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Power outage

July 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 am

In my last post, I expressed gratitude that I hadn't lost power. About an hour later, I did! A fast-moving thunderstorm swept through the area and tore down trees and power lines.

It was really annoying since I had just packed the freezer and fridge with much more expensive food that I usually buy, and I was afraid I was going to lose it all.

I did not touch the fridge or freezer, knowing any opening of the door would hasten the loss of refrigeration. At about 4:30, I went to McDonalds, which seemed to be an oasis of power (do they have a generator?). I ordered two double cheeseburgers and threw away one bun and sat in the coolness for a while. I went back home and read and did puzzles till the light failed, when I went to bed.

At about 8:00 pm the power came back on. I think I am okay with the food. I am sure the freezer food is okay. I may be pressing my luck with the fridge food, but today I ate strawberries, salad, ham, cheese and dressing that were in the fridge, and I am feeling no ill effects. I think the fact that I didn't open the door and that the fridge wasn't overfilled helped.

I went to work and the power was still out there. After about two hours they sent us home, since there is nothing much we can do without computers. Most people I talked to are still without power, so I was one of the lucky ones. If they don't get the power going tomorrow, we are off work tomorrow, too. And, of course, we are off the fourth.

Only $80 left for the month. Daunting. The funny thing is, when the money gets low, I get just as nervous as if I really don't have the money! I guess I have really got myself into the mindset.

3 Responses to “Power outage”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad your power is back on!! Enjoy your day off and stay cool.

  2. Swimgirl Says:

    I do that, too! I looked at our food account this morning and the balance was just over $40. I kind of panicked for a second, because that seems so low! But then I realized that the account gets replenished on Friday. And if for some reason I want to buy some expensive food, I have extra spending money elsewhere. And the refrigerator is full, so nothing to worry about!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about your loss of power. Our lights blinked a few times yesterday and I worried about the power going off...first for the a/c -- I am asthmatic and can't handle major heat, and second for the food I just bought -- I just stocked the freezer for the next few weeks. Glad your power is on.

    I am the same way when I look at an account and think we don't have enough. Fortunately we have the money...I just worry like you do.

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