Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween 2012

Because I accidentally prematurely published my post for today earlier this week, WordPress is apparently not sending out  e-mail notifications for it the second time.

I guess they figured I had one chance and blew it.

Here’s the link:

Halloween Haunts

Today’s post is a rerun for those of you who were following my blog last Halloween. The video I’m sharing today was one segment in the series, Halloween Haunts, produced by WHRO, our local PBS station, in 2007. The series aired during the last two weeks of October.

Most of you are familiar by now with my family’s connections to historic Bacon’s Castle. My maternal grandparents and their twelve children (including my mom) lived in the house from 1921 to 1940. Although they moved from there many years before I was born, I remember them sharing stories of seeing “The Castle Light”. Their descriptions of it, however, were quite different from its depiction in Halloween Haunts.

My son, Marshall, became an interpreter (guide) at Bacon’s Castle in 2000. He was employed there several years, and gained a wealth of knowledge about the history of the house, its architecture and the families who made it their home. My mom and most of her siblings had passed on by this time. But two of those who remained (then in their 80’s) re-visited the Castle, and shared first-hand with him their childhood memories of the house and property.

I believe they would think it fitting that Marshall had the opportunity to participate in this video filmed at their homeplace.

Happy Halloween!

Barn Charm – Peanut Field

Over the weekend, Motor Man and I were driving on some back roads in Surry County, my “home” county, and the neighboring county to where we now live.

We came upon a field where peanuts had been harvested, and the peanut vines had been baled. And in the background…..a barn.

This picture is a bit misleading, because there’s actually a narrow road between the field and the barn. So we were able to get a closer picture. It was very overcast, so not a good day for photos.

For those of you not familiar with peanut crops, after harvesting, the vines are baled and used as cattle feed.

And a weather update.  Hurricane Sandy obviously just skirted us as she trekked up the East Coast. We’re feeling very fortunate this morning. We had only minor tidal flooding, certainly nothing as severe as we’ve seen in the past, a little over six inches of rain, and we never lost electricity. Just as so many of you kept us in your thoughts and prayers when it appeared that we were in danger, we’re paying that forward as we think of those that were ultimately in the path of this storm.

Linking up to Barn Charm.

Monday, Monday

One thing I’ve learned after a couple of hurricanes and countless nor’easters, while living at this location, is that it’s nearly impossible to get good pictures during the storm. Not only are you fighting the wind, but also a driving rain. And taking pictures while trying to keep your camera dry isn’t an easy task.

This was taken yesterday morning (through our bedroom window). You can see from the trash in the yard, that the tide had receded just a little at this point.

In comparison, here’s a picture I took through that same window back in June.

Today’s predicted to be our worst day in dealing with Sandy, so we’ll see what she has in store for us. I should say that we really don’t expect the water to reach our house.  There’s more of an incline between the water and the house than is visible in the picture.  The tide just comes up really close and leaves LOTS of trash in its wake.

Over the weekend, I was reminded of one of the reasons I’m so glad to be involved in blogging.  It was touching to read the concern fellow bloggers have for folks who may possibly be in Sandy’s path.

I add to those my prayers that Sandy will make a last minute detour and spare our neighbors to the north any hardship.

Sunset Sunday And Hurricane Update

We had fairly mild weather yesterday. It was a little breezy, and there were spritzes of rain for most of the afternoon and evening. The rain began in earnest last night, but so far, the wind is still fairly calm. So far.

As of Saturday evening, this is what the AP had to say about Hurricane Sandy:

Don’t get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

Today, I’m planning to ‘stockpile’ blog posts for the next few days and schedule them to publish automatically each morning, just in case we lose electricity. If we don’t lose power, or if I’m able to connect to the internet with my cell phone, I’ll add a note with each post about our current conditions.

Meanwhile, back to Sunset Sunday:

October 20, back when a behemoth storm was the farthest thing from our minds.

Yesterday morning, Motor Man and I were looking out at the water and talking about the approaching storm. We haven’t seen the swans or the ducks for several days, and I said that I hoped they would be in a safe place during the storm.

Motor Man said quietly that he thinks God tells them things like that from the time they’re just babies.

I suppose that would be the highest form of mandatory evacuation.

Watching And Waiting

Here in coastal Virginia, we’re still keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Sandy, who’s been dubbed “Frankenstorm”.

Even with all the modern technology, it’s still difficult impossible for the weather forecasters to predict exactly where a hurricane will make landfall this far in advance. But Sandy is such a huge storm, that we’ll have tidal flooding, strong winds and heavy rain regardless of where she comes ashore.

So we have our batteries, canned goods and bottled water. Our vehicles’ gas tanks are topped off, and we’ve brought in everything from the yard that could be blown away.  The worrisome things are those over which we have no control: damage to our home, falling trees, rising tide from the river that flows by our house, loss of electricity for an extended length of time.  And we know from past hurricanes/nor’easters that all of these are not only possible, but very likely.

For those of you who may not know, I thought I’d share a map of Virginia and point out exactly where we’re located. That way, when you’re watching the news, you’ll be able to pinpoint how far we are from the “action”. (Hopefully a LONG way.)

The point of the arrow is exactly where we live.  You’ve most likely heard of the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach; they’re located within that red area in the southeastern corner of the state.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue to post, even without electricity, with the laptop or my cell phone.

And now, since it’s Saturday, and to end this post on a bright note, here’s a sunrise from last month.

Not calm or beautiful here this morning. Sigh

Friday’s Fences – And Hurricane Watch

My Friday’s Fences entry this week is the little fence in our side yard.

Later today, I’ll move the corn stalk, pumpkins, etc. to our garage in preparation of Hurricane Sandy’s possible visit. If the weather forecast holds true, this area will be flooded within the next few days.

We’re hoping and praying that gal hangs a hard right. And the sooner, the better.

Linking up to Friday’s Fences.