Our power came back on Thursday evening. We were without electricity for five days. I am only now beginning to realize how stressed out I was last week. I had to work from assorted cafe’s, shop every day for our supper (I know they do this in other countries and it’s no big deal) and remember to buy fresh ice every night to keep our stuff cold in its little coolers.
Evenings were spent sitting outside hoping the neighbors would turn off their incredibly noisy generator soon, enjoying the rare darkness, or reading while wearing a battery powered headlamp. There was extensive cell phone use, and accompanying neurosis about running down the battery and when and where I’d be able to charge it again.
The leaves of many of the trees around here have turned brown and crispy and have simply fallen. I think the salt blown onto them by the high winds is the main culprit. The conifers are showing some yellowing on their windward sides as well. The trees will be fine, of course, but this year’s fall color – not so much.
After spending many hours cleaning fridges and freezers (YUCK) I am going to just relax for a few hours, listen to the crickets, and send positive thoughts to those people in Vermont and elsewhere who endured such horrendous flooding. All in all, we came through it just fine.