November 02, 2011

Power Outages {in Snowtober}

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I can't believe that as I sit on the 2nd of November, Connecticut has already been through it's first harsh and brutal snow storm for the year... hence the title 'Snowtober'. 
With the leaves still on the trees and all the heavey rain through the 'fall', this storm' weight, averaging about 17 inces of snow, took every tree to the ground. Trees everywhere looked as though each limb was peeled downward like a banana or it was completly uprooted out of the ground taking out powerlines, homes, cars and roadways. Paul and I, along with most of our neighboring towns, are now going on our 5th day without power. Lucky for us we were still away on vacation when the power actually went out so it has only been 2 going on 3 days for us dealing with aftermath of this past storm. Even still, we are talking about...

No power
No heat
No {internet: yikes}
No Halloween... WHAT!?!?!

Yup, Halloween was cancelled in most towns across our area and some had just postponed the holiday to this upcoming weekend. Better safe than sorry I guess because with powerlines down everywhere and most roads blocked off, it would be very unsafe for the kids to be out and about. Paul and I were actually given an update from the utility companies last night that we would likely be getting power back by this coming Sunday night...a whole 4 more days {and still a dark and chilly Halloween}. Booooooooo. No Halloween AND no power, this is a crazy start to winter.

We took notes and learned from Hurricane Irene a couple months back, to better prepare with candles, coolers for food and batteries, however nothing really clicked in about how frigid the house would be when the tempurature drops and you dont have a fireplace or wood burning stove to keep warm. We had to be smart and practical, and we've been doing so by keeping out of the house as much as possible. haha. No but really, it's cold in there... you can see your breath. We are making the best of the situation, quick and easy meals that are disposable or take-out, lighting every corner of the house up with an assortment of holiday candles and snuggling up with eachother and the puppies on the couch with lots of blankets and body heat {hubba hubba}.

I had one follower write to me the other day that situations like ours is where "ice storm babies" came from. Hahaha, I was laughing so hard.

So what does one do when their home, office and town are all without power??? You route back to the 80's and start knocking on your neighbors door for milk and sugar and pickng up a newpaper to get all the news and info you need {kinda}. Actually, this week I am staying updated from local coffee shops {one's that actually have power} and walking the food store isles for non-electric dinners that require no additional heating other than from the gas grill. After work today I fully plan to skamper off to my mothers house on the shoreline for a nice hot shower and possbly some pickings from the fridge. She has power and always has delicious little bites ready for snacking.

Otherwise, when it's time to settle in for the night, Paul and I have routed back to candlelight, quiet talks, and music playing on the juke box to stay entertained. {We may have also snuck in a movie via the laptop last night to watch - I love roughing it}!
So I just wanted to share with you all what has been going on here with me. We are safe, {slightly chilled}, and pushing through the poweroutage with ease and grace. Who knows, maybe I will even be forced to visit the local sports pub down the street for a little wi-fi and some beers. My small sacrifices to stay connected to you all. ;)

I will be cooking and blogging once my kitchen comes back to life so until then...Everyone be safe, stay warm and have some hot chili for me.

xoxo
Laura

4 comments:

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

Oh my goodness you all got a lot of snow and so early in the season!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Glad to know you are safe and sound! Hope you've got your power back daaahling, I think I'd be going crazy without my tv!
*kisses* HH

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño said...

Thanks so much! We just got power back yesterday. It's been nothing but laundry, dishes and cleaning out the fridge all day.
Thanks so much for your well wishes, we are warm and happy now :)

Mary said...

Oh my GOSH! Those trees look so sad. I'm so glad that you have power back at last. I bet it actually felt great to be able to do laundry at home once again!