I woke with a start this morning, having heard the beep of JP's CPAP machine turning off. It was pitch black...another power outage.
We had warnings of severe storms overnight, dumping 3-8 inches of heavy snow in our area, with the possibilities of the loss of power. Yesterday afternoon and evening was beautiful - blue skies, sunshine, temperatures in the 40's, so it was extremely easy to blow off all the warnings. JP was a bit more cautious. He showered last night...just in case, and wondered if we should fill some buckets with water to be on the safe side. I talked him out of it.
So, the power shutting off at 4 AM sends some dire messages about the state of things outside, although I never bothered to look. I had to scrounge around to find a non-cordless telephone to prepare for the inevitable 5 AM call from the School District to cancel classes.
I laid awake worrying. 20 minutes later, L crept upstairs with her tiny flashlight. "It is VERY dark in my room," she whispered. We found her a little night light, and got her settled. I worried some more. The 5 AM phone call came, but it was just for a 2 hour delay. More worrying. I must have finally drifted off to sleep, because I woke with another start, thinking that I heard anther beep, then the hum of the refrigerator switching back on. This time, it was just a dream. In another few minutes, my clock radio alarm, although the clock was not visible because of the outage, went off. I figured it was time to face whatever this day had to throw at me.
I took water out to the chickens first thing. Not a single one was outside, which is very unusual! On closer inspection, I discovered that their small doorway was drifted shut with snow. As soon as I dug them out, they piled out through the door like clowns from a tiny car: 1...2...3......20!
The trees were completely covered with snow, and it was still coming down. Everything was hushed and dim in the early morning light. Somewhere close by, a bird trilled.
The power was back on by 11 AM, the sun was out by 3 PM, and most of the concrete on the driveway was not only melted, but dry. I have survived worse, much worse. I was imagining those circumstances when I woke so early this moring. It proved to be completely manageable. Thank goodness!