“Electricity, the peril the wind sings to in the wires on a gray day.”

Last night we had hurricane force winds. The electricity wavered then went off. Poor Henry was so afraid of the blinking of the light and the clicking of the TV he shook. I held him. The electricity came back on, and we both settled. It went off again around 1:30 AM, and it is still off at 2:30. Last night I felt my way to the kitchen to get my lantern. Henry was right beside me as if we were connected. The lantern was bright enough to dispel some of the darkness so Henry and I went upstairs guided by the light. I fed the cats then started to my room. Poor Henry was on the stairs wondering what I was going to do, but When he saw me go into my room, he followed and jumped on the bed. I read a bit, and Henry was able to fall asleep comforted by me, the light and the bed. 

The wind was fierce, tremendous, and I could almost hear the creaking of the trees. One branch make a scratching sound on the north window. When I was a kid, I would have believed it was the man with the hook. 

The rain was at times torrential. It battered the roof and windows. Henry decided his business could wait. 

I decided to go to Dunkin’ for coffee. When I got out front, I saw two huge pine branches had split from a tree and were on the ground. One fence post had broken, and the fence was leaning. The lawn is covered in pine needles and yellow leaves. 

I heard on the car radio that many customers are without electricity, and the fierce wind we still have is delaying crews from fixing the problems. I’m just glad it isn’t winter. 

When I called Eversource, the map indicated 825 houses in this area are without electricity. The disembodied voice said that the problem should be fixed by 4 PM. I am skeptical. How did they figure the time? If they can predict with such accuracy, why can’t they fix it now? 

My house is getting chilly. There sun we had earlier has disappeared and been replaced by grey skies. Henry is spending time upstairs on my bed. It is a safe spot for him and has been since he first arrived. I would love his company. 

There is a squeak. It is periodic but with some regularity. I went out there and stood to listen so I could hear the source. It sounded like it was in the cellar so with lamp in hand I went down to check. While I was there, I took a few clothes out of the dryer. The squeak stopped. I have no idea why. 

It is 3:28. The electricity just came on. It was the TV I heard as I had turned off the lights. The heat is now cranking. I’m happy.

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6 Comments on ““Electricity, the peril the wind sings to in the wires on a gray day.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    I’m glad to read that your electricity is back and the storm just broke the fence. Enjoy the heat 🙂 Occasional beeping in my house usually means I have to check the smoke detectors and replace a battery.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      That’s right. I’d forgotten about the smoke alarms. I’ll have to check the cellar alarm as that seemed to be the source of the eep. I know I’ll have to buy a battery first.

      The chimney top of a screen and bricks seems to have been dislodged as well. A pine tree limb is right at that top. The two limbs down aren’t all that big.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The storm was so bad that the baseball game in New York was postponed until tonight. Glad your power is back on. Whenever we get a power outage I realize how much we depend on power for our daily lives.

    In the mornings it’s gotten chilly enough, 48 degrees, for me the wear a light jacket. In the afternoon the high temperature has been a pleasant 75 degrees under blue skies.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      You are so right. I knew the time only because I had my phone. The house was so dark last night I had to film my way to the kitchen. I carried my lantern all over the house. When I woke up, I asked Alexa the time. She didn’t answer so I knew the electricity was still off.

      Today was warmish until the sun got stuck behind some clouds. As the afternoon wore on, it started to get cool so my house was cold. I was glad when the lights came back so I could turn on the heat. for one cycle.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad it didn’t get worse! Over here no wind but lots of rain so no hunters out in the forest today 🙂 I had hoped though that we wouldn’t get any rain this weekend but it’ll most likely rain most of the time. It is on days like this I really miss summer 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I was lucky. So many other people had trees fall on houses and cars, and other places still have no electricity.

      We’re going to have a good weekend. It will be seasonal but not cold.

      Enjoy your weekend


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