I have to watch what I hope for.
Yesterday, I spoke of the wild winds we were having and how I was up most of the night because of them. In my blog post I casually mentioned that I hoped that there would be time for a short nap during the day so I could catch up on some sleep.
Keith had some errands to run in Digby. I would have gone with, but I really wanted to finish my pictures of the mask ornaments that I designed, as well as start painting another set of them so I could accurately write down the instructions and create the pattern packet. I felt my time was better spent here.
He got some cutting done and it was early afternoon when he left. I was to have the house to myself and I really planned on accomplishing a lot. I spent the morning tidying up and doing the small distracting things so that I could use every minute that I was by myself to work, without distraction.
I had settled in and taken all the pictures. I was very pleased with how they came out using the light box, as the metallic paints that I used on these sometimes give trouble when trying to photograph pieces. I was about half an hour into my work of editing the photos when in an instant, we lost power.
At first I was quite surprised, as the weather had looked a bit better than it had all morning. Things were starting to brighten up and clear. I thought it would be only for a moment, so I sipped my cup of coffee and waited.
But after a time, I began to get tired. I thought it would be a great opportunity for the short nap that I needed. Perhaps it was a sign. I laid down for a while, joined by three cats who were happy to have a daytime sleeping companion.
I slept for a while, but the wind outside still kept me from a deep sleep. When I awoke, dusk was beginning and there was still no power. No power for us means not only no computer, but also no phone (our phone is run through our computers), no cooking and even no water, as our pump does not function. And worst of all – no coffee! :(
Keith arrived home around six PM. He had spent his time doing errands and he stopped over at Bernie’s to plane some wood. They weren’t affected at all there so he was surprised to see there was no power.
By now it was getting dark. I was hungry and wanted a hot meal. We decided to go out for a bite to eat, as surely by the time we returned things would be once again normal.
As we drove through downtown Meteghan, it became evident how widespread the problem was. Everything was dark but for a few places that had their own generators. None of the restaurants were open, and even the pharmacy was closed. We thought we would keep driving to St. Alphonse where Keith’s parents lived to see how they fared.
But it was dark there too, and upon arriving we found out that they were also without power (although they did have a land line telephone and a gas stove.) Keith’s mom made me a can of soup (Keith had already eaten in Digby) and even though they also were without water, at least their stove worked.
Word had it that the estimated time for restoring the power was 10pm. We stayed there and visited by lamp light until just before that.
As we were driving home, we began to see flickers of the street lights. Before long we realized that things were indeed getting back to normal and power was again restored. By the time we arrived home, everything was back to normal.
It sure made me thing about how much we depend on power. While I did read for a bit when things were out, it was hard to relax and do so with so much that I wanted to do.
I came home to several emails, many which I still need to respond, and found myself being a bit behind instead of ahead how I thought I would be. But I had my rest.
So with that said, I have nothing new to post. If you emailed me, I will get back to you as soon as I am able. Hopefully today will be a productive day. I am well-rested.
Have a great Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"