I have been thinking about making Wednesday posts about getting outdoors – a bit of motivation to keep me going. I have become bored with my usual routes but if I invite you to join me, I might find some new paths or even a new perspective on an old path.
Yesterday we had a big wind storm. The funny thing is that I didn’t realize it was happening. Yes, I was trying to Zoom and my connection was bad. And when we switched to FaceTime I kept getting kicked off. But the sun was shining through the window and my computer was charged and we were determined to continue our conversation. It wasn’t until I went downstairs that I realized the power was out. Fortunately it was a sunny day and not too cold. We went ahead with plans for the boys to come and play. They didn’t mind not having power. When we took them home, we tried to get some take out for dinner but apparently it was a big storm and everything was closed. So we opted for scrambled eggs, popcorn, and a dvd on a charged laptop before bed.
I never sleep well when the power is out. I am pretty sure everyone in our neighborhood has a generator and they are very loud. And there is something odd about the total darkness. So when I woke up and saw the clock was flashing, I looked at my watch – 4:30 am. Well, not bad. At least the power was back and I could make coffee. This day might need an extra cup or two.
But, back to the walking. The winds have stopped. No rain. The weather app said it was 52 degrees so I headed out on a walk. The first thing I saw was the pile of branches above on our front steps. And lots of pine needles and leaves that will need to be cleaned up later. I headed down the street, curious to see if there was any damage in the neighborhood. There were two places with downed trees – both had been cut up and moved off the road.
I could tell there are some streets that are still without power. Fortunately our power company workers are amazing and, unfortunately, very familiar with downed trees and restoring power so I hope we will all be back in business very soon. I also know that after 33 years, it is time for us to join the generator gang.
Having this guy around yesterday afternoon took away any potential grumpiness about being without power.
Next week, I think we will go to the trail!