Our ESN scavenger hunt this week is for Hurricane Irene. For so many victims of this large hurricane, the effects are felt long after the storm passes. There are so many people without electricity and for some, it could be days or weeks until it is back on. It is always so quiet when the electricity is off - no sounds of the air conditioner or the refrigerator or the humming of the ceiling fans. No TV or radio. The wind is no longer howling and the rain has stopped. It is quiet and still - well, except for the chain saws outside in the neighborhood cutting up fallen trees and limbs. It's a good time to read and escape into another world, do some knitting or crocheting or putting together jigsaw puzzles. All of these activities help to keep your mind off of the fact that you have no electricity.
Hopefully, you all had already shopped at the ESN scavenger hunters' stores for books, crafting projects and puzzles for this quiet time. Here are a few things that I had found to help me escape the withdrawal of no computer.
Key of Light, one of the books of the Key Trilogy looks like a good one. You can find this and other good romance books at Barb's Bargains Reading Corner.
Riverbend by Marcia Martin. It is a romance story that takes place in the South. I love southern romance stories and when one of the adjectives describing the book is "steamy", well, I had to get it. This book was found at ComycGyrl Collectibles and she also has quite a few other romance novels.
Eccentric Thrifter. Thomas Kinkade's Shimmer Sea of Tranquility. Sort of approriate after Hurricane Irene, don't you think? With 750 pieces and mostly muted golds, tans and browns, this will take hours and hours of time, but it sure is a beautiful picture. She has some other fantastic jigsaw puzzles to choose from, too.
Bargain Express. Hooked on Crochet Pattern Book from 1998, the afghan on the cover really caught my eye. Isn't it pretty? Just hope I have the yarn to make it. Oh, I'm sure I do.
You know, sometimes there are just times when you aren't in control. So, take the opportunity to do some things that you might not otherwise do when the electricity is back on.
Please keep those that lost property and loved ones in your prayers. These are the real victims.