A freak October storm brought down a massive number of trees and branches on Saturday, and over 800,000 Connecticut households lost power, including mine. As I heard mentioned over and over on the AM radio station that was my only source of news, the damage from Storm Alfred was much worse than that of Hurricane Irene, just two months ago. Having the leaves still on the trees was part of the problem. And this time it was cold, of course. My house dropped down to about 40 degrees F.
I quickly completed an item on my 101 list, making a fire in the fireplace.
I kept my walking streak alive, too, checking out the neighborhood to the tune of chainsaws, wood chippers, and generators. Many trees and limbs were down, with tangled lines everywhere.
We cleared the fallen branches from our yard, and I stacked many, many small logs for firewood.
Let’s hope I don’t have to use it all next year.
We’ve all had school closed all week, so we will most assuredly lose a vacation over this. Still, we’re luckier than many. We didn’t have any major damage, and we were able to stay in our home, dragging mattresses down to the basement and piling up the blankets. The boys did well; it would have been much more difficult to worry about small children.
I know it’s a cliche to say so, but going five days without power during the cold really helps you to appreciate the little things:
- a hot shower
- a warm place to sit
- light after sunset
- an Internet connection
- and of course, family and friends (Thanks so much, everyone, for your generosity!)
#87: 101 things in 1001 days. Make a fire in the fireplace.