Since December 9th or 10th... I am not sure the days have just blended together, we have been without power. Oklahoma had a nasty, and I mean nasty ice storm. We woke up to the sound of crunching trees underneath the weight of the ice. Oh, and I woke up to seeing my breath and noticing my alarm clock no longer hand digital numbers showing. The electricity was out. Now, we do have a gas fireplace, stove and hot water tank, thank goodness... or else.... we would have been in a lot of trouble. First day, not fun, house still fairly warm. Doing okay. Second day, realize things in fridge are going to spoil... so what did I do ... I invited the neighbors over and made the biggest batch of really cheesy scrambled eggs and mounds and mounds of pancakes. We all enjoyed those. Still freezing drizzle coming down. So, crocheted by candle light and oil lamps (damn glad I have saved those and picked up a few at flea markets!). As the days dragged on, so did everyone's spirits. A lot of people went and bought generators, but I just could not do it. Now.. my dad has a kerosene heater for indoors.. talk about cranking out some heat. By this past Saturday, I did not know what to do. You lose all since of normalcy and you begin to get discouraged. The electric company made it to our neighborhood Monday the 17th. They brought up 1/2 of the neighborhood (my parents next door.. go figure). Then on the 18th they got the other 1/2 of the neighborhood up and running only to leave me and my next door neighbor without power. Apparently our transformer blew (which I already knew that it had from the erie glow that morning we woke up without power). They left me and my next door neighbor in the dark. Today I spent the better part of the day on the phone with the electric company -- and they sent lineman out at 5pm. I got home at 6pm... lights were back on at 6:15. I almost cried... well, that I have thrown away probably $200 worth of food, have not been able to enjoy my Christmas lights and Emma and I have hardly done anything in the way of Christmas because it just has not felt like it.
I have learned a good lesson though - we are all not as prepared as we would like to think when it comes to these things. I started writing a list of things to get as the days went by. Over the next 6 months, I think we will be way more prepared for something like this again.
So, I have learned, it always pays to be prepared and we were not. There are others in far worse situations than we were, and I cannot imagine how they cope because I just about lost my mind. I admire those people for their spirit and determination. AND -after almost two weeks, my house looked much better in the dark. I think I need to pay someone to come clean.. WOW! Half-light hides A LOT of things (dust bunnies that have multiplied, clothes in the corner you did not see, spills on the floor... etc).