That’s how we felt on Sunday evening. And we were powerless (as in, electricity-free), for about 15 hours, as the remains of “Ike” careened through Ohio. We’re a lot luckier than some! Everyone here at Lehman’s has a story to tell – some are still without power, schools are closed and there is ample firewood to be had just about everywhere. (The photos here are of my own yard – blessedly, we had no damage to our house).
After the power went out about 5pm, we lit every scented candle we had and dug around in dark drawers and closets for batteries, then ended up removing half-dead ones from our remote controls to place in flashlights and a small pink lantern that belongs to my 2-year-old. All those batteries were dead in about 2 hours and we had headaches from the very disturbing mixture of midnight jasmine/french vanilla/springtime dreams/pine needle candles. Caught unprepared? You BET we were!
As I tried to sleep that night (after everything was over), I thought of all the things I wished we hadÂ had from Lehman’s – and I even work here! There is no excuse for me, and this situation will soon be remedied (grin). Here are the things on my wish list:
Key-wound alarm clock (yes, after a restless night, both my husband and I finally fell asleep, only to awake with a jolt to bright sunlight at almost 9 am! Oops.)
Pressure Canner – OK, this wouldn’t have helped us at all a couple nights ago, but part of what was keeping me awake was the thought of all the carefully frozen garden produce and meat, spoiling in the chest freezer! The power came back on just in time and nothing was lost, but I sure would have slept better had it all been sitting in jars on a canning shelf!
Anyone else have an Ike story to tell?