STORM UPDATE: It’s Tuesday morning and we never lost power – all is fine! We were inland about 45 minutes from where the storm made landfall and I’m sorry to say our Jersey shore points are devastated. Thank you to all who prayed – our neighbors by the seaside will continue to need such support. Now – may I pour you out a cuppa?
Or, perhaps I should title this: Teatime at Twilight with a Hurricane, Too!
We’re on the downside of Hurricane Sandy, and though all things have moved along rather cozy in our home today with soup and baking and crafting and blogging since we never lost power and have remained airtight in the face of record rainfall and wind gusts – we still have the aftermath to contend with – especially our South Jersey seaside resorts. Our Seashore spots like Ocean City, Atlantic City, and Sea Isle City are under water.
Lost a good deal of the Atlantic City boardwalk, too.
|Photo by Dann Cuellar, Action News|
So very sad – beaches out to sea and all the quaint downtown shops and beautiful beach houses are flooded – and a seasideWAWA convenience store where everyone goes for their morning coffee. We have them on every corner throughout South Jersey.
Quite a clean-up to come.
Locally, we’ve had some flooding, like our church lawn turned into a lake . . .
Only emergency personnel allowed out on the streets. Wind and rain expected to continue into Tuesday. Everything is closed so it’s like a mini-vacation but you can’t go anywhere. So, projects get accomplished and to-do lists get caught up. But – oh! Our poor beach towns – and only 45 minutes from us like this downtown river in Atlantic City – this is what it looked like Monday morning – hours before the full force hit us at 6:00pm.
And, this is what the news tells us to look forward to over the next 24 hours throughout Tuesday . . .
Well . . . I still have power and will get my Tuesday Teatime blog post up – in case I don’t have power by morning. To that end – though the moon is full tonight – thought impossible to see for the cloud cover – I am sharing the twilight moon of a couple weeks ago.
A lovely time for hubby and I to take tea and some of my Pumpkin Dollop Cookies in a Harvest setting by the tea cabinet.
Last week I teased you with a preview of this luscious trio with a walnut and grape cluster motif.
I actually found them on two separate thrift outings and couldn’t have been more pleased! The window lights from my Department 56 Harvest House cast a warm glow over the splendid green hue on the cup and set off the gold trim to perfection.
It’s made in England by HAMMERSLEY & CO. – a delightful find for under $5.00!
Looking on are an elegant Indian Chief and his Lady Squaw. There serene expression has always been a welcome part of my tea cabinet harvest display.
They are joined by comrade Pilgrims with arms weighed down with bounty from the Harvest – eager to share the good and plenty.
A sparkling white pumpkin fills a giant teacup that is supposed to be a repository for “chocolate” – and fulfills its mission accordingly with a stash of pumpkin shaped York Peppermint Patties in dark chocolate – a favorite treat after meals.
Behind our Lord and Lady Pilgrim is another teacup and saucer – also found under $5.00 thrifting – and so positively beautiful I fairly gasped when I stumbled upon it, scooping it up and looking about to be sure there were no other contenders to own it in the vicinity.
It’s a COALPORT china piece – made in England – and called “Sonnet” . . .
The gold and silver leaf embellishments are perfection on this rather thin china white.
It has a retro feel and look to it. Positively delicious to hold in my fingers.
And, speaking of delicious – back to my Pumpkin Dollop Cookies!
They’re gluten free, too, and hubby absolutely loves them! They sort of have the consistency of pumpkin custard, but the flour in them allows some solidness for holding. I make a huge batch and spoon them into mini muffin tins so I can bake a slew of bite-sized “dollop” like cookies that freeze very well.
Mmmm . . . just the thing for a teatime at twilight – or morning – or afternoon . . .
P.S.: Thank you to all my Blogland sisters lifting those of us in the storm’s path up in prayer. Some are fairing worse than others. I am blessed to be in a flood-free zone and on high inland ground. We’ve been fine, but my heart is with so many who have lost homes, jobs, businesses, and more. May the Lord restore their fortunes and be glorified in the aftermath – be the Dawn after the dark . . .
Sharing this week’s Teatime at Twilight with:
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House