December 3, 2010

When The Lights Go Down In the City

Name that band!

Yesterday I was really frustrated. I couldn't think of anything "worthy" to write about and was afraid I would slip into a blog lull again, not writing for a week or better. I was really hoping that I would find something to write about.

Well, ask and ye shall receive.

Last night our power went out! About 5 o'clock I was in the kitchen making dinner and washing up dishes when the lights dimmed a bit. I thought "What was that?" but kept washing. Then the lights went out. And came back on. And went out again. For good.

So we pulled out all the candles and I was once again thankful for my gas stove that allowed me to finish cooking dinner. We ate by candle light, and I washed dishes by candle light.

The kids were bouncing around with nothing to do in the dark, so I brought out my laptop and put in a movie for them to watch. (Yay for modern conveniences.)

I have bags and bags and bags of little votive candles left over from our wedding 4 years ago, so I ripped open a bag and placed a bunch in a disposable aluminum baking tray. That one tray lit the whole kitchen so well it almost felt like the lights were on. Although Ben did make a joke about BBQ-ing on it.

I just love when the power goes out. I have an obsession with candles and power outages mean I get to use them! Everyone else was sitting around with nothing to do (until I put the movie on). But not me. No no. Armed with a book light and a few candles I could still knit on those fingerless mitts. (Fortunately I was past the detailed work and just on the ribbing so I didn't really need to see very well.)

It was a good night for a power outage. And I think the best part was that as soon as the lights went out, every person in our little 6 house section of the neighborhood was out checking on each other and making sure everyone had candles. I love our little group of neighbors. Just another sign that we picked the right house.

The lights finally came back on around 9:30. We figure it was a car wreck, because during dinner we heard sirens. It's not the first time someone has taken out a power pole around here. I just hope whatever it was, whoever it was, they're alright and the pole was the only thing destroyed.

Have a well lit day,


Farm Girl said...

It looks so cozy and so homey. I like how you put the candles in the foil pan, I never thought about doing that. It looks all so pretty by candle light. So glad you had something to post about.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This is my 1st visit to your blog, it looks like it's going to be fun to check back from time to time! Beautiful shawl!

Kessie said...

Wow, that made for really interesting pictures! I love the one with the candles in the foil pan.

Allison said...

This is right up my alley. I light at least 5-10 candles every night and cuddle up in my knitting corner - it is my favorite time of day. About eight years ago we had a major power outage that lasted four days (in the dead of winter, too!). We froze just a bit, but candles and instant soup made it cheery, and we spent a lot of time together huddling. I was just a bit sad when the power came back on. :)

What nice neighbors you seem to have! Can you take a picture of your street at some point? I'm kind of curious about how your little world looks. :)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I loved reading this Meg. It sounds like a cozy evening for the whole family. I loved that photo of the votives in the tin. What a great idea.

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