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  • Soaking wet weekend

    Hi everyone!

    Well, we’re preparing for our soaker of a weekend here in the northeast.   What a drag.  I actually wish it was snow instead of rain!  Rain just seems depressing.  Oh well.  We had a really nice week of beautiful weather, so this is just a bump in the road.  Next week looks pretty quiet in terms of weather, so we just have to get through the next few days.  My husband needs good weather for the St. Patricks’ Day Parade here in NYC, so we’ll ring out the clouds this weekend, and the sun should come out for Wednesday.  It’s hard to believe this time last year Matthew was just a few weeks old.  I brought him to the Parade to meet dad off of 5th avenue during the parade route.  Feels like a lifetime ago sometimes.   We’re going to go shopping this weekend to get little Matt some good running shoes now that he’s getting the hang of this walking thing!  So exciting.  His first official pair of shoes!  What a big boy.

    So back to the weather real quickly – several reports of tornadoes over Florida yesterday, and a lot of damage to Polk Country just east of Tampa

    The National Weather Service will be out today assessing the damage and determining if it was a twister that tore through the neighborhood.  And the rain totals are astonishing!  Take a look:

    We could see a slight risk of severe weather for the southeast and across the Ohio River Valley today, but the big story is the heavy rain that has prompted flood advisories for many states across the east.  The winds this weekend are going to be quite something as well over the area with gusts topping 50 mph hour on Saturday.   Heavy rain and wind=weekend indoors, and plenty of cartoons on the big tv!

    I see all of you are talking food on the last post!  I love Shepherds Pie too!  I made it for my husband…once.  LOL!   I’d rather get it at a good pub with a nice big glass of beer. :)   I’ll jump in and join the food talk shortly.

    Have a good weekend everyone!  Stay dry and safe!


A.J. DeYoung

Good M orning Everyone, look so good in so many colors, but today in that Dutch Blue stop, you look wonderful and rested hope you 3 had a nice cozy weekend with all that wet weather. PJ....please, please be careful from fallen tress and loose wires that could be hiding where you are walking and safe. Don....I had so many giggles last night with that picture right when I needed them most, now as I just picture the look in their eyes it gives me joy, can't wait to see where they head to next..Margie is so talented. And Don....many prayers are heading your way......everyday..... Have a good Monday dear friends.. xoxo AJ

March 15, 2010 at 9:56 am


Don this storm was strange. You have trees down then go a couple of blocks and nothing is wrong. One side of the block has lights the other side didn't. some tress just bent didn't break some trees just feel across the street and took all with it. In my town the Government spent our money to fix the streams & ponds so there would be no more flooding well is still hasn't worked they still flood. Hope your sons Grandfather is Ok.

March 15, 2010 at 9:34 am


Just returned from having another physical. (required by John Hopkins) Having the CT's and MRI's Wednesday afternoon. My son this morning told me his grand-father in Dumont still has no power and has two feet of water in his basement. David went up to help him (he is 86) Years ago after hurricane Floyd the government spent 10's of millions of dollars outside the Doris Duke estate in Hillsborough, NJ to eliminate the flooding that would occur on Route 206. He tells me the road is closed there because of the flooding. The army corp of engineers did major work to the Raritan River in the Manville, Bound Brook area because of the flooding. Those towns are also closed for flooding. Guess we should know better whatever the government does, doesn't work.

March 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

Margie Gacki

Hey pjman, I'm glad you're safe. Be careful when you're out and about because you never know what you'll run into. I just saw some coverage on the storm and I'm sure glad we didn't get anything as serious as places to the east and northeast. We've had flooding but not as bad as it could have been since we didn't get as much rain as they thought we would. Take care, Margie

March 15, 2010 at 8:48 am


Hi all. It's clean up time down. Yes Don a school in Dumont lost the roof . Trees are still across the street and in peoples yards. from what I could see driving around yesterday a lot of trees are still in danger of falling down. the ground is so wet. Still raining off and on here. But we are ok here. Will check in later to make sure everybody is safe.

March 15, 2010 at 8:44 am

Margie Gacki

Hey Don, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures! Yesterday, when I found that picture of Rolex I knew I had to use it somehow. I'm glad there was a good picture of Sammy on the blog that I could use. I just used the mirror image feature on my software to turn him so he'd be facing to the left. I figured Niagara Falls would be a perfect spot for the two dogs to get together. I heard from AJ too, and she enjoyed it. It was worth staying up late to finish. I'll have to see what else I can come up with for the two dogs so stay tuned! Margie

March 15, 2010 at 7:51 am


Margie The pictures of Rolex and Sammy are a riot. I haven't been to Niagara Falls for years years now. Rolex beat me there. You do a fantastic job.

March 15, 2010 at 7:24 am


pjman Glad your OK. Parts of your neighboring town, Dumont is still with power this morning. I understand the roof of a school there was blown off.

March 15, 2010 at 7:22 am


Hi everybody we lost power and water Saturday at 8 pm it just came back on trees & power lines are down, and there is some flooding. still raining and some wind other than that all is ok I hope everybody is safe. will check in tomorrow

March 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

A.J. DeYoung

Hi Folks, Gwen...forgot yesterday to give you my condolences on the loss of your cousin, God Bless your family. Just sitting here listening to nice music, reading the Sunday paper, missing my sweetie, church was good, guess I better get with some house cleaning... Hope you all in the flooding areas stay high and dry and safe and sound, been having small quakes in this area, but haven't felt them................yet.... Ever since mentioned Donna Summer...I keep hearing her song in my head....I Can Survive..................... Come on Deb.....I saw your don't need any beauty sleep.... xooAJ

March 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey Deb, There has been some flooding around here. I'm not sure about the Potomac River around here, but down near Paw Paw, WV, which is southeast of Cumberland, the river is 4 feet above flood stage. That's a lot! Wills Creek and Georges Creek around here are above flood stage. Today's paper has a couple pictures in it, although these don't look as bad as the one in yesterday's paper. If you want to check them out, here's the link: The fire departments were going around suggesting people evacuate but no one listened to them. What surprises me the most are that the people in Locust Grove didn't evacuate. That's a tiny little community northwest of Cumberland that was totally decimated in a major flood back in 1996. I would have thought they learned something from that but no one bothered to evacuate. That was the worst flood that has occurred since I moved to Cumberland. I remember seeing a picnic table in a tree along the creek. I read in the paper the other day that one of the car dealerships in that area moved their cars up to the Country Club Mall, which sits on a hill. Back in 1996 many dealerships sustained heavy damages from the flood so at least someone learned a lesson. Well, my stomach is growling telling me it's time for lunch. I have a little pizza in my toaster over that will be done soon. I hope everyone has a great afternoon. Margie

March 14, 2010 at 11:57 am


Hey All, It's been a quiet weekend here at my place. Off and on rain and sunshine. Nothing severe though. I saw some of the coverage on the flooding areas. Margie...I think some of it was in Maryland. Gwen...sorry to hear about your cousin. Margie...I remember when you went to the Donna Summer concert last year. I hope you have alot of fun this time around also. AJ....I did remember to spring forward. Lost a whole hour of beauty sleep! Yikes! Have a wonderful Sunday everybody. Deb

March 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

Margie Gacki

Greetings from soggy Cumberland, where the creeks have overflowed their banks and things are really wet. Thankfully, the rain stopped so maybe things will dry out a little. I have to get ready for church but I just wanted to check in to say hello to everyone. I hope everyone survived the nasty weather. Have a great day! Margie

March 14, 2010 at 7:42 am

A.J. DeYoung

Gwen..............I knew that one.................that should tell you what age level I can relate to...haha my maiden name was McQueen so the cookies sound great..... Margie....that is great something to look forward to in August, we always loved having something to look forward to, we would come home from one trip and start planning the next fun thing.....even if it was just going to the mall.... All that weather you all are having today sounds brutal and bone chilling, our next week don't want to know about......clear, sunny, 80's....................sorry guys..................... Clocks ahead tonight........................sleep tight xo AJ

March 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Margie Gacki

Hi Gwen, I'm sorry your weather is so lousy. It's been pretty yucky here all day. It's been windy but nothing major. The region is experiencing some flooding, however. There's still 2 feet of snow on the ground up in Garrett County and with the warmer temperatures and rain, it's straining all the area waterways and some are now over flood stage. Wolf Trap is in Northern Virginia, just outside the DC beltway. It's actually a National Park. There's a pavilion for covered seating and also a lawn for those folks who are brave enough to trust the weather. This will be the third time I see Donna there. She still can belt out those songs. If I remember correctly, she just turned 60 in December. She's taken care of herself over the years as opposed to some of those rock stars who look and sound awful. It will be a fun time. Hey pjman, I hope you survive the nasty weather. That wind can be scary sometimes so I hope you're safe and sound. I'm keeping you in my prayers. Have a good evening. Margie

March 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Hi guys, It's been a very windy, cloudy and cold day here. I had to go to my cousin's funeral this afternoon. It was a graveside service, and it was just so cold and the wind blowing. I shouldn't have worried about fixing my hair before I went. After I stepped out of the truck, my hair was blown everywhere anyway. Margie, That Donna Summers concert sounds good to me. We saw her quite a few years ago, and she was fantastic then. Where exactly is Wolftrap? I've heard of it before, but am not too sure where it is. Guess I'd better go! I've got cookies in the oven. I am making some for my Sunday School class tomorrow morning, plus more for my family. I'm doing sugar cookies with green sugar kids asked for a St. Patrick's Day party. Since I'm of Irish heritage, I was happy to oblige them. TTFN! (That's "ta ta for now" for those who are not Pooh fans.) Gwen ;)

March 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm


Hi all very windy trees down and power is off and on. Hope all are safe and warm. Just wanted to check in. Will check in tomorrow to make sure all are ok.

March 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Margie Gacki

Good morning AJ, pjman, and all, I checked in earlier but I had to take care of something before I posted anything. Donna Summer is returning to Wolf Trap and tickets went on sale at 10:00. My friends Karen and Brent and I had such a fun time the last time she was there so we're going to see her again. The concert isn't until August but with us needing 3 seats in a row, I had to order tickets early. I did sleep late this morning. I was exhausted so I didn't get up until about 9:30. Now I'm hungry so I need to get some breakfast. I want to go down to see how soggy things look. We had about 3/4 rain yesterday and we're up to almost a half inch this morning. Wills Creek is only a few inches away from flood stage. It's supposed to crest a couple feet over flood stage by late tonight. The winds have picked up so that's not fun. I have to go to the post office so I hope it's not raining when I make that trip. AJ, I'm glad you enjoyed the picture of Rolex and Sammy. I think they make a cute couple! I'll work on some more today and then I'll send them to you. I figured if all us bloggers could go to nice places, the dogs should also have the chance to have some fun, too! Hey Gwen, that husband of yours sounds like a great guy. You are very blessed indeed. Well, I better get busy. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Margie

March 13, 2010 at 10:31 am


Good morning all. It's rainy and very windy today. The windy get's up to 50 mph. Spent the morning collecting garbage and garbage cans, moving tree limbs. Now it's time for a hot cup of coffee and then crawl back in to bed. Hope all are safe. Will check in later.

March 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

A.J. DeYoung

Good Morning to All, Wow...Can't believe the left coast blogger is the first one this morning, glad to see you all back there are sleeping in on this Saturday, just what weekends are for. Gwen....sounds like you sure do have a keeper, and glad you are appreciating him, I agree, I think a lot of times its their Mama's that train them right and I had a good one too, he was the best helper I could have had, it was always a team effort in all we did. Up early to head to Encinitas to have breakfast with Kim our Angel Hospice nurse, she is a sweetie, and she gave such loving care to my love. Don't forget to put your clocks ahead tonight, yeaaaaa more daylight until November 7th. Don...lots of prayers heading your way, loved the picture of Rolex and Sammy, they look like good buddies, blogger buddies. Have a good Saturday all. xo AJ

March 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

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