Nothing like a 9 hour power outage to force you to do things that require daylight and absolutely no electricity.

Ok, let’s see, I was moving along quite nicely yesterday morning. Wrote yesterday’s post, was in the process of checking and answering some emails and getting ready to ‘clean’ some data and voila!  Everything turned off.  No problem, this happens occasionally, we’ll just wait it out, since these occasional ‘sunny day’ power outages rarely last more than an hour or so.  So for about half and hour I walk around, grab a snack, check the breaker just to make sure and chit chat w/J who is wrapped in blankets on the couch.  Just to make sure they knew about it I called the electric company and reported the outage – “yes, there has been a report of an outage in that area, the estimated time of ‘recovery’ being listed is 3pm”.  Oh. well, ok.  That being a computer generated time, I wasn’t too worried, but I had quite a bit of work to do that literally required my computer, not even the internet.  Just some power.  So I didn’t want the whole afternoon wasted, so I started thinking of all the non-computer things I could accomplish.  Laundry! Wait, nope.  I could…..wait, nope.  I did manage to go through my 2007 business receipts and all that, and get partially ready for my first tax payment of this year…  Then I planned my attack on the fridge, and made lunch with minimal cool air loss.   Of course, the house had no shortage of cool air.  I believe it got down to 57-58 degrees before the end of it.  Then I did some touch up painting that is way overdue in the bathroom.  That got me to about 2:30.  Finally gave up, and sat down and read. 4pm comes and I call the company again. “Yes ma’am they are working on it, and now it should be back on by 8pm”.  Ookkkkaaaayyy.  So before it got too dark, I headed out into the electric powered world to find supplies and a hot supper.  Fire logs (cause I don’t really want to bring in the scary-bug-infested-firewood in our lovely stack out back), a couple of battery powered lanterns, a few more candles…and a hot supper.  Came back, ate food, started fireplace up, read by candle/firelight, appreciated the hardship our grandparents faced having to do homework by candlelight/lantern.   Hopefully their teachers didn’t make them write 50-80 page reports. How horrible.  Then finally at (amazingly) 8pm on the dot, the fridge kicked on….then the heater……. Yay for heat. =) Of course the cable/internet didn’t work until this morning, but I had heat and light. yay!!!

  • Todd E. Jones - Yeah, I love those “sunny outages” we have here in North Texas too. I am sure there are perfectly good explanations for them, I just don’t know what. Looks like you are doing well. Happy New Year! See you soon.

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