April 15, 2007

Saturday, April 15, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Raining and cold

I cooked yesterday. And cooked and cooked and cooked: batches of food I plan to take up to my grandmother later in the week; extra in case it floods. Food that can be eaten hot or cold. Ratatouille, leek-and-potato in mushroom sauce, carrot/parsnip sauté, pasta salad with fresh vegetables, chicken, sour cream coffee cake (I wanted to use up the sour cream in case the power goes out. I’ve got some canned food in, extra batteries, and I’m boiling water and filling jugs.

Spooky was here for breakfast, but wouldn’t come in to the apartment (even though Elsa tried to make friends) – so I’m hoping he doesn’t wander too far afield, especially not into the basement.

The car’s been moved twice – now it’s way up a hill, hopefully also sheltered from the winds.

The brook’s higher than my comfort level, and the tide is still coming in.

The county and city managed to get the Reverse 911 out in time, so everyone’s been warned. Hopefully, they’re listening.

I’m said to miss my friend Jackie’s book party tonight, but I can’t see how I could get to the city – or get back.

So, I’m going to hunker down and deal with what needs to be dealt with here. I hope it’s not as bad as the predictions – but we’re all much more prepared than we were last month. I expect the power will go out at some point, so if you don’t hear from me for a few days, don’t worry – just think good thoughts.

I’m hoping to get some of Confidential Job #1 done, and some writing done, even if it’s by candlelight. The Chicago Historical Society pointed me in a great direction for some resources, as did the person from the hotel who answered my request. It’s all very exciting.

And I’m still hoping to head to Maine later this week.

Most overused word in this entry: “hope”. But it’s just what I need.


PS My taxes are complete and ready to mail – without Turbo Tax – but I’m going to wait until the flood waters recede before sending them out!

Published in: on April 15, 2007 at 9:34 am  Comments (22)  


  1. *hugs* I hope (there’s that word again!) the weather isn’t as nasty as predicted. Hang in there.

  2. Hubby’s flight into NYC tomorrow is early, like 7am. I wonder if it will be delayed. It sounds like you’ve hunkered down and thought of everything. I hope all goes well! Sending lots of good thoughts!

    And guess what? I know how to prounounce “Ratatouille” because of that new movie coming out! Hee hee! (The one about the rat, I’ll explain later!)

  3. we’re having heavy rains and winds here too. Fingers crossed for your new car to stay safe. xxx rhi

  4. Hope is something that we all need. Without it we are also without belief and warmth. I use hope alot, because I truly do have hope in me. So, I hope that you ar able to weather this storm and not lose everything you need. Prayers for Spooky (and of course you, are on their way!)

  5. I used to be a human weathervane, as far as barometric pressure is concerned. Storms being a huge drop in pressure, usually. I’ve been blessedly relieved of that role lately due to changes in my diet. But even so, this system coming has made its presence felt even with my new suped up system. So that may be an indicator to take care.

  6. I hope the water level stayed manageable too.

  7. Blimey. Hope it doesn’t get bad.

    Best wishes.


  8. Devon, I saw the news from your area. I’m praying your feet are dry and your car is safe. Please let us know when you’re able how things are.

  9. Nice blog!

  10. Oh wow, Devon, hope the flood waters stayed FAR AWAY.

  11. sending white light and good wishes for safe keeping. Take care of yourself! All of our trees are getting a good trim from the wind – we went over a high bridge today (we go over it a lot) and it almost took the windshield wipers off the car (and they weren’t in use) – husband said – take your seat belt off – this car will sink fast. I hit him.

  12. I’m thinking of you and sending you good thoughts. Hope to hear from you soon!

  13. Hi Devon.
    Here’s lots of hope from me to you, too. I saw the news today and I was thinking about you and hoping you, your loved ones, and your kitties and your car were all safe from the floods!

  14. Sending you lots of aloha from the Big Island, Devon … and now I am officially starving after reading your post!

  15. getting worried – it’s tuesday and no updates. hoping you’re okay!!!

  16. I heard about the Nor’ester while I was preparing to come home. I hope all is good. My friend who lives in Jersey got 8 inches of rain which destroyed her remodeled basement. I wish you luck with the rain.

  17. Hope you faired the bad weather and all is well. Let us know!

  18. We’ve heard on the news how bad it’s been. Hope all is well!

  19. Devon, is everything OK? You’ve been quiet this week – just want to make sure all is well!

  20. Worried about you. Hope you check in soon…

  21. Biting my nails. Hoping your internet is just down.

  22. Thinking about you. Hope things went okay.

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