It’s the absolute truth. I love electricity. I love all that it does for me. It powers my life in so many ways and when I don’t have it I get a little bit crabby.
We were preparing for winter storm Diego (is it a coincidence that that is the name of my beautiful grand kitty?) on Friday. I made a flight home from Ohio, got delayed a tiny bit, got a quick dinner, went to a wonderful Chorale concert at the Clubhouse and then went back out grocery shopping with Chris to prepare.
We thought we were prepared but in reality we weren’t . We never lose power here and if we do it is only for an hour or so but it is very rare. But this time along with the 18 inches of snow we lost power.
It went off for a few hours on Saturday and then came back on for a couple of hours. We have a plethora of candles and flashlights so it was not a big deal. But then it went off and stayed off.
For 60 hours.
I was ill prepared.
Do you know what all takes electricity? Everything.
Our cell phones have no reception at our house so we rely on wifi calling and texting. Nada.
Our landline is a cordless phone. No service.
Our heat pump takes electricity. Nope. Not going to work.
Microwave, oven and stove all electric.
Hot water heater. Electric.
But on the plus side we have a gas fireplace in the living room that we used to heat our space. Chris kept a careful eye on keeping things warm.
We also have a gas grill so we used that for heating water for coffee and tea (must have morning coffee) and cooking some meals. Eggs and bacon, chili, sausage, etc. all helped keep our bellies full.
We had 5 minutes of power on Monday night and as I was dancing around the house singing at the top of my lungs it went out. I might have scared it. Another 12 hours in the dark. When it came on at 9 am on Tuesday we were cautiously optimistic.
Our schedules have been altered and we have ditched plans for a extended weekend trip to San Diego due to Chris having business to do and me having Christmas to prepare for. After all those cookies won’t bake themselves.
We are still waiting for our driveway to get plowed and hopefully by tomorrow it will be but I am not holding my breath. A non cordless phone has been ordered for future emergencies. We have decided that we need an emergency container just like I have a Beach container that always stays stocked for our beach excursions.
Live and learn. I guess we expected this in Iowa but not in North Carolina.
I am happy to bid Diego goodbye. And guess what? I read 4 books. Win win.
One thing is for sure. Buddy and Holly were happy when the electricity came back on and their heated cat bed worked again.
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