On Saturday, October 29 around 5:30 p.m. our power went out. It had been snowing like nobody’s business for about three hours by then. I have to admit, that I was skeptical about the weather report. After all, it was still October and the weather people do so love to overstate the situation. So I didn’t prepare. But I was wrong this time. We got a foot of wet, heavy snow. And six days later almost to the hour, our lights and heat were finally restored. Boy, am I grateful!
Greg went to Cleveland to attend a memorial service so he was not home when the bad weather hit. I lay in bed in the dark that Saturday night listening to branches cracking, breaking and falling to the ground. Even so, I wasn’t prepared for what I saw the next morning. What a mess! The destruction to our trees brought tears to my eyes.
I wasn’t sure what to do. I was alone with my dog and I had very little water. My driveway was blocked by fallen branches that I tried to move…stupid me…without success. My only means of communication with the outside world was my Android phone that doesn’t get a good signal here at home even in the best of conditions. And without power, I had no easy way to charge the thing. So around noon on Sunday, I was sitting in my car in the garage with Olive, my dog, running the heater, charging my phone and contemplating my next move. Glancing in the rearview mirror, I saw something I couldn’t believe. Our neighbor Brian U. and his dog (Olive’s friend) Buddy were charging up the driveway in Brian’s pickup truck plowing the snow and the tree limbs out of my way. I was free!
I had to travel four towns away to find an open grocery to stock up on water and something to eat but I was glad for that. And I was glad that Greg got home that night with no problem. Now, six days later, I am sitting at my computer and feeling very lucky. Halloween was canceled in our town and most of the surrounding towns. I feel bad for the kids who missed it this year. But I am feeling an early Thanksgiving coming on…
I am so grateful for good neighbors who watch out for us even when we don’t ask them to.
I am thankful that I have the occasional opportunity to be forced to remember how lucky we are to have the things that we take for granted…electricity and most especially water.
I am thankful for my canine companion who keeps me warm and whose company guarantees
that I am never alone.
I am so grateful to the men and women who do the dangerous job of getting our electricity back when we lose it. And I am thankful that that is an infrequent occurrence.
So I have a bit of catching up to do. But I am glad to be doing it because I sure missed my routine and everyone's blogs.
|Our driveway on October 28, 2011. A little snow...no big deal.|
|During the storm October 29, 2011.|
|Our driveway on October 30, 2011.|
|Some general destruction. There were seven or eight trees down across power lines on our street alone.|
|Our front yard.|