I quickly refilled the Aladdin lamp, built a fire in the wood stove, and promptly picked up the phone to call AEP and get the latest dismal projection. And just then there was a whirring noise behind me. I had to stop and think what I was hearing–the sound I’ve cast a pox on so many times in our otherwise quiet home–the refrigerator motor running again!
This great reawakening was short-lived, however, though I did my part by not rushing in and turning everything ON. But lots of folks must have. Power came. And it went. But several cycles later, about 7:00, it came on for good.
But there is such a thing as too much light. Dimness covers a multitude of sins: the mess the house has become in the absence of vacuum cleaner, adequate light, and with attention turned to more immediate survival matters is now all too apparent, even two hours before first light.
So when Ann (who got home from work at 1:00) wakes up, I can tell you that vacuum we missed so much will be in MY hands for a good bit of the later morning hours. I feel some serious honey-do catching up coming my way. But at least we can do it with POWER!
And, although I grumbled about a possible AEP conspiracy and general ineptitude in our little sufferings, my hat’s off to those men who worked in icy, bitter, windy cold to restore power to “5000 households” in Floyd County alone. We appreciate your sacrifice and efforts on our behalf!