Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What to Do When the Power Goes Out Again

I should have known things were going to be kind of dicey tonight. I left work and headed west to the pharmacy to get my Meloxicam. Half-way between the office and the pharmacy, traffic came to a complete halt. There was no visible accident and the stoplight I could see was working. That meant the blockage or whatever it was, was farther west, out of my sight. It wasn't until I got into Wheaton that the reason for traffic crawling was apparent. The stop light 5 blocks south of my house was not working. Looking at the businesses on that corner, they were all dark and people living in an apartment complex on the corner were sitting on their stoops, fanning themselves. Uh oh.

Continuing westward, I got to the pharmacy only to be greeted by a handmade sign, "Closed. No Power. Sorry." That means in the morning, I will have to dash over to the pharmacy to get my pills. I came home, did a load of wash and started hobo suppers in the oven. They'd cooked about 10 minutes and the lights flickered. Then they dimmed and then they went out. (Sigh) Ironically, I read in Monday's paper where the last two businesses without power from last week's storm had their power restored on Sunday evening. Com Ed was saying 100% restoration.

I opened the windows to let what little breeze there was flow through the house. It's warm but not broiling hot in the house. I had cut up some strawberries for supper so I ate them and just left the hobo suppers in the oven, figuring they would continue to cook even if the oven wasn't on. (The potatoes didn't get completely cooked and will have to be nuked tomorrow when I take one for lunch.)

I read the papers and scratched some ears, hung up a load of wash, but then, what to do? I think I shall start on my Christmas project. Jessie might remember this material. She was buying material to make a throw for a friend for Christmas and this was in the bin to be reshelved. I was immediately drawn to it. I knew  exactly what I could do with it. So I got a couple of yards. It's sat in the box of cloth for a couple years now. It's time to turn it into my Christmas project.

So, I spent two hours cutting. The power came back on at 8:15, two hours after it had gone off. I finished cutting what I was working on. Now I have a stack of squares. These are ready for the next step. It's supposed to be in the 90's this weekend. I have no plans to go anywhere. I can work on Step 2.

Beverage:  water


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