Saturday, December 13, 2008

Safe and Sound

(EJ Hersom/Staff photographer - Fosters Daily Democrat - Ice covers a religous statue outside a church in Rochester NH Friday during the ice storm.)
While it is mighty cold here in the northeast, it is warm and toasty at our house. We lost power for 12 hours, the longest we have ever gone without electricity in the 24 years we have lived here! The lights are back on, and all is well. John and Malinda brought the kids over to warm up and we had a little party. Now everyone is tucked safely in our many beds, and no one is cold.

We are among the lucky - many will be without power for days. For those who have never experienced an ice storm, it is a little hard to imagine. Ice coats everything (up to one inch in our area) and the trees bend under the weight of the ice. Many trees break and fall, blocking roads, tearing down power lines. It's quite a mess. It is beautiful, glistening ice everywhere, but also very dangerous.

Maybe the angel above is crying for those who are braving the 18 degree temps in their unheated homes. New Englanders are pretty stubborn, so there are a lot of cold people tonight toughing it out. Please keep them in your prayers!

As for me and my house: it's hot showers, warm food, good company. We're safe and sound!


Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I do remember. There was a big ice storm in the mid-90s that forced my Dad to turn Spaulding High into a shelter. It was mainly old people and us. I hope you all stay safe and warm.

Ken & Jen said...

We too are safe, sound, and warm. What a storm! I love your picture of the angel! Who took it . . . and where?


Mike and Ariane said...

Lucky, we are still without power...Lost it on Thursday night around 11pm. I don't mind it too much, because it's an excuse to cuddle at night! :-) I just hope the pipes don't freeze! A shower would be nice too! I'm sure there will be a lot of stinky people at church tomorrrow!

EM T. said...

I'm glad you are in good shape. Ice storms are very pretty, but not at all fun once the power goes out.