Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Powerless

This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man - if man is not enslaved by it. ~ Jonas Salk

We had ice storms all day yesterday. Where I live was right on the ice/snow line and we did get snow for about five minutes, but the rest was all ice. By the time it was done, we had a solid two inches frozen on our deck and the trees, though still standing so far, look like they're decked out in their finest diamonds.

My poor doggie -- you know, the one who had serious leg surgery not too long ago -- couldn't get down the steps to the lawn without falling. Once, I lifted her up the two steps. Finally, I went out armed with hot water and melted a path through the ice off the deck. I'd pour some water then whack it with the heel of my boot and sweep it away. Repeat.

Those chunks of ice came in handy when we lost power later last night. Though we don't have a generator, we do have candles and a wood stove. But we can't flush the potties, so I went and collected ice chunks to melt on the stove for dumping down the potty.

The good news is that the outage only lasted about three and a half hours, but I'm telling you, you don't realize how much you rely on having juice. At our house, we can easily survive without it, but it's still inconvenient.

Ironically, I was in the middle of reading Anno's response to having no power when I lost mine! Thankfully, it appears that the computer suffered no lasting harm. And DD loved having a booklight for a nightlight. That was great fun. DH was most distressed about not getting to watch the Colorado Avalanche game -- but the power came back on before it was over, so he got to see most of it.

And, I was worried about not being able to talk with all of you this morning. I'm glad that didn't happen. I enjoy our daily chats. Hope you do, too!

Have a great day.

3 comments:

anno said...

I'm so glad you have your power back! I envy you your wood stove. I hope your day today is less of an adventure.

Allie Boniface said...

It is amazing all the conveniences we take for granted, isn't it?!

Tori Lennox said...

I'm glad your power wasn't out too long yesterday. I hate power outages.