I took the photo of this stone scupture in Bernkastel (but added a different background)... and it seems rather apropos for today ...... which is Halloween...
Unfortunately the trick and (not treat) is that we are still enduring the dramas of Hurricane Sandy.
Thankfully humans and animals in our house are fine but we are day 3 without power and starting to encounter challenges with heating, eating, washing, communications,trash.... and the list goes on.
Most of the businesses around us have no power either, including the grocery stores and the petrol (gas) stations. Most of the ATM's are out of commission and so are the transaction processing machines at the stores, if you can find one open - so cash is the only form of payment accepted in many instances and that is in rather short supply.
I've actually come to work with my husband today so that I can stay warm, get coffee, hot food and have some degree of communication with the outside world. It's also nice to just have the lights on!!
And speaking of lights .....my stellar "survival" technique over the last few days has been figuring out how to make a Lamp using "extra virgin" olive oil, a wick made out of an old t-shirt and some craft wire and an empty jam jar (or 6!).....surprisingly effective actually!
DH has also admitted that my penchant for purchasing candles has finally paid off!!