“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Last night I lost electricity. 74 other houses also went dark according to the electric company. The television, the light in the den and the light in the kitchen went dark with a finality. I thought I heard a bang. I went and got the lantern from the kitchen then sat back on the couch. Henry immediately leapt on the couch and sat beside me. His whole body was shaking. I put my arm around him, spoke quietly and patted him. It took a while, but he stopped shaking and sighed as he laid down. I hated to move from Henry, but in a bit I had to go to the bathroom. I swear Henry walked so closely behind me he stepped on my slipper. I then went to the front door because I thought I saw lights at my neighbor’s house. I did, three of them, but they were outside, solar I suspect. Later, I thought I heard a truck so I opened the front door. An electric company truck was at the end of the road. Henry didn’t follow me to the door, and though I was gone only a couple of minutes, he was shaking when I returned to the couch, but he did take the cookies I had brought for him. The lights were out for over three hours. 

Yesterday I put Mason jars on the deck rail right outside the door. The tops of the jars have a solar disk and inside each is a small sets of lights. I turned them on and left them. Last night all but one of them was lit. They looked beautiful so bright in the darkness, such lovely lights.

Today is May on Cape Cod. The sun is shining. When I look out my window, I can see the leaves on the oak tree glinting in the sun and blowing in the breeze. The sky is blue and cloudy with white wispy clouds. It is 62˚ but feels a bit colder because of the breeze. The high today will be 64˚.

When I was a kid, I don’t remember bad days. I remember bad moments, bad hours and bad things happening to me, but the badness came and went. I had a bad day yesterday. I was close to tears over several things. I dropped and broke a favorite dish from Ghana. It had been a gift from my sister. The trash bag split at the seam on its way to the car. The cat box was disgusting even though I clean it every day. It was the litter itself which was gross. I went to eat a scone. It had a bit of mold. One leg of my favorite around the house pants tore, actually wore away. That comes from me resting my elbows on the tops of my legs when I type at the table. The loss of electricity was next, three hours of darkness and a shaking dog, poor Henry.

That brings me to today. I had an English muffin for breakfast but the best part was the butter: Bosc pear butter with nutmeg and vanilla. That butter was so delicious I wanted to eat it from the jar with a spoon but adulthood crashed my dream, and I put the butter longingly away; however, I’m thinking I want another English muffin slathered with that pear butter. Maybe I’ll use a spoon. Today is a good day so far.

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6 Comments on ““There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Momma said there’ll be days like that, that’s what my momma said. 🙂 Imagine having the electricity off for up to 12 hours with a couple of hours of power for several days, and with the outside temperature in the single digits Fahrenheit. 🙁 That was the fun few days we had after Valentine’s Day this year.

    Today it’s a repeat of yesterday and the several days before with more rain showers and high temperatures around 80°. Does anyone remember the chapter in Genesis where Noah receives the instructions from God on how to build the Ark? I may have to look up those instructions soon. 🙂

    Our new yard crew showed up to do a complete clean out of all the beds, and trim. Also, I’m having them put down mulch to help keep the weeds under control. Unfortunately, a couple of my shrubs out front didn’t recover from the great freeze-mageddon of 2021 and will have to be removed or replaced. Before they finished the job the rain chased them away until either later today or tomorrow.

    That English muffin sounds terrific. I have been carrying a package of six Ritz crackers with peanut butter everyday for the last couple of months to eat with my coffee at work. It’s easy and somewhat healthy. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We had the same fun a few winters ago but didn’t even get a reprieve of a few hours of electricity. They had no idea how long it would take. I forget how many days. I even almost ran out of gas going to the car to get warm. I need to buy a generator.

      Share that rain! We are officially in drought conditions. It hit the first page of the Cape Times today. I just hope it doesn’t get hot or all those lawns will brown quickly.

      I still need to buy my garden flowers this year before the mulch. I have my garden guys add mulch every year. I like the dark mulch better than the reddish. It finishes the look of the garden.

      I did buy some Tate’s cookies. I love the thinness of their chocolate chip. The English muffins are terrific, a local brand. Top it with the pear butter and you have a breakfast even Queen Elizabeth would eat.

      • Bob Says:

        Just got home and was amazed how many shrubs in the front are gone because they died in the freeze. They are back after the monsoon this morning and the black mulch looks nice.

        A friend of mine has a generator mounted outside his house that runs on natural gas. He had no problems during the freeze. The generator set him back about $7,000. It will power his entire house. Several people had gasoline generators but they are limited in power and a few people died from carbon monoxide poising from the gasoline engine fumes.

      • katry Says:

        After that winter, a friend of mine got a full house generator. It comes on automatically after the lights have died. I don’t have the money right now, but as soon as I do! Did people put gasoline generators in their houses? That’s the only way I figured they died of carbon monoxide.

        I also love the black mulch. It is striking in the garden.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Long time since we were out of power here, I don’t mind it now in the summer half year because it’s light outside all the time and no heat is required.

    Still a bit on the chilly side and the rain just keeps on falling, some times showers but quite often just drizzle. Nove wouldn’t care at all if the power went but Albin would most likely be annoyed, he is easily annoyed to be honest 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I felt the same way about the timing. I didn’t have to worry about freezing. It was such an odd event. Usually it is during a storm, snow and rain.

      I chuckle about Albin. He has such an amazing personality. Today had a really strong wind so it got chilly later in the day. It was so much warmer up toward Boston. We never got out of the 60’s. They were close to 80˚.

      Enjoy your day!

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