The best laid plans always go awry when the power goes out. About 7:00pm last night it went, and there were no storms or high winds. We have our procedures in place by now. First call Consumers Ed to report it. Next check with our driveway neighbors to see if it's all of us or just us (it's never just us, but we check anyway :-) Then we take a walk to see if we can see what's up. Neighbor Confab on the driveway:
The Selfs went back in to light their fire, Jeffers headed out for dinner, and we carried on down the road. Jeffers had seen emergency vehicles to the east so there we went, and promptly met our other neighbor Gretchen with her friend, Jan.
Gretchen and Jan gave us a big piece of the picture. They had seen the tree fall and take down the wire, live wire. It was still humming and sparking by the time we got there.
The Fire Department was on duty waiting for Consumers Ed to show up. Gretchen, Jan, and Fireman Dave went to school together (too dark for a good pic).
Consumers Ed showed up, surveyed the situation, told the firemen to not let anyone in the woods (really?), and took off to turn off the power to the wire. We walked home in the dark, read books by candlelight, went to bed, and hoped for the best.
About 2:00 am the power came back and I was happy to be awakened by all of our lights being on in the house :-)This morning we put away the candles and flashlights (but not too far away) and scraped up the candle wax from the counter. Cheers!