Sunday, August 28, 2011

geese love hurricanes

Irene came late last night and this morning I took out the dogs for a constitutional on the front lawn. The wind was light, moving the rooster wind chimes outside the kitchen window, but getting stronger. The sheep are all in their sheds, still eating the big bale I put in late last night. Jasper was given extra as well, and is in the barn. The chickens all took cover, but there are two residents of Cold Antler walking around without a care in the world: the geese Cyrus and Saro, love this constant rain and wind. They have no idea why everyone is hunkered down? It's just a little rain, right?

Still power, no damage here. Hoping that this was a media frenzy that just scared people. Over at Jon's blog he talked about that, the real storm being not the weather, but the hype and fear it caused, and how we fell into it. I agree. I certainly did. Yesterday I ran into him at the Co-op and he said his daughter called him from Brooklyn. "It's a catastrophe, dad. Everyone is out of multigrain bread." That pretty much sums it up.

I'm going to spend the day working on some writing here on the kitchen eMac, and later, going through a large printout of Barnheart and make my last minute changes and edits with a pen, old school. Probably by candlelight if the winds knock down a few trees, which it is wont to do around these parts.

22 Comments:

Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

We are south east of you and have been getting hammered by rain since 3 am, with a few breaks. Flooding in my yard the likes we have never seen. Wind is just starting to kick up. It is coming Jenna, trust me. And, by the way- you are very lucky your sheep are eating hay happily, mine look at it like last year's oatmeal right now!

August 28, 2011 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

I meant to say south WEST!

August 28, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Yeah, something is on the way. Wind is picking up more and more, and I heard south of us in Westchester/Dutchess County hundreds of thousands don't have power. I expect to lose ours, just trying to work on this piece I've been battling with before I lose the grid.

Gibson, Jazz, and Annie couldn't care less. Gibson is fishing ice cubes out of the water bowl and Annie is sprawled out in front of the glass doors that face northeast. Jazz is somewhere reading, I guess.

August 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Yep, mostly media hype. If I hear the word "unprecedented" one more time, I'm gonna scream. You'd think New England had never had a hurricane land here. Except there was Gloria in 1985 that knocked out power on Long Island for 6 weeks, and Frederick in 1979, and a bunch of smaller ones in there as well. It's like the earthquake the other day. Our cable news (YNN) spend the entire afternoon hyperventilating about it. "Oooh, I looked down and the coffee in my cup was jiggling". Any Californians watching must have been laughing hysterically. Anyway, stay dry. I'll be making tomato sauce - it's a good day for that sort of thing.

August 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger sheila said...

Just a slow steady rain here in the Finger Lakes with no wind. Started last night and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. Hope it stays this way and we get no wind. The ground is so wet that some trees will uproot if we get heavy wind.

Today looks like a good day to stay inside, clean house and do some reading. Hope you all continue to have a non event.

August 28, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

The media does hype this stuff up a lot, to be sure, but blowing it off is what gets people killed. In particular with hurricanes, I've heard far too many people say "Well, it wasn't bad the last x number of times, so it won't be bad this time" to their peril. Not that I think you're blowing it off (quite the contrary), just don't let anyone give you a hard time for being prepared.

August 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Kathy P.- I agree. I was watching some weather stuff and was wondering why people were acting like a hurricane had never traveled up the East Coast before. Don't get me wrong. Some people are suffering from it in the lower states, right now, but man, it's apocalyptic according to any of the channels.

August 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Drummond Farms Alpacas and Woolens said...

So much better to be over prepared then underprepared. Thank the Lord it was less than thought, less than the media built it up to be. You are safe and the experience helped you to grow and know what to do. Also, this was a time when others came together to help their dear friend Jenna.

August 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

The eye has almost totally disintegrated, and high winds at the eye are about 60 mph, let's pray it continues to degrade. Even though after all this wet, the sheep might not mind a blow dry :)

August 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

@Tara: Unfortunately, I think the media hype encourages people to blow it off. Next time a hurricane comes through, they'll remember how this one was hyped and will be less likely to take it seriously. I think it's the race for ratings and the fact that the cable networks need *something* to talk about 24/7 that leads to the hype.

August 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

it's always better to be overprepared and not need it than the other way around. you can't predict what a storm will be like based on previous storms. it just doesn't work that way. prepare for the worst because you NEVER know. the cliche is true--better safe than sorry.

August 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I think the low lying areas have to be cautious to the extreme in this. The coastal regions are all flooding.
Up here in Ontario we are seeing heavy cloud cover and a bit of wind, but not even as much as we get with our average thunder storm. Not a drop of rain as yet.

August 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

I guess being prepared can make it seem like a "non-event". I'm very GLAD it's not as bad as it could have been. However, I think it's way worse in other areas. Hundreds of thousands out of power. And let's not forget at least half a dozen people died. I don't think their families think it was a non-event.

So, I guess I'm with Tara on this.
If the media hype (even though it's extremely annoying) spurs some people to prepare and possibly save a life, then all the better.

August 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Six of one half a dozen of the other. If the media hypes up the weather, and nothing happens, people are pissed. If they down play it, and people die, people are pissed too. It's a no win situation. Living in tornado alley, we've learned to take all storms seriously. No we don't run to the basement with every siren, but we do watch the radar and listen to the predictions, and try to make an educated decision. I'm always grateful for the meteorologist's that spend hours on the air keeping me informed, so that I can do my best to keep my family safe.

I'm so glad things have calmed down, and I hope and pray that the wind and floods are minimal. Stay safe, it's not quite over yet.

Blessings,
Debi

August 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

In western Saratoga County, I am watching very big trees twisting and bending in the wind. Over my house. And the worst of the storm is still to come. I can hear loud thuds out in the woods, and sirens from the local volunteer fire departments. The power keeps cutting out. I'm too nervous to do anything constructive like make tomato sauce!

August 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger HLN said...

Three people have died in Brooklyn because of the storm, and much of the borough has been evacuated. It's a good sight more than not being able to buy a loaf of whole grain bread. Snotty cynicism in the face of real people facing genuine hardship is a little much to take.

August 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

I do believe media hypes up everything-they have to in the business ($$$) of 24 hour news. But at the same time, storms are the one thing I don't mind them hyping up. Sure, the hype makes people not take it seriously, but then lack of hype makes them not take it seriously. There always were, and always will be idiots in this world. There's no preventing that.

For once, I'm not going to blame the news. I was in the orbit of the Hurricane Katrina mess. The city leadership basically ignored that hurricane up until 24 hours before, which caused a huge clogging of highways amongst other things, of course.

I will always, always, always err on the side of preparation for disaster, media hype or not. It's just good sense. And as others have noted, it was bad in areas, and it still is bad. And unfortunately, it's not over yet. Amazing what a lot of water and very little wind can do. To say that the entire storm was hyped is just not true, and falls into the territory of: it's a disaster when it happens to you, and a non-event when it doesn't. Don't let anyone make you feel stupid for being prepared. It's WEATHER. No one knew, and still no one knows, what it will do. Hope all ends up well at the farm.

August 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Amen Chesapeake! I'm with you,...unless you've seen it or been affected by it (weather) you will never know that being prepared and vigilant in the face of Mother Nature is most important. Those who say that it's only hype...should have driven south and lived it...then they would understand.

August 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Glad everything worked out and you and your critters are safe!

August 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

HLN, that was said before the storm. I'm sure Jon wasn't making fun of death. We lost a lot of people up here due to flooding, a lot more than 3. A couple was swept away on a bridge and a whole rescue crew was lost.

August 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

And I am glad I prepared, turns out this storm is causing serious flooding.

August 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger oukay said...

It always worries me when I hear people getting all upset about the "hype" over storms. Isn't it better to be prepared and not have it turn out too bad, rather than not prepare and be overwhelmed? Many people around here learned that lesson when Hurricane Charlie took an unexpected turn towards our neck of the woods. I was irritated with my husband for purchasing a generator pre-storm - thank goodness he did since our power was out for 6 days!

August 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM  

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