The Night The Lights Went Out…
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 28 2012, 12:26 am
Power! Electricity!! Storms!!!
Recently I’ve had the pleasure or not of having no power for at least 24 hours…TWICE! What a reality check that was.
Amazing how I’ve come to depend on electricity for so much in my daily routine. First and foremost…
AIR CONDITIONING!! Which given that I live in Texas, is very, very, very important to my ability to sleep! Given I sleep during the day for work at night…this is a necessity, not a frivolous item. My dh, the smart alec, said “Didn’t you use to sleep at night with no air conditioning? Just open windows?” Duh, yes, but we had ELECTRIC FANS to create a breeze. He wisely didn’t say anymore!
Light. When we were in Ohio during the big power outage, we had no power for four days. Luckily, Mom had just bought these three little battery powered lanterns a few months earlier. How cool was that? We could see to maneuver through the house, sit and talk, even work the giant jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table. Even if you don’t go camping or live in a hurricaine prone state, I’d suggest buying a few of these, much safer than a house full of burning candles. *Here’s a link to the lanterns.*
Electronics. We were able to charge our phones with car chargers. Another good thing since the phones went down with the power. I kept my iPad off to conserve it’s charge except at night when I was reading. Now here’s where modern technology really came in handy. Even with the power out and no real light to read by…thanks to my Kindle ap on both the iPad and my phone…I COULD STILL READ!! YAHOO!!
Silence. Now here was something you don’t realize. How much ambient noise there is due to electricity. No air conditioning fan or the turning on and off of said air conditioning. No refrigerator running. No hum of the computers. No noise from the TV. Yet, once you have all those sounds eliminated you start hearing things you hadn’t heard in a while. Crickets. Dogs barking late at night. The train whistle not too far from the house. Snoring. The rustle of the leaves with the occasional burst of wind.
Some of these things were a major inconvenience, even a health hazzard. (Second time I’ve been at my mother’s in the past year that I’ve had to clean out a freezer/frig!) Others were inspiring. See as a writer of historical westerns I have to use my imagination to write things how they sounded or how they functioned in a time before electricity in the homes. NOW I can do it from experience! (Would much rather have my air conditioning than a learning lesson!)
So, have you ever had the power go out for a night? 24 hours? Four days? Longer? How did your family handle it? Did you do anything fun? Learn anything?
Since I’m going to RWA this week and will be bringing extra swag and books home with me, how about a little, “wish I could’ve gone too” bag of goodies for two commenters? (Will include some Lacy Morgan stuff, too!)
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