I have not watched tv in about 10 years. Today, I have the tv going, watching the news - which is all about the weather. The Jersey shore has been evacuated and likewise, the NY city coastlines. People are nuts - about 30 of them refused to leave Fire Island, which now has no power.
The NY City mass transit shut down at noon today. Bridges now closed. Elevators turned off in apartment buildings so nobody gets stuck. Two wacko men in a kayak had to be rescued and got tickets. Idiots! In fact, I am astounded at the number of 20-something people out in the street who have never experienced a hurricane and seem to think it is fun. HUH?
9,600 flights in and out of NY/NJ have been cancelled and Jessica, Tommy, and Emma are fortunately in Milwaukee, s afe, in beautiful weather, visiting Tommy's family. Jess rebooked a flight for Tuesday but who knows what will be by then?
My son Jeremy is in charge of the disaster management in his town and called to warn me that this is going to be BAD. I hope those of you to the south of me are staying safe: North Carolina and up through Virginia, D.C., MD and Del.
Hilary & family are hunkered down, hoping no big trees will fall on the house.
I have a battery-powered lantern and numerous yartzheit candles. These are great because 1)they are in glasses so they are safe and 2)they burn for 24 hours. Have packed the freezer with ice cubes and the fridge has a lot of water in plastic containers. Plenty of food- all of which can be eaten cold if necessary. I just remembered the battery backup for my old desktop computer (now never used) and brought it upstairs for my laptop, just in case.
Most important - before the power goes and the ice cream machine doesn't work -- I got busy! Divine and I'll write about it later, when I take it out of the freezer. Yesterday I made curry ice cream; tonight, saffron vanilla. The best thing I have ever tasted. Here is the saffron as it is being churned.