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My first Christmas with no electric
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Doc    Posted 12-25-2004 at 22:36:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Storm knocked out power to over 400,000 homes in Ohio around 3:00 am Thursday morning. I was without electric from then till 11:30 Sat nite. Makes for a difficult Christmas. Mostly trying to keep pipes from freezing. Lost one in the garage. Couldn't keep it warm enough. Kinda nasty when it got down to -5`. I'm usually pretty well prepared but I'm sure there are a lot of busted water lines in Ohio right now. 1" of ice on everything does a lot of damage. Trees down everywhere. Gettin' a little gamey, waitin' for the water to get hot so I can jump in the shower. I've been through a lot of storms but this was the worst ice storm I've seen as far as ice thickness on everything and the huge trees that it took down. Well, gotta fix water pipe, cut trees, catch up on laundry & dishes in the morning.

Paula    Posted 12-27-2004 at 13:53:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That was always something I was afraid of living in my all electric duplex. If we had the winter storm you guys had I'd be one of those in someone else's house or in a shelter! That's why I'm multifuel in my new house; I have baseboard but I also have a wood stove (small house) and propane for the hot water and cooktop.

I'm glad the worst you got was busted pipes (though busted pipes aren't anything to sneeze at). I heard folks died in that cold snap.


Betty    Posted 12-26-2004 at 13:55:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ohio northern part. Did fine this storm. worst one for me was 77/78 Power out for 5 days 6 nights, no wood , no wood stoves, horrible time. promised myself that would never happen again. Got 2 wood stoves, always have wood, even in the summer, about 300 candles. lots of food, and water. fill the tub and just wait for something to happen. been lucky so far. Gonna get a wood cookstove connected in about 10 days. then let whatever happen, happen. Kids tease me that I have enough food to feed a small country. Can and preserve. can meat and all.

Patria    Posted 12-26-2004 at 06:04:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry to hear that, Doc. I hope everything goes better for you guys and that the 'recovering' goes smooth. Take Care.

Al /Mi    Posted 12-26-2004 at 06:03:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel for you Doc . You don't realize how much you depend on electric power untill it's not there .
We had a house full Christmas eve, Every thing went smooth . Then after every one left we settled in and went to bed , At about 2:00 Am
my wife was up wandering around so I asked her why she was up . She said the powers off .
I thought, Darn they aren't going to want to get out on Christmas to fix lines .So we made sure the wood stoves had wood and would last the nite. I went back to sleep and the power came on before I got up .
We went to the in-laws Sat and see a car had hit a pole and the middle part of the pole was gone and top part was being held up by the cross arms hanging on the wires
so it must have popped a fuse and they repaced it and got power back on .
The car was still there so they must not have been able to get a wrecker or didn't anyway
Good luck with a pipes, suppose to warm up your way this comming week .

Salmoneye    Posted 12-26-2004 at 03:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
My sympathies, but that is pretty normal here...

This was the first time in years that we had NOTHING 'fun' like that happening...

As my dear departed maternal Grandmother would say at these times...

"This too shall pass..."

Willy-N    Posted 12-25-2004 at 22:41:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well this is one Christmas you won't forget! Not boring at all. Life in the country is full of suprises that is what I love about it! Mark H.

deadcarp    Posted 12-25-2004 at 22:53:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah i was gonna echo that - most people for most of human time have had christmasses without power, so you're not singled out but got a rare chance to join the majority. i know the feeling of uselessness - our well went out in mid-winter so just went like a beaver and started after it. by week's end and after a big hole we had it back up but nothing's free. took 2 days of constant fire to thaw enough to dig. adventure. :)

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