And also, keep safe, East Coasters. We are as battened down as we can be, I think. Everything loose in the yard is tucked safely inside, windows are locked shut, water jugs and pots and coolers and buckets are filled so that we will have plenty if (when) the power fails and we have to stop using our well. We have food and flashlights and blankets and candles and board games.
This weekend we spent a few hours helping to sandbag some of the businesses along the river, especially those that were hammered terribly by Irene and have only just (one of them two weeks ago) opened again after more than a year of renovation. The kids helped out which was...helpful. Beware of children wielding long handled shovels was the main takeaway message from that experience.
Keep dry and safe and indoors friends.