I picked up Nora from school yesterday and the closer we got to home the darker it got outside. It has been pretty gray the last few days and rainy, so I thought nothing of it.
I brought the baby and Nora inside and went to the shed to change over the clothes. As soon as I put the clothes in the dryer, the lights flickered and then went out. When I opened the shed door to return to the house the rain was coming down in sheets! It takes three steps to get to the front door and in those three steps I was completely soaked! The power was out. Try explaining this to a 4 year old. The electricity powers EVERYTHING. No we can’t watch a movie, no we can’t turn on the lights even though we are sitting in the dark (but with a few candles), please don’t open the fridge door… Sigh. We were like that for about three hours until Noah got home and then we went OUT. It didn’t really matter where as long as it was not at home.
Yates Rd was closed off, so we had to take a little detour and it was kindof exciting to survey the damage. It turns out a few tornadoes had come through and had their fun. Trees were uprooted, fences were blown over and leaves and debris were all over the roads. Noah told me that they had a Tornado warning and had to sit under their desks. Remember those days? :o) We ended up going to Starbucks for a treat (us and everybody else) and to Target (of course) and then came back home to a completely black house. :o( I had hoped the power had returned, but alas… By that time Jason was home and he decided to get the generator going so as not to lose the groceries we had just gotten a day or two before. Our power had been out for about six hours at this point. He finally got it going and we went out for dinner. Chinese! Yay! Still no power when we got home. Boo!
If you can imagine, power cords coursing throughout the house and here is what we had plugged in: The fridge, two lamps, our phones, the night light I use to nurse by and a fan in our room. Jason was up a few times during the night getting gas to refill the generator all the while hoping (oh so hoping!!) that the electricity would be turned back on during the night. Nope, it didn’t happen. In the morning the kids went to school and I creatively got ready for the day. It is now 5pm and we still do not have power. That’s 29 hours if you are counting. After talking to the neighbors who have talked to the electric company (we got the brush-off) we found out that it will most likely be a few days. We are in the area that received the worst damage.
We will be forking over some money to power the generator, but at least we have the internet! The sun has come out today, but I’m not sure what is in store for us this weekend. Still hoping the power returns sooner rather than later and enduring the loudness of the generator and Sun ‘n Fun jets flying over the house.