posted on Dec, 25 2004 @ 09:52 AM
Just checking in here after 2 days without power! My area got hit pretty hard. We had to break out the kerosene heater and borrow another one from
my husband's brother.
On Thursday morning at around 4 the power cut out. My husband went to work Thursday afternoon as we were only at a level 2. The temperature kept
dropping at home, so I took our son and visited him on his break at work, and after that we went to a Red Cross shelter in town to wait until he got
off work. After he got off, he fired up one of the heaters. I kept my son dressed in his flannel shirt and thermals and took him to bed with me to
keep him warm. I don't think any of us got a lot of sleep.
Yesterday I went to McDonald's and got us breakfast, since that part of town had power. After that we got into my minivan and took off for my
brother-in-law's to borrow his kerosene heater, and my son got to see his cousins for a few minutes. Then we went to my father-in-law's, then my
mother-in-law's (they're divorcing--again). They had power too--but their city supplies its own power.
I woke up at 5:30 this morning, and the fact that my husband's clock was operational indicated that the power was FINALLY back on! So I was
cleaning out the fridge and tossing about everything away. On Thursday I had taken out the stuff we wanted most, put it in a container, and put it
outside in the snow. Our trash day is Monday so we have to take trash out no earlier than 4 pm tomorrow--good timing!
The roads here still kinda suck, and there's really no reason for it that I can see. It was above 20 degrees on Thursday--they could have plowed and
salted the roads then. Then we actually saw a salt truck out yesterday!
Note to self--NEVER EVER attempt Wal-Mart on Xmas eve! We went there for batteries, snacks, and some odds and ends to make life in the cold a bit
more bearable. Think day after Thanksgiving is bad? HA! Funny thing is, I was going to hold off on grocery shopping until tomorrow anyway,
seeing as Friday was Xmas eve, and it turns out even if I had gone shopping Friday--no refrigeration!
I guess even treacherous road conditions won't keep away the revelers....