. . . when we're flooded in. The rain was coming down Monday and the roads were intermittently flooded so we all kept our kids home that day because we weren't sure about being able to get them home -- except by walking over the Trestle in pouring rain. And since the Chamberlin's dog was hit there we're all being newly careful.
These are photos from Tuesday when we were positively flooded in. Neil and Sara took the gang out riding on the carless roads.
Here's the town update from the night before
Dear Members of the Community,
According to the
For general travel planning purposes residents,
should be aware of issues on the following roadways in and around
Before Elaine’s 50th Birthday Party came Lily’s 11th. They ate, they played games, they danced, and then they all stayed on for the grown-up party where they danced some more to Mike’s band. Isaac had a lovely time (as he always does at parties). The only thing he didn’t “get” was – WHY are the girls all always going in the bathroom?
warning: this blog may start to get really boring for many of you. in my last post I talked about the changes. this will become more of my journal -- a place for keeping notes for my family and myself. -- i won't feel bad if you unsubscribe. just don't want to take it private yet, because I still get a lot of traffic coming through her to GIS. Want that traffic!
It's seeming like winter is really over. Makes me sad. I really love a long cold snowy winter. I love a mid-march storm. Here's a photo from last week when it snowed a bit one morning.
Rough week with Iz, who didn’t look sick, but who moaned a lot. He stayed home Monday. Joshua did a great imitation/spoof of on Monday morning (as Isaac was crying he couldn’t go to school, Joshua was cracking me up from his bed), “Oh, Mommy. The pain. The pain. My head hurts. Well, not really hurts. But it’s funny. And my elbow is funny. Oh, Mommy. The pain. Sent him to school (with difficulty Tuesday) – ended up taking him to the doctor on Weds because his ears were hurting. Sinus infection was pronounced. I don’t really get it . . . but . . . he went to school Thurs, stayed after for science club and even made it to the poetry café and actually read his poetry. Whew. 6:15 to 6:45 am is the longest ½ hour in my day.
Boys moved to Neil’s doctor in December w/annual physicals. I’ve been really anxious about this. Love Dr. Lally – but it got so danged hard to get an appointment for a physical--- if you didn’t call right on the first day they were making the next 3 months’ appts you might have to wait til the NEXT 3 months. Whenever the kids were sick they got in right away – but not necessarily with Dr Lally – with whoever had room. The new practice we’re going to runs things differently. I know I like Dr Hassett because I met him 12 years ago when Neil was so sick I went with him to find a doctor and get his health in order. But still I was nervous about who we would see ---- and I’ve always taken the boys to a pediatrician office vs family practice. What I didn’t realize is that they’d get Isaac in to see Dr. Hassett – not one of the other doctors. Cool. He was awesome—even got Iz laughing. He is one careful guy though – over the top has been perfect for Neil, I’m just not used to it for the rest of us.
Poetry café in Iz’s class tonight was absolutely lovely. They’ve worked on their journals for a while now. Mrs. Stacy hung lights, grouped desks and covered them with tablecloths, had special claps the students could request, and just did a fabulous job of keeping everyone commenting after each reading. What was really fabulous and surprising was how packed the room was. As kids move into middle school, I see parents get tired and jaded about school events. Isaac really wanted Josh to come, and so he did and it was all of us (something that happens less and less as we seem to go multiple ways some nights). And LOTS of families came with both parents and siblings. And they were all on time. Quite amazing and quite lovely. --- it was like going back to those early elementary years when everyone is still so involved. This is really a special class with involved families.
Have made so many little changes to Get It Scrapped! I can’t even remember them all. Finally got an SEO pack installed. Upgraded Wordpress but now stats don’t work so finally got analytics working right. Revamped the content areas. Adding “Organization” and “Modern Memory Keeping” sections. You can expect to see more content for those areas. Made a Facebook page and customized it . . . still want to get a welcome/landing page done for it. For people who are on facebook many times a day, following a fan page to see updates can be easier than using an rss/blog reader. I know there are a lot of other things I’ve done but can’t even remember – signed on as Adbobe and ACDSee affiliate. Just have a better sense of what GIS needs to provide. I signed up for/am participating in ThirdTribeMarketing.com Love it. Have learned so much --- really it’s clarified a lot. Isaac likes listening to the mp3s with me at night and in the car. The forums have already been a great resource for me. Big content week -- lots of tweeting, facebooking, and new posts on the home page.
Just found out we’re losing an hour this weekend. Dang!
Joshua has 3 projects and a test all due on Monday. Not a great week to lose an
hour – but Neil’s excited. He’s already been riding his bike and next week is UNH
break. The other reason I don't want to lose an hour --- we've just FINALLY gotten into the groove of the boys riding the bus every morning. TWO WEEKS RUNNING! and the lighter mornings have helped --- now back to he dark in the morning.
Over the weekend, Neil and I watched the rest of The Tudors 3rd season.
Have been up til midnight almost every night. Am tired. Miss
scrapbooking. Need to scrapbook. Have so many ideas – trying to figure out timing
for next DD book. Am behind on several things. Latest ebook launched last month: Every Little
Thing. I’m doing short videos for the Designer Digitals blog every other Sunday
– yikes! Need to get another one done --- though I know the topic, just need to
go scout out examples in the gallery.
Have NOT finished everything I’ve promised to Building Pages students. That’s the next priority (along with doing some laundry).
Must take care of a few more things and . . . sleep . . .
because I need my energy for 6:15 tomorrow when Iz may just give me another run
for my money.
Part of the reason I've been neglecting this blog is because I've been writing like crazy for the Get It Scrapped! website -- which is now a Wordpress Blog. Why? Because it's an awesome way to present and organize "content" and we're finding (now that we've been in business for two years) that we have an awful lot of content we'd like to share. Over that last few months we've ramped up our offerings of free lessons. Please subscribe to the feed on Get It Scrapped! - first so that you can keep track of what we're doing and secondly, it helps fuel Get It Scrapped's reach WHICH, in turn, enables us to deliver more and more free content.
What kind of content? Right now we are posting lessons on page design, photography, crafty how-tos, and more every day--sometimes 2x per day. Also, we're running 2 free classes right now. "Scrap YOUR Story" is running for 11 weeks on Tuesdays and "The Street Where You Live" is monthly in the forums. So, please, subscribe to our feed and keep track and help us grow.
HOWEVER . . . if you're interested in scrapbooking, photography, art journaling, & crafting--plug in to Get It Scrapped in one or more of these ways:
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MANCHESTER, N.H. - Feb. 26, 2010 – Crews will be working through the night to restore service to PSNH customers who lost power in last night’s devastating wind storm. As of 9:00 p.m., PSNH reports that approximately 256,000 PSNH customers (51 percent) are without power, down from a peak of about 265,000 outages earlier this evening.
Although power outages are widespread throughout the state, the Seacoast and Southern regions of New Hampshire were hit hardest by this storm. Wind speeds above 60 mph were recorded in both regions, with gusts reaching 91 mph in Portsmouth, NH.
PSNH currently has about 266 line and tree-trimming crews working to assess damage, clear debris, and restore power. Crews arrived earlier today from PSNH’s sister utility, Connecticut Light & Power, as well as multiple contractors.
An additional 310 crews will
be arriving from Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania within 24 hours.
Here's a shot of the PSNH twitter posts at the very beginning of the storm. Having these plus our town administrators daily posts on the web were awesome -- i could access them from my phone and get an idea of what was going on.
Night 1 - we heard of flooding possibility and went down to move the boats. The paddle boat was already getting ready to float away. We got that. BUT the kayaks and canoe were locked up and it was pouring and dark and we just couldn't see to get them unlocked . . . left them and the picnic table which I never thought would move. Lost power early in the evening.
Woke the next morning to a very high river --- the picnic table was actually moving!
In town we found that even the businesses were without power -- though the Durham Market Place was selling stuff using a generator. Young's opened and we got breakfast there --- with much of the rest of the town.
Neil was so sick -- coughing all night and no possibility of nebulizer or cpap.
Because we had access to twitter on my phone we knew about the earthquake in Chile and the possible tsunamis. It definitely put things in perspective.
After the first night, I decided to sleep in the den and Iz joined me. One of us on the sofa and one of us on a mattress on the floor. We would play cards and read and chat then fall asleep early. Neil & Josh each night watched a movie together on one of their charged laptops.
Woke the 2nd morning to snow! Which was great because it gave us water to melt and flush toilets with.
However, snow meant the river was rising more. Neil performed a kayak rescue mission in the paddleboat with Isaac and me nearby. Got them and their rack tied to a tree.
We played the new version of Clue and poker and the boys and Neil had an awesome evening playing monopoly at the Wilson's.
Our home is really cozy and warm --- the worries were always whether the boats would float away and how much food would go bad.
We ate girlscout cookies and grilled cheese and soup and pre-cut fruit from the grocery store and too many bagels from the bagelry and too much pizza from DHOP.
Isaac began teaching himself to play piano. We read. We sat around. We went to Neil's office to recharge and get internet access --- and even stream some Charlie Brown.
The photos are out of order above. Check out the bottom right of the river. That was what it looked like on Monday morning -- the water had receded and there were huge slabs of buckled ice ---- at this point it was all backed up at our house --- the other direction (toward the falls) was totally melted --- but here there were trees and debris on the upper edge of the ice. Tremendous amount of sand was left on the shore--nice for summer.
Then the photo at bottom left is later that same afternoon --- totally melted and flowing and back in its banks.
Overall - lost power on Thursday evening --- got it back Monday afternoon.