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What I Learned from Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has come and gone.  Thankfully I can report that the Just One Donna household emerged from the storm unscathed.  We had scurried around in the days prior to the hurricane to get prepared.  August had already brought us more rain than we needed.  That rain had caused water in our basement and a leaking skylight.  Last week work was done to repair the leaking skylight and prepare our gutters to deflect more rain.  

What we thought was going to be a minor repair to our three season porch turned into a much bigger repair.  Luckily our very able contractor successfully secured the room well in advance of the storm's approach.

Repaired and Secured
So, friends, one thing I know is that it pays to be prepared when a large storm is brewing.  Without the storm preparations I'm certain there would be much more to clean up today than a few leaves and branches.

Hurricane Irene's Debris

 I learned a few other things during Hurricane Irene.

I don't want to be without electricity.  I take electric power for granted.  Flickering lights make me very nervous.  Thankfully we only had a brief few seconds without electricity, but others had to endure several hours without it.

Irene's Power Outage

I don't like being cooped up.  Being told to stay home and off the roads makes me want to go for a drive.  I didn’t go, but I wanted to.

Off Limit Area Map

Hurricanes are not good for my waistline.  Hurricanes make me want to eat…pizza.  We made caramelized onion and prosciutto pizza and tomato pesto pizza to comfort us during the storm.   Yum.

Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza

A little wine helps to pass the time during a hurricane.  Hurricanes make me want to drink…wine, white wine.  In anticipation I bought a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc.  Crisp, lovely…I recommend it.

A Glass of Wine
I bid adieu to Hurricane Irene, a bit older and wiser, but no worse for the wear. 


  1. I am literally laughing out loud as I read your post because I think I learned the exact same things. I have been cooped up in the house for 3 day, and I hate it. My power went out for all of 2 minutes, and I hated both minutes of it. And all I did all weekend was blog, drink wine, and eat pizza. Thanks for the memories Irene!

  2. glad you are ok!! no power here from Sunday noon until Mon 3 pm. not THAT long, but it stunk!!
    (We ate pizza too lol)


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