First off, Thank You to all the nice people who have checked on us through this blog, Instagram and Twitter. It's very much appreciated!!
I had hoped to do an update before this but that hurricane was a real game changer. We went without power for 7 days. This means using a generator to power the fridge until the gas runs out, cooking on a charcoal grill and a camping stove, and getting VERY cold showers. That being said, my heart goes out to all the people who have lost their home and belongings. Unimaginable to deal with what those families are going through.
Last week we evacuated to Gainesville when Michael bumped up to a category 4. We weren't sure if our house could withstand such high winds as the projection was for it to come directly over us. For anyone who has left everything behind in a rushed state, you will know the exhaustion and anxiety that clutches at you.
By the time we left it was raining hard and very windy. We took both cars, Aja with me in the Outback and Doug leading the way. It occurred to me that I needed to have the directions to the hotel handy in case we were separated. That's when I realized I left my purse behind. Fortunately we were only a mile away. I called him, headed back, got out and got soaked opening the gate and went for the house. Just as I'm about to head back to the car Doug calls me and asks if I remembered medicines. Noooo. Back into the house for another quick sweep.
Lesson learned on this - make a good list for evacuation plans and you won't forget things you need!
Fast forward - we wanted to head back home but our county had a mandatory 24 hour curfew. The road we live on was closed as trees and electrical lines were down. They also wanted to free the roads up for first responders, linesmen, police.
It's just a mess on our road. Worse in other areas in our county.
We are truly lucky that a tree didn't come down on our house as so many people in our area did have that experience.
The charcoal grill has been a blessing, First night home Doug grilled burgers, I heated beans on the camping stove and made a salad. We ate outside as the temperatures were a bit cooler.
As we are in a rural area we knew the priorities would be restoring the areas with a larger population base. OK, we can adapt with meals easily.
The generator powers the fridge and I was also able to plug in a slow cooker. A roast with carrots, potatoes and horseradish made for a few meals. You'd never know I didn't cook this on a stove top or in the oven.
The hard thing was dealing with the heat and humidity, especially at night. This little generator (below) helped with some creature comforts and I highly recommend having one if you experience severe storms where power is knocked out. My thoughts and sympathies are with those west of us who have it so much worse.
Linking up with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series and Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sunday with the grilled burgers. Check out her post HERE and join in!