Dark

Four days later: my street is navigable.

Daytime is shockingly normal: the office, the Internet, the coffeemaker.  Darling Bebe goes to school ~ I am desperately grateful for this routine for her.

After dark, everything takes on a post-apocalyptic eerie heaviness like something from a Margaret Atwood novel.  Huge shopping centers turn unseen hulking masses.   Seven-lane intersections without traffic signals where fear and politeness must merge in the interest of progress.  The air is tinged with the acrid smell of burning unseasoned wood as families try to stay warm while the temperature drops into the 20s.

Almost every outlet in my office has a device charging during daylight hours.

At night, I knit by candlelight.

I long for unscented candles, all the while being grateful that mine do burn endlessly.

The power restoration maps are little comfort: the communities around mine that showed 100% outage at the beginning of this odyssey are all improving while mine has shown no change.

Projected return to service:  Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Eight days after the lights went out.

Last projected return to service for any customer in Connecticut:  Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

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5 Responses to “Dark”

  1. bullwinkle Says:

    Knit with light colored wool. But you’ve probably all ready figured that out 😉

  2. erin mcdonald Says:

    What exactly is taking so long? Are there that many trees down or are there just not enough personnel to get to problem areas? I’m sorry you have to suffer without amenities like heat and hot water for such a long time. hugs, warm hugs.

    • NutmegOwl Says:

      Let’s see, there are volumes being written attempting to address that, but the best answer is probably here. The streets along the central and northern part of the state look like the wake of Midwest twister damage – on every street. A woman died in a house fire yesterday because there were still trees blocking the road. The sheer volume of tree damage here is hard to fathom and entire towns remain in the dark. We are fortunate. Day 6 without power, but we have heat and hot water and are sharing with others.

  3. AngieSue Says:

    I hope the power reaches you soon! Sad to hear about the loss of life from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep you and your family safe!

  4. Luann Says:

    Oh dear! And here I am safe and warm in Alaska, with an inch of snow. Take care, we are thinking positive electric thoughts for you.

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