These were written at or around the same time Tasha was writing her thoughts, Saturday night. My spirits got significantly lower on Sunday am, when the toilet was frozen, and it was 32 in the bedroom.
As we approach hour 40 without power, I’ve been reflecting on the experience so far, and I have to say it hasn’t been terrible.
Yes, it is currently colder than 40 degrees in my bedroom, and yes, I am suffering from internet withdrawal. I am not however going hungry, dying of boredom, or even all that cold. We’ve managed quite well, despite the lack of alternate power, or heat. We’ve gotten by with extra layers, extra blankets, cat warmers, and disposable hand warmers. Not to mention the kindness of family and friends. We’ve spend significant amount of time at my brothers, showering, and getting connected (power and internet). We’ve even dropped our fish off there yesterday. They seem to be doing ok, last we checked today. We’ve also been lucky enough to have numerous offers of help from our friends, and even borrowed some dry firewood. Everything I could acquire locally at this time is not really worth burning, it’s so green and wet.
While it is getting old fast, and it is sapping our spirit a bit, since there doesn’t seem to be much progress on getting power pack, I am sure we can endure a little hardship, and bare another night without power. I don’t think however our heating via fireplace will keep the house warm enough for us to stay another night after tonight. 39 is pretty damn cold.
I am getting a bit worried about the pipes too, supposedly it takes a few cold days to freeze pipes, we’ve had 1 and a half, one more cold night could do it. I’ll be running the water tonight, hopefully, I’ll wake up either sweating from the furnace kicking on, or to the bright ball of fire in the sky and a 50 degree day.
While I was not very verbose, I was confident we were fine the night, but not much beyond that. By mid morning on Sunday we had given up, we had called around to find a shelter or kennel for the cats, and had made plans to stay the night at my brothers. We were done!
Even a few days out we are still ‘recovering’, and all in all we weren’t hit that hard. We didn’t have any damage to the house, very little in the way of tree damage to our fences, or out buildings. The two impacts were to the fridge / freezer, and the fish tank. I would estimate I will be throwing out about 50-100 worth of food. Thank god our chest freezer stayed frozen solid, otherwise the tally could have reached 1k if we didn’t find a home for our meat.
The fish tank on the other hand is nearly a total loss. We were wise enough to move the fish on Friday, they are still in a bucket today. The rest of the tank, the large open brain, corals, snails, crabs, even the bristle worms are all dead. The water is murky, I have been working hard on performing water changes, and changing filters to get the water and live rock back into a livable state. It’s so bad, I haven’t even tested the water. I need to work somewhat fast because the fish cannot live in that bucket indefinitely. I hope to do another large water change today, perhaps 20 gallons, I did about 15 yesterday. I will also try to remove any dead stuff from the tank, I haven’t yet because I wanted to give it all a change to bounce back, if it was alive, but I don’t see that happening two days out.
The local fish store is helping us out with water, and livestock, so, perhaps by the end of this weekend we can have the tank back on its feet.
However as the saying is, live an learn. I think I’ve learned a bit from this experience. We are buying a generator.