched some news when we got back, and will probably watch more.  There was a local news reporter standing on a higher spot near Main Street, Manayunk, which is part of Philadelphia.  The area regularly floods, but the reporter said that the street was under about four feet of water.  Philadelphia's mayor said it was the worst he'd seen it there.  Other areas in Philadelphia and the suburbs that generally flood were flooded, and New Jersey's governor was concerned about inland flooding in that state.

I watched some of the news about New York City, and I don't think it got as bad there as it could have been.  It seems that it could have been much, much worse.

I called P.  She said she and her brother C. had power, but that her mom didn't have power.  P. lives in [borough], C. lives in the city of Chester, and their mother lives in Wilmington, Delaware.  P. said another brother of hers had spent the night with her mother, and C. went to visit her today.  P. said things were crazy at the grocery store Friday and Saturday, as one might expect.  One of the workers who went to put out packets of batteries was bum-rushed, P. said.  As noted, they were out of bottled water.  They also ran out of bread, P. said.

So it could have been worse in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  I'm especially glad things weren't as bad at the shore as it could have been.  From what I understand, a million(?) people were evacuated from the Jersey shore.  Well, New Jersey is a very densely populated state, plus all the summer tourists who come.