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Monday, September 15, 2008

Yesterday morning, the local weather station predicted some high winds for the afternoon. I didn't think too much about it but about 1:30 pm or so, the trees started swaying and the wind was whipping. Shortly after that we lost power. I thought maybe it would be off for a couple of hours at the most. As it got later in the afternoon, I started to get a little panicky. I had just been to the grocery store the day before and had stocked up the refrigerator. The thought of all that food spoiling, was really upsetting. Plus, we had a whole freezer full of food.
Since our electric stove/oven was now out of commission for the meal I had planned, we just ate sandwiches and chips and tried not to open the frig anymore than necessary.

When it started getting dark, we dug out the florescent camping lanterns and candles to keep from being in pitch black.
All of the modern conveninces that I take for granted would no longer work. TV (Football Sunday), washer (in the middle of a wash cycle), dishwasher( full), plus computer were all useless.
I think that one of the things that bothered me most was that I wasn't able to get on the Spark site and catch up with emails, record my exercise on the Fitness Tracker or my food on the Nutrition Tracker. That made me more crazy than possibly losing my food to spoiling. Can you say addiction?

Apparently, it came back on during the overnight hours, so I am really glad for that. The food was saved. Thank goodness our frig stayed really cold inside.
But, thousands of others in our area are still without power and may be for a few more days. I can't imagine how it must be for them. My thoughts are with them.

Enjoy all of life's little luxuries, because you never know when you might have to go without them.

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    Hi Jackie,

    You betcha! When the lights go out, it becomes so apparent how dependent we are on PoWeR. Earlier this year, we lost power for 2 days from a huge storm that hit Oregon/WA. My kids thought it was an adventure! It was more of a wake up call for us because we were really cut off from the outside world.

    We just purchased a generator so next time, we will have some back up!

    And....... drum roll.........

    I got the call today..... I was offered the J O B !!!! Woo Hoo!
    I am so thankful, truly truly.

    Didn't you mention you were interviewing soon too?

    Michelle =) (WA)
    4621 days ago
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