I called the power company this morning and waited until I got a person –and yep, Melanie, I totally played the whole, “I’m disabled and we don’t have water” card. I explained to the nice lady on the phone that I’d tried leaving a “power outage” message via the app, over the phone, and online before taking such drastic measures as waiting for a person to talk to, but I hadn’t heard back from them, and we’d been without for several days, so here we were. She looked it up and said that I had, indeed reported my outage, but the ticket was reported as “complete” which means we should have power. I informed her that information was incorrect because we were, in fact without power and had been for some days. She was extremely nice and said she would get someone on it right away.
Four hours later, just as I’d figured out I could put a small pan of water on top of the kerosene heater and heat some water to take what my mamma so delicately called a “whore bath” (armpits and privates) because after three days I was starting to smell y’all, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. So anyways, it was just after I’d washed up and felt a little better that the lights came on. Wouldn’t you know it? ^_^ Now I’m just waiting for the water in the water heater to get nice and hot so I can take a real shower. I did go out and thank the crew for making the trip. The guy in the truck said there was a part on the pole that was worn out, so he replaced it. Y’all, I am so glad it was as easy as that. I thank the powers that be because we’ve been so lucky this storm. Y’all don’t even know. A few days without power is a mild inconvenience to everything that *could* have happened. So yeah, counting my blessings here.
We ‘re gonna leave the trees until spring. They’ve fallen in such a way that they’re not hurting anything, and they’re not in the way of anything. The tree companies are probably busy with trees that are a hazard, these are just sitting in our yard. They’ll be fine for a few months. These two aren’t the only ones that came down, but they’re the closest to the house. Had they fallen the other way, they would have brought down the power and cable line, taken out both cars, and destroyed our crappy fence. They may or may not have hit the shed, I’m not sure. I’m pretty sure they were far enough away to miss the house, but the cars would definitely have been totaled. And we would have fersure have been without power for much longer — the line from the street to the house is our responsibility, so we would have had to find and electrician to fix it, and a tree service to take care of the trees. Not to mention the cars… So yeah, we’re pretty damned lucky all told.
Anyway, the power is back, and the wind is howling outside again. I took this opportunity to fill up every water jug we have — just in case. We are now proud owners of a kerosene heater, and as soon as I have the energy, I’m gonna do what I *should* have done a long time ago and section off the living room from the rest of the house. It’s like a big cavern in here — four rooms all one big area with half walls and dividers… and the heaters cannot heat it efficiently. But the layout is so atrocious it’s really difficult to section it off (with curtains or blankets) because nothing lines up with anything else. And there’s “vaulted” ceilings but the walls — what few walls there are — don’t quite go to the ceilings… it’s really just a mess. I’m gonna do the best I can though because this is just crazy and if we do lose power again, the kerosene heater needs to heat just one room, not this cave.
Okay, I’ve rambled on enough. I’m exhausted. Being cold for a few days will do that to a person. I’ll try and catch up with everyone tomorrow. Tonight, I’m just gonna take it easy and try and warm up. See y’all later!