After 4 days of no power it is easy to begin complaining. Last week I made a choice not to complain but to rather count my blessings. At times I slipped and complained here or there.... However, I am aware that I have many blessings.
I have neighbors, with power, who made us a caraffe of hot coffee every morning. We could have made it on our own on the camp stove or grill, but not having to is such a simple gift of friendship. Waking up to a cold house and a gray sky is much easier when you see a friendly face offering you a bit of warmth and comfort.
I have family close by. We were able to take hot showers, do laundry and share a meal at my mother and my sister’s house. We spent much of the week at home since Greg did his best to work from home. We have dogs to care for and elderly next door neighbors who we help out. Knowing that I had places to go when we needed to get out is reassuring.
Our wood stove insert was a great investment for us. Our house is not very large and the stove is able to heat our main living area and take the chill out of the bedroom upstairs. We have never burned this much wood this early in the season and we may need another delivery. My focus last week was not on conserving our wood supply, but rather keeping my family warm.
My girls weathered this storm much better than I anticipated. They have not complained, argued or sulked. They worked much of the week completing lessons in history, math, science, reading and writing. Having work to do kept us on some sort of a routine, even if it was not the one we are used to. I never realized how much I rely on my routine. I am a creature of habit. I like starting my day with coffee and blogging. I like having alone time before the girls get up to plan our day and arrange their lessons. Having this major disruption has affected me and my sense of balance. I am grateful that my girls have rolled with it and made the necessary adjustments with relative ease in comparison to their mother!
My husband is an amazing provider for our family. When we came downstairs every morning, he already had the fire started. He took over keeping our kitchen clean and hand washing the dishes we used. He cleaned up the storm debris and learned how to use the generator. He is truly my best friend and my life partner.
It sounds silly, but my dogs are a blessing to me in hard times. It is nearly impossible to feel bad when a ball of warm fur is sitting on you looking at you with puppy dog eyes wanting nothing more from you than love. The dogs have a special role in our family. They are almost like therapy dogs. They know when we need comfort and they ease stress and provide comic relief! I can’t imagine our family without them, even though we came so close to losing Daph two weeks ago.
Our electricity was restored Friday night around 9pm. For this I am most grateful. Not because we have our “power” back, but because my neighbors do. They are elderly. They rely on a chair lift to get safely to bed. They do not have a heating unit, nor the ability to cook when their power is out. Our family took over the cooking for them, providing them with hot meals each day. We stopped in with coffee every morning and dinner every night. With a nor’easter on the way, it is getting cold. I slept well, knowing that they were once again safe in their own home.