Hurricane Sandy, is gone from our Barrier Island in South Jersey...But she will never be forgotten. The Tears, along with the Pain, and Destruction is unbelievable. You walk down different blocks and see Appliances, Furniture, and Family Treasures, which are beyond repair, put out to be picked up and discarded. Some people lost Everything as the Flood Waters took over their homes... Mother Nature was a Cruel Hostess. She stripped our Island of Everything, from Electricity to Shortness of Food, and in some cases Water. But not our Spirits. We are Survivors.

Lover Man & I chose to stay when it was announced that Hurricane Sandy was coming. We had left for "Irene" last September, because our Elderly Neighbors around the corner begged us to take them to Philly, which we did. It was Worse in Philly, than it was on our Barrier Island. This year they are in Florida, and so we said, "we're staying". Lots of people stayed, for many reasons, especially those that had Pets. Governor Christie wanted Everyone to leave. But he couldn't make us. It seems like Everyone went to "Pathmark", our local Food store and stocked up. it looked like New Years Eve... There was a kinds of a Happy, Rebellious Feeling in the air... Everyone seemed animated. The last Great Hurricane was in 1962.

The first Flood Waters came, with the High Tide, that afternoon. We have the Bay around the corner. Some large Houses stand with their back decks to it. The Beach and Beloved Boardwalk are 8 blocks away. Was it Scary? Not then. It was hard to believe that the Bay (which had never done that) ran down our block. But it wasn't deep, and again it was still daylight. It receded about 2 hours later. That night after dark, we lost our power...It was a Full Moon, and the High Tide was expected between 8 and 8:30. We were a little Nervous. Of course my Family was very upset with us for staying...They were worried...Everyone kept calling...Even my Ex. which Lover Man & I thought was nice. We'd made our choice, and now we would live with it.

We lit Candles that night as winds whirled, and the heavy rains fell, and played "Rummikub", it's a Tile Game. We would look out the front door from time to time. Suddenly we saw the dark waters of the High Tide, as if on cue, come rolling down the block. We didn't Panic, but the thoughts that run through your head..."Like I don't want us to die...Lover Man can't Swim"... He can Float, but he Sinks if he tries to Swim! And we live in a Ranch style House...How would we get up to the Roof if we had to. And I even thought about the Book, "The 3 Little Pigs", and remembered how the Wolf couldn't blow down a House made of Brick...Our house has a Brick Front. At one point I said to Lover Man, "Oh No, I referred to A.A. (Everyone knows A.A. on Hub Pages) as a "Sagittarius" in the Hub Interview that Maria did on me, and He's an "Aries"! Lover Man, just gave a Laugh...and said," Hopefully you can correct it when this is all over, and we get Power restored". Yes, we were SCARED, and so we prayed. At 11:30, the Flood waters which had surrounded the house, but never got in, started to recede. It was Amazing to watch...the winds had died down and the heavy rain had stopped. We would wind up with 3-4 feet of water in the crawl space under the house which would need to be professionally pumped out. My car that was in the driveway would have to be dried out, as well as the garage, and Lover Man's car. But we were Safe and Dry, and Alive in our home.

Two days later we went out to start the clean up. A young woman with her little boy stopped to talk. She had lost her home to 4 ft. of Flood Water. Her Spirits were good, they were staying with the In-laws and the Insurance Adjuster was coming that Friday. She then went onto tell us a Funny story... Her friends who lived on "Brigantine" Barrier Island, (which is on the other side of Atlantic City,) opened their Front Door to look out on what used to be their front lawn, and a small "Shark" came swimming by. We all were able to Laugh at that Fish tale! Yes, this is the same Island, that Governor Christie & the President came to see. She also told us how those Families that left, were not being allowed to come back...And we were on a 6-6 Curfew. By the time a lot of them were allowed to come back about 8 days later, their homes, as well as their belongings were ruined. Lots of Salty tears were cried.

Now a week later we were told that a NOR'EASTER was on its way...And Last Night, it came, and went...We kept our Electricity...along with our Sanity. We had been spared of any further devastation. Again, some areas not so lucky, and our hearts go out to them. People are Exhausted, and those that were finally allowed to come back, got a double whammy...Trying to clean up before this next storm hit. People have said, Next time, they won't leave...But in the final analysis, WE are "Survivors" here on the South Jersey Shore.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Barbara, I would say you have had your fair share this winter. Here's hoping you catch a break for, oh say, about six more months. :) Thank you for sharing your story with us; I'm glad you came out of it okay with a minimal of damage.

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh my goodness, b. You've been through it this week. I'm so glad you're okay and your house is intact. My sister suffered through a flooded basement and damages from Hurricane Hugo many years ago. She was on the Isle of Palms. My childhood family elected to stay in our house during Hurricane Donna despite stern evacuation orders on the island of Key West. We couldn't leave our pets behind and I had the flu besides. People were rowing down the street in front of our house in boats after the storm. We were lucky that the direction of the storm changed at the last moment. Thank goodness you and LM are ok. Thanks for this great rundown on your incredible experience. My heart goes out to you and your friends and neighbors.

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Hi Barbara! This was a wonderful expose of a current event. The pictures on T.V. are tragic and then the coming of another even before the first one is fully absorbed. I am thankful that you have incurred minimum damage and pray for those who did not fare as well. Take care of one another!

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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

My heart goes out to you and everyone that was affected. I prayed daily for everyone in its path.

Living in Florida, I've gone through many hurricanes, the worse was when we were hit with hurricane after hurricane, back to back... I wrote about it here "No Rainbows After the Storm." I can relate to the sadness, trauma, and exhaustion everyone must be experiencing right now, and I can also relate to the thankful feeling of coming out of it alive.

It's sad to see your belongings perish but fortunately, furniture, appliances, and even houses can be replaced, but to lose a precious life is irreplaceable. I will continue to pray for a quick recovery from this devastation.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

It's so good to hear your both safe. Hopefully you've had all your going to get for next thirty years. I can't imagine how people feel losing precious photo's and other items that can't be replaced.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Wow! So glad you are safe, albeit waterlogged! It was very hard to see the devastion around you, Thank you for sharing.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello b. Good to hear that you and your husband are safe and were spared the wrath of the storm.

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

It is good to hear you are still around and doing well. We are all totally with you on this and our hearts go out to you and all of the others who are in the mess. Hope you all recover from this with the minimum of fuss. I will not be around for most of next week as I am moving and Comcast will not be turned back on until Thurs. See you then.

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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Happy to hear you are doing good. and fascinating hub about the storm. Love the visit from the shark story.

On the forum, FaithReaper encouraged us to pray for those involved with Sandy.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bill, I'm solving the Problem...We are going to Florida for a few months! Enough is Enough, so South we Go, after Thanksgiving!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Peg, We are Good now, and so Grateful for the little Damage we sustained. It was Scary and so Happy we made it through...I Enjoyed reading your Comments on your Childhood Hurricanes. and can certainly sympathize with what your Family went through...But thank goodness you guys made it through. Pray for those who have lost so much!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Arb, Thank You. I didn't want to put up pictures, I'm sure Everyone has seen the devastation on TV. We did a lot of Praying when they told us about the NEXT Storm. Yes, pray for those who have Truly Suffered. Thanks.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Faithful Daughter, Thank You, they do need your Prayers...True, Everything can be replaced...But Family Pictures and little Treasures, not so. Of course Everyone is Grateful to be alive. Thanks so much for all your Thoughtful Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Joyce, We are Safe...From your Mouth to God's Ears...I hope we NEVER see the Bay coming down the street again! It's those little things, the Photos...lots of people were crying over.

Thanks so much for Commenting and of course your Votes.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Btrbell, We are Safe...yeah, maybe a little Waterlogged...The pictures of all the Devastation will stay in our Minds for a Long time to come.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mckbird, It just wasn't our time to take a SWIM! Thanks so much for your Thoughts.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky, We're Ok. The House is Standing, the Trees are Standing...Lots of the Garbage has been removed...and the Sun is Shining once again.

I'm going to miss you, get settled and come back soon with lots to Hub about with your new home. The Best of Luck, Enjoy your new Space!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Wetnosedog, We really are ok...I tried to keep it light, but wanted to capture my thoughts on Sandy. They said they took Pictures of the small "shark" so people wouldn't say, RIGHT...Faith is a Wonderful, Spiritual person.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing. Even today on the news, in SF, w the big stories are "the comedy of errors" getting relief to the affected areas. I guess it's not so funny to you. Sorry. My best wishes

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

b malin. Are you and loverman crazy !! i'm sure that it was a harrowing experience. but thank the lord that you two are safe and now you two still have to experience the rest of the story. Wow, I felt chills up my spine just reading this. be safe and help your nieghbors and it will come back to you . We americans are like that . God bless you and loverman.... b. keep us updated.

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I love your last statement, b., 'we are survivors'..... And, I think as a nation, we Survive!! My thoughts are with all those who were effected. We were lucky and were spared, apart from few branches and trees on the road, and few hours of electricity taken from us. Thanks for the reminder to keep everyone in our thoughts!

Enjoy your stay in Florida :)

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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi b. Malin! I am glad you all are OK. Yes, you are survivors and to be admired for your strength and perseverance.

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi b. Malin, I'm glad to hear that you and Loverman are safe, but you were lucky the situation didn't get any worst. You can always replace property and possessions, but it's best to be safe. You're a brave woman, but stay safe. I just loved the story about the shark.

My best to you, voting up.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

b malin you guys got it worst than us.. but so glad you're safe and able to write about it.. bless you guys and remain safe and postive :)

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

My heart and prayers go out to you and all who had to endure this tragedy. I donated through the Red Cross, not because i had to, but because i wanted to. We are a country of people who care and help each other. I was very impressed with your Govenor Christie. The shark floating past the house was incredible. Cheers my friend..

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Here at the bottom of the world I've bitten off all my nails on your behalf, b.Marlin! I was thinking of Atlantis all the time! I was so very glad to see you after Sandy, still up and about with Lover Boy.

This is a superb record of the event. Watching a giant tide rolling up the street, containing sharks and all kinds of sea creatures, must have been a mind-blowing experience. Water is the mightiest and strongest of all elements. I don't think I have enough courage to stay on an island knowing a hurricane is on her way.

Voted up, interesting and awesome :)

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mhatter, Actually it is Funny. If we can't Laugh at ourselves...they we really have lost Everything. We're doing ok, except our cars were ruined by the Salt Water...But thank goodness we are Covered by our Insurance.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Cleaner, Yes, we are a bit CRAZY, but there was No where to go. We are ok, our house is Good, our Cars got ruined by the Salt Water, and one was in the Garage, but that flooded too. So...thank goodness for Insurance!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi LaThing, No one here expected it to be that BAD...Hurricane "Irene" last Sept, was what you just described...so we thought how really bad could "Sandy" be? Anyway, thanks for your comments and concern.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Dexter, Thank You. We are GOOD...Still getting over the Shock of what we Saw...But hey today the Sun was shining here on the S. Jersey Shore!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tobusiness, True if the Situation had gotten Worse...I probably wouldn't be, and we knew it wasn't our Time to Go...

I know, wasn't that Shark Story something else. Thanks so much for your Comments, and of course your Vote

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frank, It's Amazing what WATER can do, and than just LEAVE, like it Never happened. Thanks for your Thoughts and Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, Thank You. Ah yes, Governor Christie, and the President, so Good of them to drop by...A little Humor there. Yes, that Shark was the Highlight of the Storm. May we Never see a Hurricane like Sandy Again!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Martie, Don't Bite Yours...I've already Bitten mine off! Water is Unbelievable...And some people lost EVERYTHING...An Experience none of us will ever forget, and hope NEVER to see again.

Thanks so much for your Thoughts and Comments and Votes!

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epigramman 4 years ago

I am so very sorry my dear hub friend of over 2 years and I was thinking about you and your family and friends and neighbors when we last made contact with each other - sending you warm wishes and good energy for your health, happiness and a recovery from all of this - luckily I was spared up here as I only live 150 feet away from the lake myself - lake erie time ontario canada 7:25pm

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thank you for sharing your harrowing story. You and Lover Man are brave survivors and even kept your sense of humor intact (A.A. indeed!). The nation was glued to their TV sets, nervously watching for constant updates, hoping and praying for the safety of all East Coast residents. I am relieved, that although you suffered property damage, you have come through emotionally and physically intact. I'm not a scientist, but something is askew with undeniable climate anomalies of late. I hope it is not a pattern of things to come.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

OMG, that was WAY too close for comfort. Thank goodness you and Lover Man are alright and that the water that surrounded your house didn't go any higher than the crawl space.

Yes, compared to what happened to many of your neighbors that was a great relief, but I know from personal past experience (our previous house in NY had a flooded basement and crawlspace several times) it is still a lot to clean up and dealing with insurance companies isn't easy. Still, I'm glad to see that your sense of humor, and your spirits are still as awesome as ever.

Thanks for sharing this update with all of us. I'd hoped that you and Lover Man had evacuated like you did with Irene, but I'm glad that I didn't know till after it was all over that you'd stayed put this time.

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs and Love,


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

It was your sheer force of will, Barbara, that kept that hurricane-enhanced high tide flood water from completely invading your home. Glad all is well for the most part with you and Lover Man.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

So glad to hear you both got through this scary time. I too was glued to the t.v. reports and praying for you guys and all my other hub friends. I just feel so bad for what you've all been through. What a bunch of survivors. I will continue to pray that these hard weather battles are behind you forever more.

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Barbara - i want to say you are brave for staying, but - i certainly understand your family's concern!

You and lover man were SOOOO lucky - you know that!

my lover-man lived his whole life in nj - and just moved to florida a year ago to look after his sick father after 25 years as a firefighter..

As we speak, he is holed up in a firehouse in Queens, NY - helping the door to door clean up!

I'm soo proud of him and sooo grateful you and lover man made it through virtually unscathed!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

So glad to hear you are survivors. Sorry for those who lost so much. Atlantic City and Wildwood used to be my playgrounds when I went lived in NYC Hard to imagine how much damage there was. Wishing you all the best and God bless.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

So good to hear you and loved ones are safe and sound. Thanks for this great hub on Sandy's violent adventure, enjoy Florida !

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very dramatic and inspiring story, Barbara. I'm so glad that you and Lover Man are safe. Best wishes as you and your community recovery from this horrible event.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Colin, Thanks for your well Wishes, We can use them hear on the S. Jersey Shore. Today is Saturday, and things are looking up, the Sun was out, and Tomorrow is going to be in the 60's.

I'm so Glad you ok too. Stay well and Happy Good Friend!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Amy, Yes, we needed to keep our Humor...We were Nervous, you could tell by my telling Lover Man that story on A.A.

I had been depressed for a few days, but I'm ok, again...They say that's NORMAL after seeing so much Devastation. Hopefully this is Not our Future, with these types of Hurricanes. Anyway, thanks for all your thoughts and Comments, they are so appreciated.

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I would think PTSD would be part and parcel of this kind of trauma. Take good care of yourself, b.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gail, Yes, it was. We started PRAYING as we saw what was doing in the Darkness, with all the water, looking so Deep. We were (in the End) Glad we didn't leave, because they wouldn't let people come back for almost 8 days and their Properties and Belongs were ruined. Plus, we got a Great start on the clean up. Our Cars (which we didn't know at the time) are Totaled. Thank Goodness for "Geico" Insurance.

Thanks so much for all your Thoughts and Especially the "Bouquet of Hugs & Love".

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Drbj, It was Drbj, it was! The Biggest lost is our Cars, but we are Insured, and will be getting Rentals to drive. But I'm going to miss my PT Cruiser! Thanks for your Thoughts and Concern Friend.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin, Thanks so much for your Prayers, I do believed it Helped. We are Survivors, living on what is called a "Barrier" Island, kinda makes you that way. Yes, let us pray for NO MORE BAD Weather!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi ImKarn, Honestly, I think my Family is still Upset with Us, but that's the choice we made...Do we know we are Lucky? Oh YES! I guess our Time wasn't up.

Your Lover Man sounds like one Terrific Guy...I am so Impressed. May he stay Safe until you seen him once again. You certainly should be one Proud Lady!

Thanks for your Thoughts and Comments, really Appreciated!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy, That we are! What people lost is so Unimaginable...You want to Cry as you walk past their Homes. We are so Lucky, and we know it.

Atlantic City is also such a Strong Town...And the Boardwalk is still there! Shame on TV's, Al Roker for saying it was washed away, and then NOT retracting it, when he found our it WAS still there.

Thanks for the Well Wishes, they are Truly Appreciated.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kashmir, We're Good. Thanks for Reading and Understand how it was. Truthfully, can't wait to get to Florida...Just really Tired from all this.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Thank You. People and Helpers, that have come here have been so Wonderful to those who need it the most. We're so Proud of our Neighbors. We ALL will Recover and go on!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Barbara, I am so glad to hear you are safe. My heart jumped when I read the tide came rolling up to your home. You are such a brave person, I would have left for higher ground. I can relate to the shark, high waters bring out the gators and snakes here. Be safe and warm.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

b. Malin,

Your instincts were understandable to stay and I am also grateful you and hubby were essentially spared. I think your temporary feelings of depression were more than understandable, seeing the loss around you.

I am happy you are heading south after Thanksgiving, knowing you will still be in touch with your writing.

Hugs and a peaceful Sunday, Maria

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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hi b. Malin glad you made it through the storm. It was the worst of the worst this time around. I also stayed threw storms when I lived in Palm Bay FL for 10 years. Then after the 3rd hurricane in one year I decided to sell out my place. The very next year a hurricane took it all the dock everything even the 2 story home behind me and two docks one with a boat house. My trailer rocked so hard it broke the try downs on the rear of the trailer and I actually got seasick waiting for the winds to die down. So I know what you went through it is a long night to ride out the storm isn`t it...

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Dear friend - I am so glad to know you and "lover man" made it through without being harmed. However, it certainly had to be a terrifying experience. We Upstate people are not used to a hurricane, especially one as ferocious as Sandy. I send many prayers and well wishes to you. My heart goes out to the unending amount of people still suffering from the aftermath.

Blessings and hoping your future is wicked weather free.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Teacher, I'm not sure how Brave we were...We certainly upset the Family. But we are ok now, having suffered a little depression over all the Devastation. But in the End, Life goes on. Thanks so much for your Concern and your Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mar, Thanks for your Understand. Today was a Beautiful Day, and we've just about Finished the cleaning up part. Took a Wonderful walk in the Sunshine and laughed a little.

Yes, we are packing up the "Macs" and will leave after Thanksgiving...I can't wait! I will be Hubbing from Florida.

Hugs back to you, and hope your Enjoyed this Beautiful Day!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Suzzycue, Thank You. It Truly will go down in the History Book for Storms...it surpassed the one (they say,) in 1962.

Where we are in Florida, the Bay is across the way, and Behind our Condo, is the Marina View...they call it a "Safe Harbor" and bring the bigger Yachts there when they have a Hurricane. So Hopefully it will be ok there...

Thanks for Understanding our situation during Hurricane Sandy.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi ShiningGirisheyes, It was a Terrifying Experience, and at one point I thought we weren't go to make it! Regrets...No, but Scary, Oh Yeah.

Thank You so much for all your Thoughts and Prayers, they must have helped. My Family kept praying too. We're ok now, but others, not so Lucky. But Everyone has helped out, you name it they've been to S. Jersey. God Bless the USA! Again, Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

B Malin, glad to hear that your ok. I thought of you all through this, although I am not online that much these days. I commend you and all of the folks in the Northeast for your bravery, courage, and strength to come together in troubled times. Seeing such waters, I would have been scared to death. I have never heard of a storm taking such a path, especially in late October. May God Bless you and all the victims of Sandy. Voted up, awesome, interesting, beautiful, and shared.

Take care B Malin and I wish you all nothing but the best and hope that you all are able to return to normal.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Barbara-what an experience. I dealt with Irene - sleeping in my car when I got stuck on the road; but you have managed, thankfully, to survive a bigger threat.

I feel for the whole area. It is devastating. I watch the news and see the incredible damage. Second to Katrina. Sandy was a monster-of monstrous size. I'm glad you are safe and heading to FL soon. Take care. Rated UP/A

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyric, Thanks for thinking of Us...We are Fine now. Yes, we were SCARD, so Thank Goodness it's now behind Us...Just two Totaled Cars, so we considered ourselves Lucky. Yes, we have Insurance, so we will be ok.

Thanks once again for your Thoughts and Your Votes, hope Everything is ok at your Neck of the Woods.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Denise, It was so Devastating to see the Losses of Others...Everything out on the Curb...But People here in Jersey on the Shore Line are Great Survivors...They Stay, Rebuild and carry on.

Thanks for all your Comments and Thoughts. We're going to Florida SOON, after Thanksgiving, can't wait!

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am so glad you came through it unscathed. This weather stuff, earthquakes, all that is going to be hitting most of the world. I hope you have had your share while I fear what mine might be or will I escape? It is fearsome.

God bless.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Nicely done as always...I am happy as is everyone else in Hubville, that you fared so well.

My daughter owns a beach house in Manahawkin that was trashed! There home in Gardwood, however, is fine. My niece in Howard Beach, NY, lost her two cars and her basement was flooded up to the ceiling.

God bless. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your Caring words, Jackie. We too, hope all Damaged Areas, will now be given a break. No more Devastation for Anyone! Thanks, for your Thoughts and Comments. You are a True Hub Friend! LOL.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tillsotitan, Thank You. We feel Blessed, especially from all the good wishes sent our way from Hubville.

I am so sorry for your Daughter's loss...It must have been a Special place, with lots of Memories. I feel for your Niece in Howard Beach, having lost 2 Cars ourselves, as well as having a Flooded crawlspace & Garage.

Thanks for Caring, and of course your votes.

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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Barbara, I’m just so relieved to hear that you are safe!! We live in Boston – South Shore – and stayed glued to the television, hoping and praying for others who were directly in the storm’s path. We are located higher, on a hill, and offered others our home who were directed to evacuate along the shoreline areas. Thankfully, we didn’t lose our electric nor experience any flooding, but haven’t been as lucky in prior hurricanes or nor’easters. The New England coast is so beautiful – I love it - but I kept thinking of that song with the line, “every point of refuge has its price.” Nature is so uncompromising; she does not negotiate.

Now, it’s up to us as friends and “neighbors” to help those in need; either through helping in person or through donations. Hugs, dear Barb.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Genna, Thank so Much. We are Fine Now, only lost 2 Cars (and have Insurance) due to Salt Water Damage. Our House is Still Standing and DRY! We are Grateful. I am so Glad that you were spared as well. When we see this kind of Devastation, it is Unbelievable.

I know what you mean, Love it...but Nature can be Cruel. Thanks for all your Thoughtful as well as Beautiful Comments. Hugs back dear Friend, and Thanks so much for Caring.

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

When this was happening I had no internet or TV due to moving house so all I heard was snippets on the local radio. My thoughts were with all my hubber friends who were going through this.

It is good to know that you survived this devastation with only the loss of 2 cars. Your positive attitude must have been a great help in getting you through this scary time. I feel for those who lost everything, and my heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones.

No matter how many times Mother Nature shows her anger in whatever form we pull together, rebuild and start again, coming together as one to help each other out. yes we survive and I am so pleased that you both survived.

When my son and his second wife lost everything in floods including the house they saw the silver lining... a new start with all belongings to both their previous marriagess wiped out and everything new that was theirs together for a fresh start.

Take care

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay, I Enjoyed reading your warm Message. You are a True Writer Friend from across the miles. Something Good does come out of all the Devastation, and we feel Blessed to be alive, with some Minor Damages.

Thank Goodness for Car Insurance. We're having some work done under our house, in the Crawl spaces where the water got in. But so minor compared to the real Losses others had.

You are right about a Silver Lining, and we see ours.

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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Gosh I am so late reading this but I am really pleased that I did. I hope you're really safe. Stay well. love Acaetnna xxx

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Thanks for sharing your story it had to be scary. I’m so glad your safe. I would have to leave I can't swim at all. When you have animals it's hard to leave. We have three cats and a dog I just couldn't see walking off without them. Interesting story of your experence with Sandy. Voted Up.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Acaetnna, thanks so much for caring...We are Good now, our home is ok, and we are in Florida.

You are as Beautiful inside as you are from the outside. Love ya, back!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Moonlake, Oh it was SCARY...Don't think I could do it again. Lover Man does not swim well...I can swim...He says he doesn't Float...I'd have made him FLOAT!

Most people with Pets stayed, those that didn't worried until they could get back on the island, having left the pets there.

Thanks for your thoughtful Comments and of course your Vote.

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