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December 7th, 2007

blogging from my iPhone… Pardon the mess. We had a monster storm (a hurricane - not kidding) in Astoria/the Oregon coast / the SW Wash. Coast and we’ve been without power since Sunday. Lots of damage, cut off, situation unknown by many and media… but we r ok! Two beatiful young guys just out of kindness came up our street and chain sawed us all out - it was one of the most beautiful acts of kindness i’v ever seen! Thank you for all the wonder emails… They have SOOOO lifted my spirits!!!(I can receive but not send) The awesome kickass rockin awesome crews from Mountain Power in Idaho are replacing power poles on my street right now … We may even have power and heat in a few days. And maybe water too.

Astoria is a disaster, but we’re the luckiest community ever with all the help that’s been sent our way (thank you idaho… WE LOVE YOU), our city/county/state government, KAST, KMUN, daily astorian, and best of all… neighbor helping neighbor!!! I LOVE YOU ASTORIA & OREGON!!!!!

It may be a long time before I can reply to emails and I thank you soooo much for your wonderful notes. Thank you all- you all r the best!!!

Updated:
we now have power, heat,water! Still awhile before cable/Internet… But that is soooo ok! Very little damage to our roof, something dh can fix himself. Two mammoth trees just missed our house (thank you St. Joe-Joe!!!). We are the lucky ones in my hood. As bad as it was (20+hours in a hurricane), nothing can top the joy of living in such a wonderful and caring community!!! As crazy as this sounds right now - we live in paradise!

Thank you sooo much for your comments and emails - I heart you all for them! We (my family) really are doing great, but not so much my neighbors and coast. Please keep Astoria, the coast and Vernonia in your prayers.

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44 Responses

  1. The fabulous Angela (Cottage Magpie) allegedly said:

    Whew! I’m so glad to here that you are all okay, relatively speakin! Thoughts and prayers for you, and let me know if there’s anything I can do!
    ~Angela



  2. The fabulous Patti Chartrand allegedly said:

    I’m so glad to hear you are OK. What a terrible storm that was for you folks out there. All our news is full of the I-5 closure and the flooding in the Centralia-Chehalis area. The only coastal towns we hear much about are Aberdeen and Hoquiam. I’m sure you folks, as well as Seaside, Cannon Beach, etc. are in as big or bigger mess as the places we hear about. I can’t begin to imagine winds as strong as you experienced. I sure hope you all get completely back to normal soon.



  3. The fabulous Moog allegedly said:

    I ditto Angela. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to go through that. I’ve been checking your blog daily for a sign that you’re okay - thanks for thinking of us, too.



  4. The fabulous Cyndi allegedly said:

    WHEW! Sounds like a close one. How can a simple “snow watch” turn into a flood? Beats the heck out of me! So glad to hear you are safe and sound.



  5. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Monica, I am so happy to hear you are ok.



  6. The fabulous Jeannie allegedly said:

    I am so glad you are OK. Isn’t it wonderful to see the helping spirit of neighbors. Wishing you well.



  7. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Whew… glad to hear from you!!!



  8. The fabulous LauraJ allegedly said:

    Keep warm!!



  9. The fabulous Sandi Henderson allegedly said:

    Oh wow! Every since we talked about Astoria the first time, Dustin and I have our hearts set on it, so I’m so sorry to hear about all that. I’m happy that our state is helping you out however! We can’t wait to come see it all in May.

    Sandi



  10. The fabulous jona allegedly said:

    I’m so glad you guys are okay! I couldn’t believe the pictures with the huge trees just tipped over roots and all!!! And the tallest Sitka couldn’t take it, darn!

    Thank God for nice people (they sure show up just when you need them).



  11. The fabulous Anina allegedly said:

    I’m so glad you’re OK! I was worried because the coastal areas seemed to have been hit pretty badly.
    I5 is open, so if your power doesn’t come on come over here and I’ll show you my Jingle Jolly runner.



  12. The fabulous Angie allegedly said:

    So glad to hear that you and yours are all okay. I can’t even begin to imagine what all of you are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



  13. The fabulous Laura & Mark Sperry allegedly said:

    Oh, I have been checking your blog like everyday hoping you would send an update. I had heard about it but until you see the pictures you don’t realize how bad it really is. The signs and trees laying in the road are crazy. I’ll keep an eye out for more updates.
    Love
    Laura Mark & Chloe



  14. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    I hope you get your power back on right away! :) It was good to actually hear your voice and know you are safe. And you have a nice snuggly warm guy to snuggle with :) and plenty of quilts! :) hugs to you and your boys and your neighbors too!



  15. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness, MJM!! I have been so worried! Thank God you’re all right!! Thank God, too, for those young men who chain-sawed you out of your tree-laden prison!! Hooray, too, for Idaho!!
    Take care, and know I’ve been thinking about you every day, hoping for the best for you and your family.
    I heart you muchly!!!!
    XOXOXOXO,
    Nanna Jamma



  16. The fabulous Sandy allegedly said:

    Oh NO! Hope you get that power & heat going soon & thank God you are okay. xoxo



  17. The fabulous Carole Meier allegedly said:

    Glad to read that you are safe. I just cannot seem to get over the weather we’ve been having in the past few years. Keep well!



  18. The fabulous Perry Dauzat allegedly said:

    Your experiences reaffirm my belief that we truly do live in a wonderful country. Sometimes it is hard to belive that. God bless you and all of your neighbors.



  19. The fabulous mar allegedly said:

    Dont’ worry about answering emails, just as long as you update your blog and we know you and yours are safe!!



  20. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    PHEW !!! Glad we’re finally hearing from you and that you’re all OK !!! I wasn’t sure quite where you are in relation to where the storm was, but I figured you might have been in the thick of it — take care !!!!



  21. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    I’m glad to hear you’re okay. Down here we had heard stuff like “north of Portland” and “south of Seattle” but nothing specific about Astoria–I did wonder, though, since you’re right there near the ocean and rivers. Keep us posted. Stay warm and take care!



  22. The fabulous Jean T allegedly said:

    Monica: I am so glad you are well. We live in California, but have visited Oregon many times. Astoria is one of our favorite places to stop when we are there. It is such a lovely area and I just can’t imagine what you are all going through. Is your house alright? We’re all praying for you and all of our friends “up North”.



  23. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Monica, glad your ok and hopefully all will be back to normal. I’ve been wondering where you were.



  24. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    What a blessing that you are all okay but I will keep you, your family and all those in your area in my thoughts and prayers.



  25. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    Phew! I was worried about how you were doing! That is some Extreme Blogging you’re doing out there! Thanks for keeping us updated and I’m so glad your house was spared too much damage and that you guys are safe! Hope the pets are ok, too. We’re thinking about you!



  26. The fabulous Pat allegedly said:

    So Glad to hear that you and your are OK. We will keep you in our prayers. Stay safe.



  27. The fabulous Laurie allegedly said:

    WHAT?!?! Where have I been? I had no idea. Dearest, I am so sorry you are dealing with this, but so happy to know your spirits are up. Stay safe and stay warm.



  28. The fabulous Kris allegedly said:

    I hope all is returning to some sort of normal. Take care and be safe!



  29. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Oh, I’m glad you guys got your power and water up again. Just wanted to tell you, you are so special and I know there are a lot of people who appreciate you and what you are doing in your neighborhood! I heart you friend!! :)



  30. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    That is just so crazy that it got so bad for you and after all the hype here we barely had a storm. I’m so sorry that so many people aren’t doing well there but I’m super happy that YOU ARE!!!!! You’ve been in my thoughts since Lisa E. told me you called trying to get a hold of me. I was relieved to hear that you were ok but have been wondering since then how things are. So glad to hear an update!



  31. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I was so worried about you and your tall trees! Glad to hear you guys and your house are safe and sound, as we are. No damage to us, but there are to so many. We got our power restored yesterday afternoon. Yeah for hot showers! Yeah for fireplaces! Yeah for our heros, those linemen!!!!



  32. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    I have been so clueless, and with my mom on the Oregon coast too, I should have realized you were in peril. Here’s a big post-trauma (((HUG))). I hope things are settling down and feeling safe again. Take care.



  33. The fabulous kimberly sherrod allegedly said:

    I am so glad you are OK. I have been unreasonably concerned and worried about where you were and what was happening and why you weren’t blogging and emailing and just thought I might be going a bit BoNkErS!!!(**) really!!!! OK. So, I don’t know what else to say except that my prayers are with you and hope everything will be OK soon. Stay warm. Love.
    Joy.
    Snuggle down under some quiltie goodness.



  34. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Oh wow — I am so glad you’re ok. And thanks for the reminder to call my grandmother. She lives up the coast from you! Hugs and prayers going out your way. And yeah, it’s great when you live in a place that rocks!



  35. The fabulous Pieces allegedly said:

    Monica, it is great to hear that you are okay. I hope that by now you have power. It has been a rough-weather couple of years, hasn’t it?



  36. The fabulous Anne Sutton allegedly said:

    I’m so glad you are OK! It was awful knowing you were hit hard with that storm in your area and not knowing if you were OK. Anne and Anne (my assistant and me) will breathe a little easier now. Thank heavens for friends, old ones and new ones! Glad you are ok. Celebrate life and its blessings!



  37. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    Monica, I am so sorry that you and your family (community, too) are going through this. I feel terrible in that I didn’t know anything about it. I have been so busy that I haven’t read the paper or watched the news. Thank God you’re okay.

    I will keep you, your family, and your community in my prayers.



  38. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    Well, I’m late but I’m happy to hear all is well Monica!



  39. The fabulous Bren allegedly said:

    It’s so good to know that you are okay. . . Although we do miss your fun posts. . . take your time. . . we will understand!
    xo, Bren



  40. The fabulous laeroport allegedly said:

    Hugs & Kisses! We are supposed to get hit with an ice storm tonight/tomorrow. I hope we come out as well as you did.



  41. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    I’m so glad y’all are OK and suffered minimal damage. Stay safe and warm!



  42. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    I’m so happy to hear you finally have power, heat, lights!!! Yay!!!



  43. The fabulous tamara allegedly said:

    So glad you are okay!!!



  44. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    I’m late as usual! But thank goodness, all is well. Just to let you know we are here for you.



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