Interesting times living in place as we age ..... as if the pandemic isn't enough .....
My house at long last welcomed receiving electric power again a short time ago this Sunday night as I write this following a sudden outage Friday night. We had some pretty strong winds sweep through Friday all night long. They had such a strong force for only the second time in our area of town that I've experienced in the almost fifty years I've lived here.
I opened my door early Friday evening once to check for delivery of an expected package which I learned later had been delayed but finally came today, Sunday. The wind was so strong I could hardly push the door shut again. As the night wore on I realized the power was not coming back on so I headed into bed.
As the winds howled and whistled I could hear my small empty trash container, half the size of a full size bin, banging and thumping around from the sheltered corner area of my covered front entry where I had placed it in anticipation of easily filling it the next day. I'm so glad I hadn't yet put anything in the bin as light content weight would likely not have prevented it being upset.
The next day I found the bin, open, laying on it's side up against my car. Any contents would have been spread all over -- what a mess it would have been to clean up. I'm not sure if a few small hard pieces of material I found in my drive are from my house as I will have my gardener coming later this week double-check to see if any others in the yard, though I haven't seen any shingles as I surveyed through my windows, but then I can determine if there is any roof concern.
We knew there would be winds as there often can be every year with other communities generally receiving the worst and only minor issues in other parts of our town but not on our street. In fact, this is only the second time in the almost fifty years I've lived here our street has been even remotely close to having such a destructive wind.
Saturday when I drove out to get some hot food as I drove only a block into an adjoining small town, then others, they all seem to have some power. I didn't see any trees down on our street, but elsewhere traffic lights were out, major boulevards closed to traffic blocked by fallen trees.
We received varied reports of when we would have power again. First it wasn't known yet, then we would have power 3:30 a.m. Saturday, then back to not determined again, later some misinformation, and finally to be 9 p.m. Sunday, but the power didn't come on so they weren't predicting again. Happily an hour or so later we had electric. Certainly as winds go these were not comparable to what those having gone through tornados and hurricanes experience, but everything is relative and what anyone experiences brings its own challenges.
I kept warm but it was SoCal cold here, meaning 40 to 60 degree temperatures and I'm glad to have an interior warm house again. My body has long since acclimated to our climate so I reminded myself that where I once lived we would have thought of temperatures like these as nice winter days -- but this ol' bod just isn't impressed with my effort to influence mind over matter so I was aware of cold air.
Ironically, earlier Friday I had allowed my new iPhone to run very low before plugging in, thought it had fully charged but hadn't actually yet checked it had charged when I unplugged it. I'll always check immediately now as I discovered the phone hadn't charged, perhaps the plug had been loose. Such was also the case with my computer. So, here I was poorly prepared technologically to effectively cope with any long power outage emergency.
Once again having my landline telephone kept me connected to the rest of the world with the ability to track my electric company's progress, contact my family, and have the capability to summon emergency help should I need to do so.
Another learning experience for me in this grand experiment of living in place as I age. I have decided to finally purchase a solar charger which I first considered doing a few years ago but had not done so. I must do better emergency preparedness.
Without the ability to access the internet, publish a blog post early Sunday, see and hear the news, I did a lot more reading, completing one book and starting a second. I hadn't been in the mood for reading books for a while as periodically occurs for me, so maybe that spell is broken.
I've learned a family member who has been so very careful has somehow been caught by covid but with only mild symptoms, lots of fatigue.
Hope all of you continue to be well, Also, that your emergency plans and preparedness kits are in good order.