I’ve lived on the planet for (slightly) more than half a century. Until 6 months ago, I’d never lived anywhere that had been named a federal disaster area. Now it’s happened twice. The first time was with Hurricane Sandy, which devastated Long Island. This weekend, it was Winter Storm Nemo that dropped a record 30″ of snow on Eastern Long Island. My town — Brookhaven — was once again declared a disaster area.
While my family was safe and warm, the snow and winds were frightening. We had a large tree branch fall due to the weight of the snow, and another branch is hanging by a thread. There were so many abandoned cars that plows had a difficult time getting to side roads and, when they did, many were getting stuck due to the depth of the snow. The Long Island Expressway was closed for an unprecedented two days for snow removal.
Many of my friends took this as a chance to quilt. Personally, I find it difficult to do very much during these storms. They generate a large amount of anxiety as I’m trying to figure out when (or if) we will be able to leave the house, and whether any more trees are going to fall in our backyard.
My daughter is a costume designer and recently made a stylized Canadian Mountie costume. The storm provided the perfect scenery for a photo shoot. She was standing on a wooden platform so that she didn’t sink into the snow. In the background, you can see our beautiful backyard.