Hurricane Sandy caused devastation for many. I was incredibly grateful that, for us, the storm was much milder than last year’s Snowtober – which arrived at the exact same time! The kids don’t have nearly as many branches to play in. Last year we lost power for 113 hours, and had to throw out all the food in our fridge and freezer. This year our lights flickered and we lost internet for about 28 hours, but that was it. I think the storm last year actually helped reduce the damage for us this year – most of the weak trees were already down. Still, our carpool friends have no power, and may not get it for several days – and many other residents of our town are in the same situation.One of Mike’s coworkers had a tree fall through their roof – in four different places. Bad news, especially in a Cape-style home. Nobody is complaining, given the situation in areas that were hit harder.
I set simple October goals, and did well in terms of decluttering; less well with organizing. I did try to focus on living in the moment and focusing on things that matter most – and it was a goal that the storm made even easier! We had all been feeling a bit burnt out from running around between school, errands, and other events, so the days of being stuck at home were very welcome, particularly since our house was still warm thanks to electricity. We have leaves pressed, and will laminate them this week – I completely forgot about them!
I’m maintaining my SIMPLE goal approach for November:
- Focus on gratitude. Target Areas: gratitude and education (about the meaning of Thanksgiving)
- Organize. Target Areas: peace, health, and gratitude
How was October in your home? What are you hoping for November to look like in your house?