It has been an interesting week. A massive nor'easter wiped out power in a great part of New England and days passed before we got ours back. The generator failed the first day which made for pretty chilly nights.
It was devastating to wake up on Sunday morning and see all the broken trees. One huge branch hit the roof of the studio but slid off without doing damage, thank goodness. Others are total losses and a huge rhododendron out front is uprooted. Fourteen inches of wet, heavy snow dragged the branches down to the ground and held them captive. I pulled on boots and dug out my winter coat and gloves and set about releasing the branches from the snow. With the sun's help, perhaps they would lift back up again. All over town (and the state) downed trees blocked roads and balanced on houses. Just like the ice storm a few years back, the horrendous crack of branches had filled the night. I hadn't thought I would hear that sound again.
Once again we drew chairs close to the fireplace and lit candles. Other than the inconveniences, it was cozy and we talked and read by booklight, cooking pizza on the grill outside. On Tuesday, when friends got their power back, they brought over their generator and hooked us up so we could have a few lights and keep the refrigerator going. Wednesday, when the power came back on, we cleaned up the house and things started getting back to normal. Not as long as our 12 days off the grid that icy cold and stormy December in 2008 but long enough. My mother is still without power in Connecticut and it is not expected until late Sunday. That is way too long.
Getting back to normal is nice but doing without shows us that we can cope, we can be innovative and nothing is insurmountable.