Arkansas gets one or two inches of snow every other year or snow. Rarely does it stick. Christmas afternoon it was 32 degrees and rained for about 3 hours. Every drop of that froze on the trees and bushes! Then it started snowing and here at my house we got about 8 inches. Other parts of this area got up to 15 inches. Our electricity went out at 10:00 Christmas night and has been out ever since.
We are toasty warm at my house because we have two fireplaces. I have a gas stove in my kitchen and a gas hot water heater so we're able to cook and to shower, unlike many who have all electric homes. We also have a generator that will run our refrigerator and freezer. I've been able to charge my phone so I can read your comments and your e-mails on it and today we decided to boot up the computers for a few minutes. Only a few since I have to turn off the freezer when we do this!
There were about 200,000 without power Wednesday. I'm not sure how many still are but the call I got from the energy company said we would get ours back NEXT TUESDAY. Because we live "out in the county" and not in town we will get service last because there are so few people out here.
I'm not complaining, truly I'm not. We are blessed to be warm and to have plenty of hot water and to be able to cook. Once before in another house we had no power for 9 days and it was a total electric house. That was brutal. My daughter, who grew up in the age of technology, jokingly said "we reheated Christmas dinner on top of the stove last night - who knew you could reheat food without a microwave!"
I loved all the comments to my "Welcome To The Neighborhood" post (if you didn't read it, just click on the link and join us!) and as soon as the power is back I'll start posting blog names and addresses. See you then!
(The view off my deck toward the lake.)