My friend Brenda writes about being prepared for unexpected events. Her Saturday posts are about living a pantry lifestyle. They are good and encouraging posts and I usually am nodding my head in agreement as I read.
Monday we had a snow storm that dropped 9 inches of heavy, wet snow. It looked amazing!
We woke the next day to blue skies and sunshine. However late that night a storm moved through and left us with a half inch of ice covering everything.
We also awoke to no power.
Lindsay got a call from Joseph saying that over at the house that they are renting (where he is living right now) he couldn't get his car out of the garage due to a tree down.
Tim stopped by on his way home from work and could have taken care of the tree easily with his chain saw, but the tree feel on the power lines to the house pulling them away from the house a bit. Tim does not want to risk electrocution so no tree removal by him. Joseph has called the property management people who have told him to call the power company who have said "We'll get to it when we can." Meanwhile he's used Tim's truck and Emma's car to get to work.
Now, we were prepared for the possibility of losing power. In fact, I had filled our giant bathtub full of water for filling the tanks on the toilets. We have camping lanterns and oil lamps. We have a wood stove and were able to cook a few meals on it. The word from the power company was "your power should be back on by 11pm on Saturday February 8th!" Wow. These guys are working so hard to get power back on - there are so many people still without power but thankfully ours came back on after dinner! So happy!
It's been great to see people helping each other and offering a warm place to sleep and hang out, charge your phones, do laundry, get a shower….
When I woke up Wednesday there was crazy popping and snapping noises happening in the trees everywhere as limbs came down. Later in the day I heard a strange noise and realized that the ice was falling off the trees! Watch the video to see the ice fall but mostly to hear it fall!
We were able to get out to stores and to work just fine. We were just without power.
I am thankful for how my kids all stepped up to the plate filling buckets with snow to melt to flush potties, after the tub water was gone, being cheerful, doing what they could.
We did our school Wednesday, but I gave them Thursday off. They all needed a break. We did do tons of reading though. I am really enjoying Susan Branch's book "A Fine Romance." Rachel is reading Ben Hur and was at the exciting chariot race scene yesterday! Sarah is working her way through Jeanette Oaks "Love Comes Softly Series," and Kyle is reading a fictional diary of a young man on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He's enjoying that.
In spite of, or maybe more so in the middle of something challenging, I find it is delightful to have a warm, cozy, home, and a nicely made bed. It's so civilized!
My husband is a genius!