.This morning I was watching the Today Show, and the power went out. This happens occasionally, and I think it is sort of expected in a rural setting. But usually it lasts a few seconds to a few minutes, so when it hit 10 minutes, I began to wonder. I called the power company, and I knew it was bigger than just me when they didn't answer until after 10 rings. I was asked my name and address, and a phone number. I gave my cell # since all my house phones are electronic, thus weren't working. Yes, I was told, they are aware of it. "It appears to be very widespread, and the cause is not known as yet." I thanked the woman and began to think about what to do in lieu of internet and vacuuming, the two immediate plans.
I called Allan on the cell to see if he was affected, and yes, he was. he lives about 10-12 miles from me. And I called a friend who lives about 20 miles in the opposite direction; yep, no power there either. It was widespread.
I putzed around for a while doing some things on the deck, and came back in the house just in time to hear the power surge through the house again. Bings and beeps signaled appliances turning on and the ensuing whirring of motors was assuring. While the power was out, several items around the house were giving out beeping alerts, and it totally freaked the dogs, especially Jazmyn. They went outside, and although I brought Jaz in after the power was back on, she went to the deck and still hasn't come back in, over two hours later! After the power was back on and everything was reset, I kept hearing an occasional beep. I couldn't figure out what had not been reset. Every 15 minutes or so, I'd hear a single beep and simply could not find where it was coming from. After about an hour I finally found it .... my cell phone was trying to tell me I'd had a call! Duh! I checked it out and it was the power company check to be sure I had power back on! I guess they called while I was outside. Can you believe that? How cool!
OK, I'd better get busy. I have things to do, places to go and people to see!! Before I go, here's something to make you smile. It's part of a graduation speech, and isn't it good advice?? For ALL of us!