Thursday, December 26, 2013

Powerless In Maine..Blessings..

We received the best Christmas present yesterday afternoon.. "our" power and the gift of a warming and lighted home..electricity returned to our neighborhood around 2:30 shortly after a rescue crew from New York showed up in our driveway.

We were without for 47 hours. But even through the relief I felt, a sense of guilt tempered my joy...for there are still over 6,000 Waldo County residents without electricity and statewide over 24,000, well down from the previous totals. However these falling statistics provide no comfort for those still sitting in a heat-less, dark home.

So my thoughts go out to them along with my my hopes that they won't have to endure another cold Maine night without "their" power.

Perhaps when, not if, the next ice storm hits us we will be better prepared. But I do know this for sure..I will be counting the blessings that I have in my life. Blessings that no storm can turn out.

Thanks so much to the power crews from all over the Northeast that gave up their family Christmas so that we could have ours. But most of all thanks to my family, both blood and extended, and friends  for providing us both physical and emotional shelter against the storm.

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  1. Glad you are back on. We saw convoys of power crews headed your way! Isn't it amazing how little we appreciate power until we lose it! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks a lot Janet. My sister who was on her way to CT saw them too..we needed every last one of them! And a Happy New Year to you!

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  2. Mike I'll bet that was one of the nicest gifts you have ever received.

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    1. It absolutely was Alan. Something I'll try not to take for granted from now on..Thanks my friend..

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  3. Mike, just heard about the power outage on NPR and figured that I'd better check your blog. Glad to hear that you're power is back. Sympathies to those who have to go without 'til next week. But, tell me that you have a backup plan for making coffee!

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    1. I will have Les..in the form of a Coleman stove. I already have a campfire peculator..thanks for the comment and your well wishes..

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  4. Glad you got yours back. I was lucky - I only lost for about 5 hours. Feeling for those poor folks still waiting for theirs.

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    1. Thanks John..It sure makes a person think about what he takes for granted..

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