Annapolis Md Homes and More: Counting My Blessings After The Storm

Counting My Blessings After The Storm

Counting My Blessings After The Storm


It is all we heard and listened to for a week. A hurricane, super storm, Frankenstorm was heading our way. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Hunker down was the mantra here in Maryland. Hunker down is what I did.
After the storm

The last few storms had not been kind. Electric would go out within minutes of the first winds. Trees all around me would crack and fall. Debris would be found all over the yard. Electric would be out for days and days. Nerves would be frazzled as we coped, with so many others, of living daily without lifes amenities we have all become so accustomed to.

One of the blessings of this storm was the fact that we had time to prepare. It was not a sudden, appear out of nowhere, kind of storm. There was time to make sure the pantry was full, a survival kit was in place, plenty of water was on hand, bathtubs full as we are on septic and well, and plenty of candles, gas, and firewood.

Another blessing is we did not lose electric. Eery really as I have always lost electric. Being able to follow the news as the storm progressed was a novelty and overwhelming actually. Seeing and hearing the devastation all around me and up and down the coast was heartbreaking. How lucky I was became more and more obvious as the day turned into night.

But the biggest blessing of all was the news that my family was safe. My family of first responders. Yes I have children and grandchildren who were called to duty during the height of the storm. Medics, police officers, and firemen are who my family is. When storms like Sandy hit our area they are the essential personnel who are called to serve and protect. All are tired but safe this morning after the storm.
After the storm

I have lived through many a hurricane in my lifetime and each one becomes more nerve wracking as technology takes over how they are reported. Today we hear the blow by blow, minute by minute updates as the day ticks on. In yesteryear I heard nothing but the roar of the wind and the hammering of the rain.

Which is better I am not sure. I am just counting my blessings that the storm has passed.


About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Comment balloon 13 commentsMartha Brown • October 30 2012 08:23AM


Good Morning Martha,  I almost called you last night to see how you were doing and to make sure you were safe and that Sandy was not hitting your area.  I am so glad you are ok.  Good you did not loose electric also.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 6 years ago

Hi Martha.... I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are well.... those who dedicate their lives to helping others are a blessing....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Hi Martha, so glad to hear you and your family made it through the storm just fine! We all are OK, too, a bit of damage on the house but, considering all, not that bad really. We are very blessed indeed!

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 6 years ago

Am glad that all is well with you and yours!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 6 years ago

That truly is a blessing and many of us across Maryland weather the storm very well. Let's keep our thoughts and prayers for those in NYC and NJ who didn't.

Posted by D. Fonville Photographer over 6 years ago

Glad to know you guys are okay... We have been praying for all in the path of this monster storm.  Prayers are answered.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Will. Aww how sweet. Would have loved to have heard from you. It was scary an am soooo glad it is over.

Hi Barbara- so true. I worry about them even more during times like these and am always so thankful when I hear they are ok.

Andrea- so glad you are safe and ok. Blessings all around

Sea to Sky- Thank you. It feels good for sure

D Fonville- Yes my prayers an thoughts are definitely on NY and NJ right now. We were truly blessed given what happened there.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 6 years ago

Hi John- Thank you so much for the prayers as they were truly answered at my home.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 6 years ago

What good news...and the storm has passed. You must be so proud of your family members who serve to keep us all safe>


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 6 years ago

Martha ~ Beautifully said! I'm glad you and your first responder family are all safe & sound. You were on my mind & I am very thankful all is well.

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 6 years ago

Martha, I am so glad to read your post and know that you survived Sandy's wrath. Thank you to all the first responders in your extended family. 

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Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Good Afternoon Martha,

I am so happy to hear that you survived Sandy's wrath.  My family, most of whom live in Connecticut and Massachusetts, did ok too.Take good Care of yourself Martha

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 6 years ago

Hi Martha,

I'm also glad to hear that you're okay. Your positive attitude comes through the print on white blog pages like sunshine peeking through the windows after a bad storm.

I have had all of you on the East Coast in my thoughts and prayers. You are AR Family and we care.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 6 years ago