Oh, my gosh...Friday was a horrible day here in the Pacific Northwest. I had completed my journal entry Friday morning when POW...out went the power. I had just checked the temperature outside my kitchen window, prior to beginning my entry...it was 22 degrees and we had been warned of high winds. They were right...today's paper tells us there were gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Anyway, the power went out at 8:20am and finally came back on around 9pm last night. I'm thankful for my wood stove, an oil lamp, lots of candles, a battery operated radio and at least one hard wired phone (of course I have a cell phone, too but that costs $$ when you use it continuously). The wood stove is great but I could only get it up to about 65 degrees in the living room. The rest of the house was pretty chilly. It's amazing what you can do on a day with no power...I shook all the scatter rugs, swept non-carpeted floors and used my little carpet sweeper for the carpet. And then around noon I ventured out of the house. Friday is my movie day and I knew the theater up the street from me would be closed, but there's another one in a mall about 6 miles from here. The traffic lights were out (what a traffic mess) until I got within a few blocks of the mall, so I knew I was in luck. I saw "Freedomland"...oh, that theater was nice and warm, the movie was just ok. And then made my way back home. What is normally a 10 minute drive took almost 30 minutes each way.
The musical play Thursday night was great. "Ain't Misbehaving" features music of Fats Waller. The all black cast were fantastic ! There were only five of them but when they sang together they sounded like a choir. I just love the fact that communities like ours have these theater groups, to bring great shows to the public. The last one I saw there was before Christmas several years ago...it was "Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus." That production had lots of kids in it and they were amazing We have lots of talent here in our area.
Well, it's sunny and cold here again today but the tree branches are just barely moving (good sign). I understand with our 20 something degrees yesterday, combined with the wind...we had a wind chill of about 1 degree. The power company is still working hard this morning to restore power to about 14,000 homes here in Pierce County. I'm going to get a shower and a shampoo (yesterday I just took a shower as I knew my hair dryer wouldn't work) and get the mess from hauling in wood all day cleaned up with the vacuum cleaner. I would have not made a good pioneer and that's a fact !
Happy Saturday, until next time........Linda