I awoke very early on Saturday morning to this exquisite sunrise. It started out lilac and then turned to the hot pink color that you see above. I felt there was a lot of preparation to do at the country house before hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. I took a trip to the market and filled the pantry with bottles of water and food that could be easily prepared on gas stovetop – should the power go out. Not should, when. We lose power all the time in the country! We also had to move anything inside that might blow away or become a missile with high winds. We awoke Sunday morning to high winds and the power was already out. I was thankful for our Bodum French Press coffee pot. I cleaned a bowl of blueberries, made peanut butter and strawberry spoon fruit sandwiches. We lit candles in glass hurricanes, and listened to the wind blow for most of the day. When the winds died down, and it was clear that power would not be restored for some time, I packed up the contents of our refrigerator, got in the car, and drove back into New York City without incident.As you might recall, our landscaping project that would integrate the out-buildings was slated to start today. Due to how saturated the ground is, we’ll have to wait a few days to start the project. Unfortunately, we lost one of our old trees and there is a lot of clean up to do in the yard, but I am thankful that this seems to be the worst of our worries after the storm. Last, but certainly not least! Over the last few days, there was such a huge outpouring of support and concern from my Twitter friends and followers. I was trying to save my phone battery for emergency, so I wasn’t necessarily able to answer each and every one of you – please just know that I truly appreciate that you reached out and were sending good vibes to us!