Our First Power Outage That Never Was

Hurricane style oil lamp converted to use a 4 watt led bulb

Hurricane style oil lamp converted to use a 4 watt led bulb

Last night was a pretty ordinary night. After supper (I am still getting used to calling the evening meal supper after 30 years out on the west coast, where they called that meal dinner) we washed up the dishes, did the normal evening chores and settled down to relax. Elaine was in the bedroom screening a murder mystery on her computer. She watches a lot of those and since she was widowed twice before we got together, I sometimes wonder if I should worry that she knows literally hundreds of ways to do away with me and get away with it. I mean unless my demise was investigated by Poroit, or Miss Marpole. I will start to worry if she starts writing off the cost of new movies on her taxes, under “research”.
I was sitting in the front room playing “whack a troll” on face book. The woodstove was humming along and I was feeling quite contented. Then one of my neighbours posted that the power was out. I peered out the window, and sure enough the lights normally visible from the hamlet to the east of us, were not to be seen. A few more posts confirmed that the town and surrounding rural area were without power for what turned out to be about two and a half hours. With the temperature sitting around -16c, it probably seemed like a long outage to anyone without backup sources of heat and light. I thought again about the difference from last winter to this one. Although there were no outages while we were in the rental, every unexplained flicker in the lights gave me an uneasy feeling. I found myself listening carefully to the furnace starting up, memorizing the sequence so that I could be aware of any problems developing. This winter I am more comfortable, with confidence in my sources of heat and light, and backup systems in place.
If not for face book, we would likely have been completely unaware of the outage last night. I do hope no one experienced any significant discomfort last night, and am doing my best to suppress a tiny bit of smugness that I might feel today toward those who scoffed at our decision to go off grid.

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One Response to Our First Power Outage That Never Was

  1. ~MyLa says:

    I almost feel a little smug for you/with you 🙂

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