I feel like we’re in a little bubble here in our neighborhood. With resumed subway service limited and no gas left to be found anywhere, we’re relying on the news and the internet to feed us photos of the crazy long lines for bus service into and out of Manhattan, the block long lines for gas at the stations (and I do remember as a kid when NYC went through a fuel crises in the 70s) and the sobering news of more casualties. The National Guard is handing out food in parts of NYC, but in our neighborhood, the stores and restaurants are bustling. Halloween and trick or treating went on as usual despite our annual Halloween parade, a long time neighborhood tradition, being cancelled. In fact, the streets were mobbed last night. I’m not the only person in my neighborhood who feels a little strange about this. What do they call it, survivor’s guilt or something? So we try and do what we can by volunteering to help feed people bussed into local evacuation centers and finding other ways to help.
Here at home, the kids are out of school the remainder of the week. Our kitchen remains without power which means there will be no markets this weekend or orders to ship out. Many of our retailers are without power as well, so it will have a trickle down effect with wholesale orders in the next coming weeks. Many of you have asked how you could help and I want to thank you. We specifically don’t have a way to do gift certificates on our site right now, but we are still taking orders if you don’t mind waiting a bit to receive your goods. Calendars and prints can go out immediately until we run out and need more supplies for printing. I also want to thank our friends in Seattle, Annie and Christine, for spreading the word about supporting our business during this time. We really appreciate it!
ps. last year the girls were sweet little kittens and a ballerina bat for Halloween. This year they wanted nothing to do with all that cuteness and dressed up as a zombie and a vampire. What a difference a year makes.