At 4:00 Saturday morning (which, trust me, feels a lot more like night than morning), our power went out. We knew the power had gone out for two reasons, the first good, the second not so much so.
I knew when we moved here that power outages were going to be a fact of life, so when I saw some Canadian Red Cross Blackout Buddies at Costco I picked up a package. These things are brilliant. You plug them in and they function as an ordinary night light. But they also have two other features. They are rechargeable flashlights, meaning we no longer run into that age old problem of blindly rummaging through drawers in the midst of a blackout trying to find batteries. They also shine a bright light when the power goes out, illuminating things so you can find your way around.
This last feature proved helpful when it came to sorting out the second, not so good thing about the power going out. For some reason it set our smoke detectors off. Waking up to the high-pitched squelching of the smoke detectors was not a good start to the day. Fergus didn't think so either. The smoke alarms hurt his ears and always send him into a fit of whining and yipping. The dog/alarm combo was not a good one. I will say this was a moment when it was good to be short. I'm 5'4". Jay is 6'4". Guess who had to crawl out of bed and take down the smoke detectors?
Things finally settled down again, and I was just ready to fall back asleep when I was struck by a terrible thought. If the power was out, how was I going to make my morning cup of tea? Obviously my kettle wasn't going to work, and we have an electric hot water tank, so it wouldn't take long for the water in it to cool down. It was my turn to crawl out of bed. Guided by my handy dandy Blackout Buddy I made my way to the kitchen and filled my travel mug with hot water from the tap, wrapped the mug in towels, and crawled back into bed feeling proud of myself for having been so brilliant.
My early morning routine is to turn on my computer, and while it's starting I make my tea. There was no point in firing up the computer since our wireless was down due to the power outage. So I went straight to the tea making. I wasn't expecting a brilliant cuppa, but I figured it would be better than the alternative, which was to go without.
I was wrong. When I went to pour the water from my travel mug over the tea bag in my cup the water was only lukewarm! So much for that travel mug. But, being desperate, I persevered and ended up making the worst cup of tea I have ever had in my life. Did you know that tea doesn't even really steep when the water is only warm? My "tea" was basically a cup of warm water coloured the faintest shade of brown imaginable. It tasted like swamp water. It wasn't even sweet swamp water, because not only does the tea not steep, the honey doesn't melt.
The power came back on at 7:00 AM, and you can guess what the first thing I did was. And I know I shouldn't be whining about being without power for such a short amount of time, especially after the power outages so many people in Eastern Canada, like my blogging friend Anne, have faced over the past few weeks.
The wind that caused the power outage was unbelievable. We had branches down all over the cottage development, and it even blew over a stop sign. Maybe even worse than the cold cup of tea was our bird feeder. The wind had knocked it down during the night.
One of the feeders was broken.
Luckily the new squirrel proof feeder and the suet feeder were okay.
In the meantime, this guy thought he had struck the jackpot!
The excitement for today is the new, downgraded washer and dryer get delivered. Yes, it was supposed to happen on Monday but they didn't have the stacker pieces so it got delayed. It was interesting to read all your comments and realize we are not the only ones who have problems with appliances. I'm really hoping the appliance guys' arrival doesn't end up being material for another blog post!