Thursday, July 1, 2010

What to do with no power...

Spent the evening watching the movie "Definitely, Maybe", fabulous movie btw. Was also waiting on my brother's 9pm call. Was planning on getting to my reader's list after the movie. Was debating on posting anything for today.

The movie got over at 9:30pm and I got up and called brother.

While on the phone with him, the power went out with a big bang. Naturally the phone cut off, but was giving me a buzz. I fumbled in the dark to get a candle, stubbed my toe on a kitchen chair. Got the candle and felt my way over to the stove to get a match, reached up and got the ashtray, a little over to the left, finally a match. I reach further up and open the cabinet, feel the side of the wood and proceed to strike the match. No go! I realized that it was not a strike anywhere match. (Insert cuss words of your choice..bloody, fudge and so on) I feel my way over to the desk and fumble for my cig case. I get the lighter and wouldn't you know it, the candle I picked up has no wick! I am using the lighter to shine my way, (insert more words) the lighter is burning my finger! I drop it!

In the dark again,I make way to the office, blindly reaching for the box of lighters on the bookshelf. Not an easy task, considering the big bang scared Chaquita so bad she was practically glued to my feet. Yes folks, I found this out the hard way. I had no idea, since I couldn't see her. It hurt both of us! Thankfully grabbing the bookcase kept me from falling. Finally located the right box and all was well for awhile.

I had candles glowing all through the house, had to unplug the battery in the phone to make it quit buzzing at me and went ahead and ventured outside. I noticed the neighbors didn't have any power either but saw a light shining out on the road. Came back in fumbled for the flashlight and went to see what the neighbors knew.

The transformer blew! The neighbor had already called it in, so I came back inside. There wasn't anything that could be done and I figured it will get looked at in the morning. It was going to be a long hot night with no A/C or computer or tv.

I sat here in the candlelight trying to think of how I was going to keep myself busy till 4am. I thought about going to bed, but what if I did manage to actually get some sleep. Hubby would have no way of getting up, the alarm clock was dead.

I asked myself..what did you used to do before the computer? Read, too dark. Puzzle book, again too dark. This and that, no power, duh! I grabbed up my camera and took some pics.

I then decided that I would tackle some boxes by flashlight. That didn't last long, it was getting too hot. Hubby woke up from the heat and we were sitting around chatting. I opened the door to see if there was a breeze, nope it is humid and hot!

Hubby says what was that?
I saw something outside.
I open the door again and what did I see at 11 at night?
The electric workers were out there!

I love my electric company!!
We were with out power for just under two hours!
That just blows my mind that they were on it so quickly!



Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Not to nag, but you should have flashlights in several convenient places around the house. And I am not fan of candles - dangerous. Glad you were only w/o power for a short time. BTW - nice pics.

SuziCate said... [Reply to comment]

Yay for the electric company! Amazing how much we take electricity for granted! Nice pics, too.

Eric said... [Reply to comment]

Back in ancient times, I think they used gasoline generators.

Lucy said... [Reply to comment]

Back inn ancient times, I am 80 by the way so qualified to answer, being ancient we used Kerosene lamps. Glad the power came back on so quick. To answer your question about Joe not wanting me to make a fuss, We have alcoholic neighbors, as I think I have mentioned and he always thinks someone is going to do some harm to the cars since we have to leave them sit out. Me, when I get mad enough I just don't care, how mad they get I will not let them get by with anything. He is just a stubborn bohemian that thinks he is right.

Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

Glad you weren't w/o power for long. I love those shots, great idea! Especially the doggy.

Jimmy said... [Reply to comment]

Love the pictures, the first one is great I like the way it came out.

Glad the power was only out a couple hours it's nice when they can get to work and make repairs quickly.

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

That one of you is kinda spooky. I installed emergency lights that come on as soon as the power is out. They just plug into the electrical outlets.

Dee Andrews said... [Reply to comment]

Heather - DO get either some flashlights and/or some emergency lights to have on hand. We have some little lights at our house (that we got at Sam's club - don't know if Walmart has them) that are a combination night light and emergency light that comes on when the power goes out. We live out in the country and recently in a big thunderstorm a transformer went out. Bummer!

I mean - it's VERY hot and VERY humid in south Mississippi. But, like with you, the rural electric company got to it quickly and restored us.


Dee Andrews said... [Reply to comment]

I, too, like your photos. Especially the first. Makes me think of the wonderful saying,"It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

I think that is quite profound and what God would have us do. I certainly try to live MY life that way!!


Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Grace Nag all you want! You are right, but for some reason I always forget to get more flashlights. Oh I love candles!
Thanks for liking the pics!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@SuziCate It is sad that we are soo dependent on electricity.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Eric Hahaha, you are too much!!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Lucy I have oil lamps but haven't unpacked them yet. That is soo sad that I am that lazy!!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Maureen@IslandRoar We were very surprised that it was only two hours. As you can see I am addicted to taking photos.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Jimmy Glad you liked it! I was trying to be spooky! Very cool for them to come out late at night.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Jen That was the look I was going for!

Neat idea, going to have to talk to hubby about it!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Dee Andrews Yes we are going to have to get something other than the one flashlight.

Sometimes living in the country has its benifits.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Dee Andrews Thanks! I have never heard that saying before, but I like it!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I know I forget too how much we depend on electricity until we need it!

Impressive that they were there so quickly. Kudos to them!