Friday, January 20, 2012

let there be light!

We started the day without power and the generator ran out of gas about 7:30.  By 8am, all three of us were bundled up and clearing the driveway of branches.  We lost two trees and there were branches in all the yards around us.  One neighbor had a tree come down across his front yard and we suspect another neighbor had his truck crushed but it was hard to tell. 

We lost the lilac tree.
And the cherry tree.
Both were favorite tress and we were saddened to see them go.  However, we're very thankful nothing hit our house.  Trees can be easily replaced.  Houses take a bit more effort.
The level of freezing rain was ridiculous and made the roads really treacherous. 

When Eric ventured out to get more gas for the generator, he said the entire hill, down to IKEA was blackout!  That's a lot of people in the dark!  The freezing rain just wasn't any good around here.  We had to knock all the ice off of Umma's car (the one with 4wheel drive!)
As soon as the power came on, we all showered, I started the dishwasher, washed ALL the dishes that had been piling up, ran the load of clothes that had been sitting in the washing machine (YUCK) on hot, and flushed the toilets.  We are on a septic system.  Guess what doesn't work when you lose power? 
Yep, it's been a long couple of days!

Poor Eric didn't have his beloved computer and internet.  Surprisingly, he was good sport about it.  He decided we should clean out boxes that we had been storing in our closet for five years, clean his computer area, and we rearranged our bedroom furniture. 
Needless to say, we're needing a run to the garbage dump in the near future!

When all was said and done, we were without power for about 40 hours.
The peace and quiet was nice. 
But there is no way I'd make it as a pioneer lady.
No way.

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