Random Chanel Item No. 148

At the end of a very trying week, to say the least.  My heart is not really into writing a "minor obsessions" post, cutting straight to a random Chanel sign off. So much to be grateful for, and yet still able to complain about our power, a very precarious generator, no phones, spotty internet, no school all week...and yet we are all safe and sound, these are my mood swings every hour.  A pity party at one minute and then a greater perspective of what could be so much worse at the next.  Heartbreak over all the floods, the hospital evacuations, the beach town devastation... New Jersey, Fire Island, the Rockaways, not to mention lower Manhattan...there really are no words.  

Driving around and seeing one hundred year old trees uprooted (earth, grass and all) lying over dangling electrical wires at every turn, really says it all.  The word on the street is that our little town will not see power for at least ten days, maybe longer.  We are doing our best to get all the orders out, and should be fully caught up by this weekend.  I won't bore you all with the Rube Goldberg contraption that is firing up my laptop at the moment.  I'm sure it will all be amusing next month.  

And, while I'm on the brighter, silver lining, side of things, the way our little town is pulling together is beyond heartwarming.  From the bravery of the first responders (always) right down to the smallest gesture of someone bringing a power strip to Starbucks to charge their cell phone and yet still allow so many others to use the same outlet all at once...that little sums it all up for me right now. It really does. Together, we'll get through this.


  1. Sue I am so sorry you are going through this experience. I know what you mean though to be grateful that not all is lost. More prayers coming your way!

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  2. I've been reading your blog for a while now, but somehow, I didn't realize that you live in the effected area. Hang in there and know that you're in my thoughts and prayers :)

  3. Hello Sue,
    No minor obsessions but major inspiration in this post.
    Thank you for sharing the community coming together to support each other. In some ways, at this point, it's the little things that keep you going. You have one of my favorite blogs. Glad you are safe.
    Take good care, Heather

  4. Feeling the same in my neck of the woods a few towns over from you!
    Due to last years storm, this one has gotten old fast.
    It could have been worse so I am feeling thankful! Maybe it is good in the sense that is makes you slow down a bit from the busy pace of life!

  5. My heart goes out to you...we never lost power, but it seems almost everyone else has. We've done what we can, dinners, kids spending the night, you know...but it's getting so cold and we hope everyone's power comes back soon. just to think of all the devastation in Staten Island, Queens, lower's so terribly sad. Your post is filled with emotion.

  6. The most fabulous rain boots! Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger


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