It was close to 8pm on Friday when our lights went out. It had only lasted a moment or two when they came back on. It was enough to wake my husband, who was napping in the chair beside me. He wanted to know what happened.
Really? He could hear the lights come back on? Or maybe it was the beeps from the battery backups we have (we have a
LOT of those).
Anyway, I told him the lights had gone out. He didn’t believe me. Now why would I lie about a thing like that? When they went out again, he stood up to investigate and they came back on.
But that only lasted a moment. They went out again and stayed out.
Seemed there was some power station-transformer-thingie that blew up or something. Over 9000 people lost power. Not the houses behind us, though. Of course not!
The last time the lights went out like that, I had candles in the house. And a lighter. Well, I still have candles—somewhere—but nothing to light them with.
Man, it was dark. No light from our neon Steelers sign. No light from the numerous electronic doodads we have that feature the time of day. The three-quarter moon lit up the snow pretty nicely outside, but did nothing for the inside of the house.
Another thing I realized. You lose power during the winter, the house starts to get…COLD.
Now, we got lucky. We only lost power for about an hour. Back during the power outage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike, it was considerably warmer out, so losing power for nearly two days wasn’t uncomfortable. Losing the food in the fridge and freezer was, though. I’m sure if the power was still out by the time we had to go to bed on Friday, I could have pulled everything out and left it outside, where it would have been kept frozen. Maybe. Temperatures have been wonky lately and sometimes it’s been warmer during the night than it had been during the day. When the sun was out! Hmmm…
At least my laptop still worked (my new laptop’s battery lasts way longer than my old one). Got a little bit of writing done (at least the scene I was working on), until trying to find the delete and arrow keys got on my nerves (still trying to get used to where those suckers are!). So I found a flashlight and used it to read until the power came back on.
That’s when I looked at the laptop and the book and chose the book. Bad me, I know.
Hey, did you watch the Puppy Bowl last night? While at Buffalo Wild Wings, attending the VIP Super Bowl party (free food!), one of the televisions broadcasted Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. Now, THAT should have been the half time show. Hahahaha! J
And boo to the Patriots. You didn’t win that game.
it with a bone-headed play. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Hmmm… Maybe Pete Carroll
will lose his job. I can only hope. Seattle
So… did you get any snow last night? We were FIRST forecasted to get 5-8”. Now it’s under an inch. It just rained yesterday. Of course, we’re supposed to get frigid temps today. We’ll see. I’m not believing the forecasters too much lately. They’ve really been OFF.
Enjoy your Monday (if you can). J