We had an ice storm Sunday morning in my neck of the woods and we are now without power. About 4 am the final flicker of power ceased. It had been going on and off for about 3 hours previous to that and I was just praying we would make it through the worst without loosing power, but no such luck. The power companies website and phone service is down due to an overload of incoming calls trying to report power outages. Here in our village we normally drive around until we found the downed wire and then bring the power company to it, but not this time we haven’t even seen a power truck in our area.
I can’t believe they are saying December 28th before our power will be restored. I felt like I was living in the dark ages this morning, I read 2 magazines and did some mending. What else is there to do with no power? Then hubby and I jumped in the truck to run to TSC for a battery for the generator. After picking a path down all the roads with fallen limbs we finally arrived at our destination, and they too were without power. Thankfully they were letting people into the store with a flashlight to make a purchase, and you had to have cash no credit card machine with no power. I didn’t take my purse with me and hubby only had $80 on him, which is rare we hardly ever carry cash. We were able to get what we needed and headed home to hook up the generator.
I thought I kept hearing gun shots outside, so I had to go investigate. It wasn’t guns going off it was branches breaking from the trees due to the heavy ice weighing them down. We have a mess at our guest house, the big beautiful maple tree in the front yard looks terrible, there are so many branches broke I hope the tree recovers. I planted that tree 20 years ago and it is now a favorite of mine. It is now snowing and sticking to all the ice making the branches even heavier. I think there will be plenty of fire wood around after it is all cleaned up.
I fear for the people that have no generator or a way to stay warm or prepare a meal. This is such a small community that most will help their own, but there will be some people to proud to leave their homes and seek help. For now I am only getting on line for short periods of time, not my normal surfing, I don’t want to overload the generator if I don’t have to. I can’t believe we could possibly be a week without power, but I am thankful for our generator. The ice sure is beautiful, but being without power is no fair trade.