Sunday, October 27, 2013
We are heading towards Thanksgiving and I have so many things to be thankful for that I can't even list them all. One thing was called to my attention this weekend by it's absence. Friday morning, just as I was starting breakfast, our electricity went out. We rarely give thought to how lucky we are to just flip a switch and have light or power to cook our meals. I was happy that the electricity was working again when I got home that evening. It had been off for 12 hours. So we reset the clocks, watched some TV and went to bed. We were awakened at 3am by an alarm that warns us when power is out. It is a quiet beep alarm and I had forgotten we even had it as I tried to locate that strange noise in the dark so I wouldn't awaken my husband. Finally realized that not all the light bulbs in the house could have gone out at once and that our electricity was again out. And it stayed out until Sunday morning about 1am.
I don't know how many times I flipped switches during the day, but really got to appreciate how much we depend on electricity when it is absent. No lights, no refrigeration, no electric tools or appliances, no TV or radio or computer, can't recharge mobile devices, no landline phone, no microwave, no garage door opener! We sure do depend on our electricity and I am very glad to have it back.
This also reminded me to get prepared for possible winter power outages. Batteries, candles, matches, foods to eat cold, etc. I am so spoiled by modern conveniences! And thankful for them!