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A Line and A Hook From SHORECOOK!

Nov. 18, 2012 10:34 am 
Updated: Nov. 9, 2013 9:21 am
Thanksgiving is a time to remember the things you are thankful for.  This year I don't have to go back very far to realize just how lucky I am.  Hurricane Sandy changed many peoples lives and living at the Jersey shore gave my family a lot to be thankful for.

The night of the storm was very scary.  Hearing that they were predicting the hurricane to make landfall in Cape May County rattled many nerves.  As the time of the storm approached, we didn't know what to expect.  I had seen the remains of Homestead Florida after Hurricane Andrew and could only imagine the worst.  We exchanged phone numbers with our neighbor and each of us had an open door if needed.  The bathtubs were filled with water for flushing, the freezer was full of ice if needed for coolers, bottled water was purchased, canned food was ready, and the car had a full tank.  Flashlights and batteries were in a designated place as were candles and matches.  As evening was approaching I decided I would put on sweat pants and my Allrecipes T-shirt for I would not be changing until this storm had passed.  I can't begin to tell you the comfort of wearing that shirt, for I knew my Allrecipes friends would be praying.  When 7 p.m came, I said to Hubby that I couldn't believe we hadn't gotten the storm yet.  That was when I put on the television and found out that the storm had come ashore 1 1/2 hours ago.  REALLY?  Talk about being wrapped in a bubble of prayer.  I always knew that material things were not important and I am so thankful to be together with my family this Thanksgiving.  I know what I have and I am grateful for it all!

Thank you for your prayers and may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Nov. 18, 2012 3:42 pm
Great to see you made it through safely and with minimal hardship. Having gone through H. Andrew, and eight other hurricanes, I’ve learned over the years that preparation goes along ways to minimizing damage. You prepared well based on what you listed, and your experience with H. Andrew probably made you plan better and to take this storm very seriously. There is also an element of luck as every hurricane throws a few curve balls that can overwhelm the best of plans. Often times you’ll come across pockets of heavy damage to small areas which makes one think these may have been hit by small tornadoes inside these massive storms . . . you can also see areas of housing severely damaged in one area and an adjoining area suffering little damage, and that usually tracks back to faulty construction practices. There will be a lot of lessons learned from H. Sandy that hopefully will lessen the hardships next go round. Everyone takes things for granted when all seems to be going well . . . hardships have a way of making us appreciate the few things that are really important and the many things that aren’t . . . people periodically need reality checks. Hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving day.
Nov. 18, 2012 3:45 pm
So glad all came out well for you and your family.
Nov. 18, 2012 4:35 pm
I'm so very happy that your family and home are all safe. What a mess for so many people. I can't imagine what it's like back there now. Thanks for posting!
Nov. 18, 2012 4:42 pm
Very happy you and yours are ok.and being able to have Thanksing together,Happy Happy Thanksing to you.
Nov. 18, 2012 5:02 pm
There is a great deal to be thankful for. Living in New Jersey, I can appreciate how you were feeling as you waited for the storm to hit. Irene was much worse from our perspective. Sandy missed us for the most part. We can thank God for his mercy and also that he tasks us with helping out those who weren't as fortunate. There's so much to do. Thank you for the reminder to count blessings!
Nov. 18, 2012 6:02 pm
Thanks for stopping by Conky Joe! So many times we were warned of storms that didn't happen. This storm took on a dangerous feel, which caused me to prepare well. The storm was so big, there was no safe place for evacuation. I agree with all you said. May you and your family also have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
Nov. 18, 2012 6:05 pm
Thank you Magnolia Blossom! We truly feel "Blessed" and are so happy to be able to get together this year. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for stopping by!
Nov. 18, 2012 6:09 pm
The East coast is cleaning up rapidly, Marianne. Our family business is open again as most of the damage was outside. Supposedly we got the eye of the hurricane and north of us got hit the hardest. I have to admit that knowing it was going to make landfall nearby was frightening. I'm 9 miles from the ocean and a stone's throw from the Delaware Bay. This storm truly highlighted how "Blessed" we are. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! So glad you stopped by!
Nov. 18, 2012 6:14 pm
Thank you manella! We are really looking forward to this holiday. We'll be spending it at my daughter's in Pennsylvania. I hope that your's is just as wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!
Nov. 18, 2012 6:18 pm
You know it Doc!! The waiting was the hardest part. Hubby had only been out of the hospital two days and I was worried about him as much as the storm. I kept telling myself that whatever was going to happen was the Lord's plan. I am truly counting my blessings. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for stopping by, neighbor!
Nov. 19, 2012 5:16 am
I'm glad you and your family were spared and can enjoy this Thanksgiving. Eight years ago we were still cleaning up the week of Thanksgiving after three back to back hurricanes went over us in August and Sept. The way people came from all over to help in the aftermath was so heart wrenching. I'm thankful that most people still reach out and help others they don't even know at times like these, with prayers, donations and love.
Nov. 19, 2012 5:17 am
I should say heart warming. :)
Nov. 19, 2012 9:34 am
Thank you Sherri! It is so heartwarming to see how people reach out. The other day there was a caravan of clean-up trucks all with Georgia license plates. Made my heart melt to see it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nov. 25, 2012 7:58 am
So glad to hear that you were spared all of the devastation that many in your state are still heart goes out to them. Also, glad to hear that you prepared for the smart. In 2004, Florida had four hurricanes, and few in our state didn't experience some inconvenience (many total devastation) from at least one of those storms. I don't live on the coast, but it taught me to ALWAYS be prepared for the worst, since hurricane season officially is six months a year. You really do have something to be thankful for this year.
Nov. 26, 2012 7:52 pm
Thanks for stopping by, lutzflcat! It never hurts to be prepared. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dec. 29, 2012 10:07 am
hi, i want to tell you the your tomatoes soup is fantastic.. 5 stars !!
Jan. 29, 2013 7:40 pm
Thanks, gonzalezlovetocook! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know!!
Feb. 2, 2013 12:12 pm
As we look back we DO realize how grateful family is and material things are well.....just things. It gives us pause to reflect on what is truly inmortant in our lives. Glad you are okay. I was the first reviewer Dec. 19th for your pepermint biscotti which I am about to make again for a superbowl party tomorrow. It is soooo good any time of year and it tastes good with a cup of tea or coffee. Keep creating those goodies. Bless you.
Apr. 15, 2013 6:52 pm
Thank you L! I'm sorry it took me so long to notice your comment. I really appreciate it! Love having you as my first reviewer!
Oct. 23, 2013 1:13 pm
Hi SHORECOOK! I was looking up recipes for this since I moved from the Jersey Shore to S. Carolina. Can't wait to try. It is so funny ...I moved from CMCH myself!! Can't find some things here. I will post when I try. Used to buy at the Deptford Mall!
Oct. 25, 2013 3:23 pm
Hi Donna! So nice of you to stop by. I'm glad you found your desired recipe and I'll be looking forward to hearing from you. Funny thing, I moved here from Deptford so I sure know where the mall is!
Nov. 9, 2013 9:21 am
Hello Shorecook! Glad to hear from you too..I'm looking for a really good Rice Pudding recipe...going to try one or two now. Like it creamy and sweet, less of a custard. Such a small world isn't it?! The weather is beautiful here today; how is it in Jersey?
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