So what does one do without power for 11 days? The first couple of days you are walking around the house, entering rooms and turning on the light switch. Naturally since it does not work you utter self depreciating words, shake your head and laugh at yourself. A simple everyday habit that is so ingrained in your consciousness that even when you know there is no power in the house you do it anyway. Then there are the board games that have been collecting dust in the closet as you try and keep a 13 year old entertained. Surprisingly there was only one day of that. Music from the iPod broke the silence as Britt and I traded play time and trips to the car for charging time. Wood burning stoves are a godsend sending heat and moisture into the stagnant air.
And then you try and get creative:
The egg, naturally white, colored with two gels brightened by two lights. Reminds me of a Sunrise. This was a suggestion from a photography group i am in. Finally got the chance to try it.
I found this next one very intriguing. As I was getting the purple on the left side dialed in I noticed the red on the right. Where the heck was this coming from? As I looked around a spec of sun had brightened the sky putting some light in through the window and with it illuminating a Snapple bottle on the counter close by. Very cool. I do not think I could have ever staged this, but allows for interesting attempts in the future.
Remarkably not a single game of cards was played during this time. We have never really been into cards so much, I would imagine though as all of us get older the rummy tournaments will ensue. Not a bad thing, maybe that would keep me sharp enough not to get slaughtered when we visit my parents.
I have to admit there were a few moments when that creepy, helpless feeling set in and that parental instinct took over. Protecting home and family from looters and scam artists. Double checking the surroundings became common place and the car proved to be an ample charging station for flashlights, iPods and cell phones.
All in all it was a very interesting experience. Comparatively speaking we were incredibly lucky and very fortunate our issues were just related to power. There are thousands of people left without homes and for many low lying homes that did make it their interiors were ruined by flood waters. Truly a catastrophic event. Please think about those in need and always be thankful what you have. It can be gone in a matter of moments.
A workhorse getting ready to be retired: