Tuesday, April 26, 2011

An Unplugged Easter

Easter was something else this year.

Easter Peeps cupcakes.

We had planned to attend church in the morning, cook in the afternoon, and have the family over for an egg hunt in the evening.

Saturday night, about 1 o'clock, strong wind blew out the transformer on our part of the street. We weren't terribly worried. We've never been without power more than 7 or 8 hours.

When we woke up in the morning, it was still out. We missed church, and waited for the power to come back on. We belatedly remembered that we'd be able to cook a little with the gas stove, and so started on dinner. Still we waited.

When everyone arrived at the allotted time, we had hospitality and hot food, but um, no light or air conditioner. We proceeded to entertain about 15 people, mainly out on the screened in back porch. We discovered that paper plates actually make better fans than pieces of computer paper.

The kids had their egg hunt, and we made the best of things.

After everyone left, we quickly got ready for bed. There's not much else to do when the house is hot, and dark, and all the electronic gadgets have lost their charge. I felt a little like were living in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

Next morning, still no power.

It was finally restored at around noon, but not before ruining all our food, and nearly making us lose our marbles.

I'm so glad to have electricity again, friends and family who don't mind sweating in the dark with us, and sweet neighbors who pitched in for those of us without power.

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