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Wind, trees, and power lines February 21, 2009

Posted by Judy in Musings.
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Have you ever played that game where you are given three things and you are supposed to guess how they are related?  (The actual name of the game escapes me at the moment!)  So here’s your chance to play.  What do wind, trees and power lines have in common?   . . . . . . . . . . . . NOTHING!  They should never be in the same vicinity, because when they are, power outages occur.  Shocking, I know.  Who would have though that having power lines intertwined with trees in a windy-ish area would be bad?  Obviously, not the power companies around here.  We’ve lost power twice in just as many weeks.  Last night was a doozy, though.  The power went out, came back on, went out, came back on, then stayed out around 7:30ish, just as we were putting the babes to bed.  This presented a myriad of problems, the greatest of which was . . . how to stay warm.  Thankfully, we have an amazing wood-burning stove, so we decided to camp out there.  We were able to block off that room in the house, so we brought in a mattress for DD and I, and DS and DH slept on puzzle mats on the floor.  Sounds simple, right?  If only!

Since the sleeping arrangements were different, DS was totally bonkers, not at all wanting to go to sleep. So he didn’t fall asleep until just before 9pm, and that’s because DH carried him around.  DD couldn’t possibly have cared less, she was sawing logs!  My mom decided to tough it out in DD’s room.  I kept trying to convince her to bring her inflatable mattress to the stove room, but she didn’t want to, for whatever reason.  So she stayed in Siberia for the night.  I was bummed because I had been planning on taking a nap, and then getting up in time to watch the riveting “Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice cross-over event”.  Alas, that didn’t happen.   I laid down a 9:15 to sleep, and of course, the lights come back on.  We go to our bedroom and find that it’s 60 degrees, which is much too cold for the babies, so we turned up the furnace and were contemplating moving them back to their rooms, when the lights went out, again, this time for good.  So back to the stove room we went.

Happily, we were able to stay warm, almost too warm, actually.  But I can’t imagine what we would have done had we not had the stove!

ETA:  I remembered the name of the game:  Tri Bond.  Fun game.

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