Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Saturday, November 5, 2011

real life

before breakfast we filled the pick up truck twice 
with fallen branches
and heaved them into the giant wall of storm refuse at the
transfer station.

then oatmeal and tea/coffee.

we're headed back out with the chainsaw to go
at the bigger stuff, and we'll stage the piles for 
tomorrow's trips.
the transfer station with its roaring chippers going full tilt
is open 7 days a week to keep up with the

a week after the snowstorm,
about half the town is still without power and heat
(and many without water, too).
this situation is bringing out both the best, and in some cases,
the worst in people.

we have had folks here taking showers, 
charging phones and computers, and
doing laundry.
(we even have breast milk in the freezer!!!)
i've run errands for folks who needed a hand.
the tea pot has brewed black tea, green tea and herbal.

my to do list went out the window this week
and my days filled with whatever turned up.

we take so much for granted.
this week we have been counting our blessings
over and over again. 


  1. That is just amazing! You have such a big heart, helping out your community like this.

  2. God bless you for your outreach. I know you and all those you've hosted this week will long remember this as a good time, despite the troubles. I do mourn for the loss of your trees, though.

  3. How many trees down? Is it like the storm we had when we first moved to CT that took down a bunch in the backyard?

  4. You're so kind, Karen. I'm sure the folks you helped have really appreciated it. We do take a lot for granted.

  5. Neighbors like you are what makes a community feel like home, I wish you lived near me!

  6. My goodness isn't that abit early for a snowstorm? I think winter is also coming in France because yesterday you could here thousands of cranes flying over on their way to the south!!!

  7. I am just amazed by how hard this late autumn storm hit southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Up in Vermont, they didn't get so much. Hope your town in Connecticut is on the track to recovery...