I've Got Power and I'm Thankful!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956

I've Got Power and I'm Thankful!

October Snow

The end of October brought with it the first snowfall of the season.  I think mother nature got her seasons mixed up and a touch of winter arrived before fall was well underway. 

The trees which hadn't yet shed its leaves had a tough time withstanding the weight of the 6-7 inches of wet snow and though we've weathered storms with 3 times that amount of snow, the fallen trees, limbs, and wires from this one reeked havoc all over the county and tens of thousands were without power for days.

I was one of the lucky ones;  I lost power for only about 30 hours.  Some lost power for up to 6 days.  The trees limbs and branches that fell on my property made a mess of my yard, but did nothing to my house.  My kids who live nearby moved in with us for the week (what fun!);  their home was one of the last to get power restored.

After the storm, as I tried to navigate the streets in the area I kept thinking how lucky I was and how much I have to be thankful for.

  • With all the trees that fell and all the power lines that were downed and the transformers that blew, what a miracle that no one was seriously injured. 
  • Once the storm ended, the weather stayed dry and mild during the day allowing for the crews to work at cleaning up the aftermath of the storm. 
  • The nights were well above freezing temperatures so that even without heat, being home bound was not unbearable.
  • Even with phone lines out, we had our cell phones to stay connected.
  • Everyone in the neighborhood with power went out of their way to lend a hand and help out those without power - offering fridge and freezer space for their perishables, a warm bed to sleep in, a room with light to relax and hang out in and a place to recharge their phones.

Fallen TreesI take care of the bookings for the social hall of our local synagogue and we had an engagement party scheduled for 7:00PM Sunday evening.  We lost power at 2:00 but the hosts were determined to have their affair there anyway.  Well, they got very creative and managed to hook up some lights to to a generator and that, together with some battery powered lanterns provided the light for the night.  I was so thankful that they were so upbeat and positive - and turned the evening into a great adventure instead of the disaster it could have been.  They even lent us the use of their generator for the remainder of the power outage and refused to accept any payment for it (What are neighbors for?).

A few of the local grocers with power made their freezers available to those in the community without power so that they wouldn't have to suffer the loss of their perishables - Just wrap it in a sealed box with your name on it and drop it off at their back door and they'd store it for you for the duration of the power outage.

I was invited to a wedding that I attended on Sunday evening, where there was light.  As the guests arrived, you could tell which couples had no power at home - The men headed straight for the hot food and the women (who had gotten dressed in the dark) headed for the restrooms to check their hairdo's and makeup.  We were all thrilled to be there and celebrate together.

By the end of the week, most everyone had power restored, though the cleanup was still ongoing.
Everyone was thankful to be safe and to have light and heat and power. 

But most of all I was thankful that I live in a neighborhood with a strong sense of community; a neighborhood where sharing and caring is part of our DNA and where you know you can always count on someone in a storm.

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Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Wow! The grocers let you put food in their freezers. How faulous is that?! AND those women who had to get ready for a wedding without electricity.... that speaks volumes of their character. You must live in a truly remarkable place!

Nov 07, 2011 03:52 PM #1
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Wow, I am so grateful we did not lose power at all this last snow storm in October. I hope all is well with everyone and power has been restored.

Nov 07, 2011 03:56 PM #2
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Very cool. You have to wonder about Mother Nature - sounds like she had a hidden agenda:)

So glad you and yours were safe.

Nov 07, 2011 03:57 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Redemptive suffering :)

Nov 07, 2011 03:57 PM #4
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Joni - Almost as remarkable as your community!

Carlotta - So glad you weathered it well.

Kim - It seems like she's been having lots of hidden agendas this past year.  Time she brought things out into the open.

Laura - Siver lining to every cloud.

Nov 07, 2011 04:01 PM #5
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Hi Leah.  So glad you've got the power back. It's really quite unbelievable what happened.  I was lucky where I was. Glad to have you back.

Nov 07, 2011 04:03 PM #6
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Debbie, glad you made it through unscathed.

Nov 07, 2011 04:09 PM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Leah....you said it all with these words which bode well in challenging times for all of us - this is the Active Rain Community Spirit 


But most of all I was thankful that I live in a neighborhood with a strong sense of community; a neighborhood where sharing and caring is part of our DNA and where you know you can always count on someone in a storm.

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Nov 07, 2011 04:33 PM #8
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Leah, your words about living in a community which cares for one another is so powerful. You write so eloquently about the ways you and others helped one another through the challenges of the snow storm. I feel the same way about where I live and resonate with you. Have a great day.


Nov 07, 2011 09:23 PM #9
John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes

I am thankful that we never received any of the snow from that storm. About an hour north of me received snow but I know this year I will be seeing plenty of snow here and I hope to be reasy.

Nov 07, 2011 11:33 PM #10
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

We do have so much to be thankful for - we still have quite a few people here in CT without power - just awful.  I felt pretty guilty - we never lost power - wish more people could have been as fortunate.  Hoped you enjoyed quality time with your family!  

Nov 08, 2011 12:46 PM #11
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Anna - I'm doubly lucky - to have two communities of which I am a part of that are all about caring and sharing.  Thanks for the feature.

Cal - So glad that you, my friend are part of just such a community.

John - Lucky You!  Just know that it wasn't the snow that did us in on this one, it was the felled trees, downed wires and loss of power.  Hope any future storms leave less havoc behind.

Karen - So glad you didn't lose any power and yes, the silver lining in the cloud was the quality family time that resulted.



Nov 08, 2011 03:45 PM #12
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Lora - The east really has had their share of bad weather this year ..... we were with out power several years ago for several days so we bought a generator and have only used it twice and for a half day at the most. we call it our insurance policy that paid off

Nov 08, 2011 04:04 PM #13
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