“And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.”

I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t some yet unknown connection between humans and hibernating animals. This morning I first woke up at 8:30. It was pouring and the rain was pounding the roof and windows. It was not inviting so I got comfy again and  went back to sleep with Fern and Gracie as bedmates. Jump forward two hours. I finally stirred and dragged myself out of bed. It was still raining. I ran out for the papers. That’s when I noticed the rain was turning to snow. Little beads of ice were on the grass and the walkway. When I let Gracie out a few minutes later, I saw the ice on the back stairs and immediately threw out the deicer. I don’t want a repeat of last week when Gracie fell.

The prediction is for 4 to 8 inches of wet, heavy snow. It has already covered the lawns, the roads and the tops of the branches. It will snow all day into the evening.

I’m still hooked. Snow demands my attention. I like to watch it fall. I love the world covered in white. All the blemishes disappear.

I just lost my electricity for about five minutes. I didn’t panic. I groaned. I’m thrilled it returned so quickly, but now I have to go around and reset clocks on the appliances. I suppose that a minor complaint compared to the loss of electricity.

My iPad is locked. I forgot my password and tried too many combinations so it locked me out thinking I was an iPad thief. Now I have to go hunting to find out how to get into that infernal machine.

I keep opening the front door to check the amount of snow on the ground. It is falling quickly. The backyard is a winter wonderland. Some branches are already lower to the ground burdening but he wet snow.

It just happened again-the electricity went off for a few minutes. Now I’m getting nervous.

I am a picture straightener, and I want my clocks in sync so I just corrected the ones in the kitchen, a mistake. The electricity just went off for a third time. Now I’m making sure my iPhone is charged, the lantern is here with me and the heat is high for just a bit to warm the house just in case. I am not happy.

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10 Comments on ““And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Except for that part about ‘ice,’ it sounds like you have the kind of weather that’d make me the Happy Boy today. I don’t like ice. Way too many problems – like loss of power. The lines weren’t designed to carry the weight of ice, esp. thick ice. No matter how y’ slice it, water still weighs in at 8.33 lbs/gal, and there are lots of gallons’ worth dropped in a storm – which is where that thing about losing power comes into play.

    I could deal with the 4 − 8” of snow; that’d be great. No ice, tho’. To paraphrase Belushi’s restaurant scene from ‘SNL’ … “Snow! Snow! No ice!” …

    Occasionally during a severe – or sometimes moderate – thunderstorm, power is lost here. Usually it’s only for 5 to 15 minutes, then everything’s back to normal – until it goes out again. The most annoying thing about losing power is that it causes a need to re-set every clock and re-tune my radios. That’s annoying. There’s one radio that uses a back-up 9v battery, and I never have to reset that one, but every other radio loses all the stations, time, date, etc. I hate when that happens.

    First thing I do when the WX guy says a storm’s approaching is turn the radio to a station in the 600 range on the AM dial. That picks up lightning crackles better than anything else. First time I hear the crackle thru the speaker, I quit all open programs, power down the Mac, and unplug it, the monitor, external hard drives, scanner, and printer. All it takes is one lightning strike to fry the electronics. It’s always amusing to hear peoples’ response to that practice. “Well,” they say, “that’s why you use a power strip!” … mm-hmm. And where does Mr. Power Strip connect? To the wall-mounted socket – which, coincidentally, just happens to be connected to Mr. Power Line from the Utility Company. It’s called ‘You Bet Your Stuff!’ … the connection from outside to inside in that pathway is pretty straightforward, and one strike that’s too close for comfort means a trip to Mr. Best Buy to purchase replacements for all that stuff. Then there are the programs that were lost … and the files … I’m not willing to risk that. It’s so much easier to unplug ’til it passes …

    I would be just as anal-retentive about straightening pictures … that’s why I haven’t hung any since moving to Memphis after Katrina.

    We’re currently experiencing the relativistic joy of a Bright Sunny Day, but it’s just the preface to our coming Jolt O’ Cold …

    I made my grocery run earlier today, so I’m stocked and ready for the Big Chill that’ll last into early next week. Until the first crackles of lightning are heard coming from the radio, I’ll be quite satisfied to play in Photoshop and Illustrator … I should use InDesign too, but there’s something about that program that annoys me. I prefer QuarkXpress for serious design work.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      It is snow but wet, slippery snow which is really heavy. I gave my shovel to Skip when his broke so I can’t shovel so I’m going to sweep the walk and stairs as my groceries are being delivered later.

      One year the electricity was off for days. My house got down to 37˚ and I had burned all the wood I had. I was so cold. I decided I would put the animals in the car with me and turn on the heat to get all of us warm, but then the lights came on. It seemed to take forever for the house to warm.

      There won’t be any lightning with this storm. A snowstorm with lightning is a rarity though it does happen. I have a Mac so I just disconnect the electric wire and it is safe.

      I got caught straightening the pictures in one of my doctor’s examining rooms.

      My groceries are being delivered tonight or at least I hope so.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It just started to snow here too, tiny flakes that doesn’t weigh a thing but it’ll turn to rain soon and the temperatures wioll rise slightly, just above they say. Tomorrow will be an on and off rain day so I’ll mostly read a book I think.

    No problems with a power loss here as You know, unless it continus for a day or so because of all the things I have in the refrigerator and freezer. It would be cold enough outside to have the food in bags for a while though but the risk of losing power here is minimal in this calm weather.

    I’ve always wondered why we up here in the north don’t hibernate, just imagine how realxed one would be after sleeping for solong 🙂

    I just heard the song Raindrops keep falling on my head on tv and suddenly I went back around 46 years. I remembered sitting in my best friends livingroom, they had a brown carpet on the floor and brownish wallpaper, brown was very poipular back then, something I really can’t understand today 🙂 Instead of the artist on tv I heard Dionne Warwik singing the song. I remember their bookshelves and the cameras that stood at the top of it. They had a huge dried flower on the wall and I think I had some cookies on a plate in front of me and a glass of strawberry juice 🙂 How odd, that rarely happens to me 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The tree near the deck is now on the deck. The branches are so weighed down they have dropped as low as the deck. It is still snowing.

      It is the weight of the snow which is causing the problems for electrical lines. Mine are below ground but are affected by those above ground to which they are connected.

      I would love to hibernate and be cozily asleep on days like today.

      Music jogs memories almost as much as smells do. I first heard that song in the Peace Corps hostel in Accra. I was having breakfast and it played on some guys radio. I hadn’t ever heard it before. The guy who played it explained where it came from and who sang it.

      Have a fine evening!

  3. sprite Says:

    Here’s hoping that was the last of your electricity woes!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We all hibernated on the couch today. It was all snow all day. I did shovel 4 inches off and cleared the car. It was a futile exercise as 4 more inches accumulated rather quickly. At that point I decided to see if the snowblower still worked. It did and it did a lovely job very quickly.
    Back inside, lounging on the couch with the dogs, I happened to glance out the front window and saw that the sunset was doing fabulous things to the snow-laden trees. I hurried out with my camera and took some photos. The sun had come down below the cloud deck and had painted the tops of the trees a pinkish golden color. Just for that fleeting moment before the sun disappeared it looked like the trees were all in flower. It was the most beautiful winter sunset.
    Plow man has come and cleared my driveway. All is right with the world.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Skip didn’t come by so my car is still plowed in. I did throw out the de-icer on the front steps and the back ones, and it worked. I don’t want a repeat of Gracie’s fall in the back and Peapod was coming to the front.

      Don’t shovel! On the news they said that this wet snow is a killer and one shovel full is equal to lifting 18 pounds.

      We never had any sun at all. The storm hit us last and stayed longer.

      I didn’t mind hibernating today. I can’t think of a single thing I did except read and catch up with my DVR programs.

      Have a great evening!

  5. Jay Bird Says:

    Snow? Phooey! Ice? Scary!! Last time my power went out, it was gone for eight days (the great Ice Storm of ’99, on the NY-Ontario border in Massena, NY). Roads were all closed, so it was survival, “shelter-in-place” mode. Fortunately, we had a lot of wood to burn, some food in the fridge and batteries for the radio, but it was a horrible week. Thankfully, the weather people predicted this disaster, so everybody stocked up.

    Fireplace kept it near 50* in the living room, but the upstairs (bedrooms) got down to below 40*. I recall that at least 20 people in Montreal froze to death in their apartments. My last winter in the North Country, thank God!

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      50˚ is like beach weather. 37˚ was just so cold. I ran out of wood, my phone died and I was stranded. I was wearing so many layers I could barely move. It was the worst.

      I remember people also froze to death here but it was far worse in Europe.

      I would pack up the animals and go to a motel off cape where there was heat.


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