Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Then There Was Light

Then there was light and all other things electrical. My power came on this afternoon - a full week without electricity.

They were down to only 150 pelople left in Hutchinson without power and our two blocks were part of them. When no trucks were working in the area all morning I called, yet again, and explained that while I was caling from a specific address there were two blocks of us without power. And, given their system of doing the areas where the most people were affected, it seemed that we should be high on the priority list.

For the upteenth time, I explained there were two blocks. For the upteenth time they acted like this was completely new information to them and they would note it on the work order. But, unlike the other times, we had power in a little over an hour.

Ruth (Bob's wife) from next door called and told. I was soooooo happy to get that call. As soon as I got in from work I started the washing machine and the dishwasher. The dishwasher filled a little slowly - I think the lines were about frozen - but it did fill - thank goodness.

I brought home a lot of the stuff I had taken to the office. Tomorrow I'll get the rest of it.

Other than my own stress and the financial hits, it seems there's no long term damage.

I was very happy to have some time with the Christmas tree on tonight. I've got a few more days to enjoy it now, so I'm going to make the most of it.


Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you finally got your electricity back on and can enjoy your beautiful tree! As always, we continue to enjoy your blog and writing style.
P.S. It's been a few years back, but my mom told me that she met you at the Fox and you had read the "Red Shoe" story in Mary Engelbreit's magazine.

Patsy Terrell said...

YES!I remember now! The name sounded familiar but I couldn't put it in context. Your mom and I were seated next to each other at the Fox opening and just in conversation the magazine and story came up. I loved that story and found it such a coincidence that I was seated next to the subject of the story. I even wrote a letter to the editor about the incident, which was published in the magazine subsequently. It was a real "small world" moment. I still subscribe to Home Companion - it's one of my favorite magazines.

Thanks for your kind comments about the blog and my writing. My training is as a journalist, but I really enjoy the blending of personal and "reporting" now and then that blogging allows. My dream is to figure out how to make a living being me by doing things like writing that don't seem like real work to me.

It's so very nice to make your acquaintance. I'm glad you jogged my memory about your mom. That was a lovely evening. A friend got tickets because he was on the historical society board and invited me to go along. It was a beautiful way to start a new year.