Hurricane Arthur

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Looks like 4th of July may be literally washed out.  Who else has their eye on the storm?

So if the guests are all here for a parade and outdoor fun, and it gets cancelled, do you put out board games?   Food?

It might be a really bad couple of days.  Thundershowers, cancelled parties.

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Yowzer! That was quite a time you had. Glad in the end everything worked out, but lots of clean-up and stress was not needed right now, I'm sure.

Kudos for thinking ahead and planning your breakfast! Well done!!

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How did it go, Silverspoon? We just had a lot of rain, not much in the wind department. You were much closer to the action. Any excitement to report?

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Oh yeah, but we made it through.  Thanks for asking.  Arthur was pretty much spent before he got to you. yes

On the guest front:  Had a GF, 5* NYC restauranteur and wife with a 3-night reservation delay their reservation to arrive on the second day at 4 pm, then delay their reservation to arrive at 8 pm....delay their reservation to arrive at 11pm...then 1am,  until finally we told them to turn around and not to come. I had jumped through 5 hoops preparing the GF menu for these people so I was not too happy about turning them away.  We didn't take any $$ from them but they think they are going to do us a favor by rescheduling for later in the summer.  That is NOT going to happen. angry   DH hates to charge for nights not used and I insist on it so this type of guest presents all kinds of headaches for us, personally.  When they finally e-mailed that they were on their way and would arrive at 1 am on the second night of their reservation in the middle of the storm driving up through CT, we cancelled them. Good thing. We lost power at 11:30 pm with the main house full and were without power and water until 3:30pm yesterday.  The transformer outside the house blew in quite a show of fireworks.   The feds, as well as local police, showed up with blue lights all over the place.  Needless to say, the wind was howling and there was plenty of water.  Sigh...so much for a good nights sleep.

We lost one tree, and the yard was a mess with small limbs, but that is pretty much par for the course for us. No damage to the house or guest's cars.   Yesterday was a clean-up day, putting hanging plants back, setting up outside furniture, chain sawing the tree and raking etc.  The place is almost put back together.  smiley

Breakfast without power went well since I had planned for it and had all of the food stored in a separate refrigerator and basically ready to be cooked/heated on our gas cook top:  Banana split (you know the banana, yogurt, jam, granola thingy we all talked about last year), turkey bacon (for our no pork guests), sausages, and crepes (pre-made) stuffed with sweetened  homemade  fromage blanc, mascarpone and orange zest, topped with fruit compote and plenty of strong hot coffee.  I was relieved that the GF foodies we cancelled were not sitting at the table. yes

The guests enjoyed breakfast (what an adventure, right?), headed out for the beach for the day  (a beautiful day!) and the power was back on by the time they returned at 4 pm.

Soooooo, all in all...not to bad.  But I sure do hope that this early storm was a fluke.  Hurricanes in Sept. are the norm here...not in JULY!

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i am fine in new england, thank you for your concern.  heart

i used to have a place in maine, but now i just help out at other places. crying

i was on nantucket this week and left early because the storm is coming and i needed to get back to the mainland by saturday morning. i was sad to leave, felt crazy, as everyone was arriving and the ferry off island just had a handful of passengers.  but my daughter had false labor the other day ... and she is anxious for me to be closer by.  high winds will be the trouble with travel from the island, they cancel the ferries and the planes.  

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Arthur is making landfall as a Category 2 - hope y'all are ok

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First cancellation of the hurricane season. Their flight into Baltimore was cancelled. Yeah. 1000 miles away and we're supposed to be generous and give them their money back.

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only 500, but did you refund them?

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Momma Smurf wrote:

only 500, but did you refund them?

It seems a lot farther. Eye-wink

Of course dh gave them a full refund. It's why I'm thinking it's time to sell. Too many sob stories, too many dietary problems, too many people who think we should eat every problem.

They even gave him grief over the fee even tho they were getting everything else back. At this late date.

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Ya know...I didn't want to be the first to say this, but maybe it is time you list the place for sale. You know it may take awhile, but if you are lucky...plant that St.Joseph statue now Smiling

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Yes, I think if you even having an inkling that you may want out, do it now. Start your exit plan, because it may very well take a year or more to sell.  I wish I had started last year and I've only been on the market 60 days.  I want out NOW.

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The town postponed the parade and bonfire.  I went to tell the guests and check if that's why they are here - it's ok, they are from Canada.  Couldn't be less interested in the 4th of July.  Smiling

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Well that is just too bad. They will never know what they are missing EH!

WE have been state side often on your birthday celebrations and have had a great time of it.

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We do not do a 4th Parade - considering how this town loves a parade that is amazing! I swear if you put a ribbon around the neck of a dog and sent it down the main drag, people would come to watch the parade. OUR big day was last night. We hold our Community Band Independence Concert and Fireworks on July 1 every year. And BTW - we were AWESOME. I had a mike shoved down the bell of my horn and did not embarrass myself! Of course I did not put any hot air through that horn for most of the Incredibles - that is a honking fast repetitive piece of music. We will do a repeat performance on July 10 as the program at the Clarksburg Amphitheater.

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gillumhouse wrote:

considering how this town loves a parade that is amazing! I swear if you put a ribbon around the neck of a dog and sent it down the main drag, people would come to watch the parade.

I just spit sweet tea on my monitor Smiling

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Something is rolling in now. Distant thunder and odd colored sky.

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For those of us in coastal NE, we might get some tropical storm winds but I can't imagine that the cold ocean waters won't take the major punch out of this storm.  Hurricanes need warm water to feed their power engine and it's just too cold here for that right now.  

I really don't think it is my responsibility to entertain my guests if the weather turns bad.  If they are adventurous they can take a walk to the top of the hill and experience the full force of mother nature as the ocean roars in.  Otherwise they can amuse themselves and take the time to relax.

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Silverspoon wrote:

I really don't think it is my responsibility to entertain my guests if the weather turns bad.  If they are adventurous they can take a walk to the top of the hill and experience the full force of mother nature as the ocean roars in.  Otherwise they can amuse themselves and take the time to relax.

 

I agree with this.  As long as their safety is ensured while under your roof, that ends your responsibility.   A hurricane or even just a tropical storm is not a time to be concerned with entertaining.  There are far too many other things going on to occupy your mind and time.

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Like sitting here waiting for the power to go out. Sigh. At least we're not busy tonight. But if the power goes out Friday night or Saturday morning we're toast. 

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It doesn't sound like it is going to be that big of a deal. After passing the outer banks, heading out to sea...hopefully

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We have a well..no town water..so when the power goes out we have no water.  Today we will spend the day buttoning up the place, pulling in all the potted plants, tying up the loose furniture, filling all the water containers, pulling down the storm windows and planning a breakfast that won't need electricity for tomorrow morning, just in case.  Sooooo much work.  Still banking on just a big blow with plenty of rain.  Luckily we do not have a boat in the water.  Harborfields, thinking of you and hoping that you get everything battened down and secured.

Planning for the worst but hoping for just a tropical storm.

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The projected track is far enough out that the National Hurricane Center is currently showing less than 20% probability that we will experience Tropical Storm force winds (34+ knots) here, with nil probability of 50 knots or Hurricane force winds (64+ knots), so we're going to be fine except for the rain -- I should pull all the dinghies up on the dock so I don't have to bail them out!

None-the-less, my boat rental business did just get a cancellation for Saturday ....

edit: re: power outage and water -- we're on town water, so no issue there, but we rely on pumps to move waste water, so if the power goes out we could literally have a real mess on our hands! Fortunately the utility company has been aggressive in trimming trees around their lines here...

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Silverspoon wrote:

We have a well..no town water..so when the power goes out we have no water.  Today we will spend the day buttoning up the place, pulling in all the potted plants, tying up the loose furniture, filling all the water containers, pulling down the storm windows and planning a breakfast that won't need electricity for tomorrow morning, just in case.  Sooooo much work.  Still banking on just a big blow with plenty of rain.  Luckily we do not have a boat in the water.  Harborfields, thinking of you and hoping that you get everything battened down and secured.

Planning for the worst but hoping for just a tropical storm.

 

Can someone please message me with SS's place?  I still have a hard time making connections with y'all's inns. 

SS, my thoughts & prayers are with you.  I know the work involved in getting ready - it's exhausting, mentally and physically.  I just heard a little remark on the We ath er Chan nel that it might be turning, but I had to leave the room and didn't hear the newest forecast.  I hope it's heading back out to the Atlantic and you just get a little rain out of it.  Stay safe.

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Stock up on charcoal for the grill

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Keeping an eye on things. Thinking about stripping sails off boats and double checking mooring lines...

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Haven't even looked. Thought we were getting the rain today! If we get rained out it will be the first 4th the parade hasn't happened since we've been here.

Most guests will be on their way out of town before the parade. The others won't be here yet.

We let them find their own amusements but we already have games and decks of cards around.

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Thank you!   But I'm in New England.  We aren't in much safety danger.  It's just killing our plans for the 4th.   NC and VA are in the path.  Hope everyone there is secure and stocked up on fresh fruit and booze.

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   I saw the news and wondered about all those in that area. Praying for your all safety! 

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Hope you all are safe and the storm pass. Batter down all.  

 

We have smoke today. Wonder if there is a fire close by or state of Washington might have a fire.

 

 

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