Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How Did I Spend My Time During Hurricane Irene?!

      'Irene' is gone. Today, I'm back to doing what I really like to do...Gab! ^_^ I don't know why I didn't pay more attention in English class in High School when the teacher was telling us all the ends and outs of being a serious writer. As much as I like to talk, I might've been able to make a 'go' of writing!...But then my crocheting would be considered a hobby. O_0 Nah! Never mind....I like things the way they are! 
         All jokes aside though, I do get a twinge of 'Serious Writer' envy every once in a while. But then I try to read writer's blogs and I think: "What are they talking about?"...The 'true writers' world seems to me to be a place where just 'gabbing about yourself' is NOT COOL!...And since I'm not into making up stories about weird dysfunctional disfigured people that live in basements and eat children for breakfast....my writing is not viable subject fare either! LOL
      The good thing about my writing is that I never get writer's block! ^_^ I'm always me...everyday. And there's always something on my mind! That doesn't mean that it's something earth-shattering...or interesting even,...but it's always 'something'! LOL
       For instance, what did I do with my time during the 'hurricane'/'tropical storm'/'breeze' of 'Irene'? Well, mostly...I waited for it!...And while I waited, I listened to and watched waaaaay too many weather reports!!

     My mother-in-law and my husband were like nervous cats most of the time. My husband was going from room to room 'finding' things to do, like putting his ear-phones on and off, and announcing what was left in the fridge to eat. ^_^ In fact, he may have been responsible for all of us eating until we were like swollen ticks sitting around hoping that 'Irene' was really bad, and the power went out, so we would have an excuse {like: 'the food might go bad if we don't eat it'} as to why we ate so much!!
      Ma kept asking over and over questions like: "Is there anything I can be doing for you guys?"..."You want me to wash that?!"....Uhhhhh Ma, yes there is something you can do.....Please sit down and relax yourself!!!" O_0 Thankfully she finally just decided to go to sleep. In fact we all may have taken a 2 or 3 hour "nap" at one time or the other. :-)
       Surprisingly, I didn't sleep much though. I had music...which I made Ma and hubby listen and 'kinda' dance to. :-) I also had games. Scrabble was my game of choice for us 'shut-ins'...I forced hubby to play with me {actually I had to force him to play with me two times! The first game was ended abruptly, and all of the tiles put back in the box {by a bratty spouse, who shall remain nameless, who insisted on the other spouse's full attention to the game...or the tiles would be put away!!! LOL And 'said' spouse didn't pay attention to the warning!! ^_^}
       {Oh Yeah, and 'said' spouse...won the second game, which was played with full attention!! ^_^.....I hear you saying: 'You're so bad!'....You're right. I'm slapping myself on the back of my 'winner's' hand right now!!! ^_^}
       When I saw on the weather report that hurricane 'Irene' was in New York, but that because she was so big...500 miles wide...part of her was already in our state of Massachusetts, I sent hubby out to the backyard to take some footage of what was going on. Be prepared for the drama!!!

       Okay, so maybe it was too soon to be taking backyard footage. ^_^ ...I had to find something else to do with my time. This was when the 2nd Scrabble game was initiated. Hubby wanted to play this time, but who knew Scrabble could be 'this' time-consuming?!...especially since playing Scrabble with a man who likes to think about every potential word in the world that can be played...for every turn of his!!!...UGHHHHHH!...was what was happening!
          I entertained myself in between turns by taking pictures of his 'groom-needing' eyebrows...YIKES!!...
         ...I just figured out what I can do when we finish playing Scrabble!! LOL...Where are my tweezers anyway?...And the 'weed-wacker'?!! O_0 {I'm so glad he has a good sense of humor...although you can't tell from these photos. He was in full concentration mode at this point and didn't even realize I was taking pictures! LOL}
       Well....it was 'take pictures of his bushy eyebrows' or of these...
        BEHOLD!!!....The benefits of having a 'hurricane shut-in buddy' who works for a snack cake company!! ^_^ {And he gives out all kinds of fun facts about the snacks too. Like, did you know that each Hostess cupcake has exactly 7 little icing swirls?}...As a side note, if you want to make some snack cakes of your own that are Hostess cupcake inspired...
         ...you can go to bouffe e bambini's blog...
           ...She just put up some wonderful photos...(This is only two of them.)...And you can get the easy recipe HERE too!
         A little later on, when 'Irene' was suppose to be HERE, the backyard looked like this....

      ...Sorry. :-( There really wasn't much to see in our area...at least not while it was light enough outside to video it. The wind did pick up quite a bit during the night, but the only damage we got was to hubby's purple sunflowers. They're still there...but not standing. They're all flopped over, and 'willy-nilly' all over the backyard. They look like those people look after they've 'hit the wall' at the finish line of a marathon.
      If I can coax him into taking some pictures of them, I'll show you tomorrow. He's so upset about it though...it may not happen.
         Soooo...me gabbing, Irene meandering, Ma cleaning, hubby eating. All in all...and meaning no disrespect to those who got hit hard (my thoughts are definitely with you)...it was a fun 'Wug' weekend!! ^_^
       What did you do for the weekend?! {By the way, let me remind you that tomorrow is the last day you can enter the giveaway for the scarf. If you haven't entered...or you just want to enter again...click here for rules. No worries. They're really simple.}...Now what?! Oh, I don't know. Perhaps a "nap"! :-)

A Little Doze'll Do You!

I enjoy my sleeping, and a doze,
a nap, and such.
In fact I might enjoy a snooze
entirely waay too much!

At any time of day,
you'll find me like a weeping willow.
Head hung low and dragging,
looking for the nearest pillow.

No, there's nothing wrong.
I'm not depressed. I've still got bounce!
And I can stay awake and be
quite witty when it counts!

But I have been awake for things
where I could have been asleep.
And now my time's so valuable
I don't treat it like it's cheap.

My sleeping, dozing, napping,
is to my life a special key.
It unlocks and refreshes
and dispels anxiety!

Most people try to fill up
every hour in the day.
But me, I'd rather be asleep
and waste it all away.

There's plenty hours left
for all the flit and play and chore.
An hour for a nap right now?!
Why not?! There's 24!!


  1. Sounds like you had a good weekend bonding with the family anyway. I just got up, so I can't relate to the nap...yet! LOL
    Sounds like you DID eat a lot! Probably what I would've done too.
    We went to a cute little town about 45 min. from us on Sat. Just looked in the little shops and then went out to dinner. Great day for me! <after service!
    Today, I'm not sure what I'll do. I need to clean my cabinets, but my back hurts so much from trimming bushes yesterday, I don't know if I can. We'll see.
    Have a great day my friend and, yes, you can enter me!

  2. CinLynn, I did have a good weekend...considering. I just saw the news though. Apparently the death toll for Irene is up to 40!! I feel so bad for the people, especially in New Jersey. :-( ... Your schedule is gonna be back to a full run soon, so maybe you better relax today and just get that back...back in order. :-]

  3. Sorry, why is it I comment on your blog and I never think to say the following:

    Does that count as an entry?

    LOL, you can't win if you don't play!

    Glad that Irene didn't trouble you as much as it/she could have.

    Hope to see you tomorrow.


  4. This post made me laugh! I thought your video was great, but a little narration might have helped me understand the complexity of it all...I'm glad you had no major damage, enjoyed the games, beat your hubby at scrabble, and those cupcakes look yummy! At work I always kid everyone by telling them that it's "all about me"..everyday! Glad you're the same!

  5. Lisa, Ha! Ha! I don't know why you never think to enter you!! ^_^ But you're entered now!!...I'll catch you tomorrow! :-)

  6. yaya, Ha! Ha! Ha! I told hubby the same thing about the narration!! I said: "Why didn't you say something?"...He shrugged his shoulders and said those famous hubby words: "I don't know!" LOL I figured that after his dramatic pause, I shouldn't be the only one having to wait for the video dramatic pause!! ^_^ And yep! It's "All about me...every day!" At least that;s the way it is here!! LOL Most of the time in the house it's all about him. It's just not as much fun to tell his side of the story. He's threatening to start his own blog though! O_0 ..."YIKES!!! I'll be good!" LOL

  7. I'm glad "Irene" was good to you. Scrabble, grooming eyebrows and chocolate cupcakes sounds like a great weekend!!
    Enter me! That scarf is gorgeous!

  8. Darlene, Thank you so much. "Irene" wasn't all we thought she was gonna be in our area, but still she was "hair-raising"!! ^_^ ... Thanks for the nice words about the scarf too. You're entered.

  9. I love the hurrican videos. I don't want to dis Irene and I know she's caused terrible damage but those high winds looked like a normal summer's day in this neck of the woods!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Baban Cat, Thanks for stopping by! About the videos...Talk about anti-climactic, huh?!! ^_^ And I agree about 'Irene' in our area. But I saw the footage of the after-math in New Jersey and other areas.....:-( So sad. 40 plus people dead!

  11. It sounds like you had an interesting weekend. I am so glad that your garden came through relatively unscathed but I was sorry to hear about the purple sunflowers. They were looking beautiful.
    Gosh I didn't realise that so many people had lost their lives due to Irene. That's truly awful. I feel so bad for the families affected.

  12. Jo-anne, Yes, interesting is the right word for the weekend. Although I don't know if my mother-in-law would agree! :-)) But I guess the purple sunflowers would!...And I didn't realize it was that many dead either. I had heard about 10 until this day. *smh* I 'think' a lot of the deaths happened AFTER the hurricane had actually passed. My sympathies go out to the families of the ones who've died too. :-(


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