What a relief it was to wake up with power this morning. And with school called off, sleeping in a little longer was fabulous, I’m not gonna lie. So far this storm has meant a plethora of baked goods (per yesterday’s confession that I cook when I’m nervous) and extra sleep.
Once the kids woke up, they were anxious to go outside and play in the… ice. Daughter quickly found out why kids generally don’t sled on ice. But don’t worry, her leg will be fine. And son actually traded his shoes for hockey skates to play in the cul-de-sac. (See photo.)
Scott took the blankie off his truck this afternoon so he could run out for a couple things, and huge thick sheets of ice came tumbling off as he pulled it away. He ran out to CVS (2 miles away, tops) for dishwashing liquid and half-n-half (because we might as well not make coffee if there’s no half-n-half) and he returned over two-and-a-half hours later. Turns out, he is one of those studs with a four-wheel-drive truck that picks up stuff for other people, drops it by their house, and helps get them to places they otherwise couldn’t go because they don’t have a four-wheel-drive truck. When he returned from his neighborly duties, he came bearing an unexpected gift. He brought a large, ice-cold Dr. Pepper… one of my favorite caffeinated vices. He’s cool like that.
The tarp-blankie is back on truckie now and we aren’t going anywhere for awhile. I was able to get in a full, fairly productive day of work without any interruption in internet service. So thankful for small miracles.
We were just sure the thick coating of ice covering everything would have affected the power lines sooner. So every hour of heat, lights, and hot water today was precious. A winter storm warning sounded on our local TV station at around 3:00 p.m. and we are currently getting hammered with sleet and freezing rain. The lights are starting to flicker. So now, every minute of power is precious. Currently we are settling in for a night of togetherness and holding our breath with every flicker of the lights.
What have learned today? When the electricity could go out at any moment, but doesn‘t, I live in a much more grateful state of mind. I’m grateful that I have power at this moment — or that I EVER have power, heat, water and warm meals for that matter. I’m also reminded of all the people not too far away who don’t have shelter, food or heat tonight or ever.
I’ve also learned that having a husband with a four-wheel-drive truck ROCKS.