Nights are dark without electricity, but I like to keep lots of candles around. I usually just put them inside of clear canning jars so they make lots of light and are easy to carry around the house. Except I got a little carried away and created a tray (a Mexican bar tray) full of candles.
The reason there’s no electricity is we’ve been hit by a terrible series of ice storms. There’s not much ice on the road, but the trees have been covered with thick coats of globby, gleaming ice. Walking outside of our house feels like walking into a ghost forest of deathly white trees, into a ghost town where almost all the houses are dark. If you stand outside for more than a few minutes, in the unnatural silence you will hear the eerie noise of branches falling and trees crashing down somewhere from the weight of the ice.
We haven’t had any power since Friday night, so a lot of time is spent working on alternative ways to stay warm — gathering down jackets and lots of blankets, gathering and drying out fire wood. I’ve been checking in with some of our elderly neighbors, because if you walk around the neighborhood, you see that a lot of people are blocked in their own driveways with fallen branches. Actually there are branches and trees and power lines fallen down over most roads, so it’s difficult to drive anywhere even if you do get out.
We were hoping the studio would get power get power soon because it’s in a commercial district, but so far no luck even though yesterday there were eight trucks working on the street outside.
Once the power company gets a power line hooked up, another one falls somewhere else, so half the city is without power. The worst part of all this is, the weather forecast for the next few days predicts temperatures dropping into the low teens in the day and lower at night. So for lots of people who haven’t left town already, the trick will be to stay safe and warm until the end of the week.
Here’s the view out our front door. We can’t even walk this way because of fallen trees.
And in the back, this hundred-year-old tree has been shattered. This summer we’ll miss its shade and already our yard squirrels and dog are mourning the loss. We might just have to use it for firewood though, if the power’s not on soon.