Friday, June 5, 2020

Waiting in the Window

These little bears waited and waited.  They waited for 36 hours for the power to come back on.  And then it did!  Good things do come to those that wait.

My hopes to post daily were hijacked by the derecho storms that pummeled our area on Wednesday.

derecho: a widespread and severe windstorm that moves rapidly along a fairly straight path and is associated with bands of rapidly moving thunderstorms.

We lost power in the early afternoon on Wednesday.  We lost cell coverage shortly afterwards.  Occasional texts could be sent and received but that was it.  Later that evening, we had a tornado warning.  Down down down to the basement we went and stayed for a few hours.  Lilah Rose was not pleased to hunker down there but we did not give her a choice.

Almost all the neighboring towns lost power.  Trees were down everywhere.  We lost a few branches but nothing dramatic.  The power did return late last night.  And the air conditioning felt wonderful.  We did have to throw out the food in the refrigerator but the freezer food was saved.

It has been a long week and I, for one, am glad it is almost over.


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    1. Thank you, Terri. We are fine just feeling a bit limp from all that's going on and the heat. So lovin' the air conditioning!!!

  2. Oh my, so scary! I have lost all our food more than once in a power outage, it is no fun! I am so glad you are safe and well!!

    1. Ginny, we certainly weren't expecting anything like that storm! All is well!

  3. Oh my, that sounds like quite an ordeal. Glad you're all safe.

    1. It is one for the books to be sure! Thank you!

  4. Glad you're okay.

  5. In the midst of all that has been going on, I missed hearing about your storm up there. OK lets be honest, I do not even watch the news these days. It is better for my So glad you did not lose the food in your freezer. Down here the temps are getting very warm. Have a good weeeknd.

    1. Arlene, I watch the news off and on but I agree that it is rarely good. It has been very warm here but due to be in the 70's tomorrow!

  6. OH I am so sorry about the storm damages, Gina, losing power is always so stressful, I am sorry about the refrigerator, loss, but happy your freezer food was saved, but most of all that you all are safe, and that you have power.
    Thank you for the kind thoughts about the looting and burning, it was terrible to watch on tv, I now have a new coffee pot coming Tuesday, Yay! no more coffee grounds in my cup.
    I am so happy to see you blogging,

    1. Sue, hooray for your new coffee pot! Coffee grounds in your cup isn't as enjoyable! I'm glad we are both safe and sound! xo

  7. Hi Gina~

    Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you are alright, and there wasn't more damage to your place! That just sounds horrible, we very seldom have the power go out, so I can't even imagine the losses of all the food and perishables. Out weather has been kind of strange as well, 90's one day, 60's the next. We are even suppose to get a freeze Sunday and and Monday night, so I will need to cover my garden...crazy!

    Wilted lettuce salad is made with garden lettuce, not iceberg lettuce. I have made it with butter lettuce and red leaf, but it's better with the new lettuce from the garden. Here's a good recipe:

    Wilted Lettuce Salad with Bacon

    12 cups salad greens, such as spinach, butter lettuce, and red leaf lettuce, or equivalent mixed greens
    3 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped
    About 2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 slices bacon - cooked crisp and crumbled
    Black pepper

    1. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens and scallions. In a small bowl, mix together 2 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, the sugar, and salt. Toss with the salad. Add a few more drops of vinegar if you need it to coat all those greens.

    2. In a large skillet, fry the bacon until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Set the bacon on a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Crumble the bacon over the salad and pour the hot bacon grease over the greens. Toss well to combine. Season with black pepper to taste.

    This is delicious!

    Have a wonderful week-end, sweet friend, love you tons!!

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Barb, thank you for the wilted lettuce salad recipe. That makes sense! And looks delicious! The weather has been so strange here too. xo

  8. That must have been so frightening. So glad all is well.


But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859