8 Years.

The silver lining of this derecho and the power issues is that Hubs’ work had no power yesterday so we had the day off together!!

We puttered around (I did ironing, laundry, etc.  He couponed or rebated or something).  Hit up Walmart for a new bottom for some tankini tops my little sister gave me (Thank god for whomever decided to make the tankini.).  I bought some new running shoes, and a new pair of flipflops and Hubs got a pair of sandals.  We had really great grilled veggies for dinner, and rounded the day out with bringing the RiverDog (Theron) down the Greenway into the river.

Today I am a little bummed… Tower’s shopping center has power back (per facebook, not personally confirmed) which makes it likely, very likely that Hubs’ work will have power today, and he will have to work.  I was hoping SO MUCH that he wouldnt’ have to…

You see, 8 years ago today was the start of what we have now… I’ve spent 8 years with the same man…  Fallen in love more, and to be honest less at times… but we’re still here…  And we’re talking about me!!!  The quintessential wild child.  The girl who no one thought would settle down, not for lack of trying, I always was seeming to pursue someone… but I couldn’t contain that wild streak…  If you ever meet me in real life… The stories I could tell you… I promise they back this claim up and then some. 🙂

But here we are… 8 years later…  And on July 5th, it will be 4 years of wedlock.  (I love that word!) Holy crap where does the time go?!?

Happy Anniversary Love.  🙂

And the winds howled…

Friday night we discovered the amazingness that is BBC’s Sherlock Holmes.  We watched the first episode on Netflix…  It was about 9:00pm.  Hubs immediately queued up the second episode… while I poured beers from the kegerator (You know what makes Keystone Light not so bad?? Lime juice…  Love it.)…

Our kegerator is located in what we fondly call the Butler’s Pantry…. In reality it’s the “eat in kitchen” aspect of our kitchen.  It has enough space for MAYBE a bistro table, and it has our pantry and fridge in it.  The kegerator sits in an old sealed up doorway.  If you are facing the kegerator, pouring beer like I was Friday evening your back is to the door to the back yard.

The door to the backyard is mostly glass.  I love being able to see out easily.  Our backyard has a 6 foot dog-eared privacy fence around it… and in the back is a small strip of undeveloped land with HUGE oaks, and locusts, and just a lot of big trees.  Most of the yards near us on our side of the street also have an oak or magnolia.  I would guesstimate that our oaks are about 50+ years old.  Very tall, very majestic, very scary.  Since they are older, when it just gets a little windy I get nervous one might fall!!

So as I was saying, I was pouring cheap beer with lime for us, and I heard noises in the backyard like nothing I’ve ever heard before.  I opened the door and stepped out and it was insane.  I wish I took a video…  I couldn’t tell if we were in the middle of a tornado, or if it was about to hail…  I yelled to Hubs and he came to see what the commotion was all about.

We stood out there for about 2 minutes in awe of mother nature.  There was lightning every once in a while… but the wind was HORRIFIC.  It felt like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when the tornadoes were coming.  After those 2 minutes of watching the wind move the tops of those oaks around just as easy as if you ran your hands on the petals of a flower… We realized how insanely scary it was and how STUPID we were to be outside in it.  We found the cat and dog and hunkered down in the basement.  Smores, the crazy adventure  cat, kept trying to escape….

We hunkered down in the basement for about 50 minutes of horrific windstormage.  At first power would go on and then off, on and then off, then finally off for good.  Thank god for cell phones, because i was able to call my mom up in VT and get the scoop on the storm.

When it all was over, it was cooler and calmer…  We ventured out, leaving the animals safe in the basement.  We checked on our neighbors; made sure everyone was okay.  Had an impromptu block party. 🙂  We all agreed, no one had seen anything like it before.

I had assumed, incorrectly, that power would be back on in a few hours… Since it was in the 100’s Friday and again yesterday, I was miserable.  I am not built for the heat!!!   I figured we  would open the windows, go to bed, wake up and turn the central air back on and all would be good…  Besides at almost mid-night when we finally got ready to go to bed it had cooled down to the high-70’s…  And I could almost stand the heat.

About 4 am I woke up freaking out about the quarter of a cow in our upright freezer.   I was hatching plans to figure out how to save it.  I was freaking out about the food in the refrigerator.  I just was freaking out in general.

I tried to shut my brian off, but at 4:45 I threw in the towel and got up.

I was up with the sunrise… I walked the dog early in the “cool” of the morning… We surveyed the damage in the ‘hood.  Amazingly enough, we didn’t see any trees through houses or cars, or fires, or anything.  We saw a TON of trees down, but they hit porches, or fell in the road.

In fact, our neighbor was the closest call.
She had 6 trees down!  All of which came up by the roots.  They destroyed her corn circles, and her inflatable above ground pool… some of the branches landed on her deck… But there was no damage to the deck.  The tips of the tree closest to the house are actually touching the house, but no damage!  Her deck umbrella even somehow avoided decimation.


While walking I realized we needed to get ice, fast.  I wasn’t going to lose  $400 of good beef, and a couple hundred dollars in other freezer items…  I also realized that the main road we live off of had power.  Weird right?  So it ended up the 7-11 had ice, and THANK THE LORD THEY HAD COFFEE!!  Mindy operating on 4 hours of sleep, in the heat…. Coffee wasn’t optional. 🙂  We snagged 6 bags of ice to keep the freezer filled downstairs  and put bowls of ice in our fridge to keep it cold.  Hubs, of course, had to put extra ice in the kegerator.  Priorities Folks, priorities.

I kept checking AEP’s website, hoping for updates.  Everything looked bad, really bad… This wasn’t just a “little wind”…. It was a wind storm that was traveling across states…  There ended up with half a million people without power.  Crazy.  Needless to say, we had little hope in our hearts of having electricity back for a few days.

I’m a Vermonter… I can totally be prepared for ice storms, snow storms, those sorts of things that can put you down and out without electricity… No electricity in the summer with record temperatures…  It’s a whole new ball game!!  Having camped a lot growing up, we both were very happy to grill breakfast before heading out for the day.  It’s amazing what you will come up with when pressed!

We had purchased tickets to head to Franklin County to the Strings & Spirits (on Saturday)… We already spent the $40  for two tickets…  And we weren’t going to get power back by hoping and dreaming… so we set out a ton of water in the basement for the dog & cat and away we went.
If you are local and didn’t check this out yesterday… You really missed out!!  I’ll do a separate review of the event later this week.  I will say this, I had an outstanding time and it completely distracted us from the thought of losing all that beef (YES, I was obsessed with losing all that meat!!!).

And lo and behold… when we walked in to our house after sitting in a field for hours in the baking hot sun, there was airflow inside the house.

We had power!

THANK YOU AEP!  That totally exceeded our hopes and dreams…  Also… The beef was saved. 🙂