Learn to be still.

Today’s Saturday Sky isn’t just the sky, it’s the squeal inducing sight I saw this morning when I climbed out of bed:

To understand why I squealed, I have to back up a bit, to Tuesday.

A fast moving, strong snowstorm went through on Tuesday. The storm started with ice pellets falling from the sky for several hours and this morphed into 50+mph winds and several inches of heavy, wet snow. During the storm, my power went out and I looked out my window to see a power pole snapped in two:

Power outages are common where I live so I had prepared by filling my washing machine with water and turning up the heat in the house.

When I saw the power pole was snapped, I knew I was in trouble. Once the storm cleared and ushered in warm, sunny weather, I discovered that at least five power poles right about my house were snapped and over 150 poles in my area had suffered the same fate.

This was not going to be the usual 4-6 hour power outage. I expected it to be about as long as the longest power outage I had ever experienced here: 26 hours.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

My power went out Tuesday afternoon. It did not come back on until late Saturday afternoon. For those of you keeping track at home, my power was off for 98 hours.

98 hours with no electricity, no heat and no running water.

The lack of heat was only a problem the first day. I spent Night One shivering underneath five blankets while wearing a sweatsuit, wool socks and fuzzy feet.

The lack of running water was a pain, but wasn’t that big of a deal. I keep ten gallons of drinking water in the house at all times and while I did make a Wal*Mart run on Day Two for more water and batteries, the critters and I probably could have survived on those ten gallons. I used the water in the washing machine to flush the toilet, so I just missed showering and washing my hair.

The lack of electricity bothered me a lot for the first day or so. I’m a news junkie and am always checking the cable news channels and websites to see what’s going on in the world. When I knit, I’m always watching TV, surfing the Internet, emailing and IM’ing at the same time. After a day without these distractings, I settled into a relaxing new routine.

I took time during the day to sit on my deck and watch the birds play in the trees. When the sun had set in the evening I didn’t immediately pull the curtains and turn on the lights. I kept the curtains open until the last drop of daylight had been squeezed from the sky.

Then I turned on my lanterns and began to knit.

I started with the Socks of Spring, but they didn’t hold my interest for long:

I was in a heel turning mood one night and turned four heels:

Finally, I cast on for the socks I’ve been thinking about for about a month:

I’m amazed at how much I can knit when I focus on just the knitting. It was a nice change to knit only to the soft snoring of dogs and when I felt the need to hear noise, I caught up on the many podcasts that have been languishing on my iPod.

I’m happy to be back in the 21st century, but I’m grateful for the time I had to slow down and appreciate everything around me.

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11 responses

  1. Wow, that sounds bad. We have power outage occassionaly, only for a couple of hours or so. One can deal with that. I would go crazy without my internet connection! Otherwise it sounds like you did very well during “down time”.
    Your socks are all lovely! I especially like the slip stitch ones! ;o)

  2. Looks like you faced your time without power with calmness and grace. I’m glad you have your heat again and everything else. And…your socks as always are totally fab! :)

  3. It sucks going without power. I was stuck in the North Carolina Winter storm a few years ago. My family and I were the last ones to get power. Now that I’m in the mountains, it’s just a lot of snow, no power outages, and no cancellations. Your socks look beautiful. I’ve never knit a pair.

  4. I think the thing I’d miss most by losing power now would be my internet. Yes, I’m an addict!

    Snowstorms are rare in our part of the country, though we do get about one good ice storm a year (‘good’ being relative). Six or seven years ago, on Christmas afternoon, no less, a bad ice storm moved in which shut down power, water, and phones in the majority of our town. We just about froze our hinies off!

    Our teenaged daughter bailed ship and went to her grandparent’s house, where there was a wood burning fireplace, running water, and gas heaters in the bathrooms, lacking only electricity. Our older son stuck it out at home with dh and I and the 4 dogs.

    ONE WEEK later, we got our power back. That was the longest, and coldest, week of my life!

  5. Oh my gosh – Our power will go out for an hour or two here and there but this past Dec, it went out for FIVE days (and we were one of the lucky ones – some were out much longer). At least we had hot water for showering, the gas fireplace for heat and a gas stove for cooking. At least you were super productive on the pretty pretty socks!

  6. You know I think sometimes it’s good to be without power just so we realize how wonderful it is. Plus sometimes it’s nice to be unplugged in this plugged in world.

  7. Wow, that a long time without power. I couldn’t
    stand going that long wihtout washing my hair.
    I bet that first shower felt wonderful!

  8. Hooray for electricity! My husband wants to get a generator incase of such incidents. We’ve lived without power for that long by choice when we were camping, but I think its a lot harder to do when you’re at home and you’re unprepared.

    Yay for lots of knitting! :) The socks all look superb.

  9. [...] time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence The Socks of Spring (last seen here) have been frogged. The combination of yarn, needles and pattern just wasn’t working. I never [...]

  10. Oh, my goodness! I had no idea any of the storms had been so much worse where you are at than here at my house. I’m so glad you weathered it alright.

  11. LOL… silly me! I followed the link to this post from your current one, and as I read along, I completely forgot I wasn’t reading the current post… that is until AFTER I had hit the submit button DUH! Pardon my stupid comment.

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