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Wherein we broke some records, but not for deepest snowfall in one storm. We only came in fourth for that. We measured 2 ft in the driveway in 24 hours, drifts were much higher, official is 20-21" at the airport.

Power went out  and on starting at 9:45 p.m. last night and out for good around 10:30 p.m. We saw so many flashes of bright oranges and yellows we thought the neighbor's house was on fire. Turned out it was lines or transformers down in the valley. It got cold fairly quickly with no heat, but this morning through this evening was the worst for cold. Thank the Gods I bought that gel-fueled fireplace because if you sat close it actually gave out heat! Candle and oil lamps abounded.

The Yorkie was cold. Even Ringo the fat cat got a bit chilled. Dave got disgusted in the afternoon and asked when were we going to abandon this place. I told him he could go when he wanted to, but I was not leaving the pets. Even if I only burnt one fuel can at a time, it would last and they would not freeze.

The wee gel-fuel flames get decently hot. We heated coffee in a pan over it. I heated soup. I made a scrambled egg and later pancakes for us. lol We needed hot food. Hours later when the drive was cleared and after Kev shoveled the walk he cleared all around the gas grill so we could have hamburgers for dinner. I heated corn over ... you guessed it! The wee fireplace!

We played Scattergories early in the day. Guess who won every round? *breathes on bent fingers and scuffs shirt*

But it got colder as the day wore long. The temp stayed in the high 50's inside near the wee flames and in the family room when the sun came in, but our core temp cooled so it felt uncomfortable even in layers and under a comforter. My nose, toes, and fingers stayed cold. Sadie's little Yorkie ears and paws were chilled. And the snap-crackle of the fireplace kept her afraid.

I had just texted Mary that the power outage was getting old and the temp is to drop to single digits tonight and vióla - POWER!! It was around 6:50 p.m. Hurrah!!!!

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Feb. 7th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)

So glad to hear you are warm agian. I faired pretty well. That little gas heater in the kitchen heats the whole house. I had coffee via the teakettle and sing-cup drip cone lol, and of course, had enough candles with which to open a shop! But I did have hot water--my tank doesn't plug into the grid.

We were "dark" from 3am to just before 1pm.

I called Dad to let him know we didn't have electric--usually HIS goes out and not mine. But his didn't this time. He said he would gladly come down to get me. I said, "Well, that would mean we'd have to bring iRene, and then neither one of you would be happy." ::silent snicker:: He agreed, "Well, yah, but we'll deal with it." I told him I was fine and I'd rought it out here. It wasn't so bad other than inconvenient. The house was holding nicely at 60 degrees.

HUGS HUGS HUGS!! STAY WARM!! (I have to go find my van.)
Feb. 7th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I miss my gas stove where you still had warmth and food if the power goes out. We'll get one when we redo the kitchen and this is the first time since we've been married it's been out for 21 hours, so hopefully ... lol

But yes - HEAT is good! I'm glad you have the little gas heater. We didn't lose water, either, because we have a gas water heater. Big difference between here and the South where near everything is electric.
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