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  • Power back on for us, but hesitant to celebrate

    Hey everyone

    I hope you had a great weekend.  We certainly had a lot to celebrate in our home.  Power was restored by some fine lines-men and their bucket trucks from California on Friday.   I posted this picture on twitter, and told my husband if I was home, I would’ve hugged and kissed them in person!  I don’t think he would’ve minded.

    There are still thousands of people in our area that don’t have power.   It has been a very slow process for many of our friends and colleagues that don’t have a home to go to.   It does seem like things are getting a little better day by day, but  I continue to pray for them and their families until they are back on their feet. 

    The neighborhood that we live in was hit hard in some spots.  We took a few pictures of the enormous trees that were uprooted and fell onto homes:

    My boys went trick or treating as I mentioned in an earlier blog, but it certainly wasn’t the same.  Every other street had yellow tape blocking it off.    Matthew and Theodore didn’t seem to notice too much, but you could tell all of the parents were walking around in kind of a daze.  My husband and I thought it was important for the kids to get out in their costumes to break up some of the monotony of not having power and being cooped up in the house for days.

    Here’s the picture of me seeing my little ones for the first time in many days (I wasn’t able to get home, and we were into wall-to-wall coverage of the storm).  It’s hard to see this picture without crying.

    I joked this morning that I still carry the flashlight in my purse every day, and am hesitant to get rid of it.  It’s like my new “lipgloss”.   It might just be there for good.  A bit of a reminder that we always need to be prepared.

    Meanwhile, there’s a hint on a couple of computer models that we might have another coastal storm before Thanksgiving next week.  Sigh.  I will continue to watch it, and let everyone know what we’re dealing with as we head into the weekend.

    Once again, thanks for all your tweets/blog comments of support.  It’s a beautiful day here in New York.   I’m sure a lot of New Yorkers don’t have time to enjoy it.  There’s too much work ahead for them. 

    JD

Margie Gacki

Hey Don, I hear ya! Yesterday we had 71. Our high today was 49 but that was at midnight. It was 38 when I got up this morning & it's 41 now. I don't think it got too much higher than that. I wore my heavy winter coat to work today. I'm glad I did! Margie

November 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

DoninRichmond

Yesterday was 74, today 44.

November 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Audrey from Indiana

Hi Janice: So you finally received your electricity. What great guys coming from the West Coast to help out in the Northeast. They deserve a special award! Hope you are getting back to normal in your home. Enjoyed seeing pics of your boys. How sweet, and I am sure they are happy to have you home again, along with your husband. Enjoy the nice day you have, and keep smiling, and leave that flashlight in your purse..just in case! Beautiful day here in the Chicago area except for cool temps. Audrey

November 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

DoninRichmond

Why do trees always seen to go down towards the house?

November 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

A.J. De Young

Ohh JD so happy to hear Ca.and hopefully they were from San Diego guys that got your elecctricity back on, we sent a big crew of trucks from here...that picture of your boys welcoming you home were priceless and I just LOVE the way Matthew has taken over and truly become Teddy's big brother, precious as can be and what a great team you and Sean are and I think you were right in having the boys go ahead and go Trick or Treating, hope all that is behind you.AJ

November 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Gwen

Hi, JD. I saw your tweet regarding your power being back on. It was nice of Sean to give them coffee, and I know they appreciated being appreciated. They have a difficult, dangerous and sometimes thankless job. Can you tell I work for an electrical contractor? We no longer have our line division; but, when we did, our guys worked in some very tough situations. Love the pictures of your little guys! They are so adorable! Thanks for sharing. Have a great Monday! Gwen :)

November 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.