After Irene

Here’s a personal photo posted on FaceBook from a friend in our former New Jersey neighborhood, of her back yard.

Janet Reid posted pictures of The Catskills, where we went for our honeymoon, 31 years ago.

Earlier this year, the news in Oregon was full of flooding in the Northwest from the heavy rains. As I’ve followed various weather reports this year, one fact continues to come to my attention about the anomalies, “on record since 1895, as far back as the data goes.” This means the current weather patterns may be normal and part of a natural cycle unknown to city planners and farmers across the country.

In eastern Oregon the smoke from surrounding fires is thick enough to burn eyes and close roads. Lightning strikes started 36 fires in one night and some are still burning out of control. Mother Nature will do her thing.

Yet, the big news in our family is – our grandsons got a new cat, a niece left for college in New Orleans, and one of our busy daughters is surprised there’s a three day weekend in honor of Labor Day. Apparently it’s an annual event.

This Labor Day weekend send compassionate thoughts to all those who labor around the world in the aftermath of natural events.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

7 Responses to After Irene

  1. Trish says:

    Dramatic photos. Irene did substantial damage to Vermont, a place that gets blizzards – but not tropical storms. Climate change is here. And it’s real.

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    • terripatrick says:

      I agree, climate change is here and it is a normal cycle. Mother Earth isn’t controlled by the stock market even if she affects the speculation.

      I read a news item about a bookstore in Vermont that lost everything. But we only visited Vermont once, for a skiing event and I brought home some Norman Rockwell prints and a bottle of pure maple syrup. 😀

      We lived near Philly when Hurricane Gloria hit in 1985. It wasn’t pretty but we were fine. I’ve never been one to think I could order Chinese take out if the power went out.

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  2. These sort of photos illustrate the power of nature, wherever they are in the world. I too feel that everything goes in cycles. Everything changes and often in a repeat pattern. I’ve noticed how in England the Romans, who invaded, grew grapes – so the weather was then much hotter but in the 1880s it was so cold London’s River Thames froze, Just natural cycles.

    Thanks for the white feathers – appreciated.

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    • terripatrick says:

      A lot of my friends write historical romances and they know all kinds of fascinating tidbits about the time frames they write about that is never included in the novels. This includes differences in the weather patterns, life spans, and the physical biology of the body which related to the lifestyle and diet during the seasons.

      This research always stems from physical records created -at that time- and it always makes me wonder what future researchers will find interesting about these times we are living today.

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  3. Trish says:

    Horrendous! Irene’s name should be retired, just as Katrina was. The power of nature is astounding. Glad this isn’t where you live now!

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  4. rose says:

    I continue prayers for all going through difficult times.

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  5. Lisa Nowak says:

    Ha! I think I’m with you’re daughter on the Labor Day thing.

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