Looks like I’ll have to backdate a few book reviews or something to make up for the three days I’ve gone without blogging. It’s been a harrying few days around here as Hurricane Irene knocked out my power Sunday morning and days later we’ve still no idea when it will be restored. I’m currently seeking refuge at Alice’s soaking up her electric. Uschi’s mere presence is alienating the four cats in residence while I type this out on Josh’s laptop. (I should apologize now if there are typos because I can’t really see his tiny screen.)
We lost power Sunday morning, just as I was turning my desktop on. A call to National Grid netted us absolutely no assurance as to when the power would be restored because we’re located in what they call a “low concentration zone.” Days later the response is still the same: we might get electric back on sometime today or it could wait until next week. They are “assessing the situation” and there are areas without power with a far greater population than the estimated three in mine. (Apparently the three outages are the three houses on my street!)
On Sunday that was all well and good. I have a gas stove and so I selected the things in the fridge that most needed to be cooked. I spent the day reading until the stormy skies got too dark to allow for this. After which I just went to bed. Waking up Monday morning I was greeted with bright blue skies and a forecast for much the same for the next few days. Sadly, the power was still out and my cell phone battery was dwindling. It seemed pointless by then to bother cooking anything since most of the fridge was beyond salvageable and anything I would make couldn’t be stored.
Cindy came over in the early afternoon and I used her car to charge up my cell phone while we got a bite to eat at Friendly’s. Back at home I continued my reading binge until once again there was not enough light to do so. And once again I took that as the cue to go to bed. I’m not sure why, but my cell actually died sometime shortly after even though it held a lesser charge for more than a day. Several people were texting and tweeting to me inquiring about the power loss including Josh who extended the aforementioned invitation to stay at his house where there is ample electric to utilize and a welcome lack of a fridge full of rotting food. I didn’t find all this out until later yesterday morning, though, when Cindy made a second trip over assuming my phone had once again died when I stopped responding to her texts. We had a late breakfast at The Blue Ribbon while my phone charged up in her car.
The most disconcerting thing about this lengthy power outage was the status of the freezer in the basement. Between my mother and I we probably have something like $200 stored in there. Thursday is trash pickup, so we decided to let it be until today when we would clean out the fridges. But thinking on it further we decided that it would be prudent to buy a generator on the likely chance we ever lost power again. $600 and some manual labor later we discovered that the freezer has remained fully frozen! The generator is more than capable of powering the entire house several times over, but at the cost of gas to run it it isn’t worth it to run constantly through a lengthy outage. I left Mom to keep the freezer going for the night and use whatever she wanted to via the generator and spent last night at Alice and Josh’s where I charged my phone and Kindle, had a “real” meal and watched Hot Fuzz. Might sound dull, but I assure you it was practically sublime!
Everyone’s at work now so I’m left to occupy myself for the day. I’ll have to make a trip home to get clothes and dog food for another night and as I mentioned above I need to sadly clean out my rotten fridge. All in all things could certainly be worse, but I won’t deny that it would be very nice to have power at my house! Still, Uschi and I are both safe and doing fine so while it’s terribly inconvenient I can’t really complain. And I’m incredibly grateful for the help of some awesome friends.
Will try and update again soon.