Checking In

I hope everyone is okay in the wake of yesterday’s storms. We lost power for about 12 hours — went to bed last night in the pitch dark to the hum of the neighbor’s generator (*grumble, grumble, grumble*). Power came back on at 4:30 this morning, and we cheered. Other than some temporarily (I hope) flattened plants, no damage at our house. I wish I could say the same for everyone. We couldn’t get much news coverage last night, but I did hear mention of trees on houses and roads and lots of downed power lines.

I’m very grateful for the Alabama Power crews who worked through the night! I don’t know that they’re done yet, but they deserve a virtual cold beer from me when they finish.

4 Responses to “Checking In”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Heh, I never will forget the neighbor we use to have who hated our generator we had when I was growing up. Cranky ‘ole codger who always made a point to complain about how loud it was when our power would go out (which was rare).

    His story quickly changed during the winter storm of ’93. He greatly appreciated the cold drinks and warm meals we were able to offer when our neighborhood’s power was out for over 3 days. We didn’t make any snide comments, just asked if he would like to come over one morning for breakfast. He was very appreciative.

    Glad everyone’s ok (hopefully all are). We lost power for about 8 hours. The strange thing is everyone in our neighborhood HAD power except for us and about 7 other houses. Guess we were on the wrong circuit or something.

  2. Kathy says:

    Jonathan, to be honest my grumbling wasn’t about the neighbors having a generator, it was about us not having a generator. :) Sorry about your weird power situation; that happens to us occasionally b/c we have a transformer in our backyard. If a squirrel decides to sacrifice itself, it takes out our house and at least one neighbor.

    In 1993 we lived on the side of Red Mountain, and our power was only out for 23 hours. Where we are now, the power goes out in a strong wind, or sometimes when there’s no wind, so you’d think we’d have a generator by now. We’ve only lived here 14 years.

    I’m glad everyone’s okay at your place.

  3. Don says:

    1993 must have been the year we were without power in below freezing temperatures for several days. We survived by living in just the den of our home where we had a fireplace, sleeping on the couch and floor in down-filled sleeping bags. Luckily, we had a good supply of firewood on hand and we cooked over the fire. We lived on Lake Jordan at the time and the lake froze over sufficiently to allow one to walk on the ice.

    The experience of living in those conditions for just a few days makes one admire the toughness of prior generations in the days before they had electrical power, indoor plumbing, or even wood stoves to cook on.

    We should all count our blessings.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I was in Mississippi, so I missed the whole thing. My brilliant son, however, climbed out on the roof and captured the whole thing on his camera. Did I mention his scholarship to Glenwood????

    Kathy, I sort of tagged you with a meme. But if you want the award thingy, you have to go Allison’s blog b/c I’m too stupid to know how to post it on mine!!

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