Hurricane Sandy is moving out of the mid-Atlantic, and the cleanup is just beginning. Those who suffered damages from the storm are reeling; those who were spared are counting their blessings.
Kate Gosselin has been keeping her fans informed via Twitter of the goings-on in her Pennsylvania house since yesterday. She and her eight children kept busy cleaning up, showering and doing laundry in case they lost water and power during the disaster.
Around 6:00 PM, the wind started howling in earnest. “Sandy’s showing us what she’s got now. Wind gusts=not cool. 2basement we go!” Kate reported.
But when they got there, the kids were disappointed to find that their favorite show had been pre-empted by weather reports. “My children r NOT happy that weather and Sandy updates r trumping DWTS!” she wrote.
So they did the next best thing – eat! “We r snacking up a storm here…well, snacking thru a storm,” Kate reported. A friend had left them a box of low-fat Triscuits, which she called “addicting.”
Then they went for the harder-core stuff: ice cream. “Mady is sitting by me & texting: ‘Hurricanes are scary, ice cream can’t make it better, but I’ll have some anyway!’ ” Kate joined in, lamenting, “Hurricane Sandy is not good for my figure!”
It wasn’t long before things got scarier.
The power began to flicker, leaving Kate and her 8 fearful of a long, dark night. However, eight flashlights made the situation a lot brighter. “Okay, it’s become a game…Power went out 3 more times now and flashlights click on…making us laugh!” she wrote around 10:00 PM.
She made the executive decision to have everyone sleep in the downstairs den rather than risk being stuck in the dark upstairs. After a final viewing of the Disney Channel, they settled down for the night.
In the morning, Kate had good news to report: “We are safe!” she wrote at 8:00 AM. “Storm was mild here! We are fine & altho I haven’t looked outside yet, we feel fortunate, safe and warm! Prayers 4 all w Sandy damage!”
The extent of their damage was one downed evergreen, for which Kate is grateful. Some of her neighbors did lose power, but their section of Pennsylvania was spared the horrors that went on in New York.
“[W]orst is well over here I think,” she tweeted to a follower. “Calm, drizzle, pent up fighting kids…I’ll take it. :)”
The reality mom has also been sharing inspirational quotes to help boost the spirits of followers who weren’t so lucky. One example: “Strength of character isn’t always about how much u can handle before you break, it’s also about how much u can handle after you’ve broken.”
Good luck with those housebound kids, Kate!
[Photo: via Twitter]
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