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Big Storm and Power Failure

October 5th, 2008 at 10:56 am

Well, I say big storm. Not exactly a hurricane or the like, but relatively big for our area. It was enough to knock power out through much of NW Washingtion, us included. It went out at about five, just when I was in the middle of cooking a lasagna. It went into the fridge with a bag of ice from the freezer so it didn't heat it up too badly in there.

First thing we did was clean off the woodstove and the surrounding area while it was still light. It's kind of been used as a catch all for the summer. It only took about 20 minutes to get it cleared and to empty the ash from last year. DH was supposed to have done that before we shut it down for the summer, but he forgot. Apparently.

Anyway, we didn't end up needing to use the woodstove because the temperature outside didn't drop below 58 degrees. But it's cleared now, so the few nights when it's dropped down to the 30's and 40's and I've had to use the propane will be a thing of the past. We intend to use the wood stove for the rest of the fall/winter/spring. We have all the free wood we cut up and chopped from the summer of '07 and it is bone dry now. So no more heating bills after the next propane bill comes due. It's got maybe 3 weeks of sporadic use on it.

We did end up going out for dinner in a little town down the mountain about fifteen minutes drive away, where they still had power. The place we wanted to go was packed so badly people were eating outside under the awning, in the rain. No thank you.

We ended up at a smaller family style restaurant that is tucked away from the main strip. It was good food and everybody cleared their plates, but the cost was still higher than I like to pay on a meal out for four. With tip it came to $63. Won't be doing that again for a while, but it was great service and delicious.

If we'd had the makings for anything that wasn't raw or didn't need to be heated up, we'd have done that instead. We were even out of peanut butter and bread, but I go shopping today to remedy that. We've been eating out of our cupboards for three months while we use up stuff that's been there for ages. Empty cupboards just happened to coincide with power failure. *sighs*

We had power back before we went to bed when they'd been anticipating not having it back until today some time. Not too bad, considering.

2 Responses to “Big Storm and Power Failure”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Howdy neighbor! I too am in Washington and lost power for about an hour, between 2 - 3pm. It was quite unexpected to us since we hadn't heard a weather forecast. I hear we may have another round today though. Guess we'll find out - keep the flashlights handy!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Hi, Cindy. We did have another round. Did you?

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