We had plans to go away yesterday, for celebrating our upcoming anniversary. It did not happen. The winds were up to 50-60 mph, -27°F wind chill, white out conditions so bad, almost all business/restaurants closed. We had a level 2 road emergency.
Reports today tell us a 50 car pile up on the state turnpike caused 4 deaths, and one electrical worker died doing his job repairing power lines.
Power went out all over yesterday, and some are still without. We are currently, despite heat tapes, without hot water.
The wind is just as nasty this morning as yesterday.
I unburied my office, by removing books off a bookshelf, moving the bookshelf back to the living room. It was the only thing moved back so far.
The storm continues this morning, and entire cities are again reporting power outages. Thankfully, we have power, but that wind could stop. There will be no cooking or baking of any kind until we have water restored. This is not how we intended to spend Christmas, or our anniversary. By the way, this is the first time ever, for our area, to have such cold weather.
I heard that the big box stores have had trouble with their freezers, and they were pulling all of their food. I have not confirmed this yet.
My gosh, this weather is so cold. We are blessed to have survived 2 days of cold cold temps. Today is sunny and we are expected to maybe reach 20 degrees. I can't imagine the cold you are experiencing. You will certainly remember this anniversary together surviving this once in a lifetime weather! I hope you can re-celebrate when it warms up. Just imagine a sunny day, your home improvements complete, the house clean and smelling like fresh honeysuckle and your hubs ready for a slow and easy ride on your bike.
We are not having big dinners this year. My mom will only eat a few things, my brother will not eat, and thehubs can eat an entire buffet. I get stuck in the middle trying to please the two picky eaters and fill the plate for a hungry man. I used to do the dinner for 20+ but not this year. I just am not able. The younger people have no interest in doing it. Sometimes I wonder what families will be like in the years to come.
Best wishes for a Happy Anniversary, a Merry Christmas and try to Stay warm! ~jackiesee~
So sorry for your weather woes and very glad that you finally have your heater. We are having our second storm in a week. Last weekend we lost power for nineteen hours. Fortunately we have a portable generator that runs lights, freezers, fridge. Also a gas stove so cooking was possible. The only thing it doesn't run is the water pump. We were melting snow on the woodstove to flush the toilets! Today we have the ice, but luckily we have nowhere to go so we are sitting by the woodstove watching football! Stay safe and warm and Merry Christmas!
Jackie See, my kids do not cook either, and I wish they would take the time to learn. As soon as they hear I have made a special dish, they zoom right over to get some ha ha! I have handed out many recipes to them though.
Debi, we have heated water over the woodstove in the past too. I do love to have it as a back up for storms that come thru. Merry Christmas to you too.
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