Thursday, February 5, 2009

Day 10

Today is the 10th day with no electricity or water at my house. I should say in my community. None close to us have power at all. We all are fortunate enough to have generators that keep our freezers and refrigerators on so our food won't spoil. When you live out in the country you generally buy in bulk so we have a lot of food that we would lose without the generators.

We are also able to use space heaters and one TV and one lamp. We don't want to overload it so that is all we have hooked up. There are extension cords all over the house coming in from the kitchen window.

Joe bought a kerosene heater Tuesday but he has a phobia about flames in the house and will not keep it lit all night so when I get up in the morning and finally pry myself out of my toasty bed my toes hit the icy floor with a vengeance.

This morning I left the house early. I was able to take a shower at one of our offices that is located inside a double wide mobile home. Let me tell you it was woooooonderful! I felt like a new woman when I stepped out of that bathroom.

My x-husband called a couple of hours ago. He said "Do you have power?" I said "no." He said "Do you know when you will get it?" HUH? HELLO! ARE YOU AN IDIOT? Wait, don't answer that last one because we all know you are. I said "Hell no! Why?" He said they are talking about Steph's school starting back on Monday. I was in the middle of a most frustrating item here at work so I told him I would have to talk to him about this later. Geez, what a moron. Do I know when I will get the electricity back. Good gosh, isn't that the question everyone around here is asking? I have a good mind to tell him he has to keep her there and take and pick her up at school until we get things back to normal at my house. But I wouldn't put her through that.

Joe and I met at a restaurant in Paducah after work last night. It was nice to have a warm meal and some vegetables! I don't think I want to see another bologna sandwich after this is all over. It's amazing the difference between a cold meal and a hot meal. The hot meal really makes a body feel better.

The main problem we are having is the lack of water. Not so much for us but for the horses. Joe took the water trough down the road to our neighbor's house and filled it up but a lot spilt on the way back. But it is better than nothing. If need be we can walk them to the pond for a drink. Either way we will make it through this. It is a bit hard but faith and gratitude keep me sane.

10 comments:

MichelleSG said...

Oh lordy woman, just reading that makes me emotionally traumatized! Now I remember why I don't live int eh snow belt or tornado alley and why I fear every and all natural disaster. Big or small! Hang in there, the electric guys are probably working their tails off and haven't seen their families in days. Heck they probably don't have power either! Everything will get back to normal, just keep everyone fed and watered!

Syd said...

Do you have a well pump that the generator could kick off? I was without power for 23 days during Hurricane Hugo and had a well pump that was powered by generator. It worked great to have water for the house and the animals.

Dusty Devoe said...

Hang in there! Sure nice to see your post today. I missed you. Was getting worried!

janjanmom said...

Good to read you!! We are at day 10 as well. No fun at all. Thank God for library internet!!

Scott W said...

Is there still a boil water order for your area? I have it that you are so stressed, but it will pass and be just a memory. Today you are one day closer to having your electricity back.

Jen said...

I forgot about the horses. I wouldnt be good on a farm.
I prayed earlier God gets everyone with power soon...praying and hugging you.

Pony Girl said...

Wow, that is a long time without power! A huge windstorm hit here a few years ago and I think the longest some people went was 7 days. It really tests how well we are prepared for natural disasters. I am glad that you at least have generators! Hang in there, I'm sure things will be up and running in a few days!

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Hang in there. This will be a story to tell your grandkids "about the winter of 2009." Joe is smart about not leaving the kerosene heater on while you sleep. If something doesn't work properly it could be dangerous.

Dan

Pam said...

thinking of you, your family and of course the flappy lip puppies.

Bill said...

Joe is sensible about the heater.
Just press your cold feet against his back when you need to warm them up.