You would not believe how we spent the past three days…
We got a BAD lightning and ice storm on Thursday night around midnight. I know because it woke me up. The combination of rain, hail, and then ice took out our electricity since Friday morning at 6AM… 3 days ago! No heat, no cooking, no nothing except Mike did set up a generator to keep the food in the frig cold.
We used our camp stove in the garage to heat a few things and eventually got the TV and coffeemaker working…priorities you know.
All in all this was a thought-provoking experience. We drove into town today at lunch for a hot meal and some heat. Low and behold, the power came back! Hallelujah!!!
In an interesting twist, the TV stations who say that they cover southern Colorado, never noticed when the thousands of Coloradoans who live in the poorest counties in the state, went without power for days! Money still talks….
Anyway, I did write while we were cut off from power. Here are my impressions from Friday morning, the last time we had power:
Why get up?
Nothing like waking up to a foot of thick, wet, snow and all the power is out. This is the best example I can think of that old ZZ Top song: “Why get up?”
The first thing I want is coffee and maybe a little news, but I cannot make that happen. Furthermore, when I contact our electric company, they tell me every town within 50 miles is without power, so even if I could go somewhere, they wouldn’t be open…
Which brings me to the next line of that before mentioned song:
“This whole world’s gone crazy think I’ve seen enough. Gonna sleep forever, why get up?” …What better description of the Trump presidency?
After the storm… If you want the rainbow you must have the rain!
I’m a newcomer to rural southern Colorado. After two years I decided to compile a short journal about the ups and downs of moving from a good-sized city to rural America to build a passive solar retirement home: Memoir of Retirement: From Suburbia to Solar in Southern Colorado Please share this information with your friends if they are considering similar life changes. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss any of these challenges, and to order your own signed copies of any of my books! Cheers, Laura Lee (email me: MidlifeCrisisQueen@gmail.com)
12 thoughts on “Southern Colorado is Closed Today and Tomorrow – Slipping off the Grid!”
what a cozy weekend. Cheers!
Cozy at first, a pain in the butt after that…especially when you have no heat and no idea when it will end….
Wow! So beautiful and so difficult!! Glad you are powered up once again and survived!!
Thanks Laura…learning everyday what is to be expected in rural America…anything can and will happen!
It’s pretty. But it can be brutal! You seem to have coped well and have it all together, though!
This was a very strange storm! First we had a severe ice storm and rain, then snow for a day, and then more rain on Sunday. No wonder everything was discombobulated!
You poor thing..no coffee…I don’t know that I could have survived….
Eventually Mike made me tea on the Coleman camp stove so I wouldn’t kill him!
Wow, that is a long time with out power! I admire your grit!! Beautiful pictures.
Yep, the longest I’ve ever gone Haralee! But there are still 600 or so without power, and we’re about to have another snowstorm tonight…
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