I am back after taking a little blogging break. This wasn’t planned and a mean little lady named Sandy started this downward spiral of absent posts. She tried to bring several states in the northeast down but people that live there are much stronger than that.
I can’t just blame Sandy for my blogging absence as other things popped up and then there were my wisdom teeth which were pulled. I am sure you don’t want me blogging about three days of dinners eaten out of an ice cream container. But that is another story.
I am grateful that my little area in this world was not hit hard. My family and I were without power for five days. Halloween was postponed and schools, stores and other establishments were closed for a few days. These are some of the trees in our neighborhood that caused the outages.
But this was a mere inconvenience compared to what so many others have endured. We have family and friends that have been without power for weeks. Gas was rationed and people could not get to their jobs. Homes and lives were destroyed. I have several friends who own beach homes that were spared with minimal damage. But many whole shore towns have been destroyed. Gas lines as well as all the businesses have been shut down.
But northeast people are tough and things will be rebuilt. Eventually, there will be a new normalcy.
And in all this inconvenience there was plenty of kindness. I can’t say enough about my friends and neighbors. They opened their homes to my family, brought us cooked food, lent us a generator, offered up freezer and fridge space and even did my laundry. We were offered the world just because we lost our electricity for a few days.
This kindness stretched all over and I have heard stories of outpourings of support. People are donating money, items and their time so that those affected can be more comfortable. A mom on my son’s soccer team (and a friend of mine) took up a collection of baby items to bring to those in need. Look at what she obtained in two days. My son plays on one generous soccer team.
Let’s keep this kindness going! I know so many people are still without basic everyday needs so let’s think of ways we can help this situation. Here are some sites and ways you can help:
These are just a few organizations/ websites that are helping with relief. There are so many more to choose from. I know I had some great friends and neighbors that helped my family and I want to pay it forward. Please do what you can.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! I will be back next week with plenty of recipes. I also have some great holiday giveaways planned.