|Thackeray (back) and Laoise (front) snuggling to stay warm.|
After a storm power outage that lasted 32 hours for me (other islanders are still without power and probably will be so until Friday, so I feel very lucky indeed!), I now have real power. It is amazing how much better life looks with the addition of some heat. After 2 1/2 hours with power the temperature in my living room has risen from 55 degrees to 66 degrees. Leigh thawed my shower head for me and I was able to take my first shower since Monday morning, and it was wonderful to listen to the baby crows complaining while I was enjoying an abundance of hot water in my outside shower. I honestly don’t know if I would have survived in “olden days,” before modern conveniences. I am going to take immediate steps to find an alternative source of heat for times like this where the power goes out. I thought I actually had done a reasonable job, but between a generator which wouldn’t start and a garage door which wouldn’t open, I was not able to get my alternate power source going in the first place, and the alternate source just wasn’t powerful enough to provide me with real heat, although it did keep the interior between 50-59 degrees, and that really is not safe for either me or my pets.
|Thackeray has found a warm spot, relatively speaking.|
It just is another example that power is everything! There were issues not only of the actual electricity, but my ability to function, my personal power, and I discovered that I have neither the knowledge nor the physical ability to handle my current system. Thank heavens for Kathy and especially Loyd who showed up many times to refill the gas in my generator, including once at 4AM! Even if I’d not been too cold to go outside to do that, I couldn’t have done it safely with my tremor. I was powerless and totally dependent on the generosity of very good friends, and I am most grateful to them for their assistance.
|Sasha exploring near a space heater,|
During the entire power outage I discovered that not only was I freezing cold, but I also felt very isolated and vulnerable. I was most grateful that my generator allowed me to turn on my computer to stay in touch with what was going on here and the rest of the world, to read the blogs I follow, to receive comments on my blog entries which let me know that folks were sympathetic. I was glad that I could also have my entertainment system going so I could watch Netflix streaming the series Ballykissangel (highly recommended, by the way). I was glad that I could have my refrigerator and my microwave so that there was hot tasty food. There were a lot of things to be most grateful for, even during the worst of it, and as tomorrow is Thanksgiving, it is fitting to remember that. And right now, I am absolutely most grateful that my power has returned on a number of levels and life is getting back to what I call normal (as Leigh is ripping out walls behind me as I type–couldn’t ask for a nicer Thanksgiving present, and when she is done for the day I’ll post more photos).
And so, I want to wish each and every one of you, my readers, a very, very Happy Thanksgiving!