Wednesday, December 22, 2010

High Winds and Lashing Rain.

What a time I've put in waiting for daylight this morning. We've had high winds for over 24 hours. I can hear the wind roaring and the big trees (aspen and spruce in particular) doing a mad swirling dance. I can also hear the roar of the ocean and wave crashing on shore.

Last night at about 7:00 pm I was just sitting down to watch a bit of television when the electricity was knocked out. I had a choice of two things, either stay up and look at a candle until heaven only knew when or go to bed. I opted for bed.

I woke up at about 4:00 am, almost my usual getting up time and there was still no electricity. Thank goodness for my old rotary phone as it was the only thing working. I phoned the power companys outages number and the recording said that we would have power back on at noon. Thankfully we have a wood stove, at least I had heat.

So for about four hours waiting for daylight, I was sitting staring at a candle. Not an easy thing for me to do. Well, daylight finally came and I went out to let chickens out and feed them also feed wild birds and bring in wood. It was blowing a gale and raining. That done, it was only a matter of waiting. At around 10:30 the electricity was back on. What a relief.

The wind has died down somewhat so fingers crossed that we don't lose the electricity again.

Himself is in Spain for the holidays and has come down with flu and bronchitis. His daughter took him to a doctor there and he now has antibiotics. They had planned to go to Morocco for a week come Friday so hopefully he will be up to it.

Laurie is coming tomorrow to spend a few days so I'm really looking forward to that.

Said Candle.


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Tricia said...

You always make me laugh OC - for which thank you. So this is the influence of the Winter Solstice is it..... ;)

I can imagine your frustration at having no light/heat etc. but it really is a rather splendid candle :D

Great that Laurie's coming... woo hoo - have fun the two of you (not much doubt about that eh)

Cicero Sings said...

Sounds like an exciting time ... the thrill of the storm and all. Ha! Amazing how dependent we are on electricity. I'm happy I have a wood stove for back up too. I wouldn't want to be without a wood stove. Handy things. Agreed, one can't do much by candlelight ... I don't know how our ancestors managed!

Mingus and me ... we wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good things.

Dixxe said...

WOW that was scary! I dont like high wind--Glad you got the power back and you wont be alone come tomorrow! Enjoy the Holidays-and be safe!

Bimbimbie said...

Bed would have been my choice too, best place for listening to the wild wind blow. Hoping you have no more outages over Christmas.

Merry Christmas*!*

Stewart said...

Hi OC, Thank for the blog comments. Do you celebrate Christmas?

Anyway, all the very best to you....

Kelly said...

What an ordeal!! When the lights go out...everything comes to a screeching halt! ...and on the Solstice no less. I guess all those winds were blowing the old stuff out. All the best for the coming New Year! Hope Himself recovers quick enough to enjoy his trip!

Anonymous said...

I heard about the Maritimes getting hit with a winter storm. The west coast has apparently got it too.

Hope your partner is improving and have a safe, happy Christmas!