Well, after 8 days without, our electricity came back on last night. We had no lights and no heat, but our gas hot water heater provided us with lovely hot showers and water to wash in. And I was able to cook on our gas stovetop. So, all in all, it was not a terrible experience for us. Our home was not damaged, unlike so many others during the storm. So much of the Jersey shore and Long Island are so horribly devastated. School here was closed for an entire week. My nieces' schools on Long Island will not open until next week because the damage was so severe.
Thankfully, my family was all together and safe and happy, just a bit cold at times. I actually enjoyed the peaceful silence of a house without a furnace running and without TV! And the stars at night! Wow! Other than when we are camping in the woods, we never get to experience true darkness. How bright the moon and stars appeared!
Now New Jersey is being hit with a snow storm. It is night time now and I can't wait to see the yard in the morning light. All family members are off the road, safely home or at school. I pray for those who must still travel tonight because the roads are bad. And I pray for the many thousands who still have no electricity or means to keep warm.
Here's hoping you are safe and warm,