Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Today, Wednesday, marks our 4th day to be without power. A dear friend offered her home for laundry and computer check-in. So here I sit with lights on, a cold Power-C vitamin water, and the sound of jean zippers hitting the inside of a dryer tub as it spins. Who knew that I would put those things on a "blessings" list -- oh AND Mackinac Island fudge (peanut butter and turtle) to enjoy! God is good and friends are wonderful!

Last night we spent the evening at the home of other friends who favored us with a delicious supper and twig/branch burning entertainment. You have to understand the men in my family to understand the "fun" of burning stuff. I'll have to post pictures of the fire sometime --- it was HUGE --- maybe to huge actually.

The night before, I visited with a friend who lives just a block away but we never have time to sit and chat....plus I was desperate for a cup of coffee! Electricity does that -- it gives you time with your neighbors...a very nice thing.

No electricity gives you time with your family...sitting around the little fire pit talking and laughing together...it gives you time to read by candle or lamp light - a book just for the fun of it! It gives you time to get caught up on coupon clipping and sorting, time to plan ahead for classes and Kenwood Kidz, time to paint the porch and all the outside steps, time to eat simply but savor the taste and conversation....

It's been a good thing for us...we are blessed...besides that we never lost water...our gas heater gives us opportunity for hot showers and dish washing and some house cleaning. We were able to save all of our fridge and freezer items thanks to the Sysco company who brought a refridgerated truck to the school to save all the GBS food items and their was room left over. Our gas stove allows us to cook and we have the grill...it's not been so bad...actually - it's been a blessing. We have slowed our pace and had time to enjoy each other. God is good!

4 comments:

Vonnie said...

Sorry about the outage, but it sounds like you are making the most of it. I'm sure the kids are glad not to have school!! (as well as the teachers) :)

Margaret G said...

yes, we were out for three days...luckily duke came to the rescue at 2am this morning. I have never more wanted to get up in the middle of the night and rejoice! Out of habit the kids this morning still went to the bathroom without turning the lights on when still dark out.:) Hopefully this post finds you with electricity!

Jana said...

What a wonderful perspective on an inconvenient situation!! Tho we tire of it quickly, the loss of power always brings excitement to this household! :-)

Barb (Glick) Kamph said...

Sorry to hear about your "Hardship" but it is amazing how we can turn it around to a blessing :) We lost power only for like 6 hours and thought that was terrible. There are still those around us that dont have not sure why like within a couple of miles. Well enjoy this time to enjoy each other. Sometimes God has to remind us to just slllooowww down and he defintely has his ways :) Good luck