Hurricane Irene: The Aftermath

by Jennifer on August 31, 2011

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We were lucky. Large branches fell, twigs all over the yard, tornado watch and warnings but 5 miles away at shore, destruction.

I stayed up until 5 am Saturday into Sunday while my hubby had the kids in the basement on air mattresses.

I couldn’t sleep as there was the wind, pelting rain, tornado watch until 3 am but then came the warning. Momma bear had to protect her young.

Just while Hurricane Irene was approaching, my peripheral vision caught something outside the window. The something was a flock of 24 or so wild turkey. It was so odd! They went from the front yard to the back and back again.

We spent most of Sunday cuddled up and holding down the fort until the storm moved away. Then we headed to shore to take a peek. I was scared. This was one angry ocean. I would not get closer as I feared a big wave would eat us.

Once Monday morning came, it was time to start cleaning. I utilized a bit of child labor.

A one point, I lost my crew as they discovered that fallen branches make excellent ‘roads’ for cars.

After a few hours of yard work, we decided that the police, electrical workers and myriad of relief workers would appreciate some cupcakes and we wanted to show our appreciation.

Some had chocolate sprinkles…

Some had a bit more color….

We went to the blocked off roads, cruised roads for workers….

 and finally brought the remainders to the police department.

Following the two hours of cupcake handing out, we went home, did some more yard work and then met my friend Karen (she runs a fabulous couponing blog Koupon Karen!) and her girls to redeem their summer reading program chocolate lollipops coupons at Hauser Chocolate.

The kids then asked me ‘Mommy, we are going to have to eat extra fruits and vegetables now don’t we?’

We are grateful for our safety and our home. We keep thinking of our neighbors in Ct., Mass., our friends from King Arthur Flour and all residents in the areas effected by Irene.

Marly August 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I have a thing for wild turkeys. I love it when we spot them out and about. I can’t imagine seeing 20 or so of them in my yard. So glad you came out of the storm ok. What a great idea to take treats to the people out there helping others!

Aggie August 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

wow…what an experience, I can’t believe those turkeys!!!

sippitysup August 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Wild Turkey? Really? You aren’t talking whiskey are you? Or I mean it’s not the whiskey talking is it? Seriously. Happy you and all are safe. GREG

Jennifer August 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Now that you mention it, I can not find my bottle of vodka. hummmm…..There is a 20 pounder in my fridge so I don’t think I imagined it. JK!

Jennifer August 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Makes you hungry right? wink wink

Shaina August 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Love that you made cupcakes for the workers. I’m sure they were happy to receive them!

Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! September 1, 2011 at 12:55 am

Glad you are all safe. (The wild turkeys blew my mind! If my husband was there, bet he would try to shoot a few for dinner.)

Georgia Pellegrini September 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

So glad you are safe girl! That was a crazy storm.

Robyn | Add a Pinch September 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

So glad y’all were safe and look at how precious your children are taking those goodies in! So sweet.

Cajun Chef Ryan September 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Glad you made it through the storm okay, and a great lesson for the children in giving back to the community.

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