Tuesday, January 24, 2012

97 hours of darkness

Wow, where to begin... the power outage ended up lasting for 97 hours!!!

97 H O U R S!! I've heard of such things on the news, and heard stories of people who lived thru such things after natural disasters but honestly, do we ever think it will happen to us?! NO!

For 97 hours we huddled under that make shift tent in our living room. It was by no means toasty but it was warm enough. My fingers were cold tho so there was little knitting for me. Bummer huh? Nothing to do but stay warm and I couldn't even knit! :) You don't realize how fast a day can go by when you have to think out and execute every little thing you need. We were able to go to my husbands work that actually had power, and fill up water jugs and take a shower. Who would have thought that after 3 days of no shower, such a simple act would change my entire outlook on things! lol I felt like a million bucks! And we went home with drinking water to boot! It was a win win!

We were among the lucky ones, having the generator meant we didn't have to lose all of our food. I was able to move a lot of it into one freezer and that one freezer was hooked up to the generator. Then it became a game of putting food from the fridge outside in the snow, on the back porch and eventually into the freezer (the snow melted away fast with all the rain) that was not plugged in but still very cold as I had a few big containers of ice that just happened to still be in there. All and all, I think we only lost about $100 in food. It could have been SOO much worse! Some of my friends were able to be reimbursed their losses thru insurance, and we could have too but our deductible was higher than what we lost so I'll just consider ourselves lucky! :)



I've had a few people ask if this all happened due to the snow. Yes and no but mostly it was the freezing rain that quickly followed and then the wind that came thru with a vengeance.

It started out with a beautiful snow...




Followed by LOTS of freezing rain....






And ended in what looked like a tornado had come thru our trees....



It went from this.....                                     
                        To this.....











What a difference a night can make huh?! lol





5 comments:

The White's House/Garden Tenders said...

WOW! Glad you have power back now though.

Alisha Jaybird said...

Dang! That's scary!!! Glad you're powered back up and safe and warm!!!

Tammy said...

We did 123 hours. :) It was quite the storm. We have SO many downed and broken trees. Sad. :(

meghann said...

I love the picture of the ice on the fence, but how scary!

Karen said...

This exact thing happened to us a few years ago. A huge tree branch fell on our house and another one fell on our car. Also we lost half of our beautiful oak tree - which we then had to cut down. We were without power for a week, and it was truly no fun. I just want you to know that when it happened a good friend said to me, "This has happened to me and you and your yard will recover." I was a bit dubious I have to say, but she was right. We did and you will too!