Post Blizzard Communiqué

Fingers still not totally thawed… Brain not up to a well-written account – just too wilted…
Hope you won’t mind this stream of consciousness kind of post…

* Safe and sound but have had a very wild ride since Friday afternoon.
* 20 inches of snow, ice, and hurricane force winds.
* Large tree down in our yard – took phone and TV cable with it.
* No electricity for 2 days and 2 nights.
Translation: No Heat, No Lights, No Water, No Cooking for 48 hours – in the winter!

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* Snow began in earnest Friday afternoon. Lost power early that evening. Temperature inside the house went down to 50 degrees that first night – which made for a very COLD sleep. On Saturday morning, we woke up sore and shivering with no chance for a hot cup of anything.

*Our daughter was texting us constantly. She wanted us to drive to her place in the city where the power outages were not so widespread. That was out of the question as our Governor had placed a state-wide ban on all travel for the 24 hours surrounding the storm.

* When the ban was finally lifted, we attempted to drive somewhere nearby to search for a motel in which to spend our 2nd freezing night.

* Found vacancies but no power at any of the motels. Nothing open for miles. A thick crust of ice covered the face of the all big stores and restaurants, hiding their signs so we only recognized them by the shape of their buildings. No traffic lights anywhere.

* The roads were so dangerously clogged with snow, it was touch-and-go just getting through without becoming stuck. We didn’t dare go any further.

* Made it back home to an even colder house. In the waning daylight, we were now in almost total darkness (flashlights and small battery operated lanterns only).

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* The weather report we’d just heard on our car radio said that temperatures were about to “plummet to the single digits” overnight. Our hearts sank. A second night with no heat? 🙁

* Inside our home, the thermostat was hovering in the high 40’s – and it was only 5 p.m. We couldn’t imagine how much further that would drop during the wee hours when it would be near zero outside.

* Figured our only chance to get through the night in an unheated house would be to spend short spurts of time sitting in our car with the heat on – staying there just long enough to thaw ourselves, then back into the house to brave the temps for another hour or two, and then repeat the process. I’ll tell ya, kids, it was feeling pretty scary about that time. All I kept thinking was: This must be what it’s like to sleep in a snowbank.

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* Suddenly, a neighbor appeared. He told us they had a whole house generator and it was toasty warm there. He said his wife had just made a fresh crock of chicken soup and his daughter had made apple muffins. He INSISTED we go with him right away. When we arrived, they said we must sleep there, as well. Normally, we would never want to impose, but they were so sincere and simply wouldn’t take no for an answer. Heaven bless them!!!

* After a warm sleep and pancake breakfast, we thanked them from the very bottom of our hearts… and headed home. It was 9:00 a.m.and the outside temperature was 1 degree below zero. When we opened the door of our home – the thermostat read 38 degrees!
I don’t know how we ever could have slept there…

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* We spent Sunday afternoon looking for stores that were open – just to have some warm shelter. As the day progressed, the sun was out strong and it began to feel much warmer outside than it had been in our house!

* We returned home from the stores around 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The solar effect had warmed up the house during the daylight hours – so the inside temperature had risen to 46 degrees. Let me tell ya though – it is amazing how cold that feels when you are inside a house! We’d heard on the car radio that the power *might* return by midnight.

*It did… actually, a few hours before that. The heat came on but it would be many, many, hours before we could take off our coats and hats and scarves – never mind get into a hot shower.

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*This morning we woke up to a comfortable house and made a hot breakfast. Pure balm for what had been ailing us.

*There’s a refrigerator to deal with – have to sort the food that’s ok from that which could be questionable. We go by the old saying: “When in doubt – throw it out.” I don’t think we could handle tummy aches at this point.

* I know once my bones stop aching (from holding them so stiff while shivering), that I will have a better perspective on the positives of this experience. Right now, I’m just too exhausted to think of them….

Love you Kids!

Hug somebody you love for me, today, ok?

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Comments

Post Blizzard Communiqué — 6 Comments

  1. Oh wow – so sorry to hear about your blizzard woes.

    What a nice neighbor you have!

    We got a lot of snow, but luckily we kept our electricity. Weird thing is, we lost our lights and energy from strong winds last week, and this blizzard didn’t affect us in that way.

    Right now, it’s unseasonably warm and all that snow is melting so it sounds like it’s been raining all day.

    I just about shivered reading this blog post.

    Glad to hear you are out of the ‘storm’.

  2. Hi Yona!
    Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂
    We do realize, of course, that our situation is minor compared to what other people have suffered and continue to suffer, daily, all over the world. We feel that no matter how old we become – we are continually learning lessons that remind us to appreciate every good moment in life. With the hurricane in the fall, and now this blizzard, we’re more aware than ever that things can go downhill in the blink of an eye.

    Hugs for you and your Sweetie!
    Crystal xoxo

  3. OMGosh. I know EXACTLY what you went through. We had the blizzard of ’78. I just found out you guys had it there too. BUT we had that no electricity thing for a week with a January ice storm about 10 years ago. Luckily Terry had a generator at work we used to keep the frig on but didn’t supply heat.

    Here’s to my count down to SUMMER!!!
    xx, Carol

  4. Hi Carol, 🙂
    How did you ever last without heat? It must have been absolutely brutal!!!!

    We’ve had our share of multi-day power outages over the years but NEVER, NEVER! during the winter!!!
    Because of that, we have no experience (until this week!) in dealing with the combination of frigid temperatures and NO HEAT!

    You’re getting closer to Summer. Spring is just around the corner.
    xoxo’s! for you, Terry, and the kids 😀

    (I owe you a letter!)

  5. I’m so glad you are ok, and your neighbor was there for you. We have a generator too. They are lifesavers when the power goes out. I bet that warm soup was so good.
    We have not been hit by winter weather this year, so no dog sledding for me. Some of my recipes for dogs were published in a cookbook, and I got a free copy. They also used photos of Artie in it too.

    Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day everyone.
    Kelly

  6. Greetings Kelly – sorry about the dog sledding, but how exciting about the cookbook!
    Artie will be giving his paw print for autographs! I’m so happy for you. 😀 xoxo

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