Houston, we have a problem.
I’m going to forego my usual CSA update today since I have been without power for almost four full days. The lights went out on Monday and didn’t return until sometime late Thursday evening.
This means I haven’t written a blog, I haven’t read a blog, and I certainly haven’t cooked anything using my CSA produce. In fact, I’m going to have to toss pretty much the entire contents of my fridge, including my homemade pumpkin puree. Me and pumpkin just weren’t meant to be.
Even though I was living in the dark for the past few days, the thing I’m most grateful for is heat. I can handle the darkness, although I can see how one might get depressed or go clinically insane (I’m not there yet), but the unbearable cold was the hardest to endure. The temperature gauge in the house said 52, but I could see my breath in our bedroom on Thursday morning.
Even with our fireplace, the Hubby and I were bundled tighter than a Chipolte burrito and lived in layers and layers of clothes. Three pairs of socks, three shirts, a hooded sweatshirt and two pairs of pants was our normal attire. I started to feel like a squatter in Hooverville, and we were days away from burning furniture to stay warm (my flair for the dramatic is still intact).
Sure, I could have left the house and stayed with the in-laws or friends, all of whom kindly offered, but I couldn’t leave my felines behind. Anyone who owns cats knows just how difficult it would be to transport them and set up shop in another home, where other cats reside. It’s not gonna happen. So the Hubby and I chose to stay in the cold and the dark because I (not the Hubby) refused to leave the kitties behind.
Today, I have electricity and heat, and I couldn’t be happier. When the lights came back on last night, I couldn’t stop singing, dancing, and jazz handing all over the house. It’s the little things that count.
Did you get hit by Sandy? Would you leave your pets in the cold and dark for days, or would you stay with them? What “little things” matter most to you?