Monday, June 29, 2009
Reddy Kilowatt Blue Monday
I am always happy to be here for Blue Monday, but even more so today. We were without power for 48 hours after a storm came through and uprooted trees, caused flooding and took down power lines. Everyone in my neighborhood came through safely, and I haven't heard of casualties related to the storm, so we have been lucky.
We don't lose power often in my county and when it does go out, the repairs are usually handled quickly. Like so many things in life, electricity is easily taken for granted. We forget how dependent we are until we have to do without. Our main floor bathroom is an interior room without windows. Knowing the power is out doesn't stop us from automatically flipping the light switch.
My husband brought home a generator from work and our niece's husband who is an electrician who supervised hooking up the generator to the main box on the back of the house. We had dozens of people here Friday night watching fireworks from our front yard. Having lights for bathrooms and a chilled refrigerator were suddenly a wonderful convenience, not just something to be expected.
I couldn't photograph the fireworks, but there are fireworks exploding in this slide presentation of some of the patriotic decor in my home for this time of year.
I hope all the US readers have a safe and happy Independence Day this coming Saturday, and I wish everyone, as always, a Happy Blue Monday. For more information on Blue Monday, please visit Smiling Sally by clicking on this logo.