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The GRINCH that (almost) stole Christmas!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The first day of winter was Saturday, December 21st. The first day of winter we had a major ice storm. Our lights kept flickering and I prayed we would NOT lose power.

In the early hours of Sunday, we heard a HUGE crash and our house shook and we lost power instantly. May I add when we lose power...we lose water.

Huge limbs came crashing down and literally RIPPED the power lines off our house. This was NOT a good sign. Our phone lines we also affected. After a bit we went to work to use our phone. The wait time to get ahold of DTE was 30 minutes. Since we had down live wires in our yard, they wanted to talk to us. After an hour and a half on hold...I hung up.

The week had been hard for us. At night it was creepy to hear so many branches come falling down. The ice noises were unsettling.

What was more unsettling....everyone on our street had power but us. The outage numbers were staggering in our region. When we finally got ahold of DTE...we were told we were ONE house and going to be the last to be taken care of. The massive were more important. I understood that...but didn't like it.

Our house got cold. The lowest was 32 degrees. I could not take it. I felt bad for our three cats. They KNEW something was up. They hung on me as I wrapped myself in the down comforter. I felt so guilty when we had to go to work...leaving them home alone in the cold and dark.

Work was also unsettling. We had to go...but it was disheartening to hardly have any business. I many were dealing with their own situation...why come to us? Restaurants, grocery stores and the gas stations were the only ones that were busy.

I wanted a shower. We could wash up at work, but it wasn't the same.

We started to get on each others nerves. Both of us were......irritable.

I didn't think it would get any worse...but on Christmas Eve...TOM came. I was NOT happy as you ladies can WELL imagine. That was the final straw for me. The house temp was now 32 and I ....could NOT take it.

My mother got her power back Monday night. I wanted to go there. I had to go there. I was so torn.....the poor cats. Greg said he would take me there and come back be with the cats and to watch over our place. The water was turned off...the lines drained...but he was still afraid for our place. Plus...he HOPED that DTE would indeed show up.

I was skeptical.

It wasn't long before Greg called me........A SUB CONTRACTOR from VIRGINIA was at our house! They could NOT climb the pole and fix our house...BUT they could tap into our neighbors and get us going! The neighbors were to be told that they would not be charged for power these days we were to be hooked up to them.

The wires they spread out and attached them up to our trees and told Greg NOT to go in the back yard. (NO PROBLEM! LOL!)

When we are NOT home...we are to unplug sensitive equipment in case of a huge surge to our place.

It took from 5pm to 11pm on Christmas Eve to go from 32 degrees to 63 in our house.

The cats....are happy. They also spend a lot of time on the registers.

Showers are wonderful....heat and water are wonderful.

I love my home...I love being home......our days are long with work...but.....I VALUE my time at home.

All I wanted for Christmas was our power back......

We had our Christmas Miracle on Christmas Eve....

and the GRINCH lost!

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    Only you could clearly detail the suffering and also the miracle of getting power back on Christmas Eve!! I so love reading everything you write. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Gregg!!
    2588 days ago
    So glad you're back
    2589 days ago
    So glad you got a Christmas miracle!! Good for your power company, finding a temporary fix!! Hugs, Marilyn
    2589 days ago
    Just like the movie~LOL~The Grinch had a change of heart eh?
    SO happy you had heat & water & power for Christmas! Who could ask for anything more at times like that eh?
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    2589 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/26/2013 3:16:22 PM
    So glad your neighbors were willing to share power! Glad you got heat and light and water.
    2589 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    I'm glad that you got your Christmas Miracle and the Grinch lost!!!
    2589 days ago
  • SUCCESSN2018
    Hugs! We live where if we lose power, we also lose water. The "joy" of having a well for water supply that is connected to our electric.

    We live in FL so we don't have to worry about snow but on occasion we do get really bad storms. We just moved into this house and (knock on wood) haven't lost power. After the new year I'm looking into getting a generator to power our house when/if we ever lose power.

    2589 days ago
    Aweee Mary
    I felt your pain. It deed that would have been a blessing to me to, to have Water, Heat, Lights. Things we take for granted.
    At least the cats could crawl under your blankets or ? to stay warm. I feel for my animals too.
    Hope things get back to normal soon for all those effected by the weather.
    We have a generator, but realized after 4 days that even Gas can become a problem.
    When the Stores are out of power so is our gas stations for the generator.
    so we suffered some panic situations too, and conserved when possible .
    Happy New Year to you and your Family
    2589 days ago
  • MALAMI518
    I am so glad that you have your power and water back. I cannot imagine living in a 32-degree house or not having water. I'm "freezing" because our house is at 65-degrees right now, so thank you for reminding me how fortunate I really am.
    2589 days ago
    Tough ordeal for you and your cats! Glad you had power back relatively quickly.
    2589 days ago
    Oh my goodness, what an ordeal! I am so glad they were able to get something set up for you. When Ike came through Houston, some people were out of power for months...but 90 degree temps in the Houston heat is so much better than 32 degree temps!
    2589 days ago
    I feel your pain. Four years ago we also were without power for five days over Christmas! My son and DIL are struggling back in MI this year. They still have no power but gave up and moved in with her sister taking both their dogs and cat with them. I pray for all those that are struggling and hope the power is restored soon. I hope they get you repaired and up and running again soon.
    2589 days ago
    We had a similar problem with power only it was a hurricane and it was hot not cold. I bit the bullet and had a whole house generator installed. Expensive but worth every penny. Like you, I love my home and need the solace it provides. My cats are pampered pets, too, but I don't think they really appreciate what we do for them.
    2589 days ago
    I was glad to read the end of the blog where you got your power back.
    2589 days ago
    So glad you got your power back on! I've heard it's pretty bad with all that ice. Hope things are getting better!!
    2590 days ago
  • no profile photo RIDLEYRIDER
    The things we take for granted, right? Many in my state are still without power...6 days now. When we lose, we hook up the generator that runs the house, but many are no so fortunate. Hope all is repaired and back to normal soon for you.
    2590 days ago
    I do not like no power either because no powers is no water here also
    2590 days ago
    We went through an ice storm 7 years ago; some in our region were without power for two weeks. We were without for four days, and that was 3 days 23 hours too many for me!

    I am glad you have power back now.
    2590 days ago
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