Heavens girls, how exciting! We awoke to an icicle wonderland which, sadly, had taken the power out around 3 a.m. The generator was brought from its place in the garage for the refrigerator, the radio and our one guilty pleasure of watching an episode of Downton Abby on DVD. Cable was out too, no internet, no cable TV. In our house, this causes much anxiety. Managed to get some work done in the studio but planning to get out there tonight to finish a basket now that I have real lights.
Power came on around noon, the house started to warm up soon after that. We have an outdoor wood stove that heats water that is pumped to the house, then the air handlers blow the warm air from the pipes into the house. It can take a while for it all to start working again, but fortunately I am married to a magician and it happened without any worry from me.
I was actually more worried about the cable, it is funny how attached I am to my internet, e-mails, blogs, and the New York Times…all things that I check several times a day and feel very lost without. But all is right with the world, at least for now. The wind has picked up, the rest of the ice will be off the trees and hopefully the power will stay where it is, happily flowing into our house and making us happy and warm.
The ice caused me to be more aware of noises. The quiet of the heating system, the lack of cars on the road due to slippery conditions and downed trees led me to hear the hum of the large power lines that pass by our house as well as the sirens that would go off every so often in the distance. But the biggest thing was the crackle of the ice and the sound of branches breaking in the woods or next to the house that sounded like gunshots. Our little house was in an altered auditory state for a few hours. Exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.
Luckily, I bought some “crampons” for my trip to Yellowstone Park this next week and I have now had a chance to try them out and can say unequivocally that they work like champions. I shall not slip when viewing geysers.
Here are some pix from the day. It was still cloudy when I took them, later the sun came out but I missed getting more pictures.