So the crazy storms with their 90+mph high winds hit Wednesday night, and I am without power for going on 4 days. Now, I wasn’t totally cut off from the world, my phone and iPad were at 6% and 18% charged respectively, so I was able to post photos on Facebook of the massive trees downed over my drive and elicit sympathy about being trapped. After cutting, hauling and cutting again for a couple of hours starting at the dreaded 5am, I got a ride from a friend and was able to buy one of the last 3 chain saws at Home Depot. They said it is the worst storm to affect its electrical system in the Duluth area in 15 years, with about 41,000 customers without power and massive trees were down everywhere you looked.
Did I mention it was in the 90's and humid? I don't do well in the heat. I really don't do well chain sawing and hauling wood all day in the heat. I really really don't do well chain sawing and hauling and forgetting to drink water in the heat. So the first night I really didn't have a problem going to bed at 7PM.
The second day without electrIcity also went relatively well. Kind of like camping except with this kind of camping the back of my legs get stuck to my leather sofa because it is so hot. This might actually make a great Instagram photo (with someone else playing my part.) Me, sitting on the sofa in shorts using a spatula to un-stick the back of my legs from the sofa so I can get up and drink some warm, soon to be hot water. Oh my dear refrigerator....I did so take you for granted.
7pm decide to read. Crap! My books are now on the uncharged iPad. 7:15pm found halfway working flashlight and start reading an actual hardcover book. 7:21pm the batteries die. 7:30pm decide to take a shower in the dark. 7:32pm the hot water is out. Did go out and got some dinner at the closest grocery store that still has power, but made the mistake of bringing it home to eat. Cold curry chicken is not good. Curse you non-workable microwave oven.
Let's look at the positives. I have been wanting to clean my fridge so now I got the chance. Everything got thrown out and it has been scrubbed down. If the power outage hadn't occurred, I probably wouldn't have found that shriveled up lemon on the bottom shelf for another few months.
Not being able to use the AC or fan has been great for sweating out the toxins in my body.
My next electric bill should be noticeably lower.
I have stopped procrastinating about getting the BBQ propane tank filled up.
I can live without my weekly doses of Andy Griffith and Gunsmoke. Someone will tell me how Festus and Opie made out.
Without having the distraction of the stereo I have more time to listen to the Paw Patrol theme song going through my head.
Now I can really listen to those voices in my head.
Tomorrow, day 5 without power I will be channeling my inner Little House on the Prairie and washing clothes in the creek, and for the third morning in a row I am now the reining champion for getting to the coffee shop as it opens and making a beeline for the "special" table with the 3 hidden outlets so I can charge my "stuff".