Tuesday, October 30, 2012


We are thankful to report that we are on the back side of Sandy, and most in our immediate area have come through relatively unscathed!

The rain began on Sunday evening, and it rained throughout the day yesterday, with winds picking up as the day progressed.

We had one hiccup yesterday afternoon, when our lights began flickering, and we lost power in parts of the house and barn, but not others.  We were a bit puzzled by this, and decided to use the generator for evening milking.  We couldn't milk without consistent power...not good for the cows or the equipment!  So, Jim hooked up the tractor to the generator and when he started it up, all the lights and equipment worked just fine!

We milked a little early last night, just to get finished and out of the barn as soon as possible, as the winds were really picking up.  As we milked down the first two rows, a PPL (electric company) truck showed up at the pole out front.  Jim went and talked to them, to explain our problem.  They checked the transformer...it was fine...they  checked the meter, and discovered that we weren't getting good voltage.  (this explains the intermittent outages we were having)  The problem was where the wires attach to the house above the meter...

A relatively simple (minus the weather) fix, and we were good to go!

The worst of the winds were from around 5pm Monday until early this morning here.  I don't know how high they got, but not nearly as high as were predicted, for which we are very thankful!   The rainfall total this morning around 5am was about 3.75".

As we milked this morning, we noticed the weather calming.  I looked at the weather reports, and saw that the eye of the weakening storm was almost overhead.

The worst damage here?

This limb came down on the driveway...

...and some ruts in the yard where the PPL truck got stuck when fixing the wires last evening...

I'd say that's nothing to complain about right here!!

We are to have windy conditions the rest of today into tomorrow, along with more rain, but we are very, very thankful that we didn't feel the effects of Sandy here, that were predicted.

There are many others, especially along the coast, who were hit very hard by this storm.  I can only imagine how they must be feeling, and the damage they are left to deal with!  


  1. Thank heavens. Prayed all day yesterday, and am praying this morning for the poor people and families who have lost so much.

  2. I'm so glad that you are all OK and the worst is behind you now without damage except a broken limb and tracks on the lawn. Others aren't as lucky and my heart goes out to them.


  3. I am so glad you are okay. The damage looks so horrific. I am glad yours was just a tree limb.
    So glad for the update.

  4. I've been watching the storm on the news and am very happy you folks are OK. Others are not so lucky! I'm not going to complain about a little snow ( at least , not much).

  5. Glad you are okay. We faired well too. The wind was crazy!

  6. So glad that you are ok!

    Keeping all in the path of the storms in our prayers..

  7. Oh I am happy to hear this. I was wondering milking without power is very hard. I am so glad you had it figured out soon. Yeah. I hope everyone else is OK. B

  8. Glad to hear it wasn't as bad as predicted where you guys are. What a horrible storm and what a mess there is left behind for some!

  9. Glad you are all safe after this hurricane!

  10. Hmmm firewood and big ruts in the lawn. Not too bad. Sure could have been worse!

  11. I am so glad to hear you came through fine. I am so jealous of the rain, but I really am grateful we've not had horrible winds this year.

  12. Hi Alica, I'm so glad you all fared well during the storm. We barely got any wind over here in SW PA...it's still raining though...but lightly.

  13. so happy to hear your family and cows are well.

  14. Glad to hear you are safe and sound. I've just found your blog and look forward to following along!

  15. So glad to hear all is well. I heard from your Mom late last week and she gave me the update.
    Everyone in my family did well even those in Manhattan ;)


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