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Without power, I thought that I would lose my mind camping out in my own home. But it came on this morning at 12:45a.m. after almost 34 hours of no power. My rug in the family room already has a mildew odor. I'm hoping with baking soda and Carpet Fresh, and a lot of fans blowing around, that may help reduce the smell. It gives me a headache and I'm finding that I can't sleep. My heart goes out to others who have worse situations in the NE. I simply cannont imagine how devastating it could be. I've got a little problem; their's is much worse. Still many in NJ have no power and will have no power for several more days. Hundreds of thousands of people will be affected by this storm. I'm not complaining (much).

Put a few stitches in one quilt while trying to cope. But with the house turned upside down, it's hard to concentrate on a 'joy' when so much has to be done to straighten out and regroup.

The power of this storm left Sussex County without much of it's power. I went to the A&P in Sussex, only to find out that most of the contents of the store was on the sidewalk the length of the store because the parking lot had flooded from the Papakating creek and the water damage inside the store itself was a disaster. Armed guards were outside telling folks that the store was closed due to the water damage. Many stores in Newton, (other end of Sussex County, but still a hub) Bed, Bath and Beyond were having drive through sales. Those stores were closed to the public but salespeople were willing to go and get a particular item and bring it to the customers for a purchase. Unbelievable novelty.

I pray that those still without power and those who have lost their homes to the aftermath of the flooding will continue to have patience. I was just about at the end of mine over my little dilemma.  I simply can't imagine the emotion of such losses.

Be well everyone. I'm fine and on the way to a brighter and more hopeful week.

Rain due throughout Labor day weekend. What a forecast!

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Comment by Billie Blakeney on August 30, 2011 at 11:19am
Life is coming together as I once knew it. I'm now coping and there is a silver lining. (and no water in my family room). Yeah, sewing machine ..here I come!!!!!
Comment by Char on August 30, 2011 at 7:28am
Billie, I'm glad to hear that you finally have power and I hope you can save your rug.
Comment by Pam/NY on August 30, 2011 at 4:25am
Billie, thanks for sharing your pain...this is a good place to vent. There's nothing worse than flooding. Such devastation...thoughts are with everyone struggling to get back to normal.

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