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 12/14/2008 10:19 AM
 
Hi all,
You may have heard on the news about the mess we are in in the Northeast. The power went out at about 3 a.m Friday morning - I was sort of awake and heard a big crash and looked at my alarm clock which was no longer lit - so rolled over and went back to sleep. There was no power when I got up - but as my stove top is gas I was able to make coffee in a drip pot I have for emergenices, and the temp in the house was bearable. I got dressed with lots of warm clothes so I would stay warm. My dentist called to say they had power and could I come in earlier than my appointment.
My street is usually very quiet but the traffic was constant so I knew something was up in the neighborhood. I could see two big trees down from my front porch and talked to the neighbors who said many neighboring streets were closed with wires and trees down. I live in one of the older residential areas in Dover which is a relatively small city.
I didn't have much gas in my truck as the driving was really bad coming home the night before and I didn't stop to get gas - I just wanted to get home so I wouldn't have an accident. So I went out to get gas and nothing was open anywhere as there was no power. Only the area around the hospital was open and one supermarket running on generators. Everyone was driving around looking for places to eat and get gas and the traffic was horrendous - almost gridlock.
I came home from the dentist and put five gallons of gas I had in the barn into the truck and saved the other can of gas in case I needed to run my generator. Of course it's buried in the back of the barn - hasn't been run or serviced in two years and I didn't know if I could get it started - so decided to tough it out for a while. Rumor on the street was that we would be without power for two days.
I cooked up a bunch of chicken I had in the frig so it wouldn't spoil and made a big dish of chicken, rice and veggies which is easy to reheat in a steamer.
My friend who lives near the hospital called and siad she had power and to come over and bring Jasper. The kitties were all snuggled up in the comforter on my bed, but Jasper's ears were really cold. So we took the chicken dish and went to my friends and had a nice time watching a movie and eating. Her elderly Mother was there as well as there was no power in her apartment building. I was invited to spend the night - but her place is tiny and it would have meant sleeping in a chair. I opted to come home an stay warm with lots of covers and a hot water bottle. As I drove back through town most of downtown was dark, but the main street up the hill to my street had lights as did all the streets branching off to the south. I turned into my street and was delighted to see that all my neighbors had lights and came in to a warm house with the furnace running.
As I write this there are many areas still without power and the roar of chain saws cutting up trees is constant in the background. But I am very fortunate that it was really only a little inconvienience to me and there is no damage to my house or my trailer.
Happiness is a warm toilet seat!

Louisa & Jasper Joy
28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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 12/14/2008 10:24 AM
 
Louisa, I'm so glad you let us know how you are doing. I'm glad you had your power back on and came home to a cozily warm house for you and your fur babies!
I just heard on the news that some in the east have been told to go to a warm place to stay since it would be Friday before some electricity was back on. Hard to find a warm place when power is lacking everywhere!
I hope your power holds and know we are thinking about you and all our other forum friends in the freezing east!
Thanks for the update!
Stay warm!!!
Joella

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 12/14/2008 12:30 PM
 
Wow, what an adventure you and others are having. Glad you have heat now. Right now our TV is plastered with special news about our first winter blast. For the first time ever they are actually calling for tire chains for Portland on I-5. What will be different this storm is that instead of warming up afterward we are going to get colder. In the teens tonight and only in the 20s for highs for the next few days. Churches are reporting cancellations also.
Lenora & Choco "Let Heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about the things down here on earth." This message was edited by AlmostThere on 12-14-08 @ 12:31 PM

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 12/14/2008 12:36 PM
 
Hi Lenora,
Do take care and let us know how it goes - hope you don't lose power - and if you do are you prepared?
Louisa & Jasper Joy
28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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