Who's a freeze baby?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Okay, so I wasn't going to post about the weather because you could just turn on the news and hear about it.
Polar vortex, smowmageddon, blah....blah...blah...
Well, then I woke up at 4am on Tuesday morning and I had no power. I'm not even sure why I woke up, but I looked over at the nightstand clock with the red lighted numbers and it was off. And the funny thing is, I haven't even plugged in for at least a month but for some reason, I decided to plug it in on Monday before I went to bed.
I thought maybe the plug had become loose so I turned on the lamp to check.
Oh shit, no power.
I pulled back the covers and it felt colder than usual so I grabbed my phone, turned it on to light my way and stepped out into the hallway to check the thermostat. It was 65 which wasn't too bad since I turn it down to 70 when I go to bed anyway. I honestly wasn't too concerned because I was sure it would be back on soon. I guess I must have had a temporary lapse of memory and forgot about the 18 hour power outage back in October.
I fell asleep for a little while and woke up to my neighbor texting me. "We have no power." Way ahead of ya, buddy.
One hour turned into two as I watched the temperature continue to fall. I texted my dog walking clients that I couldn't get my car out of my garage because of the power outage and I wasn't sure if it would be back on in time but that I would keep them posted. Honestly, I was hoping that it wouldn't be back on because with the wind chill, the temperature was -35 degrees.

A temperature that low is a danger to both us and our pets but if they wanted their dog walked, I would walk them to the front tree and back.
The night before I had gotten an automated call from the city that I live in stating that the community center would be open as a "warming center" the next day but I disregarded it, thinking I wouldn't be needing it. Whenever I hear the term "warming center", I think to myself, "Those are open in the inner city for homeless people." Then the temperature in the house dropped to 42 degrees and I could literally see my breath.
Okay, maybe we should head to the warming center.
I called the community center from my almost dead cell phone and they informed me that they had no heat so I called the next city over. They said they were open but when I asked if I could bring my dogs, they said they discouraged it but that I could bring them if they were in kennels. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen so I called my neighbor to see if he wanted to go to the community center to charge our phones. The funny thing is, we had both just gotten portable phone chargers for occasions just like this but both out chargers were dead. Duh.
I felt terrible leaving my babies home alone but I knew that I wasn't going to be gone long and I bundled them all up before I left. Even Vinny let me put a sweater around him!

We were thrilled to find that the power was on when we came back home but it was a loooong 12 hours.

Note to self: Buy a generator!


  1. OH MY GOD....-9?!?!?!? That's like the temps in Antarctica!

    The lowest it got here was 3 degrees. And it was so cold that I couldn't even open one of my windows in my apartment because it was literally frozen shut.

    Holy shit, I can't believe you lost power during this (and for TWELVE hours!). It must have felt like a deep freezer in your house.

    Anyway, I am so glad to hear you survived. And the animals too. Love the photos of them in blankets. You are such loving and caring pet owner!

    Have a great weekend! The temps here have risen considerably. In fact, I think next week they go back up into the low 50's

    X to you and your babies

    1. Yes! They said it was the coldest it's been here in 20 years but I don't remember it EVER being this cold. It hurt to breathe!

      I can't believe your window was frozen shut! Thanks, global warming!

      Thanks. My babies were troopers. Vinny, who isn't a very cuddly cat, even came and laid in the bed with me.

      Yes! In the 40's here, too. Crazy, isn't it?

  2. wow very scary minus 6 was bad enough for me thanks very much :)

    1. I would be happy to stop at like 5 degrees!

  3. I saw your comment over at Vent and thought I would check out your blog. The way you told the story - I liked it very much! My power used to go off every Winter so I can relate. Realizing it is off is kind of like going through the five stages of grief.

    One of my Christmas presents this year from my elder son was a weather radio. It runs on electricity, battery or you can hand crank it. You can plug your phone into it and charge it!

    1. Hi David! Nice to meet you!

      I never had these problems before I moved a year ago and it's funny because I moved from a house that was literally 5 minutes down the road! I like the stages of grief analogy. It's perfect!

      That's cool that you can charge a phone on your weather radio. That was a neat gift!. I'm fascinated by the weather. I should have been a meteorologist!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Dang, thats cold.

    I bought a generator in 1996 after a prolonged power outage due to ice.
    It works great. I havent lost power since I bought it. I wonder if it will crank now?

    1. Yep. Brrrrrr...

      That's so funny. I guess if I buy one, at least I can count on my power never going out again.


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