I have been meaning to get these pictures up but Irene kept me quite busy between taking in outdoor furniture, Home Depot and Bj's runs and picking up branches. Here is our past week!
We started out at Home Depot buying piping to try to move the down spouts away from our foundation to prevent water coming into the basement. Next we went to WalMart for emergency drinking water. Two days ahead of the storm they, as well as most grocery stores in the area, were sold out of water. We finally found water at BJ's.
Well, in the end we got quite lucky! For us Irene was just another nor'easter that brought a lot of stress but not alot of damage. Somehow, we never lost power and our basement stayed dry, a miracle in itself. We did lose some branches, and a lot of leaves. My poor trees look like it should be november. A couple neighbors lost a few trees, but I know it could have been much much worse.
Our side yard during the storm, this was still a stream the next day.
I was not so happy when these branches started coming down. DD developed a fascination with our windows while the branches were blowing around on the dog run right outside the window. In the end the only damage was to the dog's run. The weight of the branches did it in. Even I will say it was interesting watching some of the branches blow all the way to my neighbor's yard, across the road. Smart me parked one of the cars in their driveway or I wouldn't have found it so funny.
DD had great fun with the boxes of goodies I found stashed in the basement. Buddy unfortunately just wanted the rain to end so he could go outside.
Now that our visit is over, I am working on painting the breezeway and finishing up planning the last of the first week's work boxes. Since Irene messed up fed ex I have had to plan around a couple shipments like our "All About Spelling". We also have a trip to Old Sturbridge Village coming up that I am doing some research on in hopes of creating a lapbook. Crossing fingers this might make her more comfortable and interact instead of waiting till we are on our way home to get involved.