The Storm

Dear Friends,

It has been too long since I have last been able to visit with all you, of my dearest friends.  My situation is one I had never anticipated.

When Hurricane Sandy swept through the North East, it left many thousands devastated, including myself.  I lost the main floor of my home and all its contents. My home is not inhabitable, which is why I have been unable to visit with you all.

However, I am blessed to be safe with my family.  It may be a while longer until I can get back to cooking again, but I wanted to let you know that I am safe and well.  I miss you all so much!

Experiencing this storm brings many emotions.  The kindness of the neighbors and the many strangers who now have found a place in my heart will reinforce the goodness of man.  This experience is a whirlwind of emotions but mostly ones that show me the meaning of a smile.

I look forward to being a part of your day soon. I will keep you posted.

Love & Blessings,
Catherine xo
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  1. Catherine, I'm so very sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as all of you start to recover.

    Marie

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  2. I'm so sorry that you were part of that awful storm. I'm also sorry that you lost the main floor of your home. I'm thrilled that you are okay and doing well. That's the most important part.

    It's good to hear from you and I'm hoping you can get back to normal soon. Big hugs. :)

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  3. Hi my dear Catherine, so so sorry to hear about your current situation. I was worry when you MIA without any message in your blog as you update so regularly.

    Anyway glad to hear you and your family are safe. My thoughts are with you. May God bless you and your family. Keep up inform as and when your situation permit.

    I will miss you. With lots of love and hugs to you.

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  4. Catherine, I had no idea that Sandy left your home devastated. I am so sorry to hear that-

    Here is sending prayers and best wishes to you and your family.

    We will be right here when you return.

    Velva

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  5. Oh my gosh I never thought about Hurricane Sandy - I was worried about other things. Is there anything you need or I can do. I am sending love and prayers. I am so very sorry. sandie

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  6. Oh, Catherine, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your home and belongings. While it is a blessing that everyone is safe, I'm sure you're grieving mementos lost. Saying prayers for you and yours.

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  7. Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry to hear this!! I'm glad you guys are safe!

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  8. Oh Catherine, I am so sorry!

    I KNEW that something was wrong when I did not hear back from my emails to you. My husband, who once taught on Long Island, told me that your hometown is on the southern tip of Long Island and in the eye of the storm!!!!

    I told both my husband and my mother, "Catherine has not posted since October 27th and she usually posts more often than that; something is wrong!"

    I have been praying for you and your safety. THANK GOD you are safe with family!

    I will continue to pray for you, your family, your friends, and your community! Please stay in touch and keep all of us informed and let me know if I can help you in any way!

    Baci,
    Roz

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  9. So sorry for you dear Catherine... this storm was quite aweful in the US... so bad for your house... Hope you will be fine but I'm glad you and your familly are safe!

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  10. I'm so glad you are all right - Like everyone else I was worried and I too never connected your absence with the storm - as bad as it was and the damage it has done at least YOU are okay - Whew!

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  11. I am so sorry to hear that, Catherine. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  12. I'm so sorry for your ordeal. Thankfully you have family and friends to help you get through this.I'll keep you in my prayers.

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  13. So sorry, dear Catherine, to hear that you were so badly affected by the storm, at the same time though,I'm happy that you and your family made it safely..I will keep you and your family and your neighbors in prayer, hoping you'll be back to normal as soon as possible. Lots of hugs :)

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  14. I didn't realize you were hit by the storm. I am glad you are safe, even if your home suffered so much damage. And I'm also glad you checked in! The important thing is that you and your family are well. Keep us posted when you can, and take care. Purrs to you.

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear about your house, but equally glad that you're safe and sound. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Stay safe, looking forward to the time you can cook again!

    Emma

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  16. I'm so glad you and you're family are safe and sound and send my luv to all of you! xoxoxo Dieter

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  17. Catherine I am so pleased to find you and your family safe and well. I have been going out of my mind with worry and racking my brains as to how to contact you. Please give Tammy my love. I know I am far away but if you think there is anything I can help out with then don't hesitate to ask.

    My thoughts and blessings are with you. xxx

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  18. I'm sad for you, that you have to go through this, but so very glad that you are safe!!! Know that you are loved and prayed for!

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  19. Dear Catherine, I am very sorry that you lost thw main floor of your home. I must be very awful storm! But I am thinking that the most important is that you are safe with your family!
    Thanks God!

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  20. Dearest Catherine, I am so sorry for what you have had to endure, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope things get back to normal for you as soon as possible. I have missed you and was wondering where you have been so Thank you for letting us know what has been going on with you.
    {{{Hugs}}}
    Janet :)

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  21. I'm glad that you are ok and hope that things return to "normal" for you soon. So much devastation and loss....it's all just so sad.

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  22. Catherine, I am so sorry for your loses. I hope that you will be able to weather this storm and come out of it better and stronger. If there is anything we bloggers could do for you, all you have to do is ask. You are in my prayers. Stay stong.

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  23. Dear Catherine, I was heartbroken... I'm so sorry... I'm close to you and I pray for you. Not give up, will work out all. We are with you. I am happy to know that you and your family are well and safe. A big hug!

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  24. Thank you for letting us know how you are, I have been worried about your absence! I am so sorry for all that you have lost! take good care, anne

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  25. I am so, so sorry to hear the news. I have friends in Delaware who escaped unblemished so I am more that sorry to hear about you. Take care and my thoughts are with you. Hope you soon get back to some normality. Thankfully you are all OK. Take care Diane

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  26. OMG Catherine, I'm so sorry for you, but happy that you all are safe!!!
    Take care!
    ♥♥♥

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  27. I'm very very sorry but I'm thanks God that you can write this story. I heard on TV all the problem and I are with younwith all my heart.
    All the best fn Italya - Trieste
    big big hugs.
    Edvige

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending you all my thoughts and prayers for recovery! Thank goodness you and your family are safe.

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  29. I am so sorry Catherine!!!
    I am thinking about you!

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  30. Catherine, I am so sorry! I have been wondering where you have been and I'm so sorry to hear it's because of the storm. We were without power for 5 days and had damage to our roof and back porch but nothing can compare to losing your whole first floor! I hope you're going to be okay and will be able to rebuild and recover! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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  31. Mi querida amiga, te echaba de menos pero jamas pense que te habia pasado esto, lo siento de corazon, pero tambien me alegra mucho saber que no os ha pasado nada, los daños materiales se pueden arreglar, y si tu y tu familia estais todos bien, yo me alegro con toda el alma, ya nos seguiras contando, y espero que todo se solucione pronto. Un abrazo muy grande, y aqui estoy para lo que necesites

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  32. I am very sorry about what happened!! I hope you get back on track soon!! I'm very happy you are ok! All my thoughts will be with you.

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  33. Dear Catherine, I am very sorry for what you have had to endure. I know by personal experience how devastating a storm can be, during all my live in Cuba and now in Miami. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope things get back to normal for you as soon as possible. I have missed you a lot, you are my favorite person to follow, and was wondering where you have been. Thank you for letting us know what has been going on with you.

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  34. Catherine, I'm glad that you and yours are safe... That storm destroyed the homes and hopes of so many people. I'm glad to hear that you still have a positive attitude. I'm not so sure that I'd cope as well as you are. Hopefully your home can be repaired and at some point you'll be able to return to a changed but familiar neighborhood. Wishing you and yours the very best! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  35. Oh my goodness..you have put a face on this storm for me...I am praying!! So glad you are fine, so sorry you are going through this...I am lifting you before the Lord right now!

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  36. CATALINA... Siento muchísimo el dolor por el que estás pasando; pero demos gracias a la vida porque tu y tu familia estáis fuera de peligro.
    TE MANDO TODA MI FUERZA y CARIÑO, y te digo que aunque no escriba comentarios en los blogs amigos por razones totalmente involuntarias, siempre me doy una vuelta por tu blog.
    AMIGA UN GRAN GRAN ABRAZO RECIBE TODA MI AMISTAD!, TE ESPERAMOS!!
    Conxita

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  37. Hi Catherine,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the main floor of your house, but so relieved that you and your family are safe. Hope everything will get back in order for you soon. Do take care!

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  38. Oh Catherine, I am so sorry to hear about what happen to your house...and glad to know that you and your family are well in spite of the destruction.
    My thoughts are with you...

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  39. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you. I can not even imagine how difficult this must be for you and your family. Praying for you all. gigi

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  40. I had no idea that the storm left your home devastated. I am so sorry to hear that !Now I'm glad to hear you and your family are safe,my thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear, and your family,a warm hugs...

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  41. mi dispiace molto per quello che è successo, bye SILVIA

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  42. I'll give you my best wishes and I hope you are well.

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  43. I will keep you in my prayers.

    You so need it my dear. So sorry to hear of the sadness in your heart and your friends and neighbours.

    Thank you for letting us know you are save.

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  44. Catherine, I am so very sorry for all that you are going through. Our area was hit with a lot of trees down, but luckily no other damage except loss of power for 8 days. This storm sure has wrecked havoc on our beautiful coastline. My prayers and thoughts will be with you as you move forward.

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  45. I'm so sorry to hear such terrible news but very relieved to hear that you are safe. Looking forward to seeing you back to normal as soon as possible. All my best wishes.

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  46. So sorry to hear this, Catherine. Most importantly is that you and your family are safe. Take care and hope all will be well again with you.

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  47. I'm so sorry for your home, but you're right, the most important thing is that you and your family i s safe. Big hug from Berlin, Marta.

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  48. I'm so sorry dear Catherine.
    I thought you (and the hole situation of the Huriccane, because of some other friend in N.Y.) I wish the very best soon...real soon.
    Be brave!

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  49. My dear friend I am very sorry for your situation - know that we all support you very much!

    Hugs
    Uru

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  50. Oh Catherine, I'm so sorry to hear that you were affected by the storm. Having been through the Christchurch earthquake, a devastating experience, I know that with the support of your loved ones and the kindness and compassion of complete strangers, you will rebuild your life in time.

    My thoughts are with you.
    Sue xo

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  51. Dear Catherine, so sorry to hear of your losses. Glad you and your family are safe. Sending you love and support from Singapore.

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  52. I am so very sorry about your home Catherine! I hope you will restore it as soon as possible! I am glad that you are with your family safe and sound. My thoughts are with you!

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  53. Considering all I hope you and yours have a very happy Thanksgiving. Hugs. :)

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  54. oh dear Im so sorry you lost your home, but Im glad you and yours are safe, anyway I send you loads o love and huggs and hope you be OK, blessings Catherine

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  55. THANK GOD that you are safe with your family Catherine! When you are ready, I look forward to your wonderful posts and recipes! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and am truly grateful for your friendship! I will continue to keep you in my prayers!

    Big hugs,
    Roz

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  56. Have a nice day dear friend! Greetings from Rio de Janeiro/Brasil!

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  57. Sorry to hear what you are going through; sending good vibes your way!
    Rita

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  58. Thinking about you and all the goodness you share, and hoping you were able to give thanks for all that's good and fair midst the broken of life! God bless you much, especially with Him who is the greatest of all gifts, Christ and His forgiveness!! xoxo

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  59. Lindo y muy bien hecho,abrazos y abrazos.

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  60. Catherine! I am so sorry to hear this. I hope that you are now able to restore your home and normal activities. Im glad that you have a positive attitude on this trial.
    Hugs and love sending your way.

    Pearl

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  61. Catherine,

    I have nominated your blog for an award. Check it out here whenever you have time. God's blessings to you.
    http://windowshopping-pearl.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-award-nomination-for-window.html

    Pearl

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  62. Buona fortuna per tutto, di cuore!!

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  63. Catherine,
    I'm sorry to hear that you were impacted by the storm. Glad that you are safe though and hopefully things get back to normal for you and others in the area soon!

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  64. CATALINA.. Espero que estéis mejorando, te mando un abrazo muy, muy fuerte AMIGA :)
    Conxita

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  65. dear catherine, many thoughts and hugs are coming your way for a speedy recovery!! I have missed you and glad to hear that you are with your family. Things can be replaced, but your loved ones can't. Take good care, anne

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  66. So glad to gear you are safe. I have been wondering about you - missing your posts and hoping all was well. Hang in there my friend - my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Take care, Kathy

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  67. So glad to gear you are safe. I have been wondering about you - missing your posts and hoping all was well. Hang in there my friend - my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Take care, Kathy

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  68. we miss you dear Catherine, hope you are better and take care dear:)
    blessings

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  69. I'm so sorry to hear about your house, but equally glad that you are safe. I'll be looking forward to the day when your wonderful recipes return...

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  70. Oh Catherine, I'm so sorry that the storm has caused all this damage! I never thought anything like this! I'm glad to know that you and your family are ok and I hope everything gets back to normal as soon as possible. A big hug dear

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  71. Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Thank God, you and your family is safe. I look forward to your return. Take care!

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  72. (((HUGS))) sweet Catherine . . . so glad to hear that you and your family are ok, but sad to hear of your losses. Thank God for the kindness of strangers who have helped you.

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  73. Thinking of you and all touched my "Storm Sandy". Take care.

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  74. chère catherine ,je suis très heureuse de savoir que vous et votre famille ont échappés a tous cela et que vous etes saint et sauf,sachez que si vous avez besoin de quoi que ce soit matieres premiere ou tout autre chose vous pouvez comptez sur moi vous n'avez qu'a demandé,
    amicalement
    mary

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  75. chère catherine ,je suis très heureuse de savoir que vous et votre famille ont échappés a tous cela et que vous etes saint et sauf,sachez que si vous avez besoin de quoi que ce soit matieres premiere ou tout autre chose vous pouvez comptez sur moi vous n'avez qu'a demandé,
    amicalement
    mary

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  76. Catherine, I'm so, so sorry to hear about your home...but am relieved to know you are OK. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers and hope repairs come quickly. xo

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  77. I´m so, so sorry dear Catherine but I´m glad you are save. I wish you all the best and hope to see your recipes as soon as possible!
    A lot of hugs to you!!

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  78. Deeply sorry about your situation, I know it must be very hard going through this but continue being strong, this shall also pass...very soon it will only be a story worth telling. I send you lots of love to you and your family...

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  79. Oh my goodness! I am so glad to hear you are safe, and hopefully your home will be repaired soon and you can move forward. I'm sending good thoughts your way. Take care!

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  80. I had a thought about you maybe being effected by Sandy as being the reason why you had not published anything that I was aware of in a while. I am very sorry for not inquiring about you earlier, and I sure hope your life can get back to at least semblance of normalcy much sooner than later!

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  81. I am glad that you are ok.property can be replaced.People cannot be.

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  82. I wondered if this had happened to you. What a horrible thing to happen and so many were affected. That you are okay is the best news.

    Is there anything we can do to help?

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  83. I'm so sorry Catherine! Sending you and your family all my love and hugs! Miss you. oxox

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  84. I hope things are getting resolved by now. what a powerful storm. I am sorry for you.

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  85. My dear Catherine, I have been so behind in blogging...please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I do hope things are getting done to help you and your family. Sending our love! Take very good care. Always, Loretta

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  86. Catherine, I'm so sorry that you lost the main floor of your home, but relieved to know that you are safe with your family.
    (((HUG)))

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  87. Catherine, wow, that is such sad news, hope restoration is underway in all areas. You're right, all that really matters when it comes down to things on this earth is family and dear friends. Thinking and praying for you.

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  88. As always I came to your blog for
    a recipe and just heard of your
    sad news.
    Big hug from Chicago. It will take
    time but things will go back to a new normal.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    Warmly, Carol from Chicago

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  89. I've been playing catch-up with reading blogs and wondered why I haven't seen any posts from you and now I know. So sorry to hear this, Catherine, but am glad you and yours are safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope to see you posting soon! God bless you all, my friend!

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  90. Hi my dear Catherine, drop by again with my warm regards to you and family. My thought are with you. May God bless you and all at home.

    With lots of love and hugs.
    Amelia

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  91. Catherine, I am so sorry that you had to experience something so awful. It sounds, though, like you are intent on seeing the silver lining and I admire you greatly for that! I hope things work out well, despite any obstacles that may pop up, and that it doesn't take too long for you to be back in your home again. Sending warm thoughts your way!

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  92. I hope all is well Catherine. I think of you often and you are always in my prayers. Big hugs. :)

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  93. Dear Catherine, I hope things get back to normal soon. We know a lot of people in NYC and Long Island and are well aware of the situation.
    Best wishes to you.

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  94. I am so sorry to hear your news. It has been such a difficult time for so many people. Catherine, I wish you the best, and hope that things move forward for you quickly to put this devastation behind. Wishing you and your family blessings and peace.

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  95. Catherine, despite my gratitude that you and yours were not injured or far worse warms my heart.

    Your loses make my heart heavy for the challenges you have faced and yet to come, thankfully stuff can be replaced.

    Time & our place within it, a rather odd subject, for instance right now, as I write and you read is referred to as "the present" well that’s exactly what every moment is, a great big present, how we share our present with others is the quality of our lives, at least in my perception.

    As the holidays approach I wish you and yours the best of health, fortune, wisdom and happiness

    My blessings and warmest thoughts are with you.

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