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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.


Author: Karen

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4 thoughts on “The Separate Rooms and How They Saved Our LIves! {Story}

  1. It WAS scary! Although I love Karen dearly, I was kind of glad WE didn’t get it just North of her area. We had masses amounts of snow instead. Only about 1 inch of ice and then almost 18″ of snow. Wow, seems like a lifetime ago!

    Posted on August 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm
    1. An inch of ice and then 18″ of snow is worse, I think! Either way, it’s all heavy and snaps off tree branches like they were twigs. It was a lifetime ago, for sure. I don’t remember, did you lose power? There were people who were without power a lot longer than we were. I’m glad you didn’t get it too! 🙂

      Posted on August 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  2. Yeah! It was kind of a scary time for everyone. We couldn’t get any news or emails, or call anyone cause everything was down. You knew more than we did!

    By the 8th day, I was so sick of it all and cold, even with the heater and quilts that I just wanted to go to sleep and wake up when it was over. Suddenly the lights came on! What a wonderful answer to prayer. 🙂

    Posted on August 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  3. Oh my gosh, I remember that! Even though we weren’t there I remember how freaked out we all were and praying for you guys a lot! I get a bit whiny when the power is only out for an hour or two! We are so dependent on it! I can’t imagine how awful that must have been – glad you survived to tell about it! 🙂

    Posted on August 20, 2016 at 7:44 am