Photo Op#2: Storm Damage

 “It is only in sorrow that bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.”–Amelia Barr

There will be no poetry; there will certainly be no wise-cracks.  I will even refrain from New Jersey jokes.

We had no power for six days, but on balance we were extremely lucky.  How is the following for an equation of everyday life?

325 +7 = 0. 

For my readers on the metric system I will put it this way.


Translation? 325 feet (~100m) above sea level and 7 miles (~11km) inland equals no flooding damage.  But as the pictures herein demonstrate, we had plenty of tree damage and some fence damage to go with it.  Nothing came near the house. My thoughts and best wishes go out to those in NY and NJ who were not so spared (and there was plenty of damage here in CT, fortunately we did not get the worst of it).

These uprooted trees lean away from our driveway, but directly over the neighbor’s fence and storage shed.

Most of our downed trees were in the woods. This is the most impressive one.

Minor fence damage.

Equines present and accounted for. We now return you to our regularly scheduled program.


  1. Donna Weaver says:

    Wow, glad nothing hit the house or the horses and that you are all safe. The storm was easier on us here. We lost electricity for a few days but no trees came down. Apparently we are in line for another storm this week. Hoping and praying it isn’t a big one. My heart goes out to everyone suffering from the storms damage. We are sending help in way of food and clothing through a local organization here in Clarksville.

  2. Glad to hear that things are OK with you, Donna. We send our love to all of you.

  3. I was born Staten Island. Left when I was 5 years old. “Weathered” every Miami hurricane since 1954. Heavy wind and rain damage and long power outages but never such flooding. Family on west side of Staten Island said they made it OK.

  4. Glad to hear you weathered the storm. No loss of life,no injuries,no property damage. The cleanup will come in time. We were so ready for Sandy, and we had no damage to speak of. Tree limbs down, but that was it for us. Daughter Suzanne, on the other hand, needs a new roof. No one injured, and life will go on. My brother Art in West Islip LI was not so lucky. Tree took down the power line to his home, roof missing shingles, still no power. But lucky no loss of life or injuries. We will recover, it will take a long time, and there will be “new’ beginnings for all those affected.

    • Our biggest casualty, other than tree losses and minor fence damage, is spoiled food in the fridge after 5 days without power. Glad to hear there were no significant problems where you are. The individual houses that lost their lines in will have to wait the longest to get power back. While our semi-rural suburban (exurban) neighborhood had many down lines and waited 5 days for power restoration, we are fortunate that our lines from the road in to our house are underground. It’s a good thing we don’t live in an earthquake zone…

  5. Glad you rode it out okay. As a Louisiana boy, I know your pain, but at least we are pretty much prepared for these things. I wonder how this will end up comparing to the freak hurricane of 1938. Take care.

  6. Mark, sorry for your powerless days and loss of trees; we, fortunately lost nothing. In fact, we gained two boarders — our friends from Danbury have been with us since Tuesday. Stay well, stay dry, and watch out for the Nor’Easter.

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