Monday, September 12, 2011

Water is not my friend


As many of you know there has been extensive flooding in much of the north east. This photo is of my town, Owego, NY. My house can be seen on the left hand side of this photo, across the street from the river. It's the second to the last house with the black roof. I was alone on Thursday, the 8th of September, as the water surrounded my house creating an island. My basement filled, stopping within a foot of my first floor. Part of my porch has been washed away. There will be no power for who knows how long. In other words, things kind of suck at the moment.

I managed to get out of town on Friday and will return today to see just what I am dealing with. I am one of the "lucky" ones, however, and I realize this with great amounts of survivor's guilt. So many of my neighbors have lost much more. I have lost my kiln and the studio where I work in Binghamton has also been destroyed so at this particular place in time I am out of business. This is a fairly terrifying reality.

To those who have made purchases with me, I will be shipping your orders just as soon as I can.

Thanks so much to everyone who has expressed concern and offered to help. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of it. Your kindness has kept me going over the past few days. Once I get an idea of what I need and what needs to be done I will let everyone know.

28 comments:

Ariane said...

I'm so very sorry for all your trouble. We saw all the tv coverage here in Ireland and my hubby's business trip to NYC was cancelled but you don't really get the level of devastation to peoples homes and lives until you read something like this. I hope you get up and running again as soon as possible. Good luck and best wishes. Ariane

peacockfairy said...

Yes! Please keep us updated. I cannot even begin to imagine the mess Nancy! For sure let me know what you need..... anything from cleaning supplies to wine. :-)

laurelmoon said...

Oh, this is so awful! Please let us know what happens--and how we can help. I'm so sorry!

JUDI TAVILL said...

I am so so sorry! I know I am far from you in Rumson NJ but if I can help I will!!! You are welcome to send me (or bring me ) anything to fire in my kiln, use my studio, etc....even if you need a place to stay... we were so worried with the hurricane... we prepped beyond everyone and we were so lucky so I totally feel for you and mean what I say! jtceramics@aol.com
judi

hello gorgeous said...

oh my word sweetie...what a terrifying nightmare....glad you are safe and hope you get back on your feet pretty soon....

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh! This is just horrible! I am so glad that you are okay. And I hope that things can be salvaged and rebuilt. I wish there was something that we could do to help your studio come back to life and your kiln be replaced. I am going to keep you and your neighbors in my thoughts and prayers.
Erin

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I'm so sorry to here! What a mess :( My thoughts and prayers will be with you! Glad you are safe and please keep us updated.

Karen Firnberg said...

Nancy- I'm so glad you are safe. I'm very sorry to hear that you are out of business for the time being. You know I love your work. Hugs and hang in there. It will get better.

jeanine said...

Hi Nancy. I'm glad you were able to get away and that you are safe. I thought about you when I heard about this on the news...I used to live in Watertown, now in the deep south dodging hurricanes! I was in a similar situation when Katrina hit here. If I can help, let me know.

maria said...

Oh Nancy so sorry to hear that...My best wishes go with you...Let us know what we can do to help, and be positive, everything will work out eventually :))

Babs said...

So sorry to hear about your home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all those impacted by the flooding.

Lupe Meter said...

So sorry, Nancy. I can't imagine what you all are going through (scenes like these just tug at my heart) but my prayers are with you and the rest of the people that are in the flooded area. Praying that you can salvage what you can and get the help that is needed. Times like these bring people together...hang in there. Sending ((hugs)).

Jenny said...

Andrew Thornton recently accepted donations to help him get his new shop up and running. I appreciated having an opportunity to participate in a "grant" to help an artistic endeavor. I hope you will consider setting up a fund so that those who care about you can participate in that, too.

He did receive some criticism from those who thought he shouldn't have been asking for money. IMHO, however, I don't often get an opportunity to do something that actually helps an artist move forward in his/her creative career, and I enjoy doing that. If nothing else, I would like to be able to purchase a gift certificate for myself from your shop, redeemable after some reasonable future date. You'd receive the money now, but not have to produce the work until you've been able to get yourself up an running again. There could be several ways to set it up so that all of the certificates wouldn't be redeemed at once. Please consider allowing us to help!

Norma's Clay said...

Oh, God! I'm so sorry but I'm also glad that you are OK. It'll take some time to "rebuild" the business but be sure it's going to happen. You and your community will be on my prayers. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"

Jenni said...

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear this has happened to you, but so glad to hear you are safe. I hope you can get help with the task ahead and that it does not take too long to get your business re-established. My thoughts are with you. Hugs.
Jenni

Sandra said...

Nancy - I've been thinking about you and praying for you when I heard of your loss. If I lived closer I would indeed lend a helping hand. Know that my prayers are with you. Big hugs coming your way.

Sandy

Thoughtfulhands said...

I am so sorry Nancy...Glad you are safe. My thoughts and prayers are heading your way. We just had a pretty big scare here in Oak Hills, California with that fire but we were one of the lucky ones the winds changed.

Please keep us posted on your needs. Would love to help.
Theresa

Jo said...

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear what's happened. I hope the insurance companies are quick with their responses. The gift certificate idea sounds great, especially if it will help you to get back on your feet.

indigo heart said...

nancy,
i'm so so sorry for your loss. i hope your bunnies are okay and that you will feel safe again in your home soon. i'm in alaska but i would love to help. i'm in the ceramics department at the local university so know what it is that you've lost.

sasha and max said...

Dear Nancy, a big loss, but I' m so glad that you and your bunnies are safe. What a traumatic time for you and your town. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Lots of hugs across the virtual world, Vicki.xxx

mairedodd said...

nancy, i am so very very sorry to hear about this... the devastation from these storms was incredible... hoping to help in some way, any way...

Laura Twiford said...

Oh how awful! I am so sorry to hear of the devastation, We recently had a fire at our restaurant during our peak season so i know how scary it is to suddenly be without work and a income. The support of friends is what got us through and I'm sure it will for you too, this is a strong community here in blogland. Anyway we can help, please let us know!

Shel said...

I'm so sorry to hear that all of this is happening to you and those around you.

Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!

Nancy said...

holy hell. i don't know what i can offer you other than *hugs* and buoyant thoughts to get your home and business sorted out one way or another! best of luck!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I am so sorry. Our town was hit pretty hard and I feel helpless to do much. I wish there was something I could do to help you. I agree with the person who said to do a fundraiser of something. I thought about starting one but there is no way I can with everything that's going on here. *roof leak, basement flooding*
I would love to donate something to help you get a new kiln or help the studio get back up and running. I don't have much but you let me know if there is anything I can do.
Shannon C

Palimpa Lim said...

Oh Nancy, I just read about your loss on Lorelei's blog. Sooo sorry to hear!!!
If there is ANYTHING I can do, please let me know!
Is there a way to donate?

Gaea said...

I know that thinking "good thoughts" and sending "love" don't really cut it in a situation like this, even though I send them! If there is anything concrete I can do just let me know. I will for sure spread the word about your donation page! Hang tough!

Kristen said...

I am so sorry for your losses. I know this is terrible for you and I so wish I could help. Please know I am sending the biggest hugs I can your way and that you are loved by so many.