Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow related incident means no tea

If you are reading this post, it means I am without power and won't be having tea with Kimmie and the other Tea Tuesday participants until my power has been restored. There were indications late Monday afternoon when a car hit skidded slammed into the pole that holds my neighborhood transformer. Adding to the problem was the snow, which put stress on the lines. The lines were stretched on one side of the pole and nearly on the ground on the other side. Although I peeked out to see as much as I could from inside the house, I didn't want to investigate, which would mean leaving the house and braving the bitter cold and blowing wind, which were far worse than the snow. I called a neighbor who lives near the transformer pole. He told me that once the accident had been cleaned up (thankfully only the car and pole were damaged) the power company was considering cutting the power until they could fix the line, which was now nearly draped across the street at the intersection.

I decided to quickly post this in case I completely lost power. So, since you're reading this, I am obviously currently without power. What does that mean? Well, I have hot water, but no electricity to make tea, either on my stove, or in the microwave. It means I don't have lights, and no computer or heat, since I have an electric starter on my central heating unit and my heaters are all electric. It means Bleubeard and I are huddled under a blanket, reading by candlelight until I can't see anything. It means it's too cold to make art because my fingers don't work well on a good day, much less when they are numb from cold. Luckily, I have lots of salad fixings, so that will be on the menu today. Hopefully, you won't abandon me, but come visit, even though there is nothing in my cup and I can't even offer you heat. Have a warm and artful Tea Tuesday. I'll be around as soon as the power is back on and the house heats a bit!

But while you are getting warm, please stop by Patty's at Magpie's Nest for a chance to win the latest issue of Sew Somerset magazine. If that wasn't enough, please also stop by Steph's at Purple Lotus Art for yet another awesome giveaway. Two winners will receive the latest issue of either Art Journaling or Somerset Studios, along with goodies every altered artist can use. As is my policy when announcing giveaways, both of these giveaways are offered by simply leaving a comment. And both are open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

30 thoughtful remarks:

Steph said...

oh dear, E....hope everything will be restored soon...missing you..

olive said...

I do hope you have been linked back to civilisation by now.... its hard being cold nothing is worse. take care... positive thoughts. Hugs Olive xxx

Sue said...

Hi hun
oh dear thats not good news, hope you are soon up n runnin, i will send you a big warm cyber hug, sue.xx

Healing Woman said...

My fingers are crossed that you don't loose the computer power. I just checked out the two blogs you mentioned and will head over there now. Thanks so much for continuing to create links to fascinating blogs and also the contests.

Wipso said...

Feel free to pop round here for a cuppa :-)
A x

elle said...

Ah, cuddle time has its advantages as well. Dream time! Stay warm.

Cath said...

Hope your power is back on soon and you can get warm again, its that or the thermal knickers....lol

Cath

Doone said...

Elizabeth, I do hope you are staying warm - you really could invest in a trangier then you will Never be without Tea - I have brewed up on top of a mountain in a bivvey in proper storm conditions and the trangier still lit and kept us from hypothermia...can you order in a hot meal and cup of coffee to be delivered?

do hope you are back for tomorrow....

and that you have considered my special request - it can be hidden on your desk i do not mind snooping for it....

La Dolce Vita said...

do take care E and if you need to go to a hotel!! shesh!! finally snow! but no electricity is the worst ... sending you lots of love on a very cold day -2 here. xox

Terri Kahrs said...

There's nothing worse than being "power-less" when it's so cold. Hopefully they'll restore it soon. Take care, Elizabeth. Sending very warm "hugs" your way. Terri xoxoxo

Clare H said...

Thinking of you and hope you are safe!

Anonymous said...

oh Elizabeth. This is not good news. Heres hoping yur power is back on soon.

XX Rachel XX

Yvonne said...

Oh my , hope you are okay up there. Please take care okay! Here's hoping your power is not off for too long! Sending you warm hugs E!

Dianne said...

wow, I hope you are managing to stay warm! a few candles in a small room can actually warm it up pretty well,(as learned during Ohio blizzards) as long as Bluebeard doesn't try to play with them or anything...take care!

sharon said...

Well, this makes me sad...I sympathize terribly....cold makes me cry, I don't tolerate it well! I am sending a prayer for a speedy warm up !

Halle said...

I hope your power is restored quickly!! Take care!

Susan Allan said...

It was pretty amazing no one was hurt. Hoping you get your power back soon....and then enjoy a nice cuppa. You will probably drink the kettle dry.

Suexxx

Most importantly...gotta keep Bleubeard warm!!!
Thank God for woolly blankets, aka sheep!

Kirsty.a said...

Oh dear, what a bad days - hope normal service is resumed soon

see you there! said...

Goodness, no tea and no heat. Now that's a tough day. Hope things get fixed and we hear from you soon.

Darla

Kimmie said...

I hope power is restored soon! I remember trying to make a cup of coffe once using only the hot water out of the faucet .... Blech!!! We have the same sort of situation you do without power .... Pretty much the only thing hot or warm is the water out of the faucet. Oh do take care!! You may have to brave the icy street and go to the library for the day - someplace warm!!! But by the time you have read all of our good wishes and/or advice things will be back to normal!

Debrina said...

Oh...cold and without power. You poor thing. Hope things have sorted themselves out by now.

~*~Patty S said...

Hoping you get plugged back in REAL soon...we miss you and don't want you two cold and uncomfortable!
You amaze me with your foresight in preparing this post AND your ever generous thoughtfulness at mentioning my magazine giveaway.
Steph's is amazing!
Take good care and hope you feel all the warmth everyone is sending your way!
oxo

Lynn said...

WEll I do hope by now your electical power has been restored. How glum to be cold. I won't tease you by saying I just plugged in a new tea pot in my office and got a hot cup of cinnimon apple tea to drink. Shame on me. I won't tell you that. ;-)

Dianne said...

Stay bundled up and warm my friend. I hope the power is back on soon!

Cynthia Eloise said...

hope you are now warm and sipping tea.

Gayle...... that,s me said...

Oh you poor things ! At least you have Bluebeard to keep you company and warm. As a child I always used to think 'black-outs ' were exciting and a bit of an adventure, living by candle light etc. but now i am older and wiser I know what an absolute nuisance and inconvenience they are. Hope you are sparking again soon Elizabeth, and keep warm. xx

voodoo vixen said...

Well, obviously my interwebs decided to opt out of action in sympathy with you and I have just spent an age in the dark hole of Calcutta (aka basement laundry room) trying to make the wireless modem behave nicely... obviously I succeeded!! I think pulling out all the wires, swearing at each and putting them back entitles me to say I fixed it?
I do hope the power comes on soon, its no fun with no heat, no light... cuddle up with Bluebeard and please stay warm!!

Nathalie Thompson said...

My greatest wish for you is NO FROZEN WATER PIPES! Been there, done that and now run a space heater in the laundry room...

Hope your power is restored very soon!!!

*jean* said...

oo hope all is restored soon! and that you are safe and warm!!!

Carola Bartz said...

I hope the power comes back soon. I hate having no heat, it's just plain miserable. I'm sending you warm thoughts.