How to survive a 6 day POWER OUTAGE in style ;o)
Sunday, July 08, 2012
I'm back! Our power went out Friday, June 29th and was recently restored on Thursday, July 5th. Oh, what a relief it is! ;o) Below is my POWER OUTAGE story.
The POWER OUTAGE was a trip and all I can say is..."I'll get by with a little help from my friends"...do you know this song? My neighbors are amazing! We suffered through together and even managed to have FUN. The night of the event, Friday (6/29) evening, we gathered 3 doors down for drinks and merriment after surveying the wreckage left by the derecho - now there's a new one for you! It took down MANY trees in our well-established (circa 1920s) wooded urban neighborhood including a HUGE ASH in my immediate neighbor's yard. Thankfully, their wonderful tree house was spared.
Saturday, my friend let us take advantage of their RV "The Chateau" which is parked for the summer at an RV campground. Not only does their RV have A/C, the campground has a beautiful POOL. Day #1 of the 2012 POWER OUTAGE, we were feeling no pain at The Chateau. We had our most perishable items in coolers and were hanging out poolside.
Sunday it was Dads to the rescue. My neighbor's Dad drove up from Cincinnati, Ohio to bring her a generator and my Dad brought us a generator too. My Dad's the best Boy Scout ever - ALWAYS PREPARED! Thank goodness!
Well, the generator worked great at first. We used it to power our frig, basement freezer and some fans, but as the week wore on, it decided to sputter, cough and backfire completely stressing my husband out. Not good. Stress + HEAT = one cranky husband. That and losing the man -vs- machine battle. Yep, on the 4th of July, we totally succumbed to the POWER OUTAGE. We turned off the generator and COMPLETELY unloaded the frig and freezer - mind you this is after we were feeling confident and had just restocked the frig. Aack! Fortunately, my hubby's co-worker and friend had just bought an upright freezer and invited us to house our frozen (slightly thawed) items at his house. Our refrigerator items were swiftly stashed in coolers until our neighbors offered to plug in their extra basement frig into their generator. I'm tellin' ya great people live on my street! In addition to storing our perishables, they also invited us to stay in their newly finished basement. We spent two nights at their house.
On the 4th, most of our neighbors' power was restored. Not ours. :o( It was okay though because they offered us the use of their generator. Thursday, through good fan/blind management, I was able to keep our house a balmy 85 while it was 103 outside. I have a picture to prove it.
Don't under estimate the value of extension cords! Things to be grateful for during a SUMMER (multiple days in the 90s-100+) POWER OUTAGE - ICE (a precious commodity), SHADE, GAS STOVE, GAS GRILL, RUNNING WATER, SPRINKLERS, SQUIRT GUNS, WATER BALLOONS, HAND-HELD MISTERS, FLASHLIGHTS with GOOD BATTERIES, a good 'ole RADIO, CELL PHONES, the A/C in your car...what else? AIR MATTRESSES for sleeping on the 1st floor of a two story house. FINISHED BASEMENTS (we don't have one, but our neighbors do). GATORADE. JAR CANDLES (I keep one in every room of the house). Our block even managed a 4th of the July Potluck and backyard Pyrofest. ;o)
Thursday, HOPE turned into POSSIBILITY as chainsaws were heard and bucket trucks were seen over the fence (the BIG ASH fell in our neighbor's yard). Chainsaws were music to my ears and men wearing hard hats with reflective vests from KY were looking downright sexy! ;o) By 5:11pm, we were reconnected to the grid. At 6:04pm, the A/C was ON! Oh HAPPY DAY!
And, that my friends is how I survived the POWER OUTAGE. Did I mention I'm a CAMPER? :o) Camping at home is pretty luxurious. :o)
Stay COOL and don't take that A/C for granted or your neighbors!
Best wishes to all,