I promised you a story today, and a story you will have.
It was the winter of 2009 (or maybe 08, I’m not sure) and I was living in Joplin, MO. Ice storms are not uncommon for the area. And since it was the subject of Open Concept living that brings up this story 🙂 I need to tell you about our house.
It was about 100 years old and had been taken care of over the century. I loved that house. Two-story, and big! And each room had a door. Every single room! They were the original doors, with the original doorknobs – lovely 🙂 The only place that didn’t have a door was between the dining room and living room. There was an opening there about three doors wide, framed with molding.
It was early December when the ice storm hit. The power went out. We only had an electric furnace for heat. It got really cold – like 20 degrees in the house. We tried to buy a generator in town, but they’d been bought up. Then we found out Lowes was sending a truck from Springfield, MO full of generators. We put our name on the waiting list. They were supposed to call us when our name came up. But with the weather, we didn’t trust the phone, so we set up camp in Lowes! I have to give Lowes credit – in this weather emergency they went above and beyond to be helpful, even when people were not so nice. I’ve been a loyal customer ever since.
After several hours,we got our generator, filled up 4 gas cans with gas (when it was $4 -$5 a gallon!) and went home. All the guys set up the generator and I got the inside cozy. The biggest thing is – I shut all the doors. We were able to keep one room warm, and we didn’t want the other rooms sucking all the warmth from ‘our’ room. I hung several quilts up between the living and dining room in lieu of a door.
The generator would run a heater, the TV, a lamp, the DVD player and a crock pot. We lived in that room for 8 days. Still, the room only got to about 50 degrees. Dress warm, layer the quilts and hunker down for some movie watching. It was going to the bathroom that was bone-chilling. Or is it butt-chilling? Umm – both!
Yes, there were shelters, and if we didn’t have a generator, we could have gone there. But the title seems much more exciting when I say it like that! 🙂
There are some pictures here of one of the ice storms. Since it’s CBS news, I don’t think I should borrow their pics! But if you want to see them, pay attention to pictures 1, 5, 13 and 15. Those were most like our street.
There are many stories I could tell you about that week, but this is long enough for a post with no pictures!
Have you ever been without power for that long? Or longer? Tell us your story!
Enjoy the Newsletter tomorrow.